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Half of each day will be spent volunteering- teaching English at a local school or doing construction projects in the countryside, and the other half will be spent zip-lining, boating, taking surf lessons, and enjoying the beach and the sun! Grow Inc University/College trips combine adventure travel with volunteering and all-inclusive vacations. It's the ideal vacation for students who want to eliminate the stress of planning logistics and transportation, but still want to have a blast and do something meaningful at the same time.
San Juan del Sur is a beach town in southern Nicaragua, which has been growing exponentially in popularity for the past fifteen years, and continues to earn attention for its beautiful beaches, great waves, lively nightlife, and friendly culture. Located just north of Costa Rica, the weather is beautiful, the food is delicious, and the beers are cheap. A 6-night trip starts at $950 USD, excluding flights. Continue reading to find out how you can spend your next school break learning about Nicaraguan culture and enjoying the laid-back lifestyle of San Juan del Sur, all while experiencing the luxuries of a tropical vacation.
HOW IT WORKS
THE ENGLISH TEACHER
Is teaching English as a Second Language a career path you’re considering? Ease into the transition by working alongside experienced ESL teachers at BPP. Learn some teaching methodologies and classroom tips and by the end of the week you’ll be leading your very own class!
San Juan del Sur and surrounding area is full of nature and adventure, with no shortage of adrenaline filled activities. Options include zip-lining, fishing,
boat cruise, horseback riding, paddle boarding, hiking, surf lessons, yoga, and a Sunday pool party.
“My experience with BPP was nothing short of amazing. Please keep doing what you’re doing as this was incredible not just for me, but for the students as well. I adore the way the staff connects with the students and is always there to help them improve, not just in school but in life in general.” – Lily, from Ontario
“Taking part in this project gave me the chance to experience life in Nicaragua from a very real and local perspective. I came to San Juan del Sur for the beaches and beauty, but what I found was a taskforce of individuals making a difference in the world. I left a piece of my heart and soul at BPP and will hold onto that experience for as long as I can.” – Chad, from Vancouver
“This was an amazing experience that I will remember forever. I loved working with the kids and helping them learn. It’s truly great how much BPP does for all the kids and it will impact their lives forever.” – Cole, from Alberta
Want to get your hands dirty and do some labor-intensive hard work? Depending on the project’s current needs, you could be doing construction, painting, gardening, or installations. Whichever the case, we can guarantee sweat, hard work, and a feeling of accomplishment.
Interested in sustainability and agriculture? Visit various farms in the area and learn how local resources are used in permaculture and biodynamics.
Are you a commerce student looking to put your theoretical knowledge into practice? Work alongside budding entrepreneurs or tourism-focused businesses to devise and implement strategies of growth.
Engage with BPP students in an interactive and positive environment while gaining a deeper understanding of the culture and people of San Juan del Sur. There will be cooking classes, spanish lessons, a town-wide scavenger hunt, Nicaraguan art and dance classes, and lots of laughter along the way.
Anyone who leaves Nicaragua wanting to make an impact on the world, whether big or small, is a successful participant of Grow Inc. We give people experience that leads to a strong sense of personal growth, while also providing the rewarding opportunity to Help a Child Grow. Barrio Planta Project (BPP), our partner charity, offers free English, Computer, and Creative Arts classes to children in San Juan del Sur. When you do a Grow Inc Trip, BPP receives compensation for the volunteer aspect of the tour, generating a consistent income that promotes self sustainability, improves program operations, and helps both entities grow to meet the needs of more children. No Spanish required.
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