Our experience here at Ixchel school was great. Our teachers were very patient and the one-on-one teaching was very helpful. Everyone was wonderful. Our meals made by Ana were always delicious.
We will definitely be returning at some point in the future and will recommend the school to anyone interested in learning Spanish. Thank you for everything!
Debbie & Stephen BucknerPennsylvania, USA
I am very happy that I chose Ixchel Spanish School. I had a great experience and my Spanish course met my expectations. My teacher Mariela was excellent and I really learned a lot.
I was also very satisfied with all other services; f.e. excursions were very interesting and well organised. I am very thankful to Marleni for all her help. She made my staying in Guatemala even more memorable, because she helped me organize my trips to Panajachel and Biotopo del Quetzal. And of course Ana and Diego – Thanks a lot! – the food was delicious!
I really enjoyed staying and learning at Ixchel and I’ll recomend it to my friends.
Mojca LajhMaribor, Slovenia
Over the course of four weeks and eighty hours of one-on-one Spanish tutoring at Ixchel, my conversational skills have grown more than I could have imagined. The school has really developed an efficient and fun study environment and a curriculum that easily conforms to any level of language proficiency.
The professors and the secretary are wonderful and helpful, and the school is located in a perfect part of town. If I had the time, I would extend my course with Ixchel for several more months. I cannot advocate enough the power of language immersion on a daily basis, and Ixchel is the perfect place to begin.
Kevin FritzCalifornia, USA
Ixchel definitely met my expectations. It was a nice balance of fun, activities, one-to-one conversation, grammar and exercises. I think just having hours of one-on-one conversation and instruction really helped me build confidence.
My teacher Maria and I laughed everyday – a lot. Laughing is the best way to learn. The children's program is one of the best offerings. I loved that Birdie had intensive one-to-one instruction.
The outdoor areas at the school are inviting and they are great, open-air places to learn. The staff seems happy working together.
Candace WhiteFlorida, USA
The Spanish course my sister and I participated in surpassed our expectations. We experienced no problems with the lessons or the other services the school provided.
We especially enjoyed the games and being immersed into the local community. It was a great balance of learning Spanish and helping with English.
Chloe & Chanel HamiltonFlorida, USA
Ixchel Spanish School is great for all levels and ages of Spanish speakers. I am 13 years old and it is the third time my mom and I have come to Ixchel. The curriculum covers so much and the teachers are so great.
I always have so much fun while learning Spanish here! My teachers here at Ixchel have always met my expectations.
Sophia VanslykeCalifornia, USA
There are many people who speak Spanish right in my neighborhood in New York City. I also have two close friends who speak the language. So I decided to learn Spanish even though I was 60 years old. Am I crazy? I don't know but I am having a great time. I wanted to do something difficult that would require discipline and persistence to keep my mind energized.
So I invested in Rosetta Stone and began that slow process of learning some basics. I was talking to my friend one day who speaks fluent French and Spanish and has traveled extensively in the world. He said, "If you want to really up your learning curve you have to begin speaking the language regularly; you have to immerse yourself in it. One of the best places in the world to learn Spanish is Antigua Guatemala because they have terrific schools there."
So I researched them all online and choose Ixchel because their website was the most developed and they responded to all my emails and questions with promptness and a relaxed friendliness. In December 2014, I went there over the Christmas holiday for two weeks, taking four hours of instruction in the morning.
The very first day, I was thrown into deep water without a life preserver (no English) but that proved very helpful in increasing the speed at which I learned. The lifeguard was always on duty. As my brain was no longer the sponge it once was, I knew I had to be patient with myself, and so was my wonderful teacher, Marielos. She always spoke slowly, gently repeating often for me; she also was intuitive. She knew her grammar and explained the rules well and simply until I fully understood.
I got to talk to all the students while I was there, and every single one of them loved their respective teacher. I never heard one complaint or even "She's okay." It was always a rave. In addition, the secretary, Marleni, is smart, organized, and generous of spirit, and her English is superb. You couldn't ask for a better leader and coordinator.
Soon after I returned home I decided to continue my studies online via Skype. I asked for the same teacher, but she was unable to do it. I now have a different teacher whom I also love; I work with her twice a week for 50-minute sessions. After 5 months of home classes and homework, I can detect real improvement.
But still I want to up my game further, so I am going back for a full month in early summer of 2015, to study 20 hours a week again with my same online teacher, Alejandra. I am very excited. I love the town with its cobble stone streets and ancient ruins everywhere, the people, and the incredible surrounding vistas. This visit I expect to have more interactions with people in my daily explorations.
