By chance I encountered a few reports here of La Mariposa school in Masaya, and I'm intrigued. My cousin and I (two women in their 30s) are planning our third spanish school trip for next fall/winter (our first two were in Costa Rica and Honduras), and I would love to hear more details from folks who have studied at La Mariposa. It's a different set-up from other schools we've been to, which generally involved morning classes, afternoons on your own, and a homestay (of varying quality).
I'd be interested in hearing anything you'd like to share, particularly:
-quality of the instruction and teachers
-was English spoken during your stay, and to what extent
-number of other students there when you studied
-afternoon activities; are they as interesting as they seem? Does the whole group do them together, with the instructors?
-Did La Mariposa have an airport pickup service or otherwise assist with that transfer?
-for those who have done homestays, did you feel like you were missing out by not having one, or did you appreciate the privacy? Was Spanish spoken at meals?
-did you have safety concerns while you were there, either while traveling or while at the school?
-did you feel like you had the chance to talk to/get to know local people? was the school integrated into the town?
-did you participate in any of the eco-projects listed on the site?
Sorry this list got so long...I appreciate any info you'd like to share!