The InterExchange Spanish Immersion Guatemala program is an affordable and adventurous opportunity to improve your language proficiency in leaps and bounds. You will take 4-6 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!
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 5+ 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 1-2 other students/volunteers of the same sex, in the home of screened, middle-class host family (private rooms available for an additional $50/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 7 days/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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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
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Once you complete your application and make a $250 partial payment (refundable if you cancel before your program is confirmed) we'll reach out to address any lingering questions, review a few key points, and get the ball rolling with your placement!
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.
Yes. Please let us know in advance and we'll get you placed with the same host family.
Yes, host families have experience with vegetarians, but please let us know in your application so we can find you the right placement.
Walking is a great, free option in La Antigua, but buses are also very inexpensive and support staff will provide info on using public transportation or taxis. Your host family can help you with this as well. If you'd like to organize a trip on the weekends we can help with that too!
You'll have access to a computer room 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 plenty of internet cafés available throughout La Antigua. Please note that you may not have WiFi at your host family's home, although many do have WiFi.
You can also purchase a local phone plan while in La Antigua.
Yes! InterExchange offers volunteer opportunities in Guatemala, with Spanish language classes included. Please check out our Volunteer Guatemala program and sign up there to start the process!
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
Experience Guatemalan culture while improving your Spanish skills!