Welcome to Ixchel Spanish School in Antigua Guatemala

Learn Spanish the Smart Way!

No doubt, Spanish is one of the most important languages in the world, and its importance is bound to increase even further. Globalization of the economy, international travel and the growing Hispanic population in many areas make speaking Spanish a necessity. Learning to speak Spanish – or improving your fluency – will give both your professional and your social life a boost.

While there is no shortage of Spanish schools, both in Latin American and in other countries, the quality of the school you choose can make your Spanish course a smashing success or a waste of time.

There are Spanish schools and there are Spanish schools!

To make rapid progress and become comfortable communicating with native Spanish speakers, you need a top-quality school with a proven track record and well trained and motivated teachers.

Ixchel Spanish School in Antigua Guatemala has been in business for more than a decade and we are recommended by thousands of satisfied students as well as all major travel guides. The quality of our Spanish courses is second to none and since the lessons are one on one, we can adapt them precisely to your needs, interests and learning style.

Besides our general Spanish courses for students of all levels we also offer special courses for professionals, travelers, volunteers and children. And if you can't travel to Guatemala to take part in an immersion course or want to continue working on your Spanish after you return home, you can also take our Spanish courses online via Skype!

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Ixchel's teachers are all native Spanish speakers and have received extensive training. Most of the teachers have more than five years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign students, some have been with Ixchel since the school was founded in 1999.

Teaching Spanish isn't just a job for our teachers. They take an active interest in your progress and do whatever they can to help you reach the goals you have set for yourself.

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Immersion Spanish Courses in Antigua Guatemala

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An immersion Spanish course is of course the fastest and most effective way to learn Spanish. Taking several hours of Spanish lessons a day and being surrounded by Spanish speakers round the clock, you will literally soak up the language.

Our Spanish courses are designed to make you speak, speak, speak! Of course you will also acquire a solid knowledge of the Spanish grammar and a good working vocabulary, but we don't stop there. We will make sure you'll be able to apply what you've learned in class and communicate effectively with native Spanish speakers.

To make your trip to Guatemala even more memorable, we provide not only Spanish lessons and family homestays – the traditional parts of an immersion course – but also a full range of services to help you make the best of your stay in Guatemala.

We arrange extracurricular activities every day and tours to other great destinations in Guatemala every weekend. We can provide childcare if you travel with young children and of course we have wifi in the school that you can use free of charge whenever we are open.

Make the best of your valuable vacation time! Study at Ixchel in the unique and charming colonial city of Antigua Guatemala!

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Online Spanish Courses – Study Anywhere, Anytime!

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Unfortunately not everyone has the time or resources to travel to Antigua Guatemala and dedicate several weeks to learning Spanish.

But there's a solution: Learn Spanish online via Skype!

With our online Spanish courses you can learn Spanish anywhere, anytime! Flexible schedules allow you to dedicate as much or as little time to your Spanish lessons as you can fit into your busy day.

You don't need to adapt to a rigid class schedule. We adapt to you!

All our Spanish courses are available online and are taught by the same great teachers that have made our immersion courses famous all around the world. All class materials are available online and you have access to them whenever you have time to study.

Get ahead in these challenging economic times and add a valuable skill to your resume: Speaking Spanish!

No matter if you are a beginner and want to take your first steps into the Spanish language or are already advanced and need to perfect your conversation skills, we have the right course and the right teacher for you!

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Special Courses

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Here at Ixchel Spanish School we don't believe in One Size Fits All. We understand that a nurse taking a patient's medical history needs different skills than a flight attendant giving safety instructions or a businessman negotiating a contract.

Where other Spanish schools fail, Ixchel excels: We teach you the kind of Spanish you really need!

We have developed special courses for a variety of professions, like medical professionals, flight attendants and business people.

We also have special courses for travelers, volunteers, children of all age groups, and even for Spanish teachers who want to perfect their knowledge of the Spanish grammar and improve their fluency.

Last but not least we also offer Spanish courses for students who need credits for their studies at Ixchel to be transferred to their college or university, or want to take the DELE exam.

Study Spanish and Travel

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Learning Spanish, as important as it may be, is not the only thing many travelers want to do in Guatemala. And who could blame them? Guatemala has many fascinating sights to see!

Guatemala has a variety of world class attractions, like the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Lake Atitlan, the market of Chichicastenango and the Pacaya volcano.

But there are many other fun place we can take you to: Rio Dulce, a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers; the limestone caves of Lanquin; the Pacific beach in Monterrico, and many others.

As part of your Spanish course we can arrange tours to any destination in Guatemala – day trips, weekend tours, extended tours after your course, and if you like, you can even take your teacher along and learn Spanish on the road!

If you want to learn Spanish and get to know Guatemala, this course is for you!

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Study Spanish and Volunteer

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As a developing country, Guatemala faces many challenges that travelers can help with, particularly in health care, education and environmental protection.

Volunteer your skills and a few hours – or days, or weeks! – of your time to help the poor and disadvantaged in Guatemala!

Help is needed in many places and we work with several organizations where volunteers can make a difference – primarily in education, health care and social work.

Most of the organizations are located in or around Antigua, but we can also arrange positions that are farther away, which is ideal for students who want to volunteer in different parts of the country after their Spanish course.

Gain valuable work experience and practice your Spanish in meaningful real-life situations!

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What Our Students Say ...

Anne Sayre

My experience at Ixchel Spanish School could not have been better. Because I already speak a good deal of Spanish, I had some concern about the outcome of classes.

After an hours of conversation, my teacher knew exactly what I needed. She was professional, fun to be with and an excellent teach. The flowers and humming birds provide a lovely surrounding in which to study.

I would highly recommend Ixchel to students at all levels of Spanish. I also enjoyed immensely the family in our homestay.

Anne Sayre, Georgia, USA

Charlie Beal

This is my third time to visit Ixchel Spanish School. I started out as an absolute beginner and did not understand anything.

Now I am able to converse with people in Spanish, I can express myself very well in Spanish and also understand Spanish when it is spoken. My teacher Angelica is the best. I would highly recommend Ixchel to anyone.

Charlie Beal, Oklahoma, USA

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