During your time here you will receive quality Spanish language instruction while developing an awareness of the social, political and economic realities of Guatemala and Central America.
The school is on 2.5 acres of lush landscape, with indoor and outdoor study areas, a kitchen, a library with 1,000+ books on Spanish learning along with an excellent selection of books in English and in Spanish.
Our students take meals with the families of two communities: Nuevo San José and Fátima, who had labor struggles on the fincas where they lived, eventually winning money they were owed but losing their homes and their jobs in the process.
We have several projects with the communities: scholarships, coffee, Arte en el Campo, Fátima’s Casa de Salud, and the community library.
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Help us support the community projects in areas around the school. These families are determined to improve their future and we help them get there.
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You will probably discover that like us, most schools offer 1 on 1 instruction for at least 4 hours a day plus room and board for an exceptionally low cost. Guatemalan schools generally have the lowest cost of all. So how do you differentiate? Here are some things we offer that few if any other Read more about Why are we different?[…]
The scholarships program started in 1998, with just four students. It has since grown to between 80-100 teenagers each year, thanks to fund raising efforts by former students. By 2015, approximately 1000 scholarships have been given out. The aim of the program was and is to help local teenagers and their families, by supporting their Read more about History of the Scholarships Program[…]
Students have the opportunity to volunteer in our community library by helping with library activities and by tutoring and reading to the local children. Students can also help out with daily activities such as caring for the gardens and animals, and manual labour. What is available depends upon the season. Students may also offer English Read more about Volunteer opportunities[…]
The Hermandad Educativa is a sisterhood of two non-profit language schools: the Proyecto Lingüístico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango (known locally as Xela) and the Escuela de la Montaña, located in the coffee growing region outside Colomba. The older school, the Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español, was established in 1988. The Escuela de la Montaña followed in Read more about Our Philosophy[…]
The Escuela de la Montaña was established in 1997 by the non-profit Spanish language school Proyecto Lingüístico Quezalteco de Español (PLQ) 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 PLQ language school. The creation of a small Spanish Read more about Our History[…]
Students and some staff stay in the main school building, which has three bathrooms and two hot showers, indoor and outdoor study areas, a small indoor library with over 1,000 books for students and staff including books for Spanish learning along with an excellent selection of books in English and in Spanish (ranging from Latin Read more about Life at the Escuela de la Montaña[…]
Couples We welcome lesbian, gay and straight couples. We have some twin bedded rooms that you can stay in together. If you and your partner/spouse are planning on coming here, just let us know on your registration form/when you book so that we can allocate these rooms for you. Normally at the Escuela de la Read more about Groups Welcome![…]