Spanish Language School in Guatemala

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Jan 17th, 2011, 07:20 AM
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Spanish Language School in Guatemala

I'm thinking of doing a one week (that's all I have) course at either here http://www.casarosario.com/index.html or here http://www.travellog.com/guatemala/a...ya/school.html
Does anyone have experience or comments about either of these places?
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Jan 17th, 2011, 08:52 AM
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I don't know those schools personally but have studied year after year in Guatemala and can highly recommend the schools below; they're in the same towns as the 2 you've linked above.

Cooperativa School, San Pedro La Laguna:
www.cooperativeschoolsanpedro.com
Gorgeous garden setting overlooking Lake Atitlán, devoted, well-trained teachers, and it's a cooperative, so the teachers and host families are better paid. Also significantly, the school is heavily vested in the community, providing important support and funding to local families. With their help I've established a small nonprofit that provides scholarships to local kids so they can continue in school after 6th grade:
www.becaproject.com

In other words, I consider the staff to be close personal friends and the school is my favorite place on earth besides my own home; I'll be heading there every summer for as long as I'm able.

The homestays tend to be a bit more humble here than in Antigua; I've lived with 3 different families and love them all.

In Antigua, I can personally recommend the Academia Antigüeña:
http://www.spanishacademyantiguena.com/

I love the location, just 1/2 a block west of La Merced church and the staff is excellent. Perhaps even more important, the school has a reputation for interactive host families in a town so clogged with Spanish schools that many "homestays" are more like boarding houses. Antigua is lovely and is closer to the airport, but is a poor immersion environment due to some much English spoken by tourists and locals.

You can check out my photos, blogs, and travelogues below; let me know if there's more I can do to help. Happy trails!
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Jan 17th, 2011, 09:14 AM
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Hopefulist, thanks for a great reply. Can I e mail you with some specific questions?
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Jan 17th, 2011, 11:06 AM
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Sure! Go to the contact link on the www.becaproject.org site (I accidentally typed .com in the link above but it would redirect you anyway).
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