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La Mariposa Escuela de Español y Eco-Hotel

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Key Information:
Class Size: 1 - 3 people
Destination: Nicaragua  
Category: Language Schools
Specialty: Spanish  
Season: January - December
Courses Per Year: All year
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 100 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 260 US Dollar (USD) per person

We offer day long Spanish immersion - grammar and conversation in the mornings in the lovely Mariposa setting. Afternoons and weekends continue to practice your Spanish with our unique program of visits and discussions - designed to get to know Nicaragua more in depth as well as improve your Spanish.

The Mariposa hotel has solar power, rainwater conservation and many other eco-friendly features. The income we generate goes to fund a number of projects to support the local community and conserve the local environment. Students are welcome to visit and volunteer on any of the projects.

Come to us if you:

Want to slow down and enjoy learning in a natural environment with close contacts with the local community, contributing to the local economy in one of the poorest countries in the world. And be eco-friendly - for example, the hotel uses solar power to provide hot water for the shower in your own bathroom and to power the lights and the central fan in your simple but comfortable bedroom.

Are interested and want to know more about the history, politics and culture of Nicaragua. Help us to dispel some of the myths - for example, around the crime rate which is actually half that of the USA. (But to ensure peace of mind – and also to help out with any contingency – we do have all night security staff on duty)

Want to sample freshly cooked, mostly organic, Nicaraguan food. We provide a typical Nicaraguan break fast (with loads of fresh fruit), family style meals at lunchtime and in the evenings. We eat mostly vegetarian, as do the majority of Nicaraguans, with meat, chicken or fish two or three times per week for those who want it. We encourage guests to eat together in a convivial atmosphere, mostly outside.

Want to meet welcoming, friendly people, who are happy to share their wealth of local knowledge – from teaching Spanish language to showing you the medicinal plants which grow on our land.

Enjoy animals and birds - we have several rescued dogs, cats, horses – as well as some parakeets which are being rehabilitated and will be returned to the wild as soon as their feathers have grown back – and are breeding chickens for the Chicken Project; there are often lots of baby chicks running about. We also work hard to encourage wild plants, birds and animals to take up residence at the Mariposa.

Want to support an enterprise which is charging reasonable prices but supporting the community by paying above average wages and funding several projects, for example, teaching literacy to adults.

Faculty Information:
Small school, classrooms situated on the terrace and in the library.

Other Activities:
Full program of visits e.g. masaya volcano, pacific beach, granada and discussions e.g. on history of Nicaragua, womens issues, activities and meetings with local people typical fiestas on our terrace, guided walks and horse rides.

Facility Information:
We are situated in a picturesque though little visited part of Nicaragua – only an hour south of Managua but several degrees cooler (especially at night) as we are up in the sierritas (small mountains). We have green countryside all around us but are within five minutes walking distance of the local shops and bars of San Juan de la Concepcion. All of our staff are involved in the eco-tourism project and can act as guides for local walks or horse rides whenever you choose.

The Mariposa Spanish School and Eco-Hotel is within an hour of several of Nicaragua’s must-see sights.

Price Includes:
- Room (with own bathroom, solar powered shower)
- 3 meals per day
- 20 hours classes
- Afternoon and weekend activities

About This Supplier
Location: Nicaragua
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2007

Drt Paulette Goudge is an Englishwoman (a social worker for 30 years) who set up the Mariposa with the proceeds of selling her small house. We have been running for a year. We are in the process of becoming a self-funding NGO ie money generated from the school and hotel is used to fund a number of community and...

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