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That really helps. Thanks so much.
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I recommend San Pedro Spanish School, which is based in A small town in Lake Atitlan.

The school is very well and professionally organised, with after class activities to further practice your Spanish. The schools setting is beautiful and although San Pedro does get more English speakers than other 'pueblos', in general very few speak English here. There is not loads to do so it's tranquilty helps you immerse yourself in the language.

I stayed with a family at the edge of the town, about 10 min walk from the school. I could not recommend this family (Vikki & Rafael, who also run a shop called Tienda Jacqueline) enough. The food they cooked me was amazing and they were very hospitales at all times. They also have a young daughter who always wants to chat. Perfecto no?!…

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After spending the last 2 weeks in coban, I would like to follow up on my last post.

I studied in coban with Muqbilbe spanish school. My teacher here, I felt, was the best of all three I've had since I arrived in Guatemala. Jaime was very thorough in his teaching and made sure I completely understood each lesson before moving on. He focused more on practising/conversing with what I learning in class. In the last school, I practiced by doing homework which I found less effective. Jaime also was the easiest to understand By using more simple phrases and words. He was also the more enthusiastic. In the last school I felt the teachers seemed a bit bored at times. I am now proud of my level of Spanish. Jaime corrected small but important mistakes I was making. The family again were great and they has two young kids to practice with. However, the food was probably healthier in Lago de atitlan. One other difference was that there was no wifi in both the school (not really a problem as I chatted with Jaimes very friendly mother who provided each day bread and coffee for free) and the home. There are no tourists (más o menos!) in Cóban. All in all if you can put up with the more rain they get here (higher altitude) then I would advise on here. It's also 20$ less! However if you want to meet other travellers then Lago de Atitlan is better. Oh as well Jaime was also very generous in helping me find voluntary work in a coffee plantation here.

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