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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spanish study in small groups in Nicaragua





Although most of our Spanish language instruction is performed one-on-one at Apoyo Spanish School, we often handle groups for Spanish classes, volunteer work, and environmental and cultural training at Estacion Biologica. The Laguna de Apoyo Spanish Language School is the oldest in Nicaragua. Here are some images from a recent group from a school in San Francisco, California. This group studied Spanish with our local teachers, participated in reforestation activities, and participated with our volunteers in mist netting of birds, a practice we use to monitor bird populations in the Laguna de Apoyo Nature Reserve. They also went tarantula-watching one evening-although many were deathly afraid of them beforehand, afterward, they all felt better about them! And they participated in some discussions about the environment and social conditions in Nicaragua with members of our staff at FUNDECI/GAIA.

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The shade of tall trees makes the best stting for Spanish study. Miss Mariposa, Aura is a language professor and also an expert at birds and moths and butterflies. She will gladly take you birdwatching. She participates in several research projects at Estacion Biologica. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
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The young people enjoyed a swim at the beach in front of Estacion Biologica after Spanish classes. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
A mango provides refreshing shade from the midday sun for these students, who are practicing diction. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.  
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
Our ample yard at Estacion Biologica is in front of the lake for a fast entry once classes are over! Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
As can be seen on the left in this picture, we often have campers at Estacion Biologica. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
Our volunteer, Soren, is explaining how we use mist nets to study birds to the group of Spanish students in an after-class activity.  Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
Soren is responding to questions about bird study and conservation. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
A Spanish student learns to hold a captured bird during a mist-netting demonstration for the group. This individual is a female Great-tailed Grackle. This species is present where human activity is intense, such as yards of homes. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
Spanish students and their teachers are enjoying a relaxing moment before dinner at Estacion Biologica. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
After Spanish class, students joke around with Lorenzo. Photo by Stephan Beekhuis.
We are happy to provide experiences in Spanish language instruction, culture, and nature by sharing our own experiences with others. We can handle groups of up to a few dozen in size, and we can provide ecology exercises, discussions on culture, society and politics in Nicaragua, Spanish courses, and lots of fun. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Apoyo Spanish School Nicaragua
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