Some folks learn fast, some learn more slowly, but for me it's all about the process of learning. And the process at Ixchel is exceptional.
Patrick HustedNew York, USA
Before booking my trip to Guatemala, I did a lot of research on the internet before finally deciding on Ixchel.
From the moment I walked into the school I was treated as family and nothing was too much trouble. Anything I needed, I just had to ask. The office staff Mafer and Claudia were delightful and Alvaro was always around with his big friendly smile. My teacher Analu was wonderful and so very patient with me, enabling me to go from zero Spanish to being able to hold a reasonable conversation.
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.
There were lots of trips available through the school, with something for everyone and all at a reasonable rate and in some cases free.
I spent my 60th birthday at the school and was surprised with a birthday cake, flowers from Analu and all the teachers and students singing "Feliz Cumpleaños". This wasn't a birthday I was particularly looking forward to, but it really was the best one of my life. Thank you to everyone who helped make it such a special day.
I came here for 7 weeks and stayed for 10. I think that says it all...
Stella HodgsonOntario, Canada
I came to Ixchel because a couple of friends recommended it to me as the best Spanish school in Antigua. It lived up to all of my expectations and to their high praise. I had almost no Spanish when I started, and I wanted to learn as fast as possible because I hope to be able to work with Spanish-speaking populations when I enter medical school a year from now in the US.
After 5 weeks in Guatemala and with the help of Ixchel, I am now comfortably conversational. My Spanish is far from perfect, but I can express any idea that I need or want to. My teacher was incredibly patient and provided thorough and clear explanations of grammatical concepts. Our classes were a combination of grammar review, drill, and conversation practice.
I chose to live with a host family who lived in a village just outside of Antigua. This was one of the best choices that I made because it allowed for more complete immersion and a more authentic experience than living closer to the center of the city. My host family was incredibly open and welcomed me into their family life.
Overall, I never ceased to be impressed by the professionalism, organization, flexibility, and positive, welcoming attitude of all of the Ixchel staff. Muchas gracias!
The Ixchel Spanish School in Antigua is a great place to learn Spanish. The school is about five minutes away from the plaza.
I followed a 3 week course with the "maestro" called Hellen. A very nice and good teacher that welcomed me in the Spanish language. Every morning at 8 a.m. my classes with Hellen started just in front of my room!
My room was huge, two beds, television, big bathroom and very clean. The school also has two terraces with great view of the three volcanoes by which Antigua is surrounded. The food and personality of Ana, the hostess of the homestay situated in the school itself, are simply amazing. I found that the homestay is, apart from “extra Spanish lessons”, a great way to learn more about Guatemalan food.
The rest of the staff also are very nice, friendly, helpful, and fun people. I had some great time with them during small parties at the school.
A great place!
Coen van BerkelNetherlands
I was initially attracted to the Ixchel Spanish language school because of their online Skype lessons. I figured it would be a good way to get a sense of the quality of their program without having to make a big commitment. Thanks to the professionalism of their office staff, I had no trouble setting up a free online Skype lesson. That first lesson convinced me to purchase a package of five 50 minutes online lesson and I was impressed with the availability of class time and flexibility of the instructors.
After several months of the online lessons, I decided to go to Antigua in order to study at Ixchel. My transportation and living arrangements were handled with great attention and once again, I was very satisfied with the school's customer service and logistical management.
After several weeks of intensive classes at Ixchel, my level of Spanish increased dramatically. Because of the emphasis on both grammar and conversation, the classes truly benefit those students who are serious about improving their ability to speak.
Ixchel also offer a very personable learning environment. Everyone that I met was genuinely friendly and caring. And because of the quality of my classes, as well as the overall atmosphere of the school, my impression is that Ixchel is unique in the way that teaching Spanish seems to be more of a vocation rather than merely a business. I am very grateful to have found this program and without hesitation, I will recommend Ixchel to anyone looking for quality Spanish instructor.
David CooleyCalifornia, USA
I absolutely loved my time at Ixchel in March and April of 2013. I looked forward to class every day with my teacher Stephany. Our lessons were on the terrace, and they were full of conversations of grammar, laughter, and social justice in Guatemala.
I know that Stephany loves her job and has so much talent for teaching – after three weeks, I was conversational in Spanish. I have continued lessons through Skype, and my friends ask me how I love my Spanish teacher so much – she is now a good friend and I feel like I can tell her anything.
I highly recommend Ixchel to all!
My experience at Ixchel Spanish School could not have been better. Because I already speak a good deal of Spanish, I had some concern about the outcome of classes.
After an hours of conversation, my teacher knew exactly what I needed. She was professional, fun to be with and an excellent teach. The flowers and humming birds provide a lovely surrounding in which to study.
