Casa Xalteva Homestay
Our students enjoy the option to participate in our homestay program with local Nicaraguan families living near Casa Xalteva. Homestays include a private room, three meals a day, and the chance to enter the daily life of a Nicaraguan family, while practicing Spanish in real-life situations.
The cost of a homestay is $90 per week per person. The price for a couple that will be staying in the same room is $160 per week.
Our families provide safe, clean, and comfortable accommodations, along with a friendly and hospitable living atmosphere. If you prefer, there are also many hotels, hostels, and bed and breakfasts in Granada, widely ranging in price.
Casa Xalteva's team and homestay families truly go out of their ways to make you feel welcome and to introduce you to the people and culture of Nicaragua. Many of our students have formed lasting relationships with their host families and other Nicaraguans through participation in our programs.
What is it like staying with a family?
It is a great experience where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in and learn about the Nicaraguan culture, language, and community. We learn to be humble and respectful of different ways of doing, thinking, sensing, and living. Casa Xalteva is proud to be able to provide this connection with what we know will be a long-lasting friendship.
Because you are in someone else's home, you are asked to be tactful, respectful, and considerate. You are encouraged to talk and ask about any specific guidelines or details you need to know in order that expectations and needs be met. For instance, ask them how they feel about bringing your friends over, late arrivals, etc. Please respect their sleeping hours and meal times - if you are going to miss meals, be sure to let the family know in advance, since they will be preparing food for you.
The homes are clean, safe, comfortable and simple. Air conditioning is an expensive commodity, so fans are commonplace. Laundry service is not a part of the regular homestay arrangement, but some families might do you laundry for a small price, or let you do your own in their home. The climate of Granada allows you to enjoy refreshing, cold showers - hot water is not needed and is therefore, for the most part, non-existent. Your restroom might be shared with other family members. If those things are too challenging for you, we can help you find other accommodations.
You are welcome to bring a gift for the family - they will appreciate things from your home town, or anything that reflects life in your country.
What if I have problems with my family?
Communication is the key. You are encouraged to be honest about things that require changing in order to make your stay more comfortable. This communication should go both ways. Don’t let small questions or little annoyances grow into major issues. Know that you can always contact us if you have questions before arriving, or speak with any of Casa Xalteva's team during your time here. Together we will be able to find solutions.
Hotels & Guesthouses
contact us for a list of recommended hotels and guesthouses.