None of the families hosting the students for meals speak English. You will be practicing your Spanish in conversation at meal times three times a day and at other times during the day and evening. Students can chat in Spanish with the teachers and staff before class and during break times, and with our Guatemalan (non teaching) staff during the day and in the evenings.
The programme also includes various daytime and evening activities which draw upon the richness of the school’s position in the social reality of rural Guatemala. Most weeks we´ll see at least two visiting speakers (in Spanish with English translation) covering various social, political and culturalaspects. On a regular basis we visit rural communities and ex-guerrilla communities and meet with local community organizations. Our own programmes include a youth night (Noche Cultural); a weekly cookery class (link to photos) where you can learn how to make Guatemalan dishes; the weekly art and music classes for local children; the monthly distribution of scholarships; participation in various community celebrations; walks to the waterfall or hikes to a volcanic lake.