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Learn Spanish in Guatemala

New: learn Spanish in Guatemala and travel: Travelling Classroom Guatemala!

Learn Spanish in Guatemala and come back with a suitcase full of beautiful clothIn Guatemala we work with four different schools because the quality and the prices of the courses are excellent. Guatemala really is the country to study Spanish. The dialect is easy to understand and the teachers have years of experience teaching foreigners. It also happens to be one of the most inexpensive places to learn Spanish, making Guatemala the ideal country if you want to learn Spanish during a gap year. New is our Traveling Classroom of 4 weeks. Learn Spanish in Guatemala in four different places, Antigua, San Pedro, Quetzaltenango and Monte Rico. Or you can choose to do our Central America journey with a combination of Spanish courses in Costa Rica and/or Panama and Guatemala. Of course you can always extend your trip by doing volunteer work. So choose the best place to learn Spanish and learn Spanish in Guatemala!

Learn Spanish in Guatemala at our school in Antigua

The school

We work with a very renowned language school that opened its doors more than twenty years ago. This school gives academic credits an American system that reduces your study time. This is probably not relevant for our European clients, but it does indicate the quality of education in this language institute is high. This school is located in a large building with beautiful courtyard garden where you can relax. A 5-minute walk away is the central park. Here you will get 4 class hours of private Spanish instruction per day by default but you can choose between 2 and 8 hours a day. Note that 4 class hours means 4 consecutive hours with a 20 to 30 minute coffee break in the middle. Ask us for prices if you want more or less less than 4 hours a day.

Special is that you can start your classes on any day of the week and even get lessons on Sundays!

You have the same teacher for a week but can then choose another teacher. Having experience with different teachers has the advantage that you do not get used to just the one voice, accent and word choice of your teacher. Lessons are given either in the morning and afternoon. If you opt for afternoon lessons we can offer you discount on your tuition fee. Please note however that most activities of the school will be organized in the afternoon!

School holidays: The school is closed on the following days: 1st of January, Friday of the Easter week (Good Friday), 24th and 25th of December. The missed classes will not be rescheduled on another day.

Activities

Guatemalan market. Spanish course and cultureThe school offers an activity every day! To name a few: There are salsa, bachata and merengue dance lessons, nice bathing in a natural spa in San Lorenzo el Tejar, mountain bike tour, visits to farms and markets. In addition, there are hiking tours to the surrounding Antigua mountains or you can join a volcano hike. Learn to make tortillas, scrabble in Spanish and visit a coffee plantation. Some activities require a small financial contribution, for example for transportation or entrance fee,  others are free.

Accommodation options

You can choose to stay with other students in the student house or at a host family.
In both cases you have your own room. In the student house you will have breakfast only and at the host family you get three meals a day,
in both cases from Monday to Saturday. The price of both accommodation options is equal.

Student house

The school has a student house located 5 minutes walking distance from the school. There are 6 bedrooms so do not wait longer than needed with booking because those rooms fill up fast. Every room has its own bathroom, yes with warm water! There are several places to study, such as the garden. There is Wifi in the house. You will receive breakfast from Monday through Saturday together with the other students.
You can prepare the other meals in the kitchen or simply enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants Antigua has to offer or maybe you will take a day trip outside of Antigua on the weekends.

Host family stay

If you choose this option you will sleep at a local host family about 5 minutes walking distance from the school. You will have a single room and three meals a day with the other family members, except of Sundays. Of course you will have your preferences when it comes to the family you want to stay at. When you make your reservation we can we can take some of those into consideration, for example: do you want to be the only students in the host family, so you can practice your Spanish more, or do you prefer to be with other students, smoking or non-smoking family, vegetarian meals, pets or no pets, whether the family has young children or older children. Staying with a family costs $30 extra per week compared to staying at the student house.

Volunteer work

Look at our volunteer page for free volunteer work in Guatemala.

The transfer

We can also add a transfer to your package: from the airport in Guatemala City you will be picked up by the transport company Trans-Land. The driver will take you directly to your host family, student residence or hotel in Antigua. Antigua is located about 45 kilometers from the airport in Guatemala City. Outside peak hour traffic the journey takes about one hour and costs: $35.