I would highly recommend Ixchel to students at all levels of Spanish. I also enjoyed immensely the family in our homestay.
Anne SayreGeorgia, USA
I am 9 years old and going in to 4th grade. I have been to Panama, Costa Rica, and now Guatemala to study Spanish but I have had the best experience and learned the most here. I would recommend this school to many people. The teachers are great and the school is nice plus there is a nice garden in back. The school is pretty close to Iglesia de Merced and the central park. So it is a good school!
If I could pick a favorite teacher it would be hard because they are all nice but Stephany would be my favorite because she is fun, nice, and awesome! She's already teaching me past and future tense with irregular verbs!
Sophia VanslykeCalifornia, USA
I attended Ixchel for two weeks in order to improve my spoken and presentation skills in Spanish as I need this for business.
I had communicated with Maria several times in advance to ensure that my requirements would be fulfilled. I spent every morning session with Carmen and she was excellent in conforming to my requirements and continuously participating in my chosen subjects of discussion as well as sticking to the agenda. I also spent a number of afternoons with Stephanie and I would equally recommend her as well.
Over the weekend I went on a tour of indigenous Mayan areas with a tour guide, Juan Carlos. He had an incredible amount of knowledge of the country as well as the culture. I would definitely recommend any student of Ixchel to go on a tour with him.
My verbal and presentation skills have definitely improved and I feel that my objective has been met.
All in all a great place, good school and engaging teachers. A+
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.
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!
For me, Ixchel was the best way to start my travels. The school was very welcoming and provided me with an amazing teacher. The family that lives at the school is very helpful and provides amazing meals.
I stayed for 5 weeks which was of course too short but my teacher Isabel provided me with an excellent introduction to Spanish and a good foundation of grammar and vocabulary.
Janelle ten Cate BrouwerUSA
I studied Spanish at Ixchel for three weeks and I'm very happy with my decision. My teacher, Ana Pereira, together with all the others employees at the school, are super nice. They arrange activities after school for you but also help out with other necessary information that is good to know in Antigua.
The school it self is very cosy. And you can relax on their terrace after class, together with a great view over Antigua's rooftops.
This is my third time to visit Ixchel Spanish School. I started out as an absolute beginner and did not understand anything.
Now I am able to converse with people in Spanish, I can express myself very well in Spanish and also understand Spanish when it is spoken. My teacher Angelica is the best. I would highly recommend Ixchel to anyone.
Charlie BealOklahoma, USA
Ixchel is a great school for a beginning student, and those with a background. The teachers are very friendly, patient, and well trained for all levels. I learned a lot in my 6 weeks here and wish I could continue.
Along with excellent one on one instruction, Ixchel provides wonderful homestays for individuals looking for a little extra practice, as well as nearly daily tours of the surrounding area.
I have enjoyed my experience immensely and highly recommend Ixchel for anyone looking for a good school in Antigua.
Katelyn PicheSaskatchewan, Canada
I have been studying at Ixchel Spanish School for five weeks. It is a professional and well managed school. The staff is friendly and you can rely on them. I really appreciate my lessons and I have learned a lot. Activities organized for the afternoon were very interesting too.
The atmosphere in the school is very friendly, I met a lot of other students that were studying at this school like me. My weeks at Ixchel were definitely positive, I'd suggest to study here if you want to learn Spanish, know Antigua and meet new friends.
It is very telling of the quality of instruction when so many of the students return for their second or third time to Ixchel. Not only that, but they return with friends and family – this kind of loyalty speaks volumes of the program they have developed at Ixchel.
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!
Ixchel is great! They are flexible and offer many activities. The teachers are nice and experienced, and the location is perfect as well!
If you want to stay with a family, their contacts are fabulous. My family was incredibly friendly and the food was delicious!
I had a fantastic time! My teacher Helen was amazing and the course co-ordinator Aliz was always ready to greet you with a smile and a cheerful comment.
I would definitely recommend this school to anyone considering studying Spanish in Antigua.
I came to Ixchel for two weeks of Spanish school and received Silvia as my teacher. I had almost no experience. Silvia took her time and had a lot of patience with me. I feel this has been a great start with my second language.
Gracias a Silvia!
Angelica was great! I could not have asked for a better reacher. She was very patient, kind and funny. I plan to continue my Spanish classes through Skype with her.
Thank you Ixchel and Angelica for a great experience.
Helen Martinez is a wonderful teacher with a great personality and in-depth knowledge of grammatical structure.
Gracias Helen! I would highly recommend her to everyone!
Ixchel was recommended by my volunteer work agency. My experience with the school was very positive and I successfully learned Spanish.
