If you’re the kind of traveler who’s in constant search of the secluded beach, the off-the-beaten-track hike, the place where you can be the first among your friends to explore, then Nicaragua is for you. It’s the largest country in Central America, the least developed and perhaps the most beautiful…yet it remains the least visited by tourists than any other country in the region. Word is getting out, though, and soon everyone will want to go. Get there fast!
Whether you’re into outdoor adventures (volcano boarding, anyone?), white-sand beaches all to yourself, studying Spanish in a colonial town, or simply hanging out with the friendly locals, you’ll feel right at home in Nicaragua. As an ESL teacher, you’ll become one of the crew, immersing yourself in the local culture and not only create memorable experiences to write home about, but you’ll change lives as well.
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Imagine waking up each morning to the music of far-off monkeys, toucans and wild boar, then making yourself a cup of locally grown joe before a stroll down the cobbled streets to your school, where you teach young children English, a language that could eventually change their lives in a big way.
When work is over, you high five the giddy students on your way out the door, hop on a vibrantly-painted local bus and hop off at the beach, whether it’s the Pacific Ocean or the Caribbean Sea — you choose! — for an evening of surf and sand.
Awe, the possibilities.
Nicaragua is a rare gem in Central America. It sits just north of Costa Rica, and south of Honduras and borders both the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west, making it the perfect jumping off point for whatever adventure awaits.
The country is divided into three main regions — the Pacific Lowlands, the North-Central Mountains and the Atlantic Lowlands — each further divided into a total of 15 states and two autonomous regions. There are two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season usually runs from about May to November, with temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees (F). The dry season (December to April) sees temperatures slightly warmer, from 88-95 degrees (F).
The Nicaraguan cuisine includes traces of Mexican, Guatemalan and Honduran traits, though it has its own flare. Corn and beans are the staples of everyday life, and most meals are eaten with thin, white corn tortillas. The most common drink (nonalcoholic) is coffee, and its often consumed many times throughout the day.
It is the largest country in Central America.
The capital city is Managua.
Lake Managua is HUGE (395 square miles), and has it’s own islands.
Bull sharks live in Lake Managua, the only freshwater lake in the world to have sharks.
Locals refer to themselves as Nicas, short for Nicaraguans.
The main crops are bananas, rice, sugarcane, coffee, cotton, corn and sesame.
Daniel Ortega is the president.
Most streets don’t have street names, and houses don’t have numbers. Directions are the old fashioned way: “turn right at the yellow house…”
The local currency is the gold cordoba.
Poetry is a highly respected art. The entire country is just under 50 square miles, slightly larger than New York state.