Enrollment is limited to 12-14 students to keep a personal atmosphere where students and teachers get to know each other well. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
Tuition: 1,900 Quetzales per week (one week tuition plus homestay room and board: 500 Quetzales to be paid in cash to go directly to students’ local homestay family)
Note: Tuition payment method is in Quetzales. We accept tuition payments in local currency (Quetzales) via cash and VISA or Mastercard credit/debit (only payable at the PLQ office in Xela). For family services, the school must be paid Q500 in Quetzales in cash.You will receive a credit of Q600 on your first week of study for your $75 deposit.
It is very helpful for the operation of the Mountain School if students can pay the full amount of Q1900 in cash (quetzales). If this is not possible, students can pay via credit card payment in the PLQ office in Quetzaltenango prior to their arrival at the Mountain School. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. In any case, students must pay Q500 in cash at the Mountain School for their meals and other services the families provide. This is to ensure that families are directly paid and in full for the service they provide.
Be sure to bring your receipt with you to the Mountain School. Credit card payments will be deducted in Quetzales. Please contact your bank or credit card company to let them know you will be traveling abroad. Note: banks may charge international transaction fees; consult with your bank to understand their international transaction policies.
PLQ office hours in Quetzaltenango (Xela): Monday – Friday, 8 am – 1 pm, 2 – 7 pm, Sunday 2 – 6 pm.
Your tuition includes four hours a day of intensive, one-on-one Spanish study Monday through Friday; the use of books and study materials; three meals a day with a neighboring family seven days a week; and daily activities such as conferences, nature walks, and visits to nearby communities. Some optional activities may include additional costs for transportation or entrance fees.
Additionally, students have use of the school kitchen and are provided with fruit (at breaktimes), tea, coffee and drinking water.
To enroll, please complete our online enrollment form.
You will be contacted within 3-5 business days of receiving your application. We recommend that you submit the application well in advance to register for classes during the summer months of June, July and August.
Please read carefully the following information regarding registration fees and conditions.
Registration Fees and Conditions – North America
1. For registration from North America a $US 75.00 registration fee is required with your application, together with a deposit of $US 75 towards the first week´s tuition (i.e. a total of $150). You will receive an email notification with further instructions on submitting payment, after you submit the online registration form.
Note: The payment of the $US 75.00 deposit towards the first week’s tuition was a decision taken by the collective in September 2000, in light of the fact that several students with reservations in preceding months had failed either to appear for their classes, or to inform the school of their cancellation. If you wish to cancel, please do so TWO (2) weeks prior to your reserved time of arrival at the school of your choice, and the deposit of $US 75 will be refunded in full. Otherwise, in the event of a late cancellation or a failure to attend at the school without prior notification of cancellation, this deposit is not refundable.
2. Upon registration, $US 75.00 will be kept as a non-refundable registration fee (that is, it will not be applied to your tuition fees in Guatemala), and a place will be reserved at the school of your choice for the confirmed dates of study. The registration fee entitles students to the use of the foreign offices’ services, travel information to Guatemala and confirmed reservation. It is also used to cover the expenses of the international offices (advertising, phone, postage, printing expenses, etc.).
If you cannot be accepted (because the school is already booked for the weeks you have requested), the full $150 will be returned to you.
Registration Fees and Conditions – Europe
1. The registration fee for the European Office is Danish kroner 300 for one or two weeks and Danish kroner 450 for three or more weeks.
2. Similarly a payment of 450 Danish kroner (equivalent of $US 75.00) is required to go towards the first week’s tuition (see 1 above).
3. The process for confirming the reservation is the same as the process for North America.