Antigua, a beautiful colonial town just a short drive from Guatemala City, is well-known as for being a favourite amongst Spanish students. There a myriad of reasons for this, such as: the pace and clarity of the Spanish spoken in Guatemala; the inexpensive living costs; the proximity to the capital and other sites of interest in the country; and the spectacular setting in a valley surrounded by three volcanoes.
A quieter, safer option than the capital, Guatemala City, Antigua still has plenty to offer in terms of history and culture. In the evenings or at the weekends students can also explore Antigua's restaurants, internet cafes and bars, go to the cinema, learn to dance, and much more! Independent tour operators can also organise single day or full weekend trips to attractions like the Mayan ruins in Tikal, Artisan and Coffee Tours, diving in Lake Atitlan, and even trips to the perfect beaches of Belize!
The verdant heart of the city, Parque Central, is a gathering place for locals and visitors alike, making it the perfect place to practice your new-found Spanish skills! From here, explore the cobbled streets, lined with stunning baroque architecture, and feel yourself travel back to the 18th Century when Antigua was the colonial capital of Guatemala. You will encounter many shops selling traditional crafts, such as woodwork, basket-weaving and even jade, which was precious to the Mayans and holds a special place in Guatemalan culture.
Our school in Antigua
Just 50m from the magnificent La Merced church and just a few blocks from Parque Central and the bus station, our Spanish school in Antigua could not be more conveniently located. The school’s 20 classrooms are designed to ensure that you are able to concentrate on your Spanish with your teacher, without being disturbed. The school has been providing international students with high-quality Spanish courses for over 25 years and the teachers are all fully qualified, native Spanish-speakers who have considerable experience in teaching Spanish to international students of all levels (from complete beginner to advanced).
After lessons, you would be welcome to study additional material in the school’s library, or use the school’s free Internet access (there is also free WiFi available throughout the school). Alternatively, why not catch up with fellow students on the school’s terrace, which offers breath-taking views of the city and the surrounding volcanoes! You will have a 30 minute break each day, when you can sample some of the school’s fresh Guatemalan coffee.
Courses in Antigua
All lessons at our school in Antigua are private and so can be tailored to meet your specific requirements, thereby allowing you to really concentrate on improving your Spanish! You can choose from 20, 25 or 30 lessons per week, depending on how much progress you wish to make during the time that you have available. Course materials are included in the course price.
Our school in Antigua offers host family accommodation, which is usually within 10 minutes’ walk of the school. Our colleagues at the school select the host families that they work with very carefully, in order to ensure that students are accommodated in suitable environments. This is the perfect accommodation option to allow you to be totally immersed in the Spanish language and really experience the local culture and way of life.
You will be accommodated on a full-board basis, meaning that your breakfast, lunch and evening meal will be provided every day except on Sundays. You will have your own private bedroom, but will usually share the bathroom with your hosts (please note that there is limited availability for private bathrooms). You may be the only student staying with your host family, or there may be other students staying there (max. 5 students per host family).
Our school in Antigua offers regular activities which should help you to get to know the local culture, area and, of course, your fellow students, whilst giving you further opportunities to practice speaking Spanish. The activities are completely optional, so you can pick and choose which you take part in. Whilst some activities will be offered free of charge, there may be a small additional fee payable directly to the school to cover costs such as transport or entrance fees.
Some examples of typical activities offered include: visits to macadamia farms and jade workshops; tours of local villages; bike tours; city tours; football; salsa and merengue classes; swimming trips to hot springs; and cookery lessons.
How to get there
We recommend that students book the airport transfer from Guatemala City Airport, as this is the safest and easiest way to travel to Antigua. Please note that this service is not included in the course price, contact us for further details.