Hi all, I am Elena from the Netherlands, currently living in Estelí, Nicaragua. I'm a programmer and out of personal interest I started programming classes for kids for free (and for fun). Kids in the neighbourhood attend the classes and I do this on a voluntary basis.
Every Saturday morning the kids can learn programming and basic computer skills.
The class always consists of a part on the computer and the last half hour is for games and creativity. The kids that attend the class live in the neighbourhood and are very enthusiastic and energetic.
The classes are taught in Spanish, so you will need some level of Spanish :) You don't need specific computer skills!
When my sister was also here, she taught English classes to some of the kids; they have been asking me for that again, so if that is something you would like to do that's also possible!
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One who teaches always learns! The kids are amazing :)
My household is not typical Nicaraguan but all the people I hang out with are, so you can definitely get a taste of Nicaraguan culture. Practice your Spanish, exchange stories...
You would help me in preparing the classes; hosting them and the cleanup after. The standard class takes place on Saturday morning, but if you would want to host during the week as well, that is totally possible. The material and space is available :)
The class consists of 60/75 minutes of computer class and then we do fun/didactic games. We have a variety of games and things like Lego and Knex the kids can build with.
The kids don't pay any fee, this is all voluntary based! The computers and other devices/accesories are all donations.
A private room. There is internet in the house. You can freely use the rest of the house; kitchen, living room, patio.
In the evening the neighbour in front of my house sells food and it's a great place to hang, get to know locals and have a bite. My house is located close to the market and supermarket.
You can make your own meals or get quite cheap food outside; you can find a nice lunch between C$60-C$100.
We're close to the city centre, so it is easy to go out and do stuff in Estelí. Supermarket, gym and market are closeby. In the evening there is a food stand across the street.
There are 2 nature reserves nearby that you can visit.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
3 hours/day, 3 days/week