Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español

Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español
5 Calle 2-40 zona 1 (close to Parque Bolivar)
+502 7763- 1061, +502 7765-2140
Rank 96%
Prices GTQ 1.800 USD for 25 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
GTQ 1.400 USD for 25 hours of one-on-one tuition per week without host family
Study one hour daily more or less: add or subtract about USD per week.
School Size 40 – 50 students.
Openings There is a waiting list for the weeks starting with February 7, 14, and 21, 2019.
Summary Founded in 1988, Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco takes teaching very seriously. All teachers have training and experience in teaching Spanish as a second language. Their interests and backgrounds are varied, but all share a common vision of social justice, sustainable development, and peace in Guatemala.
To ensure teaching quality, the school limits enrollment to 50 students.
There is an excellent library (1000 books and 120 videos).
There is an extension: the Escuela de la Montaña, where students live in families in a rural setting. There is also a very well established project to teach children arts, music and English.
Level of immersion in Quetzaltenango: excellent, if you don´t hang out with other students.
Highly recommended! For more information and registration, please see!

It is recommended to make reservations at least two months in advance to secure a spot. There are waiting lists for both schools if you wish to study here, as cancellations are always possible.

With a timely registration, the school can assign you the best teacher from its list. (Contact us for group discounts).
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Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español - Details

Teachers There are 30 teachers with excellent training and experience that earn an excellent salary of US$83 per week plus all the worker benefits established by Guatemalan law. No emergency teachers are used. Students have been very happy with teachers here.
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Methods The most effective one on one teaching method available for students of all levels (beginners, intermediate, advance). ...more
Materials No official textbook, but there is a neat board with about 50 different verb and exercise lists waiting for you. Library: excellent. Video library: excellent. Internet gratis. ...more
Special Programs Only a few other schools in Guatemala have such interesting and ¨real¨ projects. Also, you can study medical Spanish and Spanish for other professions with materials from the school´s excellent library. There is special program for children at the Proyecto Lingüistico. Because of limited space not recommended for hyperactive children.
New Summer program!. Spanish Group Classes: This course is designed for students who want to learn, perfect, or strengthen their knowledge of the Spanish language. See details! ...more
Location Study area is the patio and walkways of the schools building. Some call it Spartan considering the school′s fame in teaching. Kitchen: simple. ...more
Activities Good talks on interesting topics in Spanish, round table discussions, hikes, videos, visits to local villages and attractive sites, local food cooking course, board games, Salsa and Merengue courses. ...more
Host Families Host families earn US$40. They are located very near the school. Student?s reports about host families are mostly good.
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Volunteering The school can contact you to volunteer projects. The schools own social programs are only apt for long time volunteers. ...more
Airport Pick-Up Service A person from the school guides you for US$65 from the airport to the school. Alternatively, for $150, a car can fetch you at the airport and bring you all the way to Quetzaltenango. ...more

Students' Feedback

Niall Kennedy
05 / 2018
Last year (2017) I spent 7 weeks at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español, 5 weeks in the main school in Xela and 2 weeks in the Mountain School. I can confirm that both schools continue to offer excellent value for money. I stayed with two different families in Xela, both of whom were very friendly and welcoming, and got many opportunities to practice spoken Spanish. The mountain school is set in a beautiful location: I also ate with local families there. Classes were always interesting and engaging, testing the four skills of language acquisition equally with an appropriate concentration on grammar, and the teachers were motivated and well-qualified. The many engaging activities sets the school apart: from conferences to opportunities to meet figures involved in the recent civil war: and all with the intention of educating students about Guatemala's recent history. I enjoyed the difference in focus between the two schools: while the school in Xela attempts to educate students about country-wide issues of social importance, the talks and activities available at the mountain school attempt to give a more personal look at the lives and experiences of the people living in the highland communities. I strongly recommend visiting both schools if the student has time.
Kymberley Snarr
11 / 2017
We had a great experience at both schools! We were at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español and at the Mountain School. We did have a great time and learned a lot! My husband was served food with no wheat at the home stay there – in the Mt School, the hosts had a harder time with it (hotdogs for example) with food additives but all in all, all went well.
We have recommended the school and your service to anyone who has interest in it!