Overview

Our Learn Spanish in Antigua Guatemala package includes:img_0125verkleinet-800-x-600

  • A private Spanish course of 4 class hours a day, five days a week.
  • Lesson materials and classes suited to your level of Spanish.
  • 7 nights accommodation in a student house or with a local Guatemalan family.
  • 3 meals a day from Monday through Saturday if you stay at a host family. Or breakfast from Monday through Saturday if you stay at the guesthouse.
  • Daily activities from Monday to Friday, some are free some for a fee.
  • Placement test before the course starts if you are no longer a beginner.
  • Coffee and tea.
  • Extensive (travel) information before you leave and assistance once you are at the school.
  • Optional: transfer from Guatemala City airport to Antigua ($35).

Not included:

  • International flight to Guatemala City. Airlines that fly to Guatemala City airport are: Avianca, Aeromexico, American Airlines, Copa, Spirit, United, Delta.
  • Transportation from Guatemala City to Antigua.
  • Meals on Sundays.
  • All expenses of a personal nature.
  • $35 reservation fee

Learn Spanish in Guatemala at our school in San Pedro

The school

Spanish at Lake AtitlanThis rather large school in San Pedro has 25 teachers. The school is located right by the beautiful lake Atitlán and has the most beautiful class rooms you can think of: classes under a palm leaves thatched roof and views overlooking Lake Atitlán, see photo to the right. The garden is tropical and has many beautiful flowers and plants. The school, like most schools in Guatemala, only offers private courses, you get classes for 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. Private courses always give the fastest results, especially verbal skills improve rapidly when you take private Spanish classes. The teaching materials are tailored to your specific pace of learning. Do you want to focus on grammar or verbal skills? Do you want to make homework or not, a lot or just a little? By taking a private course you decide! The school offers the host families they work with a monthly cooking class. This way the families are taught to make different meals for the students and not only the typical Guatemalan food.

Accommodation

We have included a host family stay in the standard course package. You will have your own room but you will share the bathroom with others. Wi-Fi is available at the host families. Do you want to stay at a family where you will have your own bathroom and where they will do your laundry? This is possible for a weekly surcharge of $15. Staying at a hotel or apartment is also possible but will always be more expensive. Tell us your wishes with regards to the accommodation and we will find you a nice place. For an apartment there is a 4 week minimum stay requirement.

Volunteer work

The school started its own program to help the poorest families around the lake. You can work there as a volunteer for a couple of hours a day.

Activities

Besides Spanish courses this very active school San Pedro harbouroffers 4 meetings a week which they call ‘club de conversacion’ (conversation-club). The aim is to encourage speaking in Spanish. The students are divided into three groups of different levels and the groups talk to each other about a predetermined topic. Good to practice your verbal skills in Spanish and of course contact with your fellow students! And in the mean time you will learn something about the local culture as well. These groups are not mandatory but very fun and useful! In addition, the school offers free salsa classes almost every day. At the end of the week the school hands out diplomas to the students that are leaving the school. A good opportunity to have a drink with the other students and usually everybody goes out together afterwards. In the weekend they always organize a tour for the students, you only pay the cost price, for example for the bus or boat trip.

Paid tours

The school can arrange any type of tour imaginable for the students Zipline = canopy and does not ask for a fee for the mediation. For example: do you want to go kayaking on the lake with some of the other students? You can kayak from San Pedro to San Marcos, have lunch there and kayak back to San Pedro at your leisure. For only $2 per hour you can rent a kayak: a nice activity on the weekend for very little money! 2 hours of horseback riding you can do here for $10.

How to get there

From Antigua there are cheap shuttles (minibuses) that will take you straight to San Pedro, they leave daily at 8:30 am and 2 pm. The journey takes about three and a half hours and costs $13. You will get picked up from your accommodation in Antigua and they take you straight to your accommodation in San Pedro, that is if it is possible for the shuttle to get there, some of the streets in San Pedro are so small no minivan or not even a tuctuc can drive through them. Of course you will probably arrive at the airport, so you might need an airport transfer to Antigua and possibly one night in a hotel in Antigua, because most flights arrive in the late afternoon or evening in Guatemala City.

