Summer in Nicaragua

Location: Granada, Nicaragua

Disclaimer: EIU does not own, operate or sponsor this program.

Staff Leader: Dr. Lania Knight, ldknight@eiu.edu

Subjects: Spanish language

 
Terms/Timeframe:

May 5 - 12, 2013

Do not purchase your airfare unless the you have been admitted to the program and authorized to do so, with instructions.

 

Language:

English & Spanish
 

Budget: Cost Breakdown


Eligibility:

Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

 
Application Deadlines:

March 1, 2013

If you are interested in this program, we highly encourage you to submit an application as soon as possible, as it will be limited to 12 students. Admissions will be made on a first-come, first-serve basis subject to eligibility requirements.

 
Application Materials:

EIU Application Materials

 

Questions:

Please contact the Office of Study Abroad. A trip leader is to be determined.

Program Highlights

EIU's first summer study abroad program in Nicaragua organized by Granada Nicaragua Spanish School and led by Dr. Lania Knight of the English Department.

Granada (estimated population of 110,326) is the forth largest city in Nicaragua. It is located on the western shore of Lago de Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America and the 19th largest lake in the world, approximately 50km southeast of Managua. During the Colonial period, Granada was one of the most important commercial harbors in Central America. Often referred to as the Gran Sultana del Gran Lago (Great Sultan of the Great Lake), it is today a central part of Nicaragua tourism with architecture that dates back to the 16th century, horse drawn carriages, and welcoming-friendly people.

Granada, Nicaragua

Academic Program

This is a 2-credit intensive Spanish program offered this summer. The program is subject to a minimum enrollment and space is also limited.

Below is a sample itinerary, subject to change at any point in time:

Sunday

Bienvenidos! Welcome

Arrival in the afternoon or night.

Tourist cards must be purchased upon arrival ($10)

Orientation Session at Language School

Meet your host families and transfer to your homes.

Monday

8:00 – 12:00  Spanish lesson

12:00 –2:00 PM Lunch break

2:00 – 3:00 Granada City Tour

3:00pm-5:00pm  Las Isletas boat ride with Spanish instructors. Boat Rider.
Enjoy a boat rider on lake Cocibolca to view several of the 365 “isletas”, including ¡monkey island!

What to bring: comfortable shoes, camera, water, sun cream protection.

Tuesday

8:30 Departure to Mombacho Volcano

9:30 – Arrival at Biological Station
Visit Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve and see the stunted forest.
The group will reach the top of the volcano where great views of hidden lakes and intermittent springs can be enjoyed.

11:40 Departure to Hacienda Las Flores

12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch break. At Hacienda Las Flores

2:00pm Canopy Tour

5:00pm Return to Granada

What to bring: Hiking shoes, camera, insect repellent, water

Wednesday

8:00- 12:00  Spanish Lessons

12:00 –1:30 PM Lunch break with families

1:30 PM- 3:30PM Volunteer afternoon with kids and teens.

4:00 Departure to Volcan Masaya

5:30 – 8:00 Visit Masaya Volcano National Park which comprises an area of 54 km² and includes two volcanoes, five craters and bats Cave.

What to bring: Hiking shoes, camera, insect repellent, water.

Thursday

8:00 – 12:00  Spanish lesson

12:30 –1:00 PM Lunch break with families

2:00 – 4:00 
Catarina View point  (The most amazing view of Apoyo Lagoon)

Masaya Market

6:00 – 10:00 PM La Verbena Festival Masaya - Everyone pays  for  their own dinner (approximately $10 per person ) at the Verbena  Festival unless you wish to arrange dinner before with your family.

What to bring: money to buy things, comfortable shoes, camera, insect repellent

Friday

8:00 – 12:00  Spanish lesson

12:30 –2:00 PM Lunch break with families

2:00 -4:00 Program evaluation Spanish lessons

4:00 – 6:00 Dance lessons: Palo de Mayo (Nicaragua popular dance), as well as Merengue and Reggaetton at CPC.

Saturday

8:00 – Departure to La Boquita (the beach) 

9:30 Arrival to La Boquita

Lunch at the beach - Includes a meal from the restaurant and one soda or juice per person. You can buy purified water if you'd like.

All the day in the beach

5:00 Return to Granada

7:00 Arrival to Granada

Sunday

Departure to the International Airport 

Health & Safety

Please read the Nicaragua Country Specific Information issued by the Department of State for the latest security information on Niaragua. It is very important that you read this information BEFORE you decide to apply to the program! Also read the CDC - Health Information for Travelers to Nicaragua.

U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nicaragua are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate at the Department of State travel registration page in order to obtain updated information on local travel and security. 

Housing

Each student will stay with a single or double host family, characterized by traditional Nicaraguan hospitality and warmth, with three meals per day, no farther than 15 minutes walking from the school. It is prohibited to smoke or drink alcohol inside or outside family houses.

Foreign Entry Requirements

If you are a US citizen, you will not need a visa for this program. However, you must have more than 6 months left on your passport from March 20, 2012. This means that your passport should not expire on or before September 20, 2012. If your passport is due to expire before then, you will need to obtain a new passport to board the plane.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **