Summer '18: Nicaragua

For two weeks in August, Cada Casa will be hosting an exclusive group of students to study, volunteer, and experience the beautiful country of Nicaragua.  The trip will be divided into two parts: Granada (the city) and Playa Marsella (the beach).  Our time in Granada will be spent learning about the history and culture of the country, while our time on the beach will be spent learning about Tropical Ecology and volunteering with some Marine Biology conservation efforts.  For more information, feel free to contact the trip's organizer: Tymon Emch.

 
 
 Granada, Nicaragua

Granada, Nicaragua

Part I: Granada (The City)

The first four days of the trip will be spent in Granada.  In the mornings, students will pair with local high school students for an English/Spanish exchange.  The purpose of these meetings is to enrich our bilingualism while connecting with others from another culture.  The afternoons will be spent touring different parts of the city and getting a primer in the historical and cultural context for Granada, and Nicaragua in general.  Other activities include coffee plantations, local arts exhibitions, Parque de las Ciencias, visit Volcán Masaya, Naturopathy on Ometepe Island and Latino dance classes.  Accommodations will be at a local Air-BnB.

 Playa Madera, Nicaragua

Playa Madera, Nicaragua

Part II: Playa Marsella (the Beach)

The last eight days of the trip will be spent in Playa Marsella, a small beach community on the Pacific Coast. A primer in Tropical Ecology will introduce students to the marine and tropical rain forest biomes, with an emphasis in conservation and restoration.  Students will then volunteer with a local Marine Biology conservation group in an effort to restore and preserve habitats.  Accommodations will be at a local hostel/In the afternoon, students will have a choice of different exploration activities including: Surf lessons, recording studio sessions, beach soccer, local cooking classes, turtle sanctuary, and intro to sailing. 


Your Guides & Hosts

Diego Leon

After studying Marketing at university in Peru, Diego holds a Masters degree in International Tourism Management imparted by Ostelea - EAE in Barcelona, Spain. Combining studies with work, Diego acquired experience in marketing/sales departments and advertising agencies, testing his abilities in different niche markets and target audiences. He has 3 years of experience in the hospitality business managing hotels in Ecuador and Nicaragua. This international academic and work experience has provided Diego with exposure to environments with different cultures and characteristics. 

 Host: Diego Leon

Host: Diego Leon

 Guide: Tymon Emch

Guide: Tymon Emch

Tymon Emch 

Tymon Emch is a Dual-Language Science teacher and Founder of Cada Casa.  This trip will be his third return to Nicaragua, his first being as a college student during a semester abroad. Tymon has a minor in Latin American Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Biology with coursework in Ecology of Tropical Rainforest.  Tymon has presented at the YSEALI: Indonesia conference on Sea-Level Rise, and has worked with Rise Up International's US State Department's Ministry of Culture grants in Tunisia.  


Trip Details

  • Depart: July 31st, 2018 (updated for summer school)
  • Return: August 13, 2018
  • Price: $2250 per student (including airfare)
    • Cada Casa will assist in fundraising for all interested students
  • Timeline:
    • January: get a valid US Passport
    • Early February: parent meeting & info night
    • Mid February: Deposit due, tickets purchased
    • Early March: Itineraries complete
    • May: final payment due
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