Overview

Our Learn Spanish in San Pedro Guatemala package includes:lake_atitlanverkleinet-800-x-600

  • One or more weeks private Spanish course of 4 class hours a day, five days a week.
  • Lesson materials and classes suited to your level of Spanish.
  • Accommodation at a host family.
  • Accommodation from the Saturday before the classes until the Saturday after the classes.
  • 3 meals a day except on Sundays.
  • Placement test before the course starts if you are no longer a beginner.
  • Coffee and tea.
  • Extensive (travel) information before you leave and assistance once you are at the school.
  • Optional: transfer from Guatemala City airport to San Pedro. A private transfer from Guatemala City to Antigua costs $35. In Antigua there are daily shared shuttles to San Pedro for $12 per person leaving at 8:30 am, 2 pm and 4 pm. You might have to spend one night in Antigua depending on the arrival time of your flight.

Not included:

  • International flight to Guatemala City.
  • Transportation from Guatemala City to San pedro.
  • Meals on Sundays.
  • All expenses of a personal nature.
  • $35 reservation fee

Important note: The school is closed on the following dates and missed classes will not be rescheduled or refunded: 1st of January, Holy Thursday and Good Friday (Easter), 1st of May, 30th of June, 25th of July, 15th of September, 20th of October, 1st of November.

Learn Spanish in Guatemala at our school in Quetzaltenango

The school

This school has an excellent, though somewhat different curriculum. Here you will receive Private Spanish course in Quetzaltenango 5 hours of classes a day. That seems like a lot but it’s really not that bad because those hours are divided into clear segments. Before the break you will get two and a half hours of private classes followed by a coffee break of 30 minutes, then for one hour and a half there is a get-together where all students join one of the teachers and he or she explains something about the local culture. Of course they take into account the different Spanish levels of the students. For example one time I was there they explained the system of counting that the Mayans use. Those numbers from the old Maya script are still on all of the Guatemalan banknotes. After this conference the remainder of the morning will be spend with your teacher who will elaborate on the subject of the conference and encourages you to speak. Roughly the classes consist out of two and half hours of mainly grammar, a half hour coffee and tea break with fresh sandwiches, one hour listening and one hour speaking. This school in Quetzaltenango was founded over 25 years ago and won an price, the ‘Educational Excellence Award’, which is given to one school each year by the Iberoamericano Council. A quality school therefore with a modern and attractive teaching system. Good reason to learn Spanish in Guatemala!

Accommodation options

Student shows its cooking skills at the host familyStandard we included a host family stay where you will get your own room and three meals a day, except on Sundays. On Sunday we suggest you pay a visit to ‘Café Lounge’, a delicious restaurant at the corner of 6th Calle & 13th Avenida.
A hotel stay is also possible for a surcharge of $13 a week. This price is on the basis of a simple but cozy hostel stay in a single room with shared bathroom close to the school and with use of the kitchen. Are you looking for a more luxurious hotel, let us know your preferences and we will find a suitable hotel for you. Apartment stay with your own kitchen and bathroom is possible if you stay for a minimum of one month. Let us know your preferences and we will check out all the possibilities.

Activities the school offers: free and paid

Chapel San Andres XeculThe school offers activities on a daily basis.Students of the school in Xela on their afternoon fieldtrip in San Andres Xecul Like for example each Monday they hold an introductory meeting where they will tell you all about the school and Xela, at the same time this is a great opportunity to get to know the other students. Often there are also salsa dance classes on Monday night. These types of activities are included in the package. When you go somewhere with your teacher and the other students of the school you only pay the transfer costs and any entrance fees. Also for the cooking classes they ask for a small contribution to pay for the ingredients.

Here you see a small group of students that went on a field trip to San Andres Xecul to visit the church, but also walked up the steep hill to see the yellow chapel and the beautiful view of the city. This amazing yellow church you can also see in our country info page. Click on the photo to see the details of the facade. Other free activities apart from salsa classes are: watching a football (soccer) game together with the other students and teacher, watching movies in Spanish and every Friday a festive farewell party for the students who are leaving the school. They will receive their diploma and the students usually arrange the drinks. At this fun night the teachers are also present. Afterwards the students go out together. On the weekends the school always offers excursions to places outside of Quetzaltenango, again the students get to participate in these excursions at cost price.

