Our program in Nicaragua includes opportunities to contribute to the community, explore cool seaside towns, and hike towering volcanoes. In our free time, we’ll have the option to learn some Spanish and take a surf lesson at a gorgeous beach. We begin our adventure in San Juan del Sur, a picturesque town with a wide brown-sugar beach.

We first volunteer with Barrio Planta, an organization that gives low-income youth and adults new educational tools. We’ll add to their learning environment with workshops in drama and creative arts.

Then we’ll head to Granada, the country’s oldest Colonial city, and take in its remarkably restored architecture. We’ll experience the culture at the Masaya National Artisan Market and cruise the archipelago of tiny islands called the Isletas de Granada. Our community work in the city will be with La Esperanza, where we’ll strive to foster a love of learning through the tutoring of impoverished students. Our July participants will also travel to Ometepe Island, home to the Concepción and Maderas volcanoes. Here we’ll volunteer with Educación de Medio Ambiente de Ometepe (EMAO) to recycle plastic bottles into bricks for construction in order to preserve the natural environment. We’ll hike on Maderas Volcano, explore the cloud forest, and spot howler monkeys amongst the trees.

Before leaving this idyllic island, we’ll swim in the tranquil Ojo de Agua, a peaceful swimming hole nestled in the forest. We’ll end our adventure with a farewell banquet.

Included in your Program:

Cruise of the Isletas de Granada, visit to the Artisan Masaya Market, and volcano hike and swim in Ojo de Agua on Ometepe Island (July only).
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
  • Group airport transfers at location
  • Transportation for moves between cities with the group
  • Accommodation
  • Financial and material donations to local community partners
  • Community service materials
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Farewell Banquet and Awards Night
  • Supervision
  • Pre-departure briefing and materials
  • Designated outings and activities
  • City orientation tours
  • Use of free Internet, where available*
  • Access to our Travel Journal and Vidigami
  • Regular exercise activities
  • And much more!

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PROGRAM:

  • Departure taxes, fees, and surcharges
  • Registration fee of $195
  • Medical insurance / cancellation protection
  • Travel visas, where applicable
  • Lunch, except at select volunteer projects
  • Additional food / beverages
  • Optional Excursions

Flight Details

Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure

Monday, July 3, 2017

American Airlines flight 2721

Depart Toronto 1:00 pm

Arrive Miami 4:13 pm

Monday, July 3, 2017

American Airlines flight 993

Depart Miami 6:00 pm

Arrive Managua 6:52 pm

Saturday, July 15, 2017

American Airlines flight 994

Depart Managua 7:00 am

Arrive Miami 11:42 am

Saturday, July 15, 2017

American Airlines flight 2671

Depart Miami 2:09 pm

Arrive Toronto 5:29 pm

Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.

Optional Excursions

Surfing, San Juan del Sur

Come Hang Ten! What better place to take a surf lesson than in Nicaragua’s famous surf town, San Juan del Sur?! Boasting beautiful beaches, perfect waves for beginners and knowledgeable instructors, this half-day excursion will be truly unforgettable.

All equipment included.

Price: $95

Surfing San Juan Del Sur - Optional Excursions Community Service Nicaragua

Masaya Volcano Lava Rock Evening Tour, Granada

Experience the mysterious sights and sounds of the Masaya Volcano by night. Feared by both indigenous people and Spanish conquerors, the Masaya Volcano was baptized “La Boca del Infierno” or “The Mouth of Hell” by the Spanish.

Just before sunset we set off to the volcano where we hope to get a glimpse of green ‘chocoyos’ (parakeets) returning to their nests inside the volcano crater. These birds have amazingly adapted to withstand the sulfurous fumes emitted from the volcano. While the parakeets are returning home, the bats are just leaving their caves in their masses. What a remarkable sight!

We’ll don helmets and take a flashlight to explore the underground tunnel and rock formations formed by lava streams, before we end our visit to this majestic volcano with a hike to a viewpoint giving fantastic vistas of the crater mouth, which is continuously emitting smoke and sulfur gases, and allowing us to see a crater created by lava activity as recently as 2006!

Please wear comfortable walking shoes, and bring with you insect repellent, bottled water and a light jacket.

Price: $95

Massaya Volcano Tour Granada - Optional Excursions Community Service Nicaragua

July 3 – 15, 2017

July Fees

Travel Services
(incl. taxes & fees)
$2,300
Tuition & Supervision$770
Total:$3,070*
or use your Aeroplan Points

 

Accommodations

San Juan del Sur:  Hotel Gran Océano

Ometepe Island:  Hotel Villa Paraíso

Granada:  Hotel Colonial

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*Plus $195 registration fee. Includes group airfare arranged by Blyth Academy and an estimated $575 in airline and departure taxes, local taxes and fees. Please visit www.blythsummers.com/fees for an explanation of our departure taxes, fees, and surcharges, and when these fees will be invoiced. All itineraries, excursions, and dates are subject to change.

**Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.