I decided for Centro Linguistico Internacional (CLI) in Antigua. I studied there for 3 weeks, 7 hours per day. I got 2 good teachers, Eduardo and Marleni. One taught me in the morning, the other in the afternoon. I am very pleased with the teachers I got. Both were very educated, bright, and ran a very structured but laid back curriculum. They also constantly asked for my input. The director of the school talked to me once per week to make sure I was having a good experience. I learned a great deal. When I first arrived, I was a complete beginner. After the 3 weeks, I was able to have basic conversations in Spanish, and I can read most things. I am very satisfied with my progress. I participated in about half of the activities that the school offered; most were offered in the afternoon, and my teacher would always accompany me and offer insight about them. All were enlightening, some more entertaining than others. They offered a very good selection of activities, although every Monday the activity was Salsa dancing (which is understandable, salsa takes a lot of practice). I stayed in a large house with 8 other students owned by Flor and Gustavo (forgot their surname, check with CLI). I think they own 3 such houses in Antigua. They did not live at this particular house, but stopped by constantly to visit us and to check if we needed anything. Food was good and prepared by a very nice lady named Lupe. Flor and Gustavo are wonderful, hospitable people, and I hope many other students get to experience their hospitality in the future. They even bought me a Christmas present. Regards, Ryan Keys
||I had a unbelievable experience at Centro Linguistico Internacional Spanish School in Antigua Guatemala! I studied at the school for approximately 3 weeks. My teachers were both wonderful, very patient and helpful. Their names were Gabby and Margarita, Margarita is more advanced. My family was so sweet. They cooked great food and were very flexible. They also spoke to us in Spanish which was very helpful. The afternoon activities through the school were alright, I only went to a few of them; an orphanage trip and salsa dancing lessons. Others included museums and visits to nearby towns, plantations, etc. Hope that helps. Take care, Anneliese Lane
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||I finally selected Centro Linguistico Internacional Spanish School on Alameda Santa Rosa. My selection was based partly on the quality of their website: it gave me the answers I was looking for, and they responded promptly to my registration etc. I studied for five mornings, and was very satisfied with my teacher. We found a good pace and there was a nice sense of communication and humour while we did our work. The school also had a nice setting (garden) and had free internet, and there was a feeling of co-operation amongst the staff. For example, one day we all contributed to the cost of a cake for the Director′s birthday; during the morning break we sang ′Happy Birthday′ in to all sorts of languages and ate the cake together. I took part in a salsa lesson and tour of a coffee plantation. Both were reasonably interesting activities, but not brilliant. My stay with Ana de Ruano and family was delightful! The food was excellent; the conversation was lively and genuinely interesting. There were two other students there and the consensus was that this was a good place. I asked and received a room with an adjacent bathroom, both were Spartan but functional. This family stay was an excellent value and added a lot to my stay in Antigua.
||Centro Linguistico Internacional Spanish School Antigua six weeks My boyfriend and I both got excellent teachers each. They were always very well prepared, very knowledgable, they adapted very well to our needs and were able to answer detailed questions about grammar as well as to have discussions about politics which, amazingly enough, we were able to participate in after only a couple of weeks of school. We stayed in the appartment of the school in the amazingly beautiful garden. It was very convenient for us and we even had 24 hours broadband internet access in our room. We highly recommend this school!!! Gundula and Kai
Former Students Comments
We keep coming back to CLI because of the quality of your service.
With best wishes,
…Then I also wanted to compliment you, on how easy your booking system on the internet is, and how glad I am, that you have responded so quickly to all my
THANK YOU very much for your e-mails. I am impressed with your service. I am definitely coming to your program for 2 or 3 weeks.
I had a fabulous experience at ILC and in Guatemala, not a small part of that was due to the wonderful students and staff at your school.
Thanks for your help,
My name is Carl Blake. I just returned from a 15-week Spanish course in Antigua. I stayed in one of the apartments at Centro Linguistico Internacional. It was a very pleasant stay and I made significant progress with my Spanish. I also met the director Robert while I was there. He's a very fine person.
Dr. Carl B.
I too, want to add my voice to that of Rhonda Gallagher and Rich Cantwell. I also enjoyed my stay at your school several weeks ago very much. I will certainly recommend it to others seeking to learn Spanish. My professor, Ruth, was an excellent, thorough, and very patient instructor. The facilities were great.
