La Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel

Address: De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este, Masaya, Nicaragua | Hotel
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This hotel is located on De la Cancha, 200 metros al sur, 50 al este, Masaya.
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    TravelPod Member ReviewsLa Mariposa Spanish School and Eco Hotel Masaya

    Reviewed by wyldhorsez

    The best place in Latin America to learn Spanish, understand the local culture and make a difference to the community

    Reviewed May 1, 2015
    by (2 reviews) London , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    An amazing experience, which enabled us to learn Spanish to an advanced level and understand Nicaraguan culture whilst helping and engaging with the local community. We stayed with a family for a month, taking 4 hours of Spanish tuition and spending 4 hours volunteering each day. We volunteered at a local health centre, school and an after-school program for children with learning and physical disabilities. However, there are a myriad of projects that one can take part in and the staff at the school are very flexible with any changes. We left La Mariposa feeling as though we had given back to an impoverished community while learning a lot about their culture and with a decent grasp of Spanish to ensure we continue learning. We cannot recommend this enough to anyone interested in making a difference, whilst curious about how this welcoming and intriguing country works and speaks (writes and reads).

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    Reviewed by beattie_family

    a unique experience

    Reviewed Jan 2, 2013
    by (11 reviews) Kempsford, Glos. , United Kingdom Flag of United Kingdom

    We stayed at La Mariposa as a family (kids are 10 and 14) for 5 weeks to learn Spanish and had an amazing time. The 1 to 1 teaching is very well structured, with 2 hours of grammar and 2 hours of conversation every weekday. We were never bored for a second as every afternoon there was an activity, plus homework, and there was always someone to talk to... including the parrots. Staying at the Mariposa was a bit like being in an ever-changing commune, and the easy access to the kitchen (and kettle!) for cups of tea and bananas was much appreciated. The food was largely vegetarian but with lots of variety (well, apart from rice and beans with most meals). The kitchen staff were very accommodating when the kids were sick, and liquidated every meal for my husband for over a week when he couldn't eat solids (long story). Paulette and the other staff (thank you Gonzlalez) could not have done more for us when my husband had freak surfing accident. Oscar and Santos were also very cheerful and let the kids help feed the many animals. We enjoyed the menagerie of rescued wild animals that Paulette looks after, and the many dogs and cats. Above all we felt we got to know Nicaragua far better than if we'd stayed in a 'regular' hotel, and while the cabin wasn't always plain sailing (think big spiders, early wakeup calls from the parrots, dark jungly paths) we wouldn't have changed a thing!

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    A travel blog entry by wyldhorsez on May 01, 2015

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