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Granada - Nicaragua


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I came to Nicaragua to do a TESOL course & teach English.
I arrived in Granada on the 2nd September. My TESOL course started on the 11th, so I had a week to spare. After NY, I decided to use this week to relax a bit & find my feet. I stayed at the school where I did my course, which is in a great location. Paul, the director is super nice, & helpful. He also has 4 cats who are very cute & entertaining.
Granada is a beautiful city. The buildings are really colourful, & Mombocho Volcano sits sort of to the south of the city, making it quite picturesque when you look down some of the streets. It's not as crowded as I thought it'd be which is nice.
I practiced my Spanish a bit, went for some walks around town, tried some of the local food, & Paul took myself & a couple of others from the previous TESOL course up to Laguna de Apoyo, a beautiful crater lake sitting a little bit above Granada. The water was a clear turquoise and full of minerals - very refreshing. We hung out at Paradiso, a little resort by the lake..... great food too.
I met a guy who worked at one of the tour places, and although I declined his offer of one of his tours, the next time I saw him, he invited me out for one of their work outings to the Laguna. We barbecued some meat on a fire & went for a night swim in the lake.
We did a boat ride around the Isletas - 365 small islands in Lake Nicaragua which were formed by a volcanic explosion years ago. It was awesome. We saw some monkeys, houses belonging to millionaires, & we had a beer at one of the little resorts on one of the islands. People can actually buy an island as real estate.
I also went up to Volcano Masaya one night. This is an active volcano, & you can see the red hot lava churning at the bottom. If you listen carefully, it sounds like an ocean moving around. It's quite spectacular.

The pool at Encuentros - one of the popular bars owned by one of the expats
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The street outside the English school
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One of the colourful buildings
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Masaya Volcano
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Inside one of the many cathedrals around the city
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Some of the streets & building around Granada
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The view from one of the bell towers - this first one looking at Granada Cathedral
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Some more buildings & cathedrals around the city
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Granada Cathedral
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Around the Isletas - in Lake Nicaragua
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TESOL COURSE

The TESOL course was intense but rewarding, It was only myself & Kerri, an American girl, who did the September course - not a huge turn out.
There were late nights, finishing essays & completing lesson plans, we had a few French lessons, to show us what it's like to have a class in a foreign language..... very enjoyable. We also taught 6 lessons throughout the course. I was surprised that I wasn't more nervous for my first lesson..... but I definitely enjoyed it .

POST TESOL COURSE

After the course had finished, I was offered a full time job at the school. It was exciting, & I've enjoyed it a lot. I now have 5 different classes I teach, & lesson planning is very time consuming. I've gone through stages where I've felt drained & demotivated, but as the weeks pass, my experience grows, & things have become easier.
I have developed some good bonds with a lot of my students, which I really love & appreciate.

So now I live & teach here in Granada. The food here is really good, I see people I've met & now know walking down the street - including some of my students. I've been playing Frisbee with a bunch of other expats every Tuesday & Thursday. I've now become friends with Paul, the director of the school, and essentially my boss. We hang out a fair bit. I've made some other friends here too, & met a lot of other cool people here & there.
A lot of the other expats I've met through Paul, & a lot of them own some sort of business in Granada. It seems to be quite a popular destination for foreigners - particularly Americans - to come & live & set up a business. After all, it's a very cheap country to live in.
My Spanish has been getting better every so slowly, but I want it to improve faster.I haven't had time to actively learn it properly (in classes), but I think I'll try & get some private 1 on 1 lessons. I've been learning little bits & pieces from my students which has been good.

Posted by jaleslie03 10:39 Archived in Nicaragua

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