Accommodation for Spanish Students

Family Homestay

Immersion Spanish courses in Antigua Guatemala – or anywhere else in Latin America – are all about meeting the local population, learning about their culture and customs, and practicing your Spanish with native speakers in everyday situations – as much as possible!

The best way to do just that is to live in the home of a local family for the duration of your Spanish course.

A family homestay has several advantages that make it the most popular accommodation option among our students:

  • You will have plenty of opportunity to practice your Spanish with native speakers in realistic everyday situations.
  • You will learn about – and experience first hand! – the customs and culture of Latin America.
  • The interaction with your host family will give you valuable insights into the daily life of average Guatemalans.
  • Having your meals with the host family saves you the hassle of eating in restaurants all the time or cooking yourself.

We select our host families very carefully to make sure you are comfortable in your homestay and receive good service.

Most students choose the homestay option and live with a local family while they are here. But if you feel a homestay is not for you, we also have rooms right here at the school where you can stay. Other options would be to stay at a hotel or rent an apartment.

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Family homestay

Family Homestay

A family homestay gives you lots of opportunity to chat with native Spanish speakers

Host families in Antigua Guatemala are middle class by local standards. Their homes are nice and comfortable but not luxurious.

Guatemalans are famous for their hospitality and will make you feel welcome in their homes. They will be happy to help you practice your Spanish and give you tips and advice to make your stay in Antigua even more memorable.

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Private Single and Double Rooms

Students participating in our homestay program have their own private room. Unlike other Spanish schools, we don't expect you to share your room with a stranger, not even during peak season.

We do have double rooms available, of course, for couples who want to stay together. For families traveling with children we can also add an extra bed to the room so the child can stay in the same room as their parents.

While many Spanish schools in Antigua Guatemala offer only homestays with shared bathroom, we can also provide rooms with private bathroom so you'll have more privacy.

The host family will give you a key to your room and to the house, so you can come and go as you please.

Meals Included

At each meal at least one family member, sometimes the entire family, is present and happy to chat with you. This way, you will practice your Spanish in realistic everyday conversations and learn about Latin American customs at the same time.

The host families serve mostly typical Guatemalan dishes, although they are sometimes adapted a bit to the taste of foreign guests. In any case, meals are tasty and much more varied than just beans and tortillas three times a day.

Vegetarian and vegan meals are available upon request.

The homestay includes breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday to Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday. The host families do not provide meals on Saturday night, Sunday and national holidays.

Family Homestay in Antigua Guatemala

Most students choose a homestay in Antigua Guatemala. Antigua is one of Guatemala's main tourist destinations and world famous for its unique and charming colonial ambiance, which earned it the distinction as a UNESCO World Heritage site and Monument of the Americas.

Antigua Guatemala also makes for a great base if you want to visit other destinations in Guatemala. Regular shuttle bus service to all tourist destinations in Guatemala and neighboring countries is easily available, which makes traveling faster, easier and more enjoyable than taking public buses.

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. Just about everything of interest in town is within easy walking distance and no lengthy bus or taxi rides are necessary.

Host families in Antigua Guatemala typically have several rooms for students and host up to six or seven students at a time. Hooking up with fellow travelers is very easy in a homestay and many students go out together or go on day trips or weekend tours together.

Family Homestay

Live with a Guatemalan family and learn about the culture and customs of Latin America!

Family Homestay

The host families are middle class by local standards

Family Homestay

The houses are nice and comfortable, but not luxurious

Family Homestay

The host families provide breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and breakfast and lunch on Saturday

Family Homestay

Usually at least one family member is present at each meal, sometimes the entire family

Family Homestay

The host families have single and double rooms available, with or without private bathroom

View more photos of family homestays