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Studying Spanish

From the cobble streets of Antigua to the high mountain, Mayan village of Nabja, Guatemala is famous for its many Spanish language schools. Students can find almost any type of experience they desire whether it’s volunteering on a farm, living with a host family or studying in a garden under the remains of ancient buildings. There are even classes that cater to medical professionals.

Guatemalan Spanish is often fairly clear and relatively easy to understand. Many classes provide one on one instruction and teachers are sometimes willing to walk around town with you, or show you places you won’t see as a tourist. The full immersion style of these classes helps immensely with your conversational skills and prepares you to continue your travels with confidence.

Schools in Guatemala are known to be cheaper than those in Mexico and students (whether they have been studying for a week or three months), are often extremely satisfied with the quality of instruction.

Many Schools across the country run non profit programs and offer volunteers opportunities for their students. It’s common for schools to organize field trips and social events which strengthen the learning community.

Some schools, however, are run strictly for profit and do not always employ qualified instructors. These schools can charge more for classes that may not be of the same caliber as less expensive schools. Make sure to do a little background research before you choose a place to study.

Some schools hire recruiters to fish for newly arriving travelers at bus stops. Beware if someone offers you a free lunch if you come and see their school. If someone seems too eager to get you in the door, they may not be offering the best deal, you could end up paying twice as much as the going rate. It pays to shop around.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Guatemala: Accommodation overview, Studying Maya, Safety, History and Politics, Health, Tour Operators Overview, Living In Guatemala, Services, Restaurant Summary and Overview El Remate.








06 Jul 2010






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