Antigüeña Spanish Academy

Antigüeña Spanish Academy
1a Calle Poniente #10 Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez 03001
Rank 98%
Prices 215 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
125 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week without host family
Study one hour daily more or less: add or subtract about USD 25 per week.
School Size 35 students
Openings Please make your reservations in advance, this way the school can reserve one of their best teachers for you.
Summary 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 20 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 during weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm. You get water and coffee from 8 am to 10 am, please bring your own cup because of hygiene (covid-19). 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.

Spanish Academy Antigüeña ranks top in our list and for this reason, it fills up frequently.
During the end of the year, March, April and the summer months it is recommended that you enroll at least one month in advance, in order to secure your space in the school.

With a timely registration, the school can assign you the best teacher from its list. (Contact us for group discounts).
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Antigüeña Spanish Academy - Details

Teachers There are 20 - 30 teachers with an average of 20+ 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! ...more
Methods One on one teaching. The curriculum is the same as in most schools. Teachers continuously adjust classes according to the student’s level. Every Wednesday progress of students is assessed.
Now, you can choose to study Spanish while traveling around Antigua and other touristy places! ...more
Materials Director and teachers 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. Free Internet and WI-FI from 8 am to 4 pm during weekdays.. ...more
Special Programs There are programs with instruction focused in different professional fields like, medicine, lawyers, literature and special instruction for children 5 to 12 years (the cost is the same as for adults).
The school has a program for online studies. It costs $17 per hour. $180 (20 hours to receive during one month) or $95 (10 hours to receive during one month). Online classes are available from Monday to Saturday. Studying online is especially recommended to refresh your Spanish. Many students lose about half of what they learned after returning home. Two hours a month already help to maintain your level.
Also, if you are interested in learning a Mayan language, you can do so, on Saturdays. You can study the Mayan languages of Kakchikel and Tzutujil! ...more
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. ...more
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. ...more
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! ...more
Airport Pick-Up Service The school offers safe and reliable private airport pick up transportation for $40 per person for one-way trip. Discounts for more than two persons. The school will send a staff member in a private shuttle and he will wait for you at the exit of the airport holding a sign with your name on it!
Price is per person, but if there are more than 2 persons a discount is given.
How to get there How get there From the bus terminal you walk to the "Calzada Santa Lucía" up north until the end, turn right and walk one and a half blocks, you will find the school on your left.