Cheers, Kym
Jutta Mueller
12 / 2016
I spent one week in Xela at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español and one week at the mountain school. In Xela at Josefinas house, she was nice and caring for me. I liked the mountain school very much because of the location and all the people who live or work there. We where only 5 students at this time and had a good time. Teacher Ronnie was a good teacher. I also liked the information about the life, the history and politics of Guatemala which was very interesting. Also the activities where interesting.
Christina Yun
12 / 2013
Carole Ward
03 / 2012
I had two different teachers and whilst they both had different teaching styles, they were both excellent. The afternoon/evening activities were really good and the historical and political information was excellent. Without doubt Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español is the best spanish school that I have been to. The host family were fine, not better or worse than all the others that I have had. I can recommend it without hesitation.
Study materials, good library with plenty of dictionaries and easy reading books
Lisa Ahn
11 / 2011
I loved my experience at Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco and La Escuela de la Montaña in Quetzaltenango. I studied at PLQ for four weeks and went to Escuela de la Montaña for one week.
At PLQ, I met lots of wonderful people, many of whom I still keep in touch with. I love the kinds of people that the school attracts and am grateful for the new friendships I have. I had two teachers (PLQ switches teachers each week, unless you request the same teacher) during my four weeks. my second teacher, Eduardo, was an amazing instructor. He is a linguist and taught me in a way that was insightful and engaging. I learned more in 4 weeks than I have ever in any other language school context. Eduardo and I talked about politics, culture, and our personal lives. I feel like I made a good friend while also learning a lot of Spanish.
La Escuela de la Montaña was a unique experience, especially during the Christmas season, because it is a place where it is clear how the tuition from the school directly impacts the community. The school and the local community clearly have a strong relationship and it was really wonderful to witness/participate in that relationship during christmas.
I loved my host mom at PLQ. She lived around the corner from the school and made me delicious vegetarian meals for the month I was there. The room I stayed in was nice and clean and I had great hot showers. After I left Xela for three weeks to travel in Guatemala, I reached out to her to house me for a night before I headed to Mexico and she was so happy to have me and was so hospitable. She felt like family.
Xela is a great city. I took salsa dancing classes while I was there and got a lot of work done in the various cafes around the city. There are a lot of great restaurants (the Indian restaurant is great!) and great markets for everything you need.
Viviane Piaget
02 / 2011
The school was great : well organized, everyone very helpful. I got exactly was I was hoping for from my four weeks at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco.
01 / 2011
In January I studied spanish for 3 weeks at, Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango (Xela). It was a great experience to live with a family and to meet other students in the school. And very cheap it was, nearly it would have been more expensive to stay at home in Copenhagen.
I don't know how much Spanish I learned. The teaching methods are a bit old fashioned, perhaps like the teaching methods in the ordinary school system in Guatemala, 5 hours in school every day and no homework, that doesn't play. 3 hours homework and 2 hours in school would have been better. In school you can not speak about something you haven't prepared. In Copenhagen I follow courses in Spanish by teachers from Spain. It is only 3 hours a week, but I advanced more quickly because we have a lot of homework. You can not teach other people anything, you can't guide them to learn by themselves.
I very much enjoyed the excursions to villages.
Kate Fischer
12 / 2010
My experience at the Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco was very fulfilling. I was able to study for 2 weeks of my winter break and felt like my time and money were well spent. I was particularly, pleased with the level of seriousness in the program. While the students enjoyed themselves and the school hosted interesting and engaging activities, there was also a common consensus that we were there to learn Spanish and about the Guatemalan culture.
My experience with my family was also very good. I enjoyed the family and learned a lot in speaking with them each night after dinner.
I recommend this school highly and expect to go back in the future.
I enjoyed the excursions in the afternoon and I enjoyed the Christmas festivities held to honor the families who host students for the school. I did not attend the Friday activities because I used that time to travel. Regards, Kate.
Rachel Maggi
10 / 2010
I really liked the school. It was a great experience - life changing. I stayed at the Mountain School for 6 weeks and worked with several different teachers. I enjoyed the other students. The teachers were really fun and the atmosphere was great. It was quiet there and I loved the nature. They should advertise this campus more because most people don't know about it. In weeks 7 and 8 I went to the main city campus Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco of the same school. I particularly liked my host family and their children. The graduation ceremonies were really nice - eating, drinking and laughing. It was both educational and fun. The field trips were different and very good.
