Meet the Ixchel Team!
The knowledge and experience of your teacher is of utmost importance for the success of your studies. Only a well trained and motivated teacher will ensure that you learn Spanish in an efficient manner and progress rapidly, making the best use of your valuable vacation time.
Ixchel's teachers fit the bill! We select our teachers very carefully to make sure they meet our high quality standards.
All our teachers are native Spanish speakers. They have many years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language to foreign students. Some of the teachers have been with Ixchel since the school was founded in 1999. They receive continuous training so they are familiar with the latest teaching methods and materials.
Teaching Spanish is more than just a job for our teachers. They take an active interest in your progress and adapt the lessons to meet your needs, interests and learning style.
Over the years we've brought together a great team that we are very proud of. We all work hard to make your stay at Ixchel an enjoyable, hassle-free and unforgettable experience!
Alvaro Ramirez (Director)
Alvaro began his professional career as a Spanish teacher in the early 1990s. He soon realized that the language programs even at the best schools had many deficiencies and started to look for ways to improve them.
When he met a group of teachers from Spain, Alvaro learned about innovative and more efficient teaching techniques. He developed his own Spanish program from scratch and finally founded Ixchel Spanish School in 1999.
Ixchel quickly established itself as one of the best Spanish schools in Guatemala. Nonetheless Alvaro keeps evaluating new teaching methods and improving our program to provide the best possible experience for our students.
Mafer Almengor (Coordinator)
Maria Fernanda – Mafer for short – is the school's secretary and course coordinator. She joined Ixchel in 2008 after completing her training as a bilingual executive secretary and, with one short interlude, has been with the school ever since. Always friendly and cheerful, she assists students in any way she can.
Besides her work, Mafer is a part-time student of law and social science. Her goal is to become a criminal investigator specializing in homicide investigations. In her free time she likes to work out, run through the mountains, and read the works of her favorite writers Pablo Neruda, Paulo Coelho and Isabel Allende. Above all she loves to spend time with loved ones.
Alejandra is 25 years old and has been with Ixchel for seven years. Her gracious nature and genuine interest in her students' progress have made her one of our most popular teachers.
Besides teaching Spanish, Alejandra studies architecture part-time at a university in Antigua. She is also very interested in learning about other countries, their culture and history, and likes to travel.
Luis Antonio Carcuz
Luis Antonio is 40 years old and has been a member of the Ixchel team since the school opened in 1999. He has worked with students from all walks of life and has made many friends all over the world with whom he likes to stay in touch by email and chat.
Luis Antonio holds degrees in linguistics and accounting, but his true passions are teaching Spanish and explaining all aspects of life in Latin America to his students.
Ana Lucia Perez
Ana Lucia is one of our more senior teachers and has been with Ixchel for many years. Although she began her professional career at a bank, she soon discovered her true vocation as a Spanish teacher and has stuck with it ever since.
Ana Lucia enjoys teaching Spanish and introducing her students to the culture of Latin America. She is 35 years old and loves to cook and hang out with her friends.
Stephany is 22 years old and has been with Ixchel for four years. She truly enjoys teaching Spanish and learning about the culture and history of her students' home countries.
In her free time Stephany likes to hang out with friends and family, work out and read. She is particularly interested in Latin American literature and her favorite author is Nobel Prize-winning Guatemalan writer Miguel Angel Asturias.
Ana is 24 years old and has been teaching Spanish as a second language for five years. She holds a degree in pedagogy and is studying business administration part-time at a private university in Antigua.
Ana enjoys working with international students very much, not only teaching them Spanish but also explaining the Latin American culture, customs and history.
Carmen is 32 years old, holds degrees in pedagogy and Spanish, studied International Relations and has been working as a Spanish teacher for more than 10 years. She is also a Salsa dance teacher and in her free time she likes to travel.
Always cheerful and full of energy, Carmen loves to work with people and is not only one of our most experienced but also one of our most popular teachers.
Carmen is 31 years old and holds degrees in Foreign Language Education and Business Administration. She has more than ten years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language and she's very enthusiastic about teaching not only the language but also the culture of Latin America.
Carmen's many interests include Latin American literature, particularly the works of Isabel Allende, and learning about other cultures.
Silvia was already looking back at a long teaching career when she joined Ixchel three years ago. She holds a degree in Spanish and is very passionate about teaching not only the Spanish language but also explaining the Latin American way of life.
Silvia is very interested in learning about her students' home countries and their culture and history. She loves to spend her free time with her family and friends.
Silvia, who holds a degree in pedagogy, is 33 years old and has been working as a Spanish teacher for nine years. Before she took up teaching Spanish, she worked in tourism and is always willing to give travel tips and advice to her students.
Silvia spends a lot of time keeping up with the latest teaching methods to become an even better teacher. Most of her free time is spent with her family and friends.
Angelica joined Ixchel shortly after the school was founded and has stayed with us ever since. Besides her work as a Spanish teacher, she went to law school part-time and recently graduated.
Besides Spanish and English, Angelica also speaks Quiché, a Mayan language spoken by a large part of Guatemala's indigenous population. Her hobbies include history, literature and spending time with family and friends.
Helen is 27 years old and has been teaching Spanish as a second language for nine years. She holds degrees in pedagogy and foreign language education.
In her free time, Helen likes to devour books and magazines, hang out with her friends and go shopping.
Ingrid is 42 years old and has been working at Ixchel Spanish School for the past nine years. She holds degrees in pedagogy and teaching Spanish as a second language.
Ingrid loves to teach Spanish to students from all walks of life and is proud to see her students advancing. In her free time she likes to be with her family and is very interested in pre-Columbian history.
Isabel is 23 years old and has been with Ixchel for four years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism and is currently working on a degree in English.
In her free time, Isabel likes to read and cook typical Guatemalan meals. She also likes to travel around Guatemala and learn about the traditions and history of the distinct ethnic groups living in the country.
Mariela is 28 years old and has been with Ixchel for almost ten years. She holds degrees in pedagogy and teaching Spanish as a second language. Always full of energy, she makes learning Spanish interesting and fun.
In her free time, Mariela likes to read, dance and hang out with friends.
At 24 years old, Raquel is one of our younger teachers, but she has several years of experience teaching Spanish already. She holds a degree in pedagogy and is currently studying business administration part-time.
Raquel likes to spend her free time with family and friends. She also loves to read and her favorite writer is Miguel Angel Asturias, one of the most famous Guatemalan writers.
What Our Students Say ...
I absolutely enjoyed my time at Ixchel! The teachers and staff are just so welcoming, and it really does feel like a second home in Antigua! I learned so much in these 3 weeks and I had a great time with Ana Lucia, she's amazing!
The best part of the day was the break though, it's so nice to talk with everybody, hang out in the cafeteria and make new friends! Great people, great school!
Sophia Schmölz, Austria
I had the best experience a girl could ask for, especially for the first time I've been out of the country alone. Everyone at the school, students and teachers alike, are so helpful with anything you need.
I loved my teacher Silvia, she and I got along great. She was very patient with me. My homestay family was perfect. They too were very accommodating with whatever you need.
I want to come back in the summer and do it all once again.
Desiree Cook, California, USA