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Foto Gallery Proyecto Linguistico Monterrico

School description:
Please do not worry about the Zika virus. There have been no cases reported from Monterrico.
Study Spanish at the beach! This school is run by a young professional teacher from Antigua. It has ample space in a yard under the shadow of cashew trees. Teaching is almost up to professional standards of Antigua and Xela.
Host families have been satisfactory to many. There is also, the school´s guest house on campus for students opting not to do a home stay.
Volunteers can teach computing to kids in a rural school nearby and live in a paradisaical private casita with pool next to the beach. This casita is located at about 2 kms from the school, and you will need to rent a bicycle to travel back and forth.
Why study in cold Quetzaltenango in winter months, if temperatures are ideal here? - April through June are very hot, in July and August there are mosquitoes at nightfall.
Founded in 2001 by Geovani Colorado.
Total immersion in Monterrico is excellent, if you dont hang out with other students or tourists!

Teachers and students









There are 4 teachers, some have been trained in Antigua, others are being trained by the director. Their salary is excellent for Monterrico.

Location









The school is right on the main road, two blocks from the sea. You learn on a veranda or in the shade of cashew trees. Bring insect repellent.
Monterrico is a fishermen′s village, in the last ten years a little national and international tourism has built up. During Xmas, New Year and Easter the sea is said to retreat a bit to make space for thousands of Guatemalans in holiday. Monterrico is situated on a sand barrier which actually forms Guatemala′s pacific coast. Towards the main land there is a natural system of channels. All rivers coming down from the highland flow into this system before finding their way into the sea. The water is brackish, in the rainy season it gets clogged with a carpet of beautiful floating hyacinths. There are well preserved mangrove forests and a wealth of lagoons and reed, home of many water birds and migrants.

Activities









Early in the morning a boat tour to the mangroves, in the evening search baule turtles burying their eggs on the beach (July through December). No dancing lessons but there is a beach disco. The school offers a guided tour to the mangroves at 5:30 am.
In the evenings during season (July through February) teachers and students walk the beach in the evenings in order to detect Parlama and Baule turtles laying eggs. The nests are than reported to the CECON (conservation group) which takes the eggs to a protected breeding site.

Monterrico









This fishers village on Guatemalas straight south coast suffers violent surf. The treat: being shaken up by the surf, burnt by the sun, dozing with a sun downer, tropical dances at night and mosquitoes to spoil paradise. Birdwatchers or shrimp fishers go canoeing into the mangrove hinterland. At night everybody looks for egg laying turtles in order to snatch the eggs and hand them over to conservationists or dealers.
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