I've been in Nicaragua for 9 weeks. The first 4 weeks I had Spanish lessons at Casa Nica, the second 5 weeks I stayed in the school while volunteering. Both experiences were excellent! I'm still surprised how much I've learned in such a short time. All the people are really friendly and willing to help with anything. It felt like my 'family' for nine weeks. So if you're planning to take Spanish lessons, I strongly recomend Casa Nica!
My sister and I just attended Casa Nica for five days. Our instructor, Marlon, is an exceptional person and teacher. Funny, fun, entertaining, very intelligent, kind, sensitive, thoughtful, and full of stories about his own life and life in Nicaragua in general. Because my sister tends to be late but needs her breakfast, on four of the five days we took Marlon to breakfast as part of our class. One day he took us to the mercado, where he showed us around -- very interesting! It's hard to believe that one gets private lessons from a superb teacher for such a low price, a price that also includes activities in the afternoon (we went to Laguna Apoyo and Las Isletas). The other teachers, Bosco (sp?) and Raquel, and the owner, Vanesa, were also great people.This was our third time in Nicaragua and surely won't be the last; in fact, I would love to come here, AND take classes at Casa Nica, every year. I immediately fell in love with the country, its natural beauty, its artesanias, the ancient colonial city of Granada (not a big city), and, sobre todo, la gente. It's hard to express how great our experience was. If you take Spanish classes in Nicaragua, go to Casa Nica.
I had one-on-one classes with an intuitive, fun, sensitive, and smart teacher for two weeks, four hours a day. I was sad when my classes with Raquel were over. I had an excellent home stay with a delightful Nica family. Also Marlon taught me lots of Nica birds, Vanessa and Raquel lead us on many exciting "adventuras," all of which greatly improved my Spanish. Raquel fit my lessons to my level of Spanish and my personality. I wish I could have stayed longer. Now at home I see that Casa Nica kicked my Spanish to a whole new level.
Spanish teachers in Central America are paid the equivalent of about $2 per hour, however Spanish schools that offer Skype classes online often charge $15 or more per hour. Translation: the school owners are the ones that keep most the money.Over the years I have looked long and hard for a capable Spanish tutor via Skype that charges a reasonable price, and I finally found them at Casa Nica Spanish School. For as little as $7 per hour (paid via PayPal), you get a full 60 minutes of instruction with your own personal tutor … and you can be certain that you will enjoy the experience.I also appreciate the fact that this school is a women's cooperative, and that they work with local NGOs to place volunteers that come through their school. I look forward to the opportunity to visit Granada one day to take Spanish in person at Casa Nica Spanish School, which will be even that much more fun ... but in the meantime I get excellent instruction via Skype.
I studied at Casa Nica for one week in January 2014, and it was the perfect start of my stay in Nicaragu. My teacher, Marlon, was able to determine my level of Spanish really quick, and in addition he made if fun even learning the past tenses that I struggled a lot with. He could always make me laugh and concentrate, just when I thought I wanted to give up. I also had an amazing host family, which happened to be the family of Vanesa, the owner of the school. My room was great, the food was varied and tasty, and the family was so open and patient although I really struggled with my Spanish. I also have to say that one reason to choose this school, is Vanesa herself. She is really positive and sees a solution to any problem. She seems to know everybody in town, and is actively engaged helping the local community. Luckily, I was also able to help out through the volunteering options offered at school.I know there are a lot of schools in Granada to choose from, but I can just promise you that you won't regret if you choose Casa Nica. I wish I could have studying at this school for a longer time, and hope I will be able to return to do that one day. Oh, and yes, they do have wifi;)
Casa Nica Spanish School is one of many in Grenada, I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience. We were very fortunate in our teacher, a lovely woman named Silvia who teaches at the school In between her travels. The school itself is small and informal. we took the 20 hour week, We had 4 hours per day with our instructor who worked with us from our staring points. My boyfriend had done some Rosetta Stone and I had a more informal grasp of conversation and pronunciation but we both needed a lot of help.I feel so much more effective in my Spanish conversation now. This was the missing piece I have been needing for years. We spent our mornings from 8 to noon and then had our afternoons to explore the city of Grenada, Our B&B, Casa Silas, was conveniently located 5 blocks from the school! I enjoyed listening to other students as they progressed around us. I highly recommend Casa Nica Spanish School
I came to Nicaragua with the hopes of learning some Spanish, being that what I learned in high school did not stick with me. On my first day I could not speak a complete sentence, but my wonderful one-on-one teacher Katia had me holding conversations by the end of my 5th day. I would absolutely make this school a stop if I returned!
My son and I attended classes here our first three days to brush up our Spanish and we found the teachers first rate. Also a great way to spend some quality time with educated locals to have compelling discussions (in Spanish) about Nicaraguan history, culture, politics, etc. AND get to meet interesting people from other countries there to learn as well. FYI you would do better (cheaper) booking activities directly with local tour companies or through your hotel.
I was in Granada during the Christmas week. First of all, Nicaragua is considered one of the safest countries in Central America, not to mention it is much cheaper and less touristy than Costa Rica, where I saw lots of U.S. fast food restaurants everywhere. Granada is not "contaminated" by the American capitalism, and I hope it will not be like Costa Rica. I chose a five-day course, and studied 4 hours in the morning, and participated field trips in the afternoon, except for the Christmas day, when the school was closed. Well, the schools wasn't actually "closed"! All of us students were invited to the school director's Christmas party on evening of the 24th, and we enjoyed the Nicaraguan style Christmas party, which was to drink lots of cervezas and dance forever. We had truly wonderful time with Vanesa's family and her neighbors and amigos. Vanesa, the director of the school, is so personable. She is a natural ambassador, making every student feel important and special. On the Christmas day after recovering from the party, the teachers invited us to go to Lake Nicaragua. There was so much to do every day. In addition to all the fun stuff, I had a great experience with the school program. I was a total beginner, but my teacher was so patient with me. She made sure that there were always enjoyable elements in the learning process. In such a relaxed environment, I was able to absorb so much Spanish, and I am now determined to learn the language further. The school mostly offers one-to-one sessions. So, you get 100% of your teacher's attention. They can accommodate you no matter what your Spanish proficiency level is. And, the teachers are so qualified. They really know how to encourage and motivate the students. And, it is so reasonably priced!!!!! I chose to stay with a host family, which happened to be located three buildings away from the school. I had my own bedroom and bathroom. And my host papa Orlando religiously made three meals a day for me. By the third day, I even started feeling attached to his family. Orlando was the one often times driving his pick-up truck to take us to the field trips in the afternoon.The reason why this school is such a wonderful place is because of Vanesa and her teachers, and the affectionate people that support this school. The school is so personable. It will make you feel that you are treated as a family member, even if you are in school for a week or two weeks, or even shorter. This is a place that you want to come back, because of the people in the school and the host family and other folks that I shared my memories with. THERE IS A LOT OF LOVE IN THIS SCHOOL Lots of love for everyone no matter how good or bad your Spanish is! I was traveling alone, and the school had mostly other independently traveling students from different parts of the world, and we naturally had a lot in common. Because of this school, Nicaragua ranks among my most favorite countries out of over 40 countries I have visited in my life.
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.