Proyecto Lingüístico Quetzalteco de Español
The Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español (PLQE) was founded in 1988 in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala by a collective of local Spanish teachers. Their goal was to establish a school that could effectively teach non-native speakers how to read, write and speak the Spanish language while providing support for organizations working to improve the human rights situation in Guatemala. In addition, a strong emphasis was placed on education about the social and political realities of Guatemala and of Central America in general.
The inspiration for the establishment of the PLQE came from the kidnapping and killing of two student activists, René Leiva Cayax and Danilo Alvarado in 1987. You can read more on the PLQ website: http://www.plqe.org/history.html
Escuela de la Montaña
The Escuela de la Montaña was established in 1997 by the non-profit Spanish language school Proyecto Lingüístico Quezalteco de Español in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The initiative grew from work supporting organized rural communities and with grass roots organizations using funds generated by the success of the language school. The creation of a small Spanish language school in the rural area outside the town of Colomba expanded the work amongst indigenous and campesino (rural worker) communities -- in effect an attempt to take some of the benefits of the language school industry more directly into the countryside of Guatemala. The jobs created by the Escuela de la Montaña improve the economic situation of our neighbours.
More importantly, profits are used to support grass-roots organizations (for example youth, campesinos, labour unions, women, demobilized ex-combatants, returned refugees and displaced persons) working to promote citizen participation, community development, education, human and workers' rights, and cultural activities. The Escuela also generates outside funding to support a scholarship programme for young secondary students and other projects to benefit nearby communities.