Immersion Spanish Courses in Antigua Guatemala
An immersion Spanish course is 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! Sign up for an immersion Spanish course at Ixchel!
One-on-one Spanish Lessons
One-on-one lessons are the fastest and most efficient way to learn Spanish. Your teacher is there only for you and can adapt the lessons to your needs, interests and learning style.
With one-on-one lessons, your teacher can concentrate fully on you. Your lessons go at the pace that is right for you and conversation is about topics that interest you. Your teacher is always there to answer your questions and practice with you until you can confidently apply the lesson before moving on to the next one.
Our teachers are all native Spanish speakers, born and raised in Guatemala. They have received extensive training and can look back on many years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language.
Latin American Culture and Customs
Immersion Spanish courses are more than just learning to speak Spanish! While you study Spanish at the Ixchel Spanish school, you will also learn a lot about many aspects of living in Guatemala and Latin America. You will experience the customs and culture of the Spanish-speaking world first-hand and learn about Guatemala's fascinating history as well as the country's economic and political situation.
Homestay with a local family, extracurricular activities and weekend tours are great ways to learn outside of the classroom. Being immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment round the clock, you will interact with many native Spanish speakers and practice what you have learned in class in real-life situations.
Here at Ixchel Spanish School we don't believe in One Size Fits All. Besides our General Spanish program we offer a variety of special courses:
- D.E.L.E. Preparation
- Credit Transfer Program
- Spanish for Spanish Teachers
- Business Spanish
- Medical Spanish
- Spanish for Flight Attendants
- Spanish for Law Enforcement Professionals
- Spanish for Travelers
- Spanish for Children
- Study & Travel
- Study & Volunteer
- Study & Dance
No matter which kind of Spanish you need to learn, we have the right course for you!
Homestay and Other Accommodations
Most of our students choose a family homestay and live with a local family while they study Spanish at Ixchel.
Living with a family provides lots of opportunity to practice your Spanish in real-life situations and learn about the customs and culture of Latin America.
Our host families are located in the south and southeast of Antigua's historic center, within a few blocks from the school. The walk from the homestay to the school takes no more than five to ten minutes.
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Not everyone is comfortable living in the home of a local family, however, and we can also arrange other accommodations for you.
We have several rooms for students right inside of the school. All of the rooms have private bathroom, cable TV, and wifi.
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Activities and Weekend Tours
Learning Spanish is not the only thing you can do in Guatemala. Many attractions are waiting to be explored and there is plenty of opportunity to have fun and learn more about Guatemala at the same time.
We organize extracurricular activities every day Monday to Friday (except on national holidays). The activities are very varied and range from salsa lessons and making tortillas to classes on the beach in Monterrico and tours to the Pacaya Volcano.
The activities are a great opportunity to learn more about Guatemala, socialize with fellow students and the Ixchel team, and have a good time!
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We also organize weekend tours to all popular destinations in Guatemala and neighboring countries. The tours typically leave Antigua early on Saturday morning and return Sunday afternoon or evening.
Weekend tours are a fun, easy and inexpensive way to make the most of your vacation time in Guatemala. Take a break from studying Spanish once in a while and go traveling!
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What Our Students Say ...
When I first arrived in Guatemala 3 weeks ago, I could barely say more than "no comprendo" in Spanish. It's amazing how far I've progressed in the little time I've spent at the school. I now have the knowledge and confidence to participate in conversations with Guatemalans!
Equally important as the quantity of learning I achieved is the quality; I found my classes so enjoyable, my teacher understood my learning style as well as my need for a mid-morning coffee. The relaxed atmosphere of the school is something I really appreciated!
Samantha Smith, Australia
I had a wonderful time studying in the school for 12 weeks. I had never studied the Spanish language before I came to Antigua. The only words I knew in Spanish were "Hola" and "Donde está el baño?"
However, the teachers gave me lessons at my own level with well-organized programs. Due to the one on one lessons, I was able to spend a lot of time having conversations with my friendly teacher and really enjoyed that. This has made my Spanish improve. I'd like to give my best regards and many thanks to Helen, Stephany and all the staff in the school for their generous support.
Yasushi Tsunematsu, Japan