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My Experience in Nicaragua During The Protests in Leon.

“What is happening here happens everywhere in the world, the only difference is this is a developing country and things do not always work the same way as they might in the US.”   Lindsay is an ITA Nicaragua graduate, and she is currently working at a children’s bi-lingual school in downtown Leon, and living […]

One thing I wish I knew about Nicaragua before I got there

  “I never thought I would say it, but I fell in love with the beauty and charm of the little city of León, Nicaragua and I have no doubt you will too.”   Written by Stephanie Wilson. Where did it all start? In reality, it started a few years ago, when I started to […]

Why I Chose Nicaragua For my TEFL Certification

    By Allie Rodriguez Allie is an ITA Nicaragua graduate and took her class in Leon in February 2017.   I was looking into getting TEFL Certified for a long time, but the question remained: where? I went back and forth between deciding to either take the online course, or the Chicago course, or […]

Teaching English to Children in Leon, Nicaragua

Teaching English to Children in Leon, Nicaragua    Written by ITA Nicaragua graduate Anna Colletti. The first time I visited Nicaragua was in 2011 and after just one visit, I knew I ultimately wanted to live here. After graduating college in 2015 with a degree in Urban Education, I knew I was ready to move […]

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What do breakeven wages mean when teaching English in Nicaragua?

What does breakeven even mean?   When figuring out where you want to teach in the world, money is always a big factor.  How much money will I make is always at the top of the list of questions people ask me. In this article, we are going to explain exactly what break even means, […]

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8 Tips For Women Living In Nicaragua Or Abroad.

By Amanda Denney I’ve lived and worked abroad for three years: two in a rural village in sub-Saharan West Africa and one in a vibrant university town called Leon (Burkina Faso and Nicaragua, respectively). I was asked to compile a list of tips for women because I kind of had my stuff together (but if […]

Is it safe for a single woman to teach English abroad?

Yes!  Approximately 60% of the 250,000 English teachers abroad are women, and while you may depart for your adventure teaching English abroad as a “single” woman, you will soon find that you are not alone as you begin your new life. There are typically 500 to 5,000 English teachers working and living in most major cities in Europe, Asia and South America, […]

What Is The Food And The Food Scene Like In Nicaragua?

Foodie Or Not: Nicaragua Has Some Amazing Cuisine! As the warm day turns to a cooler afternoon, local ladies set up various types of food stands, primarily referred to as fritangas.  The intoxicating smell is noticeable from blocks away, as are the plumes of smoke, that are all too telling that a fritanga is up ahead. Your mother […]

How To Stretch Your Money Even Further In Nicaragua!

  Editor’s note: This article was updated on September 5, 2017. Before you travel to Nicaragua or abroad, it is a good idea to know what the money situation is like before you get there.  What is the local currency? What is the exchange rate?  Can I get money in my home currency?  We have […]

5 Steps To Avoiding Culture Shock

  5 Steps To Avoiding Culture Shock! The first time I traveled to Central America, I was awestruck!  Pristine rain forests, immaculate beaches, tropical weather, the list goes on and on.  But there were these moments and feelings of intense isolation and loneliness.  I didn’t know Spanish, and it really affected how I interacted with the locals.  […]

Step By Step Guide To Filling Out A Customs Form In Nicaragua.

Editor’s note: This post was updated on October 1st, 2015. When you come into Nicaragua (or most other countries outside your home country) you will be expected to fill out two forms.  One is your migration or customs form, and the other is your declaration form.  They are slightly different, and we are going to […]