Choosing where your kids go to school, whether it be for one week, six months or a year is probably one of the most important decisions you will make about your stay in Granada. It is a universal worry that every parent wants to get right. Honestly, I understand that having a child in tears every morning before an eight o’clock bell is traumatic for the whole family. When the children are happy at school with new friends, everything else in the move flows more easily.
We chose Granada International School
My son Aiden is a 6th grader at Granada International School (formerly Sacuanjoche International School) and I myself have spent a good deal of time volunteering in various areas of the school. I feel that we are very fortunate to have discovered GIS in our move to Granada. The bilingual, educational experience has been invaluable and it has also introduced us to a diverse community of families from all over the world that share similar values and goals for our kids.
When I recommend Granada International School to newcomers, I do so with the sincere belief that I am recommending a healthy, vibrant, caring atmosphere that has the interests of your child’s well-being and future at heart. But it is more than that. The Granada International community also cares and is conscious about the kind of world that all our kids will be living in.Continue reading “Where will the kids go to bilingual school in Granada, Nicaragua?”→
Moms and dads are always pondering about what to pack for a long term stay in Granada. It’s hard to know what can be easily picked up when you arrive and what really requires some preplanning to have ready to go in the suitcase.
Most everything can be purchased in Nicaragua in some form or another. However, it is often not at the price you wanted to pay or the quality that you hoped to find. Shopping is also not the enjoyable experience that it is at home and there is no online retail to be had in Nicaragua.
For those reasons, I highly recommend doing any necessary shopping before you leave home and pay the extra luggage costs for additional baggage. Those fees will seem cheap in comparison to the time and money you will fork out if you wait to find it when you arrive to Nicaragua.
Here is my list of helpful items to purchase before you leave home:
No matter how many days you are staying in Nicaragua, please bring some favorite familiar toys for your kids. The same toys they like back home, they will like here, if not more.
When in doubt and it could reasonably go along with you, bring it. Pack your trading cards games, bags of Legos, dolls and action figures, water toys, and anything else that you feel would help them relax and engage playing on their own or with other kids they meet.
Granada, Nicaragua is an ideal location for volunteering for your whole family: it is beautiful and safe, well-located next to many day-trip attractions, full of quality home rentals and is host to many worthy organizations that are doing meaningful front-line social work with children and families.
Volunteers from around the world arrive year round to offer their time and skills to non-profit organizations that require no program fees to participate. Families with small and grown children spend days, months and sometimes up to a year immersing themselves in Nicaraguan life, culture and language while finding personal satisfaction dedicating their work hours to their volunteer projects.
What about the Spanish?
Most volunteers find that language is not a barrier to volunteering. Spanish language skills can be greatly improved with daily lessons. Other languages, particularly English, are so helpful to many Nicaraguan students who are dedicated to learning a second language to improve their job prospects.
Establishing a home away from home for your family is always a priority. If this is a move you are making with kids, I know that the primary concerns are for safety and comfort. You want them to have a unique experience traveling and yet not so extreme that their lives feel out of whack. When your home in Granada feels right there is a direct positive impact on your families well-being and the success of the trip overall.
Securing your accommodations in Granada is a relatively simple task compared to many areas around the world. Because the city is a tourism hub for travelers, the furnished home rental market took off years ago and has become more abundantly available every year. You can easily rent a beautiful, fully furnished and maintained home that will allow you to focus your energy on your stay and reconnecting with your family.
Considering everyone’s needs
When you fly into Nicaragua and you know that you have a comfortable home to welcome you, anxious members of your family can be reassured that this new adventure thousands of miles from home is going to be okay. This is particularly essential if you have kids that are aware that they are leaving their lives behind for an extended stay or permanently. It is important that the move doesn’t feel like a total downgrade from everything they are leaving behind in their home countries! This seems particularly important for kids over the age of six.Continue reading “House hunters Nicaragua! Finding your ideal kid-friendly home rental for your family in Granada.”→