Learn Spanish in Guatemala with our Traveling Classroom

Monterrico, Quetzaltenango

This 4 week group tour includes a Spanish course in Antigua Guatemala, San Pedro, Quetzaltengo and Monterrico. In each of these towns the Spanish courses are held at a local Spanish school. In the first 3 places you will stay with a host family in a private room. You will receive 3 meals Monday through Saturday. In the last week you will stay in a nice hotel with swimming pool. The transfers between the four places are included, and are in a shared minivan. Apart form the Spanish lessons which are always in the morning, there are lots of active and cultural activities included in this tour like cycling, kayaking, hiking, salsa classes, cooking classes…..just to name a few.

Start dates 2016: first full weekend of the months July, September and November. The tour always starts on a Sunday. We recommend however to arrive one or two days before the tours starts.

Price: $1595

Week to week overview of the Spanish courses and activities:

La Antigua Guatemala

La Antigua Guatemala has long been the most popular place to learn Spanish in Guatemala. This small but charming colonial town has many nice bars and restaurants. A great place to start this traveling classroom tour. We will pick you up from the airport in Guatemala City and drive you to your host family in Antigua. On the first Sunday before the classes start you will get a short tour of the town by a staff member of the school. In the afternoon our local representative will take all the students out for a drink at a local bar. Here you will get to meet your fellow students and you can ask any questions you might have.

The Spanish course this week is from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm (20 hours). There is a half hour coffee break. If there are other students with the same level of Spanish, you will get group classes. If there are no students with the same level of Spanish you will receive private classes. Each afternoon there is an activity planned.

Accommodation at a local host family close to the school. You will get meals from Monday through Saturday.

On Sunday you will take a shared ride transfer from Antigua to the next town: Quetzaltenango.

Activities Antigua

  • Cycling tour visiting villages around Antigua
  • Make tortillas and learn about local Guatemalan dishes
  • Coffee tour
  • Salsa dance class
  • Hike and swim at a local finca near Antigua

Quetzaltenango

The second biggest town in Guatemala, but with a small town feel. Quetzaltenango (also known as Xela) is less touristy and you will get to experience and see the more authentic daily lives of the Guatemalan people.

The Spanish course this week is from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 1 pm (25 hours). You get about 2.5 hours private tuition. Followed by a coffee break and a group discussion of about one hour with the other students. The focus here is improving verbal skills. The last hour is one-on-one with your teacher again, elaborating on the group discussion. The school offers an activity each afternoon.

Accommodation at the house of a local host family close to the school. You will get meals from Monday through Saturday.

On Sunday you will take a shared ride transfer from Quetzaltenango to the next town: San Pedro La Laguna at Lake Atitlan.

Activities Quetzaltenango

  • Learn about the Nahual (Mayan Horoscope)
  • Cooking class
  • Hike to Laguna Chicabal (on the weekend)
  • Salsa dance class
  • Fuentes Georginas hot springs
  • Friday night festive end of class gathering

San Pedro at Lake Atitlan

This small easy going village on the south-west side of the famous Lake Atitlan. The classroom of this school offers amazing views of the lake. After Antigua, San Pedro is probably becoming the second most popular place to learn Spanish in Guatemala, and attracts young backpackers from all over the world.

The Spanish course this week is from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm (20 hours). The school offers an activity each afternoon.

Accommodation is with a local host family waling distance to the school. You will get meals from Monday through Saturday.

On Sunday you will take a shared ride transfer from San Pedro to the final destination of the tour: Monterrico beach.

Activities San Pedro

  • Salsa dance class
  • Kayaking at the lake
  • Zipline
  • Friday night festive end of class get together

Monterrico beach

Combine learning Spanish with relaxing by the beach and the hotel pool. A great way to end this 4 week group tour.

The Spanish course this week is from Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm (20 hours). Classes are held at the patio of the hotel.

Accommodation is in a shared room at a nice hotel with an excellent kitchen! You will get meals from Monday through Friday. You can book a private room for $60 extra for the week.

This tour end Saturday morning. You can book a transfer with us to your next destination or the airport (not included).

Activities Monterrico

  • Horse back riding
  • Mangrove tour
  • Beach volleyball
  • Turtle watching (only in season) otherwise a visit to the turtle project
  • On Friday festive end to the tour with special dinner and bonfire at the beach

Included:

  • 85 hours of Spanish lessons (20 hours in a group, 65 hours private).
  • 28 nights accommodations.
  • All meals except on 3 days (Sundays).
  • A lot of activities and excursions.
  • Private transfer upon arrival in Guatemala City.
  • Transfer between the places of the traveling classroom.

Not included:

  • Personal expenses
  • Flight to Guatemala
  • Meals on Sunday
  • Transfer on the last day

 

Frequently asked questions:

Q:Won’t I learn more Spanish if I have the same teacher every week?
We have chosen to hold the Spanish classes at an actual school in each town as opposed to one teacher traveling with the group. Having a different teacher each week will help you get to know different accents and different teaching methods. If you get stuck with a certain subject a new teacher might have just the right way of explaining it. Also a big focus of the teaching will lie on verbal skills, making it easier to have new subjects to talk about with a new teacher each week.
Q:What type of meals will I receive during the tour?
The host families in Guatemala have a lot of experience receiving foreign students and have adjusted their cooking as such. Next to the very typical breakfast and dinner dishes like beans, rice and eggs, there will be enough ” international ” variety in the meals. In Guatemala lunch is the main meal of the day and will often be rice or pasta with vegetables and some type of meat. You can let us know if you are vegetarian and the families will take this into account.
Q:What is the accommodation like?
The accommodation at the host family will be clean but basic. You have a room with one bed, a dresser and maybe a desk. If there is no desk you can usually use a table in the patio or living room to study or do your homework. There might not be television or wifi, but this depends on the family you are staying with. The focus here is eating meals together with the family and other students and practicing your Spanish. Usually there is wifi at the Spanish Schools that you are free to use.
Q:How much money should I take with me?
This is an all inclusive tour, almost all meals and all transfers are included. You will only need to take money for personal expenses and meals on each Sunday. A basic meal in a restaurant in Guatemala is about 40 to 55 Quetzales including a drink (that is about $5 to $7). A half a liter bottle of water costs about $0.50

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