Is Nicaragua safe?
Yes!!! It is one of the safest countries in Central America! We live in the quaint village of San Juan del Sur where my husband grew up. We have NEVER had any problems other than petty theft. The people are warm, friendly, and generous! They are our neighbors and friends! We have security onsite. There is no need to worry! Don’t bring valuables and keep them locked up if you do. There is a grated metal safe in each cabana with a padlock.
What are the covid requirements in community?
Each family makes their own choices for themselves. You will not be required to wear a mask or social distance. The option is yours and we respect everyone’s choices.
Is there a safe where I can put my passport?
Yes, each cabana has a metal safe in it. You will need to bring a small padlock and key to secure it.
How close is the airport to Nica World School?
The capital of Nicaragua is Managua (MGA) and that is where the airport is. It’s approximately 2.5 hours from our community. We are are located in Southern Nicaragua in the charming fishing village of San Juan del Sur.
Is transportation from the airports available?
Yes, we offer transportation from the airport in Managua directly to Nica World School for $140. We also offer transportation from the Costa Rican border for $75. We can arrange transportation to pick you up in Liberia, Costa Rica for $100 and bring you to the border where we will then meet you on the other side once you’ve stamped your passport.
How do I pay for extra activities/excursions I want to do?
We are not a tourism company, but we can help you arrange your private fishing trips, zip lining, horseback riding, private surf lessons, massage, etc once you are here. All payments are made directly to those vendors in cash. Only bigger stores or restaurants accept credit card payments. Most locals do not even have a bank account. Cash is currency here. You can pay in dollars or cordobas. ATMs are in town.
How will I do my laundry?
Most Nicaraguans use a “pilla” to wash their clothes. It’s a sink that is outside with a cement washboard in it. We will teach you how to use it and get quite the workout. There is also a laundry service in town owned by your Spanish teacher. You can give give your clothes to him Mon-Fri and he will bring them back to you within 1-2 days during the week. He is not available on weekends.
What should I bring?
You can buy almost everything you want here, but it will be much more expensive. We recommend bringing:
-Lots of your favorite sunblock
-Comfy cotton clothes
-Sandals & keens/chacos, and hiking shoes
-Your daily medications
-Camera and all your chargers for phones,tablets, etc
What is your cancelation policy?
All payments are non–refundable unless you are able to find a family to come in your place. Once you arrive on premise, we are unable to issue ANY refunds should you choose to leave the program early.
What type of electricity does Nicaragua use?
110 volt, 2/3 prong outlets. No need to bring anything special. You will have electrical outlets in room to charge your devices.
How far is Costa Rica from
Nica World School?
We are approximately 45 minutes from the border of Costa Rica. The closest airport is Liberia, which is 1.5 hours from the border making your total travel time from Liberia to Nica World School nearly 2.5 hours plus the border crossing.
Is transportation available if I want to go somewhere?
Nica World School only provides transportation to scheduled activities and excursions. Shuttles to town are available in the morning for $5/person. Taxis are available to come and pick you up at the resort if you would like to have your own adventure or go to a different beach. You can also rent cars, ATV’s and motorcycles.
How much money should I bring?
I would suggest bringing whatever you’re comfortable with. There are ATMs in town that you can easily make withdrawals from. Keep in mind that international withdrawals carry a hefty transaction fee on both sides. We get dinged USD$20 per withdrawal! Some of the best international cards for traveling that have zero fees for making withdrawals are Charles Swabb, Chase, and Capital One.
Is there hot water at the resort?
Yes, the cabanas with PRIVATE bathrooms have HOT water. Sorry, the SHARED bathrooms do NOT. That being said, we never take hot showers. It’s always rather warm in Nicaragua and we like our showers to feel refreshing!