Teach and Learn
This is a secondary program option and only available when taken in conjunction with another program. With paid tuition (twenty or more hours of study per week), all students may participate in the Teach and Learn program. This program provides an exchange of conversation lessons between the teacher and student, allowing the teacher to learn some English (or other language), while the student receives up to two hours of extra lessons of Spanish per week for free! No experience teaching your language is necessary.
The Learn Together program is designed for those wishing to learn Spanish with their children; it allows both the parent and the child to learn at the same time at the school. The parent and child both learn Spanish separately, but some time is spent together with their teachers each day, creating a closer bond, as not only the language is explored, but the culture and fun of Guatemala as well. This program entails three hours of individual study per day, Monday through Friday, for both the child and parent, with one extra hour devoted to learning together with their teachers. Three times per week, after the daily lessons, a teacher accompanies you and your child on activities of your choice. Another two days may be spent with the regular group activities if desired. The program is for one adult and one child, however additional adults and children may be added for a surcharge.
The Learn Together program is also for those adopting Guatemalan children and who wish to learn Spanish while their child learns English.
This program is for four hours per day, Monday through Friday, for the child and parent, with one of these hours devoted to learning together with their teachers. Extra lessons are possible, and childcare is also available for a nominal fee. Advanced reservations are required for this variation.
The Total Immersion program enables those who do not have the necessary time to study Spanish in depth, or just want to know enough to be able to travel throughout the region and desire to learn the basics of Spanish at a rapid pace. It is also for those who already have some knowledge of the language, but who want to advance quickly to the next level. This program is two weeks in length, with extra weeks being optional. Eight hours of daily study, five days per week. You will have two different teachers, male and female, one in the mornings and the other in the afternoons. Your teacher will accompany you to various locales around Antigua to enable you to practice your Spanish skills in a practical setting. There is a deposit of $100.00 to reserve a place in this program.
Fun and Sun
For those who are just looking for an excuse to get away from it all! The Fun and Sun program combines Spanish lessons with travel. With this option, you will have three hours of Spanish lessons, five days per week. After the lessons, a teacher will escort you on private tours of Antigua and coffee plantations, and accompany you to museums, ruins, and nearby villages. Each Saturday, your teacher will spend the entire day with you journeying to other exciting places in Guatemala, such as Chichicastenango, Guatemala City, and Lago de Atitlan. Price includes tuition, airport pickup, guides, entrance fees, and weekend transportation!
The Fun & Sun program is 15 hours of weekly classroom study, but in the afternoons the teacher accommodates the student on private educational tours of various locales chosen by the student. This enables instruction in practical settings, and adds an additional 15 hours of instruction per week. Also, many other costs are included.
Being with the teacher on Saturdays as well means that the student has at least 40 hours of contact with Spanish each week. In addition, the airport pickup and Saturday transportation alone has a cost of $40-50, which is included in the Fun & Sun package. We doubt that a student could easily plan a week's worth of private lessons, private tours, transportation, and travel for only around $200! There is a deposit of $100.00 to reserve a place in this program.
Specifically created for students in college or university but available to everyone, the semester program lasts fifteen weeks and could save you up to almost $300. For groups, there are two start dates, one in mid-February and the other at the beginning of September. Individual Semester programs may begin at anytime. Semester programs are fifteen weeks in duration, include four hours of daily lessons Monday through Friday, and transportation from the airport is free. Except for the beginner’s group, all lessons are private and occur in the afternoons (private semester programs may be taken in the mornings for an extra $150 fee), there is a 15% tuition discount included, and participants may arrive up to three days early and depart up to two days later at no extra charge for lodging. At the completion of the program, students will have completed 300 hours of Spanish lessons, or the equivalent of seven classes at university, more if the private semester program is chosen! Halfway through the semester, students are eligible to take an exam for academic credits for an additional fee.
The summer program is similar to the semester study, except that it lasts for eight weeks. This option is popular with teachers and travelers, and college students looking for academic credits.
For those who want to not only learn some Spanish, but also want to see the finest that Guatemala has to offer without worrying about the details, the all-inclusive program is the way to go. Two, three, or four hours of Spanish study daily (you decide), four days per week, followed by daily private tours to destinations of your choice within and near Antigua. As with the Fun and Sun program, you will go with your teacher via private shuttle to such places as Lago de Atitlan, Panajachel, and Chichicastenango, but on Fridays instead of Saturdays. Each week your personal activities director will arrange Saturday or weekend trips for you to such exciting places as Xela, Monterrico, Coban, Rio Dulce, and Tikal, and your teacher can accompany you to these places as well for an additional fee. Other destinations are possible. You tell us where you want to go, and you are there!
Price includes: tuition, lodging with a local family or in a student house with private bath, weekday meals, roundtrip airport transportation, local guides, entrance fees, weekend transportation via tourist coach, mid-price hotel room on Saturdays. For an additional charge, a tour to Tikal via bus or plane can be arranged!