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* '''Learn Spanish:''' There are several Spanish schools around town. When foreign volunteers would come to Esteli to help the Sandinistas they would often study in Esteli. Escuela Horizonte [http://www.escuelahorizonte.edu.ni/] is a respectable one : $220 a week for 3.5 hours of instruction, excursions and homestay with a local family including 3 meals a day (at least two of which will be gallo pinto).
* The Esteli region is also home to many fine cigar companies, most of whom will allow a prearranged tour, and some of whom offer special package tours of their factories (Drew Estate, in particular).
These underprivileged kids are learning good environmental and health practices.
If you have the time, they encourage you to spend time volunteering and living with a family in the barrio for a week or month or longer to really learn the culture better. Some volunteers have stayed for a year or more. It is located 4 blocks west of the water tank located in the south end of Mercado de Alfredo Lazo in southwest Estelí.