International TEFL Academy Nicaragua Housing Options.

Economy Housing For Students

**All prices are based on a 30 day, single accommodation stay**

We have home stay options that start at $170/month and go up to $320/ month.  These are always the first to go, so the earlier you enroll in your TEFL class, the earlier you can reserve your housing with us.  

 

The below housing is reserved by ITAN and payment is paid directly to ITAN. Payment is due the first Friday of your course or within 5 days of your arrival for students who arrive before the recommended course arrival date.

Dr. Morales    Pricing $200 (For the Month)

  • Rooms assigned upon arrival.
  • Once room is given key’s for your room and the front door will be available, for each student.
  • Rooms will be cleaned upon request of students.
  • Students are given a roll of toilet paper after that students must purchase their own.
  • A towel is available for you and can be replaced upon request.
  • You have access to shared kitchen (you may use items such as pots and pans, etc.), refrigerator/freezer, as well as the clothes  washing area.
  • Five out of six rooms have private bathrooms, besides one . The shared bathroom is with one other person.
  • WIFI is available just ask for password.
  • Laundry can be cleaned for you at an additional fee, upon request.
  • No drugs.
  • No outside guest, unless given permission.
  • No overnight guest.Price

The Morales’s housing is with an elderly couple. They have six rooms for rent. They are nice however, they tend to keep to themselves. They have a nice spacious home, with a few common areas to sit besides your room. Internet access is only available in the common areas. This housing is few doors down from the TEFL Academy.

Dr. Morales Housing

 

 

 

 Harvest House Nicaragua

                                                **All prices based on a 30 night stay. **

  • Located in the San Juan neighborhood of Leon, 20 minute walk to the school
  • 3 studio apartments, and 12 private rooms
  •  Private and shared bathroom
  •  Free use of kitchen for private rooms, kitchenette's in studio apartments
  • Large dining area and common area with TV
  •  Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Air conditioning can be added for an additional $200/month
  • An additional person can be added for $30/month

 

 

Hostel Marian   

Pricing $170 (For the Month)

  • Rooms assigned upon arrival.
  • Once room is given key’s for your room and the front door will be available. If you are staying in one of the outside rooms you do not have a key to the main house, however if you need anything you can ask the owner.
  • Rooms will be cleaned upon request of students.
  • Students are given a roll of toilet paper and a bar of soap after that students must purchase their own.
  • WIFI is available just ask for password.
  • No drugs.
  • No outside guest, unless given permission.
  • No overnight guest.
  • Please, if you have any questions about your housing ask the owners of the house.

Alvaro is the owner of this hostel where he lives with his family. Your room and the common rooms have wifi access.

Janet and Ramon Housing (TEFL Graduate and Husband)       

Pricing $170 (For the Month)

  • Rooms assigned upon arrival.
  • Once room is given key’s for your room and the front door will be available, for each student.
  • Rooms will be cleaned upon request of students.
  • Students are given a roll of toilet paper and bar of soap, after that students must purchase their own.
  • A towel is available for you and can be replaced upon request.
  • You have access to shared kitchen (you may use items such as pots and pans, etc.), refrigerator/freezer, as well as the clothes  washing area.
  • All rooms have private bathrooms.
  • WIFI is available just ask for password.
  • Laundry can be cleaned for you at an additional fee, upon request.
  • No drugs.
  • No outside guest, unless given permission.
  • No overnight guest.

Janet and her husband Ramon live here.  Janet is an alumni of the TEFL Academy. She is an online English as a foreign language online teacher. They have a total of three rooms rent. WIFI is available in rooms and common areas. They have a nice home and are very helpful. They also have a friendly cat.

Janet and Ramon Housing

Hostel Casa Belinda

Pricing $200 (For the Month)

  • Rooms assigned upon arrival.
  • Once room is given key’s for your room and the front door will be available.
  • All rooms have private bathrooms.
  • Rooms will be cleaned upon request of students.
  • You have access to shared kitchen (you may use items such as pots and pans, etc.), refrigerator/freezer.
  • WIFI is available just ask for password.
  • No drugs.
  • No outside guest permitted in living space however, are welcome in front common area
  • Meals (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are available at about $1.80 per meal; upon request).
  • No overnight guest.
  • Laundry services are available, upon request. Five days of clothes for about $3.50-$4.00 a week.
  • Spanish lesson are available for about $5 per hour.
  • Please, if you have any questions about your housing ask the owners of the house.

Casa Belinda

ALL PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.

