5 Reasons You Should Get TEFL Certified in Nicaragua
Nicaragua is starting to become a hot new destination for travelers, but it’s also an emerging teaching market for native English speakers to find work and experience in this relatively untouched culture. Taking an in-person TEFL certification course in Nicaragua as opposed to an online course will allow you to practice your new found teaching skills with real ESL students who live in the same neighborhood, and you’ll make friends with the 11 other people taking the course with you.
There are so many reasons you need to be in Nicaragua like, now, but here are 5 reasons you should go to Nicaragua to get TEFL certified:
1. Be an Important Influence in Helping Nicaragua Raise their English Literacy Rate
English lessons are provided for anyone in the neighborhood at the school for an incredibly discounted rate, and these are the classes that you’ll be teaching to log your TEFL practicum hours! The English literacy rate in Nicaragua is below 10%, and as the country grows as a tourist destination learning English is a way for Nicaraguans to be able to take advantage of the tourism boom, attend college or start their own business.
2. You Become Part of the Family
Jon and Heather own and run the TEFL school, but they also live and teach there! Heather has a background teaching on the South Side in Chicago and will be one of your TEFL instructors. You’ll meet their incredibly awesome 4 year-old son as well, who attends school locally and probably speaks better Spanish than anyone attending the course. Jon and Heather will make you feel like you’ve lived there forever, and they’ll also make you feel like you should never leave.
3. A Cab Anywhere in León Only Costs 20 Cordobas ($0.80 USD)
The perk to taking an in-country TEFL course is that you get to experience the culture and host community of where you are studying, and Leon is no exception. Getting around the city doesn’t have to be expensive either, especially when taking a cab. Cabs work a little differently in Leon than you may be used to. Anywhere you go in they city will only cost 20 Cordoba, or about 80 cents. The catch is that you’ll never be alone in the car as the driver will pick up as many people as they can along the way to get the most fares. Because of this, you need to tell the driver where you need to go before you get in, so they may pass on your fare if it’s out of the way of the other passengers. This is also a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of all the beautiful revolutionary street art throughout the city!
4. Volcano Boarding is THE Thing to Do
Cerro Negro is an active volcano about 35 minutes east of the city of Leon. Hiking up it and boarding down it is the quintessential Nicaragua experience! The school will usually set this up for all the students one weekend, so you can go with all your new friends. The hike is about 45 minutes, and the top provides a very windy view of the crater of the volcano that still is constantly smoking.
5. It’s Cheaper than Costa Rica
Like, much cheaper. A month-long home stay in Leon during your course will run you a whooping $150 and a meal will usually cost $1-$3. All the excursions you could ever want to do will cost under $50, unless you want to treat yourself one night and get a private cabin on a deserted beach for $55.
There are only 12 spots available for each TEFL course date, so applying early is important. Click the button below to get started!