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Projecto Ecologico Hostel

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The Gaia Program is operated by FUNDECI, the only officially registered not-for-profit organization working in the Laguna de Apoyo area. Go scuba diving, bird- and monkey-watching, volunteer, learn Spanish, or take one of our special environmental courses. Help us keep the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve in harmony between humans and wildlife. All proceeds go to support environmental causes.
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I came here to improve my Spanish, and it was a perfect three weeks for me. The location near the lake is beautiful and the staff are incredibly helpful and friendly. Pablo is a very experienced local guide and he gave us great opportunities to practise spanish and learn about
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Thank you for writing about us. We offer simple accomodations, good food and coffee, and a real experience on the environment in Nicaragua. We invite folks to come to take with us or write us via email. Our Spanish school is the longest-running school in the country, and our teachers have taught the teachers at most of the other schools. We are happy to have succeeded, too, on being friendly. Our prices are modest and a great value for someone who wants to get a lot of time in Laguna de Apoyo. We have the least expensive accomodation in the area. Please visit us!
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Pablo was a fantastic guide - knowledgable and truly passionate about birds. We saw nearly 50 species in a 2.5 hr walk on dirt roads and forest paths. The walk was followed by a hearty breakfast and swim.
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Pablo has co-authored a few scientific publications on birds. We welcome all nature lovers to come and view the birds (and monkeys-there are a lot of them, these days) with us. We have special plans for birdwatchers to stay overnight and make excursions at dawn. Please contact us for details.
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I studied Spanish for one week at this place. The backpacker Spanish was just what I needed, because I was not doing well at all without traveling with others who could speak better. There were two teachers who taught me and my friend, and we stayed in a dormitory with a group
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Thank you for visiting and sharing with us. We are now providing backpacker Spanish classes at very accessible prices, and we have the least expensive accomodations in Laguna de Apoyo. As you mentioned, there are professional scientists on staff conducting birdwatching excursions. Come and see some great birds with us!
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I just concluded my fourth period of Spanish study here. I was also present un December 2010, when a disgruntled former employee violently attacked and injured the director during a Gaia workshop. I submitted a report on the incident and I received a satisfactory resolution.
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Response from lagunadeapoyo, Manager at Projecto Ecologico Hostel
Responded Feb 19, 2017
Thank you for writing. We are committed to peaceful resolution of any kind of disagreements. We continue to work on all the issues regarding nature conservation in Laguna de Apoyo. The results can be seen: the reserve now has a management plan which was developed through our coordination; some activities such as motorboats and rampant construction and deforestation are stopped; the threatened fish species in the lake are now widely recognized to need intervention and protection; and the monkeys are now more abundant than ever! And, the person you mentioned has left Nicaragua, hopefully for good. We hope your Spanish skills continue to improve and you find it useful in your work. Please return and go scuba diving with us!
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"there are a couple of rooms with private bathroom, they are more expensive"
NicaraguaMasaya DepartmentMasayaLa Laguna de Apoyo
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