The InterExchange Spanish Immersion Guatemala program is an affordable and adventurous opportunity to improve your language proficiency in leaps and bounds. You will take four to six hours of Spanish per day with the option to join free English-Spanish exchanges with locals, interact with your Spanish-speaking host family members and practice around town!
- Language classes Monday through Friday
- Host family accommodation
- Breakfast and dinner seven days per week
- Pickup from airport
- Orientation meeting
- Language exchanges and social activities
- 24-hour emergency line
- Pre-departure and alumni support
Arrival and Orientation
Programs begin Sundays throughout the year with airport pickup from Guatemala City and transfer to your host family's home in La Antigua. On Monday morning you will make your way to the Spanish institute with the support of your hosts. Monday starts early with an orientation session covering logistics and safety, and a placement exam to make sure you're placed at the right level.
Compared with the bustle of Guatemala City, La Antigua feels generally calm and quaint. La Antigua is a nice small city to explore on foot, sign up for a chocolate making class or take a small hike in the surrounding hills. There are numerous little cafes (best coffee ever!) and restaurants to enjoy during lunch breaks and in the evening. Since your weekends are free and you might like to add some time after your program for personal travel, we suggest a guided hike at a nearby volcano, relaxing at Lake Atitlan or even taking a surfing excursion to El Salvador. Ask us for suggestions!
Choose group or private classes or a combination of both. You will learn from teachers with master's degrees and/or certification in teaching Spanish and over five years of experience. Classes focus mostly on speaking and listening but will attend to your particular goals as well. In addition to classes you'll also have the option to join English-Spanish language exchange sessions with local English learners in one-hour sessions. Host family members are usually around to help you practice during breakfast and dinner, too!
Standard accommodation is a shared room with one or two other students/volunteers of the same sex, in the home of screened, middle-class host family (private rooms available for an additional $30/week). You will receive a key to the home and can come and go as you please, provided you respect the space and routines of your hosts. Your host family's home will either be within a 10- to 25-minute walk or a short taxi/bus ride from the school where InterExchange's partner offices are situated.
All families must partake in a formal application, vetting and interview process before becoming hosts. You'll receive your specific host family information with your arrival packet.
Hostel stays can also be arranged, or apartments for placements four weeks or longer. Please inquire for details.
English-speaking program staff work from the school location seven days per week and maintain a 24-hour emergency phone, so support is always available. The staff can assist you with logistical questions, or give you tips for exploring the area before and after class and during weekends.
The school has space to study, computers and free wifi, free coffee and tea, and great hang-out space for meeting friends. Weekly free activities like salsa or cooking lessons are also available, and you can check our monthly activities calendar for ideas on connecting with students and travelers.
Support from InterExchange begins the moment you inquire and continues beyond your program when you become a part of our alumni community! Have questions now? Ask away!
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All prices include host family accommodation with breakfast and dinner, airport pickup and support throughout your program.
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Small Group and Private courses are four hours/day Monday - Friday. The 6-hour Combo includes four hours group lessons plus two hours private lessons. In the unlikely event that you are the only student at your level, any two hours of group lessons will be replaced with one hour of private lessons. This is rare.
Above pricing includes standard host family accommodation in a shared room. For private room with a host family, or accommodation in a hostel or apartment, please give us a call at 1.800.597.3675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to earn credit we will need to know in advance. Please note that additional fees will incur for this option, which go to the accrediting school. Please contact us to request a syllabus.
What our participants are saying
InterExchange was very helpful! They helped me set up my trip with just a few week's notice. I was very happy with my Spanish class. The office staff were very friendly and flexible, and my teachers were great. Jane
I know if I need anything I can send a quick email and be assisted right away. I feel secure with [InterExchange] staff and am grateful for the extensive information that has been provided. Keirsten
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