They had books and workbooks. I preferred working from the worksheets.
Alyson Ainscough
09 / 2010
My experience at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco was largely a beneficial one. The staff and instructors are incredibly friendly and accommodating. I was especially pleased with the structure of the language program - rotating instructors every week, offering activities outside of classroom instruction which ranged from lectures and documentaries, to soccer, and volcano hikes. PLQ felt more like a community than just a school. By and large, my instructors were engaging and patient with my learning process. The vast majority seemed eager and excited to teach, which made long classes seem shorter and fulfilling. My recommendations to future students would be to spend at least one week in the Mountain School and as much time as possible in Xela. My host family placements weren't optimal but this shouldn't discourage students from living with families - it was a great part of the experience. My recommendation to the school is that they become a bit more selective with host families. Just because a family has been working with the school for 15+ years doesn't necessarily mean they should continue. Perhaps a more consistent evaluation process of families would remind families of the obligations involved in hosting students. The Instructors provided handouts and worksheets, and the library - with access to literature and Spanish textbooks was very helpful.
Aline Blankertz
09 / 2010
I really enjoyed my stay at the project, even though I arrived one week late because of mudslides on the roads (so I only spent two weeks in this school). The teachers are very good - in my first week in another school, my teacher probably gave me a little too much to work on (5 tenses), but the teachers at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco gave me a good structure to organize it in. Plus, they were very good at adapting to my learning speed - I had learned some Spanish seven years ago and wasn't able to talk at all, but they helped me to refresh my mind, so that overall, I got through the biggest part of Spanish grammar (incl. subjuntivo) in three weeks, so I can more easily build on that now. The family was great - their house was three minutes from the school and the mother was very open-minded and interested and helped me to improve my Spanish also at home. My teachers were Ailsa and Lesbia, and both of them were very good and also tried to give me some insights into Guatemalan history.
I recommend the school very much.
Richard Ramker
07 / 2010
Hi I studied only 1 week at Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco in Xela / Quetzaltenango - the real deal, friendly, open & hard working teachers. A transformative experience that is rich in culture and history. I would recommend 2+ weeks. The host family was tremendous, helpful & modest. I traveled the area with a guide to the hot springs, city market < both offered excellent opportunity to "charlar" conversate. En todo, fue una experiencia inolvidable è impresionante. Gracias a todos!
Judy Molland
07 / 2009
Hi, I had a wonderful time in Guatemala, and can highly recommend my school. I attended the Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Xela for a week (Sadly, that′s all the time I could afford to take). Sonya, was my instructor and she was good and used helpful study materials. The school itself was wonderful, very friendly and welcoming, great ambience. My Spanish improved and there were plenty of after school activities, something every day and at the weekends. The only negative was my family - not the people, but the house was in a bad state of repair (I hope, it is better by now), ... I don′t remember their name, but I would have moved to another house, if I were there any longer. Otherwise, I had a wonderful time and plan to return when I can. Sincerely, Judy Molland
Carolyn Quigley
05 / 2009
Hi, I attended Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco (PLQ) in Quetzaltenango. I studied for 3 weeks there. I had two instructors while studying. I had Marleni for two weeks, who was awesome and I would go back to her anytime. I learned so much and had a great time. My other instructor was Eduardo, who was very good too, but I would say he is better for beginners as he is more laid back and casual in his instruction. Study resources were awesome! There was a big library with tons of workbooks, novels, history books, etc... You could check out books to use in addition to using the exercises your teacher gave you. After school activities were very impressive! Lots of trips to places around Xela, conferences, speakers, movies, talks, etc... There was always something to do. My first host family was a bad experience but the school handled it well and I switched families after a few days. My new host mom′s name was Yolanda. She was wonderful! I would definitely recommend this great school! I would love to go back to study some more! Thanks, Carolyn Quigley.
Ashley Gerfin
11 / 2008
Hi, I decided to go to Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango. I studied for two weeks there. My teachers, Rufina and Sofia were really good. My host family was wonderful. I would definitely recommend the school! I loved my time in Guatemala so much and your website was by far the most helpful in planning. Thank you, Ashley.
