Courses, Accommodation + Prices:

Language Acquisition

Creating a comfortable atmosphere helps the learning process

 

We teach Spanish in a low-anxiety environment where you can relax without feeling the pressure of a stuffy class room atmosphere – with us you acquire the Spanish language in the comfortable setting of a family home. Our instructors provide you with an interesting comprehensible input with learning materials that give you the most important communication skills in comprehensive listening and speaking. You learn to overcome your fears to speak the Spanish language right from the first day; speaking also allows students to engage in real language use where our students are truly engaged into the learning experience and the materials without focussing excessively on form and grammar. Our method is based on letting students experience that communicating in a new language is possible while having an enjoyable meaningful language acquisition relating and preparing you for your stay and travels in Latin American countries.

 

If you have prior knowledge of the Spanish language we classify your level the first day within a relaxed conversation in order to tailor your Spanish course to your individual needs and progress. In order to immerse you totally into the new language and help you advance rapidly the course is taught in Spanish but of course we can explain in English should it be needed.  

 

 

Schedules

There are no fixed dates you can start with your Spanish course at any time. At our regular schedule you will have 20 hours of Spanish a week, in 4-hour intervals, from Monday through Friday.

However, we are flexible and can adjust our teaching schedule to your individual needs. Generally we offer courses in the morning. We can also adjust our teaching schedule and, upon demand, offer 2 hours in the morning and two in the afternoon – this way you can practice the newly acquired skills for your afternoon class. According to prior agreement we do offer week-end classes and on public holidays. 

 

The language in the courses is Spanish. It can be explained in English, if you have

problems at the beginning.

Needless to say, that you can start with your Spanish course at any time.

 

Normally you will have individualized private lessons, called "one to one classes". That means that every learner has his own teacher. It's possible to learn in small groups up to 3 people. To reach optimal learning results it's not advisable to have more than 3 persons in one group. We only teach in groups if a couple of persons with the same Spanish-level book together or we have some students with the same Spanish-level, which want to learn together.

In this case we can give you a discount on your classes.

 

We also offer additional activities as part of your education in Leon to deepen your knowledge of Spanish, such as market, museum and church visits.

 

You can book a Spanish language course without accommodation as well.

 

We can offer in addition to our 3 variants as well a language course with accommodation in a Nicaraguan family with full board, a cheap and clean "Hostal" in the center or in a hotel apartment with kitchen and swimming pool.

 

Accommodation option 1 - At the school or in a family

We do offer accommodation at our house where you have a private room and your own bathroom. The use of WiFi-Internet and cable-TV (with Spanish and English channels) is free of charge. Should you like to prepare your meals yourself, we invite you to use our kitchen. There are additional accommodations available at our neighbour-families. Within a 3-minute-walking distance you will find a sports club with a good-sized swimming pool and a small gym. The monthly fee for the pool is 25 US $ and for the gym 10 US $.

Our residential area is a safe and quiet district outside the lively and busy city centre of Leon. You can reach the city centre by public transport that runs on a 15-minute schedule. The one-way fare is .15 US$. Should you prefer a taxi, the charge runs at about 1,20 US$. It is also possible to walk to the city which will take about half an hour. For those who wish to experience the Leon area or Nicaragua on two wheels, we do rent out bicycles and motorbikes. 

 

Prices for the Spanish course with accommodation at the school or in a family:

 

1 week stay with 20 hours classes, incl. learning materials, private accommodation incl. breakfast 170,- Euro/225,- US $

 

Ask for our special prices for long term stays.

 

Accommodation option 2 - Hotel in the centre of León

We organize your stay in a hostel or hotel in the center of León. You have a choice of simple but clean Hostal up to a hotel room with air conditioning, cable TV, kitchen and swimming pool. According to your wishes. And the teacher comes to you in the Hotel.

Just ask for prices if interested.

 

We recommend a Spanish course from at least 2 weeks, to reach your goal to learn Spanish.

You can relativize - depending on the season - the high costs for the flights if you stay longer.

