From the owners of the TEFL Academy in Las Penitas, Leon, Nicaragua, Heather and Jonathan Smith.

Edited 8/31/2018

Thank you for your interest in our TEFL course at the beach outside of Leon, Nicaragua.

In the past few months, a few things have happened here.

First, the political climate here in Nicaragua has changed considerably. There is civil unrest, protests, and police clashes with civilians.  People have died and things have not settled yet.  There have been glimmers of hope, but there is really no way of knowing for certain.

Our last class was in June, and even though our students, staff, and alumni are safe here at the beach and in Leon, almost all foreigners and foreign-owned businesses have stopped coming to Nicaragua, or have closed their doors.  This is due to a few different reasons – people not feeling safe, and no more tourists coming to Nicaragua now. You can see the latest info on our Instagram account. 

Needless to say, if things stay the same, your experience might not be the same as it would be a few months ago.

So, as of now, we have no idea what is happening with the political situation in Nicaragua.  One day seems great, the next not so great.  It is the uncertainty that is what we are concerned about.

By October, there could be no problems, or things could be worse.  There is no way of knowing.

We have many students enrolled in the October and November classes, and if things get better, I would recommend enrolling in one of those courses.

If this seems troubling to you, and we completely understand, then you can still take the online and hybrid course, or at one of the other 23 locations that offer TEFL certifications courses.  The good news is that if things do improve here, there will be a huge need for teachers.

The best thing to do is schedule a conversation with your advisor, and discuss which options are best for you.

Please let us know what you would like to do, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.

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