Peter Sonne-Holm
10 / 2008
Hi, I decided for Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango. I studied for four weeks there. I had good teachers, though I can′t remember their names properly. My host family was also good, but again, I can′t remember the family name. I only have their first names. I Would recommend the school, though I would check to see if other cheaper schools can offer the same services. Hope you can use the answers. Thanks, Peter.
Christine Dick
08 / 2008
I studied at Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango for two weeks. My teacher was Shesnarda. I chose to stay with her for both weeks because we had excellent rapport and communication, and we shared many common interests which made conversation easy. I would definitely recommend the school without reservation. Thanks, Christine.
Rikke Müller Olsen
07 / 2008
I decided to attend Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco in Xela. I studied for 8 weeks there. I had four different teachers, Luís, Saul, Astrid y Lety. I tried to request Luís a few times, but it was never possible, for some reason (maybe I was to late). But, I was very pleased with all my teachers. I just wish it would have been a bit easier to study with the same teacher for at least a week more, because you developed a certain working relationship with your teacher, and it would of have been nice to be able to continue that. (Maybe my problem was that, I had quite a big break in the middle, before coming back to PLQE, and therefore it was more difficult to request some of the teachers I had had before). I stayed with two families. The first one was nice, but I didn′t feel like I got a lot out of it, since it was only a mother and her 15-year old son, and they didn′t really talked to me, apart from when we were eating. I therefore moved to another family, which I loved very much. I stayed with Gloria and José Garcia and their 4 children. They were very nice and loving. They talked a lot to me, and corrected me when I said something wrong. We really got along well, and next time I′ll go to Xela I am definitely going to visit them. I would definitely recommend the school! I was very pleased with my stay at the school. You feel very welcome, and all the teachers are very friendly, not only your own teachers. I think Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco is a very special place and I will definitely sign up again, if I come back to Guatemala!! Thanks, Rikke.
Eric Appleton
06 / 2008
Hi, we went to a couple of schools in Xela, first, Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco. We studied for one week there. My teacher at this school was wonderful. She has years of experience, college educated, deep knowledge of recent history of conflict in Guatemala. Very friendly and supportive. The school is an incredible place. It is a cultural and educational center that has been around for 20 years. The teachers have intimate knowledge of Guatemala′s political struggles. It is still openly political with opportunities for solidarity from international students. There are arts and theatre classes for children in the afternoons and volunteer projects on the weekends. For example, the weekend we left, the school went to plant trees in a deforested area. The teachers are experienced, well-compensated and part of the community. The only drawback is that the school is larger and it is a little easier to use English to communicate. Study materials were, conversation mostly, newspaper, Rigoberta Menchu′s book, Massacre en la Selva. Our host family was fine, quiet, comfortable house, little interaction. There was a big difference between the schools. Though they did both have their good points, I would strongly recommend this school. Thanks, Eric.
Nancy Cuervo
06 / 2008
We also attended Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco. We studied for 1 week there. My teacher, Paty, was excellent. She was sharp, funny, kind, patient. She assessed my level of Spanish first thing, told me where I was lacking and what I was missing and filled in the missing spots. If I could have I would of have stayed a month with her. The study materials were very helpful, professional and she knew exactly which to pull out for the actual LESSONS we had. I guess this comes from 18 years teaching experience at the same school and with almost the same materials. I absorbed so much. The host family was very nice but a little sad. The accommodations were great except they lacked a full door in the bathroom. There were stall-like doors for both the toilet and shower. Not ideal especially since the host had a son living with her. Thanks, Nancy.
Henrik Blennow
06 / 2008
Hi, I decided to study at, Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango. I studied for 4 weeks there. I had very good teachers. I did not use any study materials. My host family was perfect. The only drawback was that the number of people from one country i.e. was slightly to high. A higher variety of nationalities would have been better. Besides that, I would highly recommend the school. Thanks, Henrik.