 

INTERNATIONAL TEFL ACADEMY NICARAGUA

FROM THE CENTRAL PARK 4 BLOCKS AND 75 METERS WEST; IN FRONT OF

LA OLLA QUEMADA; “BARRIO” ZARAGOZA; CITY OF LEON, NICARAGUA

 

Travel time from airport in Managua to school in Leon:

Private (Car, taxi, shuttle) 90-120 minutes

$60.00-$70.00

Public (Taxi, microbus, minivan,) or local bus 120-180 minutes

$16-$24

 

Distance from airport to school:

62 miles or 100 kilometers

 

Transportation in Leon:

City buses, covered pickups, taxi, tricycle cab

$0.16-$0.80 in town

Many places of interest are within walking distance from school

 

Distance to the beach: (Ponyloya/Las Penitas)

Around 13 miles.  40 minutes by Sutiaba bus, $0.50

20 minutes by taxi, $12.00

 

Distance to major cities in Nicaragua from Leon:

Managua 55 miles  $3.00- $5.00 1.5-3 hours by bus

Granada 85 miles $5.00- $5.50 2.5–3houts by bus

San Juan del Sur 137 miles $9.00-$30.00 3.5-5.5 hours by bus

Esteli  87 miles $4.00- $8.00 3-4 hours by bus

Matagalpa 88 miles $4.00- $7.00 3-4 hours by bus

 

Border run to renew visa in Costa Rica:

Must stay three nights in Costa Rica

Via ‘TicaBus’ from Leon, Nicaragua to Liberia, Costa Rica

Four hours from Managua including border crossing

$87.00 round trip for executive package per passenger

$14.00 for visa fees at the border

Must make reservations in advance

 

FESTIVALS AND ENTERTAINMENT IN LEON

 

 

Semana Santa-Leon, Week before Easter

The biggest party in Leon all year!

Daily processions with Nicaraguans flooding the streets, and the beach!

Local artists participate in breathtaking sawdust carpet competition.

 

Dia de la Purisma Concepcion-Leon, December, 7

People hosting effigy’s of the Virgin Mary in their homes, and neighbors come by to see.  Sweets are usually offered by  the host, and sometimes live music.  Similar feel to Halloween in the US, without the costumes.

 

Carnaval Mitos y Leyendas–Leon, November, 1

Festival and parade with characters like the headless priest and the chariot of death, originated in Masaya. 

 

El Gueguense festival and play-Diriamba, Nicaragua, January

UNESCO award winner in 2005 for Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Dates to the 16th century, and was originally a satirical drama or play. 

A story of the indigenous people, rooted with anti-colonial symbolism.

 

Museo de Arte Fundacion Ortiz-Guardian-The best kept secret in Leon,  Ortiz-Guardian has a little something for everyone.  From renaissance pieces to indigenous art.  3 blocks from school, and $0.80.

 

Leon’s Cathedral, adjacent to the Central Park

UNESCO award winner, and the largest church in Central America, 

Ruben Dario is buried there, along with a collection of other Nicaraguan poets. 

Rooftop tours available-$4.00 and 6 blocks from school.

Free Wi-fi in the Central Park

 

Nightlife

With an abundance of University students, Leon has the bars and clubs needed to entertain them.  Here are some of the highlights.

La Olla Quemada-Arguably the best bar in Leon.  Live music three nights a week, and a red hot salsa night on Thursdays.  Across the street from the school. 

Bohemios-Popular nightclub, with well dressed locals 8 blocks from school

Oxygene-Popular dance club and after hours club

Ya Voy-Restaurant turned club Fridays and Saturdays.  Usually packed with well dressed locals, and tourists alike. 

Via - Via- Popular with expats and locals alike.  Great bar/restaurant with popular trivia night, and live local music as well.  

Housing terms and conditions

International TEFL Academy Nicaragua collaborates with a number of local families and businesses to provide a variety of housing options to our students. Due to the high demand of many of our housing options it is recommended that you reserve your housing early. Due to the nature of homestays booking of many of our housing is required to be booked through ITA Nicaragua.

To officially reserve a spot in one of our recommended housing options, to be reserved through International TEFL Academy Nicaragua, students must speak with International TEFL Academy Nicaragua to reserve specific housing. International TEFL Academy Nicaragua will reserve your housing one time. If you choose to switch housing locations for any reason this includes but is not limited to transferring courses, after you have reserved with ITAN,  there will be a $25 transfer fee to be paid directly to International TEFL Academy Nicaragua. This cancelation fee must be paid before cancellation and reservation of new Housing.

International TEFL Academy Nicaragua only recommends housing that has been student tested and approved. TEFL students are welcome to find their own housing outside of the recommended housing options. It is necessary to have internet for the duration of the course students should take this into consideration when choosing housing.

International TEFL Academy Nicaragua is not responsible for housing cancellation initiated by specific housing managers for reasons foreseen or unforeseen.

If you would like to extend your stay past the recommended course stay you must first confirm with ITAN on availability.

 

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