Laguna de Apoyo Spanish School and Cultural Center
At Laguna de Apoyo in Nicaragua is located a unique organization that works on the interface of art and science. Believe it or not it has a first class art gallery organized in collaboration with the Casa 3 Mundos in Granada and it has also been a Biological Research Station for over 20 years called proyecto ecologico see proyectoecologico.org for more information. I had a wonderful stay there with two biologists, one studying the birds and another fish. At the same time I saw a fantastic program with jugglers and clowns that was performed for the children in the community. You can take Spanish lessons, kayak, scuba dive, hike. If you want to become a certifed diver you can be trained by a PADI instructor. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Besides the wonderful wildlife and birds you will love the two beautiful german shepards. You can stay in quad rooms for $6 per person or have a big spluge and stay in the casita by yourself with an ensuite bathroom, but i don't know what that costs. I can't wait to go back and learn to dive. This place is different and the people are wonderful to interact with. The staff all used to work with Crater's Edge Hostel which closed last year.