Location: Nicaragua, Estelli

Updated Friday 18 Sep 2009

Estelli, Nicaragua

Cenac was established in 1990 as a Woman Instructor´s Cooperative, an alternative for unemployed teachers. Part of our profits support the activities of "AFEV," an association that helps children and young adults who have suffered from drug problems. Our program is tailored to the individual needs of our students. After taking a Spanish assessment test, students are placed in small clases according to language level, and they are given private teachers. Classes are generally held for four hours each morning, although students can arrange with their instructors times that suit them best. Usually the student-teacher ratio is one-to-one. The ratio can increase to three to four students per instructor when we receive groups of 20 or 30. Teachers are all native born. Students usually choose to live with a Nicaraguan family. Many report that discovering what their host families think about their lives is the most powerful aspect of the program. We arrange meetings with members of the community two times a week. These meetings address topics such as health care, education, economic policies, human rights, and the woman´s movement. Students can tell their instructors which topics are paricularly of interest. CENAC participants also have the opportunity to join Nicaraguans in volunteer work. Students can form interest groups to pursue topics of common interest in more depth. Cost: Classes, living accomodations and meals cost only $140 per week and include oral and written exercises in grammar, conversations about topics of interest, and a personal introduction to Nicaraguan culture.

Contact Information:
Maria Zeledon
P. O. Box 10
Shell Exquipulas 300 Meters al Este,
20 meters al Norte
Estelli 00000

Tel: 505 713-2025
Fax: 505 713-5437
Email: cenac@tmx.com.ni
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