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 in the school where you can stay. Other options would be to stay at a hotel or rent an apartment.
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.
At least one family member – sometimes the entire family! – is present at each meal and they are also available throughout the day as their time permits in case you need something or just want to chat a bit.
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.
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.
Photo Gallery: Family Homestay in Antigua Guatemala
What Our Students Say ...
Before booking my trip to Guatemala, I did a lot of research on the internet before finally deciding on Ixchel.
I chose homestay at the school and really lucked out. All the food served up by the wonderful Ana was delicious, nutritious and varied. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoyed all of her amazing meals. My room was clean (thank you, Sara!), bright and what a treat to wake up each morning to look out from the terrace at the awesome 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and volcanoes.
I came here for 7 weeks and stayed for 10. I think that says it all...
Stella Hodgson, Ontario, Canada
I'm very grateful that the school introduced this wonderful host family to me. To be honest, I was very worried about many things such as food, accommodation, hot showers, what the family is like etc. However, the family was very welcoming and kind to me all of the time. Every meal was served hot and when I told Mirna that I would like to eat rice, she met my wish with a smile.
Regarding any other anxieties, she has really taken care of everything in order to give me a very comfortable stay. It was so nice to converse with them and to learn various things about Guatemala. I can't thank you enough!
Yasushi Tsunematsu, Japan