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Jan 31st, 2009, 09:30 AM
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Great website if you want to learn more about studying Spanish in Guatemala

Some of you here helped me out recently when I started to investigate the idea of a Spanish school in Mexico or Guatemals. If I follow through on this, I think I have decided on Guatemala.

I stumbled across this website and haven't seen it mentioned elsewhere. It gives some very good personal comments about the various schools from someone who has looked at many of them. The insights are varied and cover lots of different areas. My only complaint is that I can't find the date this was written.

http://www.geocities.com/guatemalanspanishschools/

The site is more general on the home page but then has a link to detailed information on schools in each of three areas: Antigua, Xela and San Pedro Laguna.
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Jan 31st, 2009, 10:25 AM
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Interesting site - lots of good background information on Guatemala and the separate communities. It is REALLY OUTDATED, though, so you're right to be suspicious of no date stamp.

In San Pedro La Laguna, for example, some of the businesses have closed or are now under different ownership with - apparently - big changes in amenities and reputation. Worst of all, the Cooperativa school isn't even listed. It gets recommended on the TT forum 10 to 1 over the other schools there, in part because many of the best, most experienced teachers from those schools left to form the cooperative years ago (not sure how many - 4 or 5?).

In Antigua the size and locations of several schools have changed and in both places the prices are off.

Also, it's not recommending the more current Rough Guide and Moon Handbook guides for Guatemala but the Lonely Planet which has lately had terrible reviews and Let's Go which is ancient. On that note, there's a brand new Rough Guide due out next month - cool!

In many ways, julies, you remind me of myself. I'm a heavy researcher and like to know I'll be getting a good value and a good education. I'm afraid you'll find, though, that travel to Central America is only about 50% under your control, no matter how much you plan ahead. Often the very best bits are the totally unexpected and unplanned ones. Be careful not to set yourself up by thinking you've researched and know what it will be like or you may be disappointed or worse by an intriguing, adventure-filled journey that isn't what you thought you wanted. In Mason Williams wise words, "Don't go down to the ocean with a notion of what you will find".
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