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Bienvenido a Nica World School!

Hola and welcome to Nica World School!! We invite families from all over the world to come and learn about Nicaragua in a community setting! Our goal is for you to unplug and spend time TOGETHER as a family building meaningful connections while immersed in nature & Nicaraguan culture.  We are located in the charming fishing village of San Juan del Sur, nestled between the mountains on the Pacific coastline.  Imagine waking up to the sounds of the jungle right outside your window, hearing the hum of it while you sleep, the call of the howler monkeys in the canopies, then spending the day in a sunny tropical paradise learning about Nicaraguan culture, eating delicious healthy food, and connecting with other families from around the globe. Days at Nica World School are infused with local foods, wildlife, tropical flora & fauna, learning activities, and field trips to the pristine beaches. 

We are currently offering  2 & 4 week sessions from May through September. Our program includes accommodation, 3 meals/day prepared by a cook, snacks, fresh juices, self-serve smoothies, on-site classes & activities, as well as transportation to off-site excursion to the beaches.  Purified water is not included. 5 Gallon jugs of purified water are available for purchase for $3/jug for your personal drinking use in your cabana. 

Summer Session 2021 will be held at a beautiful eco-lodge, designed to make you feel immediately connected with nature. It features a gorgeous 3 story thatched palapa that is perfect for our community space, yoga, and classes. It has an incredible natural vibe and is set right in the jungle! It’s location is perfect, minutes from town and the beaches. We have exclusive use of the entire property, the kitchen, and the pool. We are welcome to cook, bring off site food, beverages, and alcohol on premises. You will sign up to help in the kitchen,  putting the buffet up/down, and dishes. We are a community and we work together to keep Nica World School running. There’s lot of areas for you to jump in and help! 

Accommodations include elegant private cabañas infused with boho vibes. They are cross between a yurt and a rancho; essentially you will be Nica glamping in the jungle! They will be designed to accommodate your specific family with an arrangement of a double/queen, twin, and bunk beds (for kids only). They have electricity, WiFi, an overhead fan, and hard wood floors. Please note AC is not available,  as we find it is not necessary. We sleep without AC and the breeze keeps us perfectly cool at night. March and April can be uncomfortable, which is why we delayed the opening of our program. Rainy season lasts from May- October and with it brings cooler weather. It rains briefly everyday and night, then it’s clear skies and beautiful rainbows! Dry season is from November- April.

Go for an early morning run on the beaches located just 1.5 miles away or head out for a nature hike, come back for a dip in the pool or relax in the many hammocks sprinkled throughout the resort. Enjoy quality time with your family during classes and activities like surfing, boogie boarding, kayaking, sunset strolls, and dancing. 

Come join one of the sessions below at Nica World School! We would love to share our little slice of paradise with your family! We can’t wait to meet you!!


Session dates are as follows:

Summer 1:  May 1-31st

Summer 2:  June 1-30th

Summer 3:  July 1-31st

Summer 4:  August 1-31st


Our Daily classes:

  • Spanish
  • Yoga
  • Art class
  • Folklore Fridays 
  • Wiggle Wednesday  (salsa and merengue dance lesson)
  • One group surf lesson
  • Trip to turtle sanctuary ( Seasonal )
  • Swimming in the pool
  • Nature based board games
  • Cooking class once per week
  • Tropical juice making
  • Bird watching
  • Monkey watching
  • Crocodile observation @ Marsella
  • Creative circles
  • Free dance

A La Carte Activities that we can help you arrange:


  • Horseback riding (USD$35/person)
  • Zip lining (USD$50/person)
  • Kayaking (USD$10)
  • Boogie Boarding ($3-$7/depending on beach you rent from)
  • Paddle boarding (USD$25)
  • Private surf lessons (USD$35)
  • Surf board rentals (USD$10)
  • Spa packages (vary)
  • Guided meditation
  • Massage (USD$20-$35/hr)
  • Fishing trips on private charter boat (USD$475/day)
  • Private charter to secluded bay of Costa Blanca (USD$280)
  • Family day trips to colonial city of Granada
  • Family trips to Ometepe Island 
  • Family trips to Laguna de Apoyo
  • Classes in holistic Nicaraguan medicine

Classes run Monday- Friday. Weekends are unscheduled down time for your family to relax at the pool on site or go traveling around the country on your own or with the new friends you make here. We recommend you check out the colonial city of  Granada, the volcanic crater Laguna de Apoyo, Isla de Ometepe, and Volcano Masaya. We want you to have a wonderful time exploring Nicaragua with us and on your own. We are not a travel agency, but we can assist you in making your travel plans. We’ve been exploring places for you to visit and have some great suggestions for you! We have a list of recommendations for lodging, restaurants, and transportation. You will need to plan and make those reservations for your family. Several families have rented cars and explored on their own time. We can also help you find a driver. A la carte activities/excursions are paid in cash directly to the vendor. Please keep in mind, all activities may not be available everyday. There are ATMS in town that you will be able to make withdrawals from.

We will only have space for 10 families/month! There will be a waiting list in case we have a cancellation. Payment is due in full upon registration via Zelle (843-513-0229), Stripe, and Venmo (@Britton-Ellis). Full refunds will only be issued if a family on the waiting list is able to take your place. I realize the world is completely unpredictable right now and I would like to be as flexible as the budget allows.