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 the local area. I had a great teacher and an amazing deal in terms of price. The food was lovely and really healthy. The rooms are fairly basic, and there is sometimes quite a bit of noise from the local wildlife at night, but for me that was all part of the experience! I would thoroughly recommend this place, especially if you're looking for a good value deal on Spanish lessons.
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.
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 of birdwatchers who came from Europe to see nature. This week, we are going to study in Managua. Oh there is a crazy man next door, we met him. We also went birdwatching with the others one day, and helped Pablo to put some data into their computer files. We mostly helped with the tree project, planting trees and we also went to a meeting at an office in Catarina. We just tried to be helpful. We also met with Jeffrey, the director, who was preparing for a workshop with a group of German volunteers. The cost was 175 dollars and the price included food which was the best we have eaten in Nicaragua. The best part is the water. The lake is very nice. It is a shame that the local people put trash everywhere, and that the foreigners build walls to keep others off their beach. After one more week of Spanish, I hope we can manage the rest of our trip!…
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. During 2012, I spent a week with my young son who loved the water and the doting attention of the staff and guests. I have finally learned enough Spanish to deal with the growing immigrant community at work. This hostel os probably the most basic un the area, but it is comfortable and the violent person is no longer a factor.