Ron Torgerson
06 / 2008
Hi, I wanted to go to Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco for 3 weeks, but there wasn′t room there for the first week, so I attended another school for the first week. After having a mediocre experience at the other school I took classes for weeks 2 and 3 at PLQ. What a difference! The staff were considerate, laid out a plan of instruction, explaining it to me and asking if it met my needs. They were patient, friendly - just excellent. If/When I go back to take my planned 6 weeks of classes next spring. I will book far enough in advance to make sure I can spend all those weeks at this school. I′m 58, male, well-travelled and a pretty low-key guy. I work in the training sector in Canada, setting up literacy and English as a Second language programs in workplaces. At this school, I was given home work each night - usually about an hour′s worth. Often the homework was based on a set of exercises photocopied from their resources. The homework always seemed to be directed at areas of instruction where I was having difficulties. I couldn′t have asked for better instructors (a different one for each of the two weeks) or a more comfortable or respectful milieu. Trips and in-school ′conferences′ were always designed to give us students a better understanding of the history and culture of Guatemala. One ′conference′ was on the role of mid-wives in Guatemala, the herbs and processes they use, etc. The other conference I attended was about the effects a free-trade agreement would have on the country if the government is successful in arranging for such an agreement. The arguments were well-reasoned, and were based on the needs of the people, the effects on indigenous culture, etc. It was well-done. In-town trips were to places like, a women′s textile cooperative. The cultural implications of the designs, colours and form of the textiles was clearly explained to us. Sports options were offered, such as the regular Thursday night soccer games where both staff and students participated in. It was very clear PLQ was trying, successfully, to create a community of interest. I did not stay with a host family, as I rented an apartment at other place. I think host families are probably the way to go, because you have more opportunities to use your vocabulary, but I just wasn′t interested in that. I would highly recommend this school. Guatemala 365 was very helpful - I picked this school, based in part, on the information you offer. Thanks, Ron.
Brian Murphy
05 / 2008
I studied for 3 weeks at Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco and 1 week at their affiliate Mountain School in Quetzaltenango. The teachers I got were excellent and had years of experience. The study materials were fine. As for host families, the first host family I had was nice but it was an old lady who had 4 other students in her house although the other students were all from Guatemala. The problem was that it didn′t really feel like a family. The second host family I had was great. I would highly recommend both PLQ and the Mountain School. Thank you, Brian.
Adam Gehr
02 / 2008
I decided to go to Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango. I studied for two months there. I got many good teachers. Study materials were very good. I did not stay with a host family. I would highly recommend this school. Thanks, Adam.
John Williamson
01 / 2008
I decided to attend Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Xela. I studied there for two weeks. My teacher was excellent!! Wilma Lang is her name. Study materials were good, she gave me daily lessons and she was very organized. My host family was excellent. They had a little financial hardship while I was there and asked me to help, which was unexpected, but I mentioned it to the school host. I would highly recommend this school! Thanks, John.
Cheryl Longinotti
11 / 2007
I attended Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango. I studied there for 2 1/2 weeks. I had a different teacher each week. Each had different strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I was satisfied with each of them. Study materials were good, although the youngest and least experienced teacher did not use materials as effectively as the others. My host family was excellent. I would highly recommend the school and I would attend the same school again. Thanks, Cheryl.
Robert Smith
10 / 2007
I also studied at Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Xela (Quetzaltenango) for one week as well. I lived with a host family there. That experience was good. The mother was very nice and prepared very good meals, although I ate at different times and in different places from the family and was disappointed that I had as little interaction with them as I did. Having to speak Spanish all of the time definitely pushed me, in a good way. The school itself was much more of a community experience than the school in Antigua. The activities, lectures, movies and trips added a lot to the experience. Many of the students were studying there for several weeks and I think I was atypical in staying just one week. The teacher was good, although at times seemed distracted and tired -- he was with me for 4 hours in the morning and with another student for 4 hours in the afternoon. I would recommend this school as well. Your website was extremely helpful in learning about the schools and in making my choices. It was a very positive experience. Thank you, Bob Smith.
Rachel Szekely
10 / 2007
I moved to Xela and started studying at Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco. I did 3 weeks there with 3 different teachers, 2 were fantastic and one was ok, but a little lazy. The activities organized were fantastic. The whole school was run very well. I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It is more expensive, but definitely worth it. I didn′t stay with a host family. Thanks for your help, Rachel.
Christopher Hagale
07 / 2007
I decided to attend Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco in Quetzaltenango. I studied there for 6 Weeks. My teacher was good. The study materials were good as well. My host family was good, but I only lived with them half of the time. Thanks, Christopher R. Hagale