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Volcanic landscapes, colonial architecture and sensational beaches
Fun, adventurous and cheap, Nicaragua is one of the safer countries in the region. Only recently discovered by the tourist hordes, it is no surprise tourists are now making a beeline for this Central American country. Colonial architecture, white sandy beaches, volcanoes, lakes, and diverse flora and fauna are just a taste of what you can discover in Nicaragua.
With a multi-ethnic population of Europeans, Africans, Asians and those with Middle Eastern origins, Nicaragua is an interesting mix of cultures, architecture, food and music. Granada should be your destination if you enjoy wandering the streets admiring colourful Spanish buildings and churches; head over to San Juan del Sur to surf and hang out at a cheap bar on the beach; or go to Ometepe Island to hike a volcano.
Travelling can be difficult around Nicaragua at times. Not because of the actual transport systems but the directions and names of places. Let us explain first of all Nicaragua doesn't have street names. Instead it's a unique address system where the addresses are contextual. So if you were looking for your hotel you might approach someone and the response will be "head south past the post offices, turn left and go one block past the church and then at the museum your find your hotel next door". It's a system the Nicaraguans are proud to have different to compare to the rest of the world and it doesn't cause any inconvenience to the locals. For travellers be extra vigilant of your surroundings as time those same landmarks could come in very handy when discovering new areas.
Lake Nicaragua is a stunning fresh water lake running the length of Nicaragua. It's the 19th largest lake in the world and for decades believed to be landlocked until 1961 a influx of bull sharks had helped identify that this wasn't the case. The bull sharks interestingly were discovered to modify their physiology to cope with freshwater surroundings when entering from the usual salt water ocean.
Don’t come to Nicaragua to get rich. Instead, Nicaragua should be considered if you are looking for a really special teaching experience and an adventurous lifestyle. There are language schools, universities and international schools where you can find a TEFL position, mostly in Leon, Managua, Granada, and San Juan del Sur. Schools hire year-round, except for December, when everyone is on holiday.
Employers prefer to do interviews face-to-face rather than on Skype so it is preferable to be in the country when you are looking for a position. It is common to arrive and work on a tourist visa, though this is not strictly legal.
|Degree Requirement||Typical Contract Length||Peak Hiring Seasons||Visa Info||Typical Students||Average Monthly Cost of Living in £ GBP & Local Currency||Average Monthly Salary in £ GBP & Local Currency|
|BA/BS preferred||1 month – 12 months||January-February and July, year-round||tourist visa, work permit||children, adults||15 000 – 23 500 NIO (400 – 645 GBP)||approx. 15 000 – 70 000 NIO (400 – 2 000 GBP)|