 

Costs for Airport transfer:

The international airport Managua is approx. 100 km (60 miles) away from León. For that reason we can't offer you the airport-transfer for free.

If you stay 4 weeks or longer the transport (Managua-León) is included in the price.

For your return flight exist different alternatives for your transport from León to the airport. There are special shuttle-buses for tourists, it depends on your departure time.

 

The fare for the airport transfer from Managua to León is 75 US $. If you are more people in a group the price is 75 US $ as well. It's cheaper for each person.

You have to pay the airport transfer in cash in León or you can pay together with your payment for your course.

 

Or you take the cheap alternative, the public bus from Managua to León. It takes approx.
2 hours. More information on request.

 

Alternative to León - Mountain Hotel Aguas del Arenal

As an alternative to our Spanish school in León we can offer you a stay in the new constructed Mountain Hotel Aguas del Arenal in the northern mountain region close to the city of Matagalpa. The hotel lies in an ecological managed finca (farm) where they produce mainly coffee. They have a small hydroelectric power plant and solar collectors for warm water.

 

The owners are the German Jürgen Marienscheck together with his Nicaraguan wife Anabelle Jerez.

 

Jürgen Marienscheck lives in Nicaragua since many years. He is a high school teacher for Spanish, English and social studies and has a special education for German as foreign language. He was the former representative for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Nicaragua with many years experience as a Spanish teacher.

 

The Mountain Hotel Aguas del Arenal is located in the middle of the nature reserve "Reserva Natural Cerro El Arenal" on an altitude of 1280 meters over sea level.

The climate is pretty much cooler than in the lowlands of Nicaragua.

The temperatures from November to February are between 16 and 23 ° Celsius (60 to 73 ° Fahrenheit) and from March to October between 20 to 27 ° Celsius (68 to 80 ° Fahrenheit). Also there is more rainfall as in the lowlands. It's possible to have some rain almost all year around.

 

The Nature Reserve is one of the best places in whole Central-America for watching animals, especially birds. It's also a very good place for hiking. Here you are far away from stress, noise and bustle. The perfect place to have a break and concentrate yourself on your Spanish course.

 

And you can rent a horse for only 5 US $ /hour.

 

Matagalpa and its surroundings is famous for coffee-cultivation. Jürgen Marienscheck can show and explain you the cultivation and the processing of coffee on his own finca (farm), and he is as well an experienced hiking- and nature-guide. If you wish he can organize excursions and hikes in the Nature Reserve and the surrounding area. It's also possible to participate on activities on the finca, for example, the coffee harvest.

 

There are different kind of accommodation like single or double room or small bungalows for a surcharge.

 

Prices for the Spanish course with accommodation for one person in a single room with breakfast:

 

1 week stay with 20 hours classes, incl. learning materials, single room, incl. breakfast 250,- Euro/340,- US $

 

If 2 persons stay in a double room the price for accommodation  will be reduced.

Prices for Cabañas (Bungalows ) and Spanish courses for couples with accommodation we will give you on request.

 

Ask for our special prices for long term stays.

 

The fare for the transport from the Airport Managua to the Mountain Hotel Aguas del Arenal is 100 US $. If you are more people in a group the price is 100 US $ as well. It's cheaper for each person.

You have to pay the airport transfer in cash at the hotel.

Or you can take the cheap alternative, the public bus from Managua to Matagalpa. It takes approx. 2.5 hours. More information’s on request.

You only have to pay the private transport from Matagalpa to the hotel.

It will cost you 15 US $.

 

If you travel from León to the Mountain Hotel Aguas del Arenal or vice versa you can book a private transport. We will charge you 100 US $. If you are more people in a group the price is the same. It's cheaper for each person.

Or you take the cheap alternative, the public bus from León to Matagalpa. It takes approx. 2.5 hours.

You only have to pay the private transport from Matagalpa to the hotel.

It will cost you 15 US $.

 

If you stay 4 weeks or longer the transport (Managua-Hotel Aguas del Arenal) is included in the price.

 

Needless to say that you can do your Spanish course in León as well as in the Hotel Aguas del Arenal. So you have the variety of both locations in one trip.