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School description:
La Democracia is a small school (founded in 2003), located in a quiet part of Quetzaltenango, housed in an A-shaped two story family house.
The director, Eunice, is very enthusiastic and has over 15 years of experience working with foreigners and has a long history of training her own teachers and even teachers for other schools. The school is especially apt for families.
The school has produced their own extensive study materials. Teachers establish weekly plans for each student and these plans can also be used as documents if needed to obtain university credits back home. The school has good learning materials and can also focus the instruction in different professional fields such as medical, teachers, social worker, among others.
La Democracia offers online classes which cost $10 per hour!
The director will also help you to plan your trips around Guatemala doing reservations etc. and giving sound advice. You will be in good hands.

La Democracia is very engaged in teaching English to local children and giving them grants. $10 of tuition fees is dedicated to these grants!
The school is also running a social medical center named "Talita Kumi" with the vision of medically helping the less fortunate citizens of the community of Llanos de la Cruz in Olintepeque, Quetzaltenango; volunteers are welcome to help. https://www.facebook.com/dmstalitakumi Donations are also welcome to help the school run this medical center. This school is very recommended.

Total immersion in La Democracia is excellent, because you are off the beaten track of other tourists.
The following holidays are observed at this school: September 15th, November 1st, December 25th, January 1st and Holy Friday (no lessons on these days).

Teachers and students









The 10 young teachers, have an average of 5 years of experience and have undergone a good formal training by the director, who has over 12 years experience teaching Spanish. Some are attending University and are working to help themselves to pay for their studies.
See details for recommended instructors. The young teachers are very motivated and have undergone personal training by the director where they learn how to elaborate a curriculum based on the students level of Spanish and needs. During training they were also shown how to elaborate their own materials, exercises and topics of conversation.
Other schools contract Eunice to train teachers for them.
They have undergone an official training in order to teach the Spanish language.

Location









A small school in a quiet part of Quetzaltenango (zone 3) housed in an A-shaped two story family house with a small garden around it. A well equipped kitchen and free internet (3 Computers). The school is five blocks north of the Benito Juarez Parque, or about 15 blocks from the center of Quetzaltenango in Zone 3. Near the school there is a bus stop, in ten minutes you are in the center of town. There are nice cafés and restaurants in zone 3 to hang out, and you will hardly ever see a foreigner.

Methods and Materials









The school has its own curriculum, study books and work sheets. Study materials are well done: clearly written and easy to understand. The school has also vocabulary cards and beginners cards. There is a small library and a small video library ad good video equipment.
Internet is also available to students.

Activities









The school connects you to professional guides who take you to Xetulul, Lake Atitlán, Momostenango, Monterrico, Chichicastenango, Cerro Quemado, the volcanoes etc. You have to pay transport, hotels and food. The director Eunice and her guide will help you to plan your trips around Guatemala doing reservations etc. and giving sound advice.

Volunteering









Volunteer students can give English classes to a group of local children during afternoons. This takes place in school and is a very worthwhile activity. The kids receive primary school grants, since they come from poor families. It is very gratifying to teach them!
The school is also running a social medical center named "Talita Kumi" with the vision of medically helping the less fortunate citizens of the community of Llanos de la Cruz in Olintepeque, Quetzaltenango; volunteers are welcome to help. Donations are also welcome to help the school run this medical center. Volunteers also get a weekly discount on tuition at this school! For volunteer opportunities it is necessary that students commit to a minimum of five (5) weeks or have at least intermediate Spanish level. Volunteers are also searched for teaching computing to local children and to help keep running the "Talita Kumi" Medical center in Olintepeque.
$10 from tuition fees go to grants for 23 local children. There are many children which have studied English now. Volunteers receive a discount in tuition fee.

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