Our program includes:
- One-on-one instruction, 4 hours a day
- Room and board, for 6 day a week.
- Socially engaged lectures and day trips
- Access to a library with more than 1,000 books
- Volunteer opportunities
Classes are taught under palm-thatched ranchitos on the grounds (see above), four hours a day, Monday through Friday. Our Guatemalan teachers are trained and experienced. Their interests and backgrounds are varied but all of our teachers share a common commitment to social justice, sustainable development and peace in Guatemala. They will begin your week of studies with an oral and written evaluation and develop a study plan according to your level of Spanish. Teachers can adapt classes to most special needs that students have: in addition, teachers can dedicate class time to using any materials that you choose to bring to class. Students also have access to textbooks, dictionaries and literature from the school library (pictured below.)
The program 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 cultural aspects. On a regular basis we visit rural communities and ex-guerrilla communities and meet with local community organizations. Our own programs include a weekly cookery class 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.
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.