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School description:
Founded in 1985 and located near the famous Merced church, Antigueña Spanish Academy has maintained a very efficient teaching level over the years. Just see the long list of recommended teachers below! Teachers are very experienced (minimum 10 years) and very motivated. Teachers are a lot of fun, but the first priority for them is to get you speaking Spanish well. You still can enjoy a family-like atmosphere, although the school now is one of the biggest in the country.
Tuition is to the point, and it takes place in cubicles that are neat, you get an excellent value for your money. Do not expect cushy chairs, plant decorations and/or fancy books in the school´s cubicles.
However; if you like nature, there is a garden estate five blocks West of the school where you can study in a huge park.
After returning home it is recommendable to refresh your classes via Skype. Antigueña also offers WI-FI and free Internet service from 8 am to 4 pm. There are ten mountain bikes for free student use.
The school has very recommended home stays. Families really give you a sense of belonging. You get the chance to practice your Spanish as much or as little as you would like. Home stays with a private bathroom +$25 per week. If you come in your own car or motorcycle, there is parking available.
Total immersion: The only con is there are tons of other students in the school and tourists in the city, but then again if you want to learn Spanish full on just don´t talk English with other people.

Teachers and students









There are 20 - 30 teachers with an average of 10+ years of experience teaching the Spanish language to foreigners. Students reports praise teachers of this school. Teachers receive all payments and benefits postulated by Guatemalan labor laws.
See details for recommended instructors! The teachers are supplied with work nearly always, and thus are very loyal to the school. A high teaching standard is achieved: teachers have an average of 10+ years of experience. They received a formal teaching for training adults in Spanish language. Teachers continuously adjust classes according to the student’s level. They challenge students to get better and make extra efforts to find homework assignments that target your problem areas. Staff are a lot of fun, but the first priority is to get you speaking Spanish well.

Location









The school is located about 1 1/2 blocks from La Merced Church. Every student teacher team has their own neat cubicle. There is no garden, but rooftop/terrace with a view of volcanoes and Antigua. There is a small kitchen.
Five blocks West of the school there is a big park with high walls around it, where you can study if you prefer a beautiful outdoor setting. The school is situated near the Merced church in the north of Antigua. Though the building is nothing special, it is clean and well ventilated and has separate cubicles for teacher student teams. You can also study on the roof, from where you have a great view on Antigua and the volcanoes.

Methods and Materials









Director and teachers have personal libraries and they give each student very useful copied handouts to help them in their learning. The school now has official AMSCO I, II and III, Spanish textbooks for sale at retail prices to students wishing to reinforce their Spanish while traveling.
There are blackboards. Video library: a variety of movies and documentaries. Free Internet and WI-FI. Instructors provide each student with a copy of their home made instruction materials which many students find very helpful and well done.
They have also now, the famous AMSCO text books for sale as well, at retail prices. Volumes I, II and III.

Activities









There are daily afternoon activities per week, the school pays most of the expenses. After two weeks activities start to repeat. There are 5 activities during each week from 2 to 4pm such as salsa classes, city tour, macadamia plantation tour, chocolate museum tour, jade factory tour, guatemalan cooking class, movies about Guatemala in Spanish language, swimming in natural hot water in the mountains and more. There is an enjoyable trip to a Mayan village where students have the opportunity to try weaving and making tortillas. Every month there is a conference by an interesting Guatemalan professional (policeman, lawyer, etc). Julio has a degree in local folklore and history and gives lectures on certain festivals etc. Antigueña now has a program where you go traveling with your teacher (be it on the weekend or during the week). You can visit Tikal, Livingstone, Rio Dulce, the Lake, Cobán and other areas, your teacher being your full day guide and teacher. You have to pay for you and your teacher travel costs, which does not result too expensive, since the teachers know good value places.

Host families









The home stay definitely is a highlight of the experience. Family members eat with you and speak to you in Spanish, which gives you the opportunity to practice with people apart from your teacher. Families make you feel welcome in their home. Everyone goes out of their way to help you. Food is not plentiful, but adequate and definitely edible- sometimes outright excellent. If you are not happy with your situation, inquire with other students and ask for a change! Generally the families earn $80 per week. There is also the option of choosing a host family with a private bathroom for an additional cost of $25 per week. Students praise host families, although during high season most of the families give the students somewhat of a boarding house type of treatment, providing mainly food and the room and offer little actual normal family-like interaction to the students. Living standards are simple.
See details for recommended families! The family will provide you with your own private room and shared bath facilities. You will receive 3 meals a day (except sundays). There is a maximum of 6 students (during busy periods) per family which is excellent for Antigua and is achieved because school and families are situated on the Northern part of Antigua and have not to be shared with so many other schools.
There are few families that provide room and private bath for an additional $25 per week. If you come in your own car or motorcycle, there is parking available.
There is also the option to live with a Mayan family in a nearby villages. It costs the same, living conditions are very basic, but you have the big advantage to share life and culture of a Spanish speaking Maya family.

Antigua









In 1990 it was still a heap of rubble left over from a series of earthquakes which roll through from three volcanoes. Now Antigua is the artificial colonial showcase of Guatemala, serving as tourist base camp for the exploration of the interior. The Spanish Schools of Antigua are a bargain. Come as a blank piece of paper and go speaking Spanish and knowing Latin ways.
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