Here at Ixchel Spanish School we believe in flexibility so you can choose a class schedule that's right for you!
We offer from two to eight hours of one-on-one lessons a day, up to seven days a week! Lessons are available year round and you can begin your Spanish course whenever it is convenient for you.
The school is closed only on a handful of major holidays:
- 1 January (New Year's Day)
- 14 April 2017 (Good Friday)
- 15 September (Guatemala's Independence Day)
- 1 November (All Saints' Day)
- 25 December (Christmas Day)
Other than that, we are open year round and you are most welcome anytime!
Class time lost because of a holiday can be made up by taking extra lessons on other days. If this is not practical, we will prorate your tuition. In any case, you won't need to pay for lessons that don't take place because of a holiday.
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.
Read more about our Spanish teachers.
2 - 3 Hours per Day
Two or three hours of one-on-one lessons a day are fairly easy schedules that are primarily meant for
- beginners who want to get a feel of the Spanish language but are not yet ready to commit to more serious studies
- advanced students who are already fluent or nearly fluent in Spanish and only want additional conversation and practice
- students who have very little time to study because of other commitments
In any case, at two or three hours a day you will advance quite slowly. If you want to make rapid progress, you might consider taking at least four hours a day.
4 - 5 Hours per Day
Four and five hours of one-on-one lessons a day are by far our most popular schedules. Roughly 80 percent of our students choose one of them.
These schedules allow for a good mix of grammar lessons, vocabulary building, exercises and conversation. You'll progress rapidly and still have half a day left for other activities around town.
If you're unsure about how many hours you can handle, start with four hours and see how it goes. We can always add an hour later on if you feel this would be of benefit to you.
6 - 8 Hours per Day
Six, seven or eight hours of one-on-one lessons a day are very intensive schedules. They are primarily aimed at intermediate and advanced students who can stay in Antigua for only a short time and want to squeeze in as many lessons as possible.
The structure of the classes is similar to the one with four or five hours, but you'll spend more time on reviews, exercises and conversation practice. Typically the afternoon classes are dedicated to practicing what you've learned in the morning.
With six, seven or eight hours a day, you'll have four hours in the morning and the rest in the afternoon, with a two-hour lunch break in between. If you like, you can work with two different teachers – one in the morning and another one in the afternoon.
Most of our students study from Monday to Friday and take the weekend off to go traveling, hang out with friends – or make new friends! – or simply relax and enjoy Antigua's unique colonial ambiance.
However, if you like, you can study on Saturday and/or Sunday, which will give you additional class time and allow you to progress more rapidly.
Weekend classes are mostly meant for students who can stay in Antigua for only a short time and want to add a few extra days to the normal schedule. They are also an option for students who arrive mid-week and want to make up the days they lose at the beginning of the week.
Note that you can begin your classes on any day of the week. Beginning mid-week or even on the weekend is fine. You do not have to wait until the next Monday.
What Our Students Say ...
I truly enjoyed my experience at the Ixchel Spanish School. It was a great way for me to brush up on my Spanish skills after spending 4 years without classes. The one-on-one teaching style that Ixchel offers is a highlight of the program. The pace and content of the class is designed around you.
My teacher was amazing as well. We could talk about anything, and she always made learning Spanish fun – whether it was with games or jokes we would tell each other.
Christine Akoh, USA
I also took some Spanish classes in Japan but I'm learning more here with Ixchel Spanish School because the structure of the course is very well organised and it is fun to study with the kind teachers intensively – not only the language, but also they teach us a lot of things about Guatemala.
I'm very thankful to my teachers Silvia, Mariela, Ana, Carmen, Elsa and all the staff of the school!
Natsuki Okamoto, Japan