FAQ

FAQ’s

Preparing to come to Nicaragua:

Living in Nicaragua:


 

How do I know if a four week TEFL course in Nicaragua is right for me?

Well, if you are at all interested in Latin America, Nicaragua is a great place to get your  introduction.  Nicaragua is safer and much more affordable than many other countries in Central and South America.  With so many places in Nicaragua to be discovered, it is a great place to complete your TEFL certification, even if you are not sure yet that you want to teach in Nicaragua. ITAN will provided you with lifetime worldwide job search guidance.  We have great working relationships with many English language schools here in Nicaragua, or  we can assist you in finding a teaching job elsewhere in the world.

Why would I choose to take the Hybrid online with a week of practicum, exploration, and instruction in Leon, Nicaragua?

If you are still working, in school, or just want to do a little professional development, this is the course for you.  This course is also great for someone looking to save a little money before deciding where to make there next move.  The best part about our hybrid course is that you can spend seven days in Nicaragua, or use those seven days as an introduction to your journey,  and stay as long as you like.  Another benefit is that you will receive the highest level of certification with the practicum portion performed with our instructors, Q5.

Nicaragua-TEFL-Class-Map-squareWhere exactly is Nicaragua located?

Nicaragua is located in Central America. It is below Honduras and above Costa Rica. Nicaragua has the Pacific Ocean to its west and the Caribbean Sea to its east, making both of Nicaragua’s coast lines some of the most diverse and beautiful in the world.

Is Nicaragua Safe?

Yes, Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America.  Like all places you must be aware of your surrounding and know your environment.  However, it has been our experience that in Nicaragua, there is always someone there to lend a helping hand.

Do I need a passport to come to Nicaragua?

Yes, unless you have a Nicaraguan passport and already live in Nicaragua you will need a passport to enter the country.  Remember you will need to apply for your passport long in advance, if you have not already, to be sure you can make your travel arrangements.  For example in the United States it takes a minimum of 90 days to apply and receive your passport.

Will I need to apply for a Work Visa before coming to Nicaragua?

Most fluent English speakers will not need a special visa to come to Nicaragua.  Most English teachers in Nicaragua work without a special Visa and leave the country every 90 days to renew their tourist visa.

Are there a lot of tourists in Nicaragua?

Depending on where you chose to live in Nicaragua, there are plenty of Americans and Europeans to go around.  There are also large communities of Canadians found all over Nicaragua.  When you choose to relocate to Nicaragua, be sure to look into ex-pat, Canadian, and European communities online, in forums such as Facebook.  Often times these groups plan events in the community where you can meet other individuals with similar interests as yourself.

What do I need to bring with me to Nicaragua?

This answer is different for everyone but if you have a larger shoe size, the number one thing I would bring are two good pairs of shoes.  Depending on your lifestyle, some other items I treasure would be my e-reader, laptop, headlamp, and Chaco Sandals.  You can get almost anything in Nicaragua if you are willing to travel, and often pay a little more for those luxury items we take for granted back home.  However, we have noticed that during the past year, many of these items are becoming more mainstream.

How much money am I going to need for start up costs?

Another great reason why Nicaragua is so attractive is due to the low cost of living here.  Basically, you will need $600-900 saved to live on after your TEFL class, and before you collect your first paycheck from teaching English.   Any extra money you save is just a bonus for you to explore this beautiful, tropical country.

What can I expect as a salary while teaching in Nicaragua?

Most English as a foreign language teachers teaching in Nicaragua make enough money to support themselves (living conservatively) and do some modest traveling during their stay.   For most people teaching in Nicaragua, it is about the experience, and improving their resumes.

What kinds of resources can I expect while working in a classroom in Nicaragua?

Most schools will provide their teachers with a whiteboard, markers, eraser, and curriculum.  Meaning you will receive a teacher book, workbook, and student book.  From there you must go where your teaching expertise leads you.

How will I get to Leon from the airport?

You will be arriving at Augusto C. Sandino Airport in Managua.  The airport is about 62 miles from Leon.  ITAN offers door to door transportation to and from the airport for $100, taking the sting out of trying to navigate through Managua with heavy packs. We offer this service for the convenience of our students, paid directly to the Nicaraguan providing the service.  Please contact us for availability.

What happens if my flight arrives late at night?

We do not recommend traveling at night in Managua.  Right across the street from Augusto C. Sandino Airport is the Best Western Las Mercedes Hotel that you can walk to from the airport.  If you choose to arrive at night, we recommend staying here, and your transportation can pick you up in the morning.  It is usually dark in Nicaragua by 5-6 pm, depending on the season.

What are the house rentals like in Nicaragua?

Most expats first starting out as English teachers in Nicaragua choose to rent a room from a local family. In most areas you can find a room for rent with a private bath for $100- 150 a month.  Often times you can find less expensive rooms depending on the location.  Don’t forget that soon you will be making friends and meeting colleagues and they may also be looking for a roommate and a place to rent.  For example you can find a modest three bedroom house for rent in the city of Leon for as little as three hundred dollars a month.  Whichever option you choose, ITAN will personally assist you to find the right living arrangement for you during your four week class in Leon.  Most English school directors can recommend housing as well.

Do I need to pay taxes when teaching in Nicaragua?

Depending on your home country, you will likely need to report overseas income on a yearly basis.  For example, if you are from the USA, you need to report all overseas income annually.  Please consult your family CTA with specific questions on how to do that.

How much does it cost for dinner and drinks?

When your long day is over at ITAN, relax with friends at one of the many restaurant/bars here in Leon. There are coffee shops peppered throughout Leon, and a cup of coffee is less than $1.00, and a cappuccino less than $2.00  Beers are cheap, running about $1.20 ea.  The rum is also good, and only slightly more expensive.  Dinner for two, with drinks and gratuity can cost you around $20.00.  Or you can get the exceedingly more cost effective street food, found almost anywhere, for a couple bucks.

How will I be able to keep in touch with my friends and family back home?

For a developing country, internet access in Nicaragua is plentiful.  In Leon, there are internet cafes like there are Starbucks.  If you have access to the internet, and so do your loved ones, SKYPE is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to keep in touch. There is free telephone calls to the US, and free Wi-Fi at the ITAN school location.

 

Are there volunteer opportunities through ITA Nicaragua?

Yes, we have partnered with Proyecto Barrilete to teach English classes to the children that attend their after school program. It is a three week volunteer program you can participate in after your certification class. Learn more about the opportunity here.

 

 

 

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