Overview

Our Learn Spanish in Quezaltenango Guatemala package includes:

  • One or more weeks private Spanish course of 5 class hours a day, five days a week.
  • Lesson materials and classes suited to your level of Spanish.
  • Accommodation at a host family.
  • Accommodation from the Saturday before the classes until the Saturday after the classes.
  • 3 meals a day except on Sundays.
  • Placement test before the course starts if you are no longer a beginner.
  • Coffee and tea.
  • Extensive (travel) information before you leave and assistance once you are at the school.
  • Optional: transfer from Guatemala City airport to Quetzaltenango. A private transfer from Guatemala City to Antigua costs $35. In Antigua there are daily shared shuttles to Quetzaltenango for $25 per person leaving at 5:30 am, 3 pm. You might have to spend one night in Antigua depending on the arrival time of your flight.

Not included:

  • International flight to Guatemala City.
  • Transportation from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango.
  • All expenses of a personal nature.
  • Meals on Sundays.
  • $35 reservation fee

Important note: The school is closed on the following dates and missed classes will not be rescheduled or refunded: 1st of January, Holy Thursday and Good Friday (Easter), 1st of May, 30th of June, 25th of July, 15th of September, 20th of October, 1st of November.

Learn Spanish in Guatemala at our school in Monterrico

Cafe del Sol
The classes

If you want to learn Spanish in Guatemala at a beach location then Monterrico is and excellent option. Classes are not held in a school but in a hotel. The teachers all come from a reputable school in Antigua, they send their teachers to Monterrico if they have students there. You will get 4 hours of private classes, 5 days a week. If you want to study for an extensive period of time it is a really good idea to end your classes here. In the Travelling classroom Guatemala the last week of classes are held in Monte Rico.

Café del Sol

The hotel, Café del Sol, is located directly at the beach, an attractive Just a part of a room in Hotel Cafe del Sol mid-range hotel with a swimming pool. Standard you will have a private single room. See photo to the side. If you share your room with one other person you will get a discount of $45 a week. All meals are included in this package. The hotel is known for its excellent kitchen; the meals are delicious and prepared with care. You will eat at the patio by the sea; a lovely place to have dinner while enjoying a drink and watching the sun set. Studying Spanish is also very enjoyable on the beach terrace! If you decide to learn Spanish in Guatemala add a week of classes at the beach in Monterrico and work on your Spanish and your tan at the same time!

Activities

New swimming pool with bar at Cafe del SolThe sea is very rough and there is a strong undercurrent so be careful when you enter. It is ok to take a dip but swimming long distances is not recommendable. That is why the hotel also has a swimming pool. There is a volleyball net so people play volleyball regularly and you can join in. There is a turtle rescue center in town which is definitely worth a visit. You can go horseback riding and they offer tours to the mangroves. So plenty to do besides working on your tan!

How to get there

From Antigua there is a shuttle (minivan) to Monte Rico every day at 8 am. The trips takes 2 hours and costs $13. You can book this with us.

Overview

Included when you learn Spanish in Monterrico:

  •  A private Spanish course of one or more weeks, 4 class hours of classes a day, five days a week.
  • Lesson materials and classes suited to your level of Spanish.
  • Accommodation in a single room at Hotel Café del Sol.
  • Accommodation from the Saturday before the classes until the Saturday after the classes.
  • All meals (3 times a day).
  • Placement test on the Sunday before the course (written or verbal) if you are no longer a beginner.
  • Wi-fi Internet.
  • Extensive (travel) information before you leave and guidance once you are there.
  • Optional: Transfer from the airport in Guatemala City to Café del Sol in Monterrico. Depending on your flights´arrival time you might have to stay in Antigua for one night. A transfer from the airport to Antigua costs $35. A shuttle bus transfer from Antigua to Monte Rico costs $13. The shuttle leaves Antigua at 8 am.

Not included:

  • International flight to Guatemala City.
  • Transportation from Guatemala City to Monterrico.
  • All expenses of a personal nature.
  • Meals on Sundays.
  • $35 reservation fee

Important note

Important note: The schools are closed on the following dates and missed classes will not be rescheduled or refunded: 1st of January, Holy Thursday and Good Friday (Easter), 1st of May, 30th of June, 25th of July, 15th of September, 20th of October, 1st of November, 25th of December.

 

Spanish Courses in Guatemala

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We do not only offer classes to learn Spanish in Guatemala but in many other countries in Central America. Go back to the Homepage to see the different possibilities of learning Spanish in Central and South America or combining your Spanish course with free volunteer work.

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