Speaking very little Spanish at the beginning, I found it very helpful to be able to communicate with the well-trained and always friendly teachers in English. As a first-time visitor to Guatemala, I found the daily activities and excursions very interesting. I learned a lot about beautiful Antigua and got to know many of my fellow students.
The one-on-one lessons are adapted to the student's needs and pace and allow communicating in everyday situations within a few days. Grammar and vocabulary are only part of the lessons; I learned a lot during conversations about cultural and social topics, which gave me many insights into the Guatemalan history and way of life.
I recommend Ixchel to anyone who wants to learn Spanish thoroughly, rapidly and in a nice ambiance.
When my boyfriend and I first came to Antigua, we were overwhelmed by the number of Spanish schools here!
How could we possibly select a school from so many choices!?
We decided to attend Ixchel Spanish School for the following reasons:
- They pay their teachers a fair wage.
- The teachers are fabulous and have lots of experience.
- The grounds are beautiful and not too noisy.
- Everything is so flexible here – from afternoon activities to hours/days of lessons.
My teacher, Silvia, was amazing! She was patient and kind and we laughed a lot together! I feel like I learned a lot of important grammar points, and I was impressed by how well organized (yet flexible) my lessons were. She had a set lesson plan for me, but would alter it if there was something in particular that I wanted to know. No doubt, it was a great experience.
I have had a great time learning Spanish here and I have learnt a lot in a very short space of time. It's just a shame I only have one week to study. I wish I had more time.
My teacher has been fantastic in helping me learn and has been very patient throughout. I would recommend Ixchel to potential student.
I have very much enjoyed the classes at the school. Not being able to speak any Spanish I was nervous, but Gloria immediately made me feel comfortable. All the lessons have been lots of fun and she has been very patient with me. I have learnt lots in just 5 days!
The homestay has been great! The family were very welcoming and we were very comfortable. It was great being able to practice what we had learnt that day with the family and other students.
The whole experience has been fantastic and I am sad to leave.
I liked the Ixchel school very much and especially my teacher Isabel. She is very friendly and we had a lot of fun together. In four weeks I learned more Spanish than I had expected. Ixchel is a great school and I recommend it to everyone.
The homestay was great too – very comfortable and clean, and the people were very friendly.
In short, I had a great time and learned a lot!
I truly enjoyed my classes at Ixchel Spanish School. The people here were so nice and helpful. In less than 2 weeks I was able to hold conversations with people, which surprised me very much. My teacher was amazing and I look forward to continuing my education via Skype. I highly recommend this school.
This course was excellent. I was well received and received excellent instruction from both my teachers, Carmen and Ana Lucia. I want to specially commend Carmen for her competence and professionalism (I spent most of the time with Carmen – 4 hours daily).
I have already recommended this school to some of my colleagues in Belize and will definitely return again another time in the future.
My husband and I found Ixchel after we were in Antigua for a few days. To tell the truth, we didn't do much research and decided to visit a few schools in order to make our decision. Our very first impression of Ixchel was positive! We entered into a lovely courtyard and were greeted by Alicia. Wow! Extremely positive, able to speak English and a wonderful sense of humor. So... we booked not knowing who our teacher would be.
We could not have asked for a better maestra. Angelica has proven to be absolutely wonderful and the best fit for us. She is not only incredibly intelligent and professional but extremely patient and has conducted our classes with a refreshing sense of humor. After 3 weeks, we are able to understand almost everything and although we are reluctant to speak, we do very well and are able to make ourselves understood.
Thank you, Angelica and Ixchel – we will be back!
My comments regarding my teacher Helen are completely positive. Helen is patient, friendly and genuinely interested in helping students learn and understand Spanish. I was very happy to have her as my main teacher. She went the extra mile to make sure that even though I was having some difficulty in grasping some of the principles she was teaching, she always made sure that I was comfortable with the concepts before moving on.
I would recommend Helen to anyone asking about finding a Spanish instructor here in Guatemala. Helen exemplifies the kind of person who should be in any position where patience and an ability to teach the Spanish language is warranted. Helen made my experience at the Ixchel School a very memorable one.
I spent four wonderful weeks at the Ixchel school! I learned more than I had expected and the ambiance here was very helpful for meeting people and getting adjusted to life in Antigua. I had a great time and wish I could stay longer!
I really enjoyed studying at Ixchel. The school itself is absolutely beautiful with gardens, a spacious courtyard and little bamboo huts for studying. There is also a roof terrace where you can soak in the sun if you wish.
The school arranges many activities such as hikes to the local volcanoes or salsa classes. My favorite was a tortilla making lesson. Then, of course we got to eat them afterwards.