I ALSO HAD A GREAT TIME!
Sincerely, Garry S.
I just want to add my voice to that of Rhonda Gallagher. I enjoyed my stay at your school several weeks ago very much and will certainly highly recommend it to others seeking to learn Spanish. My professor, Rudolfo, was an excellent, thorough, and patient instructor. Should I return next year, which at the moment is my plan, I would love to have him as my instructor again. The facilities were also very clean and more than adequate.
BOTTOM LINE - I HAD A GREAT TIME!
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I wanted to say my instructor "Eduardo" was so kind, courteous and helpful. He put up with my slow learning and taught me more than I ever dreamed possible in the short time I was at the
I have been recommending you and your school to all my friends and all my co-volunteers
at Compassion International!
Thanks for all you help in getting my girls to your school. The van pickup was excellent and they really enjoy their home stay family.
Thank you for the quick reply. After much investigation, your school ranks on top.
Matthew Lernhart, Napa, CA
It was great to see how well a language can be presented when you have the one on one learning context. From what I saw and experienced, it appears to me that you are doing great things! You, Jose and Victoria can be proud with good reason.
By changing teachers after one week, I was able to observe and experience wider posibilities, first with Silfide and then with Sanchez Please let boths of them know that I valued the opportunity to get to know them.
Thanks for what you are doing so well.
(Dr. Ernest H. II)
I wanted to let you know that my colleagues and I really enjoyed our time at your school in Antigua from April 16-24. I was impressed with the effort you made to ensure that our learning needs were met and included two field trips of particular interest to us (Hospital San Pedro & the day care). The flexibility as to the direction of the tutorial for individual study was great. We were also pleased with the accomodation and housekeeping/meal services. The fiesta celebrating the opening of the new location that occured at the end of our week there was an additional bonus.
Please also thank Hugo for us. He was an excellent driver and a friendly face to greet us when we first arrived.
Once again, thank you for your services.
Thanks so much for accommodating Wayne's group!!!!! I met with all 6 students last night. They are very excited! They seem like a great bunch of kids. We parents are so jealous, we wish we were coming too. I hope my husband and I can come next year for a couple of weeks. Thank you again for all your help. It has been a very professional!
Thank you very much for the absolutely fantastic recommendation!!!!!
I spoke to my Professor and he gave the OK for my Madrid Semester. So that' s great and I look forward to it.
I hope I will find some time to have another Spanish course in your school in the near future.
Have a good time!
I took Spanish lessons at your school 2 months ago. I enjoyed the time very
much and learned a lot, so that I could do an individual travel through
Mexico without any problems in communicate!
Today I was contacted by a person who perhaps wants to apply for a course together with his son at your school, he asked me about my impressions and so on. I really recommended your institute, the way you teach and told about the many opportunities he can do (even during spare time), like the organized excursions...
Best wishes and greetings from Germany!
From November 3nd to 14th I studied Spanish at the Centro Linguistico Internacional, Antigua, Guatemala. I enjoyed studying at your school very much, and my Spanish has improved from none to more or less intermediate level
After learning the basics of Spanish and getting to know the Latin American culture by studying the language and travelling around, I decided to return to do a medical elective (since I am a medical student). If all goes well, I will participate in a program in San Jose, Costa Rica, next summer.
We heard form Cord recently. Thank you for following through. He thinks the school and his family are really great.
Sincerely, Jim Van W.
I appreciated your prompt return of my emails and my easy payment and smooth connection with my Antiguan family. I was pleased with my teachers.
Hola - My friend and I are interested in studying Spanish in Antigua, and I've heard great things about your school.
Hi Rhonda -
Got your two e-mails. Here's the reply from one of the schools. Click their link and explore the site - answers just about every question I can think of. See if it doesn't make you salivate! (lol)
Thank you for your prompt response.
I really appreciate all the help I am receiving. You guys are really on the ball!
Thanks for everything I appreciate your fairness with regard to honouring our agreement. I look forward to coming in mid-January.
Thank you for the quick reply. After much investigation, your school ranks on top.
Matthew L., Napa, CA
I have researched seven different schools in Antigua and have chosen CLI. Your programs seem to fulfill my needs.