I have recently just finished 6 weeks studying Spanish at Casa Nica School in Granada, and it really was a wonderful experience. I originally decided to return to Nicaragua to study Spanish, because it was a country which interested me when I travelled through Central America at the start of 2011, and because of the value for money that it offers the tourist. I am glad to say that this small tropical nation still offers terrific value for money, especially in terms of one-on-one classes, and the home-stay which includes three meals a day.
Aside from the value for money, what really sets this school aside is that they do more than just teach. They are always willing to help out with excursions, and I spent time outside of school, enjoying evenings with my teacher, and friend, Marlon, giving me even more time to practise my Spanish. Vanesa, Raquel et al really do care about their students, as do the host families, and nothing seems too much to ensure the comfort of their students.
The other thing to note is that Granada offers a safe and beautiful environment in which to learn Spanish, and more importantly, there is very little English to be found. This means that the full immersion experience is heightened, and thankfully, Nicaraguan Spanish is one of the clearer versions of the language spoken, and having studied Spanish in both Argentina and Spain, I say this from personal experience.
The lessons were varied and enjoyable, patiently taught to students of all levels, and all in all, I highly recommend this excellent school run by caring people.
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