My tutor was super, she figured out quickly what I needed to work on and could always think of a quick synonym. I would recommend the school to anyone.
As the sun broke through the side of Antigua each morning, the days in Antigua and at Ixchel Spanish School only became more fascinating with each day that passed. The staff were friendly, helpful and in times great fun.
Everyday at Ixchel was a blessing and I cannot wait to return to this beautiful school.
Ixchel Spanish School was a great place to study. It was very flexible and helpful with finding volunteer opportunities around Antigua. The teachers are very knowledgeable and can work to your level of Spanish. I had a great time!
My host family was incredible! They really took the time to get to know the student and help them out. The meals were plenty and fantastic (and they even taught me how to cook chiles rellenos!). Ixchel is a great place to learn about the culture and meet students from all around the world.
I came to Antigua Guatemala not knowing one word of Spanish and left 7 weeks later not only with a solid competency in conversation and grammar, but also with many friendships and incredible experiences. Ixchel's professional staff, combined with its intensive one-on-one tailored curriculum and dedicated teachers provide a fantastic environment to learn Spanish.
Student activities and cultural events organized by the school enrich the experience and the city of Antigua itself is in no short order of festivals, bars and delicious local restaurants. I would highly recommend this school to all ages and insist that a family home-stay that allows for full immersion into culture and customs is ideal for gaining perspective of life in Guatemala.
My experience here in Antigua has been fantastic! I am so sad that I can't stay longer. It is my first time studying Spanish and Gloria has been a great teacher. I've learned so much already in such a short time, and plan to come back as soon as possible, most likely next December again.
My host family are also so nice and have been very kind. I've loved the activities as well, my only wish is that I could stay longer. Muchas Gracias!
It is with pleasure and full confidence I recommend studying Spanish at the Ixchel school in Antigua Guatemala. My 19 years old son and I completed a week of half day study with private tutors who tailored classes to fit our specific needs. In both cases the tutors were wonderful and helped us achieve our goals.
In addition to our classes, we attended a luncheon hosted by the school that allowed us to eat a traditional Guatemalan meal and to meet students from Finland, Sweden, Italy and Australia.
We look forward to returning to Ixchel in the future.
What a great trip! Carmen was fantastic – we mostly chatted, which is really what I need. The family homestay was great, no problems. The school is lovely and everyone very friendly. No complaints from me, except that I don't want to go home!
The school was excellent! My teacher was very professional and I learned a lot! There were interesting free-time activities on offer.
Ixchel is a very good school for learning to speak, especially because the teachers give you many opportunities to practice with them about everyday things.
I studied for four weeks at the Ixchel Spanish School in Antigua and rapidly improved my Spanish so I can converse with local people in town and elsewhere. The teachers at this school are very nice and assist wherever possible to make learning Spanish easier.
For me it was a unique experience with lots of activities and a great studying atmosphere inside a garden pavilion. I recommend this school to anyone and look forward to returning here to further improve my Spanish.
Ixchel Spanish School is a fantastic way to learn or improve your Spanish. When I started I knew no Spanish and after only two weeks I was able to understand and contribute to basic conversation.
The family home-stay is a brilliant way to experience the Guatemalan lifestyle. The teachers are great and make learning fun. I hope to return someday.
I had an amazing experience at Ixchel School and in Antigua. I met many people from all over the world and visited many places in Guatemala. I really enjoyed my Spanish classes. Working one on one with a teacher provides a relaxed atmosphere for learning. Not only did I learn grammar, but also about Guatemala's history and culture. I lived with a family who welcomed me into their home. I would recommend this opportunity to anyone.
Antigua is a lovely, clean city, with countless comfortable cafes, bars and restaurants to meet new friends. The school is located in the town center and just a few minutes on foot from your host family. Thanks to the individual lessons I could improve my Spanish very well. The school activities are very interesting and a good opportunity to meet other students and locals, as well as to use your Spanish. The last four weeks were great, instructive and an unforgettable experience!
I spent just under four weeks at Ixchel and was very impressed. My teacher was friendly, helpful and very adept at getting across the more intricate aspects of the language.
Every member of staff was always willing to put themselves out on your behalf. The atmosphere was welcoming and a great one for studying and meeting other like-minded people. The weekly activities were varied and enjoyable as were the spontaneous evening fiestas!
My homestay really embellished the whole experience, with tasty and interesting meals. The family were helpful, kind and always willing to chat to help me out with practicing my day's work. I did not meet a right-minded individual who would not highly recommend Ixchel to anyone.
Malcolm LorimerManchester, UK