About This Program
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 options to go on a night hike, 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.
We then 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 among 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 end in 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 tutoring impoverished students.
We’ll end our adventure with a farewell banquet.
Included in You Program
Other Inclusions of this Program:
- Round-trip group airfare from Toronto, arranged by Blyth Academy
- Group airport transfers at location
- Transportation for moves between cities with the group
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Farewell Banquet
- Pre-departure briefing and materials
- Designated outings and activities
- City orientation tours
- Use of free Internet, where available*
- Access to Blyth Academy Travel Journal
- Access to Vidigami photo sharing
And much more!
* Most hotels have Wi-Fi in common areas. Please note Internet access may not be available in bedrooms.
Flight details for 2018 will be updated when available.
Groups are required to meet at the airport 3 hours prior to departure
Please note: Flights are subject to change by the airline.
Are you flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport to join the group?
Blyth Academy airport staff will meet students flying into Toronto Pearson International Airport from any city with same-day connections to Blyth Academy group flights at no additional charge. Once your student is registered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, June 1st and request an “Airport Meet-and-Greet in Toronto”.
*The following are examples of optional excursions our students went on last year, and are subject to change. Please take a look and don’t forget to check back soon for the final list of excursions, and your chance to register!
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.
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.
July 3 – 15, 2018*
|Appx. Taxes & Fees||$575|
|Tuition & Supervision||$770|
- San Juan Del Sur: 4 days
- Ometepe Island: 4 days
- Granada: 4 days
A final list of Accommodations for 2018 will be updated closer to the program date.
*All dates are subject to change.
**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, dates, departure taxes, fees, and surcharges are subject to change.
***Please visit www.blythpoints.com for more details on funding your program through Aeroplan points.