Craft for Community offers guests the opportunity to learn Spanish while also participating in a community project. We believe learning Spanish is an interactive endeavor that is most fun and effective when taught in a project-based environment. Your lessons will act as a base as you practice what you’ve learned while working on a project with our community. We offer various programs for individuals, families and groups of all sizes.
Project-based Language Learning
Your stay at Craft for Community includes 4-6 hours per day of Spanish language immersion. We work with the students to find them an authentic learning experience in the community (see below for sample projects). Our partner organizations NICA Fund and El Transito Arts Center help us to provide our students with sustainable opportunities within the community.
In each project, students are paired with community members who have been trained to facilitate conversation to develop students’ Spanish.
Groups are able to decide how many hours they wish to have in the classroom and how many hours per day in the community on the project.
We listen to the community in order to support them with projects that are most meaningful and empowering. Once enrolled in a program, students will receive a detailed e-mail about their project at least two weeks before departure.
Volunteering in a local school
Sea turtle conservancy
Our Spanish Classes
Students of all levels are welcome to participate in classes at Craft for Community. In the case of groups, we work with trip leaders to group students according to their level, and if necessary groups can be split into various leveled classes or classes can be co-taught by two teachers, offering additional support and scaffolds. Pre-arrival language surveys are also given to students to assess their current language level to help prepare our teachers.
Spanish classes and programs can also have a specific focus:
Conversational and social
Learning A Language Should Be Fun
Learning another language is one of the most amazing endeavors a person can commit themselves to. At the same time, it is undoubtedly one of the most difficult as well. Therefore, our lessons strive to let students be themselves and have fun while learning Spanish. Craft for Community strives for:
50%-75% Student talk time in all of the classes
Interactive lessons that allow for communication between students
Lessons that connect to the student’s community project
Lessons that take place out in the field, meeting and talking to people
All guests stay at the modern Craft for Community beachside lodge. La logia can hold up to 24 people. It was designed with a project-based learning center in mind and offers dorm rooms, family-style suites, and oceanfront rooms with balconies. The Lodge has hi-speed wifi, air conditioned rooms, and screened in common areas that keep the Pacific Ocean breezes in and the insects out. Rooms are cleaned daily by our local staff.
El Salon (coming in October 2021) will be a rancho open-air classroom located steps from the Pacific Ocean. The volcanic rocks that line the beach create a dramatic backdrop for the classroom. Click here to find out more about fundraising for this project.
Craft for Community recruits and employs the most effective Spanish teachers in Nicaragua. All of our teachers are from Nicaragua’s finest university education programs. Teachers are coached on a weekly basis to ensure they are growing as professionals and lessons are engaging and extremely effective. Teachers use feedback from previous groups to adapt and change lessons to keep them exciting, interactive, and meaningful. Lessons are individually designed to meet the needs of each student and group.
Our Commitment to the Community
While finding effective Spanish teachers in such a small community can be a challenge, Craft for Community is currently in the process of identifying local talented, motivated students to provide scholarships for their work in the universities so they can come back and work full-time at Craft for Community as Spanish teachers.