Who operates the language school?
The on-the-ground program provider is Maximo Nivel, with whom InterExchange has collaborated for years on offering affordable Spanish immersion and other cultural exchange programs. They will be your program provider, there to support you from the school and throughout your time in Guatemala.
I’m an absolute beginner. Is there a class for me?
Absolutely. We recommend doing a little practice (maybe online) before arrival but welcome total beginners and often have beginners on the program.
I’m already conversational in Spanish but want to continue working on the details. Can I join?
Yes! In this case you might consider private lessons or a mix or private and group lessons, to ensure you have some one-on-one time with an instructor to focus on your specific goals.
What else can I do while I’m there?
La Antigua is a charming town with chocolate making courses, nearby coffee farms, inexpensive restaurants and cafes, crafts, and more. Within a few hours are excursions including the popular Lake Atitlan, great for a weekend getaway. Many participants also add a few days after programs to travel. With other students and volunteers around and weekly activities either planned or suggested by the program, it’s not difficult to meet new people or find something to do!
How is COVID-19 affecting the program?
Our number one priority is your health and safety. In light of the unfolding global circumstances surrounding COVID-19, our language school partner is happy to accept your enrollment form and will notify you once travel into Guatemala is possible. Online classes are available, if you don’t want to wait to start learning!
Can I stay with a friend?
Yes. Please let us know in advance and we’ll arrange this for you.
I’m a vegetarian – will there be vegetarian food available if I stay with a host family?
Yes, host families have experience with vegetarians/vegans and various special diets, but please let us know in your application so we can find you the right placement.
How will I get around in Guatemala?
Walking is a great, free option, but buses are also very inexpensive and support staff will provide info on using public transportation or taxis. If you plan any excursions during weekends or after your program, buses are usually the way to go.
How can I stay in touch with friends and family back home?
You’ll have access to computers and high-speed internet at school. We recommend bringing a tablet or other personal device, as computer access can be limited during busy hours, but WiFi is available. There are also internet cafés available in town. Most host families have WiFi at their homes but this is not guaranteed.
If your phone is unlocked for use with a foreign SIM card, you should be able to get onto a local phone plan while in Guatemala.