Students' Feedback

Melinda Birky
07 / 2018
We had a wonderful time in Antigua. My teacher Anita was just WONDERFUL, she was very, very kind, understanding, she talked a lot about the culture and background of Guatemala as well as religion and traditions. She taught me so much Spanish!!! Very kind, wonderful woman!! 5 STARS for Anita / Ana!!! Our homestay was wonderful as well, however there was a lot of Music that would play in the house/hostel close by it would play late into the night and loud... couldn't sleep until it was done... at 1 or 2 in the morning! Overall Guatemala was wonderful and if we desire to do more study we will DEFINETLY return to Antigüeña Spanish Academy!
Sara Rapaport
08 / 2017
My time at Antigüeña Spanish Academy was great! I was happy with my homestay overall. I would have prefered a homestay with less students, as there were 7 students living at my homestay at once. But I really liked my teacher, Rosalinda, she was great and I really learned a lot!
Charles Combs
08 / 2017
I am still in Antigua, and expect to be here several more months. I came not knowing Spanish at all, starting from “ground zero“, and I've been very pleased with the experience.
Antigüeña Spanish Academy has been excellent every step of the way: accomodating and helpful. The teachers have been great, each knowledgable in grammar as well as vocabulary. They have been patient and encouraging, though as an older new student, I can't memorize as rapidly as I once could :-). The value has been very good compared with other options.
The homestay has been excellent as well. I was expecting mainly beans and rice, but the fare has been a wide variety of fresh vegetables, as well as meat sometimes. Though I have never been hungry, I have lost weight (inches off the gut) due to not eating processed foods like in the states.
I have not done any of the activities yet. I'm here to learn Spanish, not on school break or as a tourist. When I'm confident in the language, I'll be taking in more of the country, though I've been here before as a tourist years ago.
All in all, I'm enjoying the experience. Thanks, cj
Naeemah Rodriguez
08 / 2017
I stayed with Ava and her family at Antigüeña Spanish Academy.
The homestay was a bit awkward because there was a student there who had been visiting for 10 years and was very fluent in Spanish and spoke to the family often. A lot of the conversations were with this other student, and I did not feel like I was included a great deal. I needed for the talking to be more slow and patient.
The diet I requested of no starches worked out very well. Every meal accommodated my diet and I was very happy.
The studying over the 10 days worked out well for me. My teacher was Mauro and he did a great job teaching me and helping me to conjugate verbs and increase my vocabulary. I would recommend him again.
I feel like I advanced in the language, but not as much as I wanted to. I need to spend more time studying, but taking classes in the afternoon did not allow for me to do that. It also did not allow me to partake in the activities that the school offered.
I always feel safe when I am in Antigua, Guatemala. The people are friendly and helpful. I will visit again.
Richard Lindeke
02 / 2016
David: I have nothing but great praise for my time at Antigüeña Spanish Academy -- The classes were extremely valuable -- my private instructor (her name was Julia) was most accommodating and supportive. I found the school's planned afternoon activities fun and educational -- and I can not say any more than that my home stay was a joy! It was filled with great food and conversation, a comfortable bed, the freedom to come and go as needed so in summary, a great living and learning experience. I was able to meet and share time with many of my fellow students -- a tribute to the organization of the school in my opinion. I would highly recommend the school for anyone working to prepare for a Peace corps mission in Latin America!
I believe that this was a great prep for my pending PC Service and I would highly recommend the school going forward. I hope that my review will be useful and I will happily talk it up with my friends, colleagues and family going forward. If I can be of further service, do not hesitate to contact me.
Manon Nyssen
02 / 2016
My stay at Antigüeña Spanish Academy was a highlight of my trip to Central America. I was able to finally achieve a level of confidence speaking Spanish. In contrast to the Spanish university course i took in my home country, Australia, the focus on speaking in the Antigueña lessons, not just reading and writing really helped me to achieve my goals of basic conversational Spanish. I felt after 2 weeks i learnt and remembered more than a whole year of basic spanish university course. I didn't want to make a big fuss about being a vegetarian whilst staying with my host family so I ate what was given and that was fine with me to be flexible at that time.
I enjoyed staying with my host family, there were many other students staying at the house but I didn't mind that too much either, although it meant we would more often speak english at meals rather than spanish. This was ok to relax the brain after a whole day of Spanish.
Overall it was worth every penny and i look forward to coming back in the future, best wishes, Manon Nyssen
Gordon Waselnuk
02 / 2016
I was in Antigua and at Antigüeña Spanish Academy for 10 weeks. I enjoyed my stay there very much. My teacher Anna was very good and the house I stayed in was quiet and comfortable. The only small complaint would be to focus more on simple meals that are more nutritive. Once a week we would have cornflakes and a banana or another day a pancake and a banana for breakfast. I started feeling tired. More vegetables, eggs etc. That is the only complaint! I plan to return! Thanks again - Gordon Waselnuk
Steve Zannis
02 / 2016
Hi David, all went very well. I thought that Antigüeña Spanish Academy was top notch and my teacher was superb. Lastly, my home stay was rock solid. I will be back before the year ends. Take care,
Dietmar Haenchen
10 / 2015
I had most lessons with Julio Garcia Sr at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. I think that he is an excellent teacher and also entertaining. What I liked most was his ability to engage me in conversation and keep me focused. He also talked much about Guatemalan history and politics, which I found very interesting. I also had one hour each day with Olga. I found her good, but it was harder for me to keep focused. May be part of this was due to having her lessons at the end of the school day.
I felt welcome with the host family and the meals were as good as one can expect for the cost here. I liked that they kept talking with us students and corrected and helped with our Spanish politely and appropriately. The fellow students made it a point to keep the conversation in Spanish, which I appreciated.
What could be improved? I would not expect more for the money I paid, but cleanliness would be one thing that I would like to be better.
Megan Marsh
10 / 2015
Me fascina el Español, y siento que la escuela me dio un base muy sólida para seguir aprendiendo.
My experience at the Antigüeña Spanish Academy was entirely positive. I arrived with no knowledge of Spanish, and I left six weeks later with the ability to understand and have conversations with just about anyone I wanted to. The one on one relationship between student and teacher makes a huge difference, as each lesson is tailored to the needs and ability of the individual student. I was fortunate enough to have Don Julio as a teacher, who was probably one of the best and most engaging teachers I have had in my life. But all of the teachers I came into contact with were patient, friendly and had a great sense of humour. Studying in the beautiful environment of the garden was a lovely bonus as well. My host family made me feel incredibly welcome, and were always happy to answer my questions or help me practice speaking. When I left, we had a party at the school and my host parents invited me to go with them to a live music night at a local bar. It was pretty difficult to leave, all things told!
Jared Day
10 / 2015
Thank you for the follow up. Everything is well. My spanish I would say went from a low intermediate to a high intermediate in three weeks. I have a lot more confidence in the language and can communicate much better. I had an excellent time with my teacher at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. She was super professional and was so open to talking about anything. Especially things with my profession. My host family was incredible. I made some effort everyday to engage with them and they were always super helpful.
You ask for things that can be improved. I can't say there was much. Maybe I would have liked to have a picture of the guy who picks you up from the airport beforehand. It is a little strange process. Perhaps someone from the school to walk you around the city. Other than that, I don't really have any complaints. Finally, I found the website super helpful. It is so difficult to set out to plan these things from so far away and your website was a really nice resource. Thanks.
Samuel Füchtbauer
10 / 2015
First of all, I'm absolutely delighted by the great Spanish skills I acquired during my stay in Guatemala, which, by the way, is easily among the greatest journeys I've ever been on.
I only spent one week at Antigüeña Spanish Academy, and I'll answer the following questions based on what I experienced during that week.
I had a female teacher, who was always very kind to me and did a great job teaching me the language in that beautiful garden most classes take place in. (I couldn't bond with her as well as with my teacher in Cobán though, but that are just personal preferences which do not say anything about her qualities as teacher.)
I felt very welcome in my host family, every family member was adorable and very friendly, as well as the other students they hosted. Great food, too.
I don't think there's much to improve, for me, one week was enough due to the heat, especially in my room, which was covered by a tin roof only and therefore heated up like an oven. But regarding the low price I paid for the service there really isn't anything to complain about.
I am totally thrilled by the result I got from this great service which I highly recommend for everybody who really wants to learn the Spanish language in a fast and very pleasant, interesting and beautiful way, because Guatemala is the place to go if you want to do so. They speak a easily understandable, clean Spanish and you get private lessons at half the price you would pay for group sessions in Spain for example.
As I know the web master personally, I can just add that he knows what he's doing as well as he puts a lot of effort into this site and you might just be about to make one of the greatest decisions of your life by choosing to learn Spanish in Guatemala.
Richard Marcus
10 / 2015
I am the worst kind of student. I am a university professor in the U.S. and suffer from associated diseases - I pay too much attention to minutia, focus too much on jargon, and otherwise try the patience of others. The upside is that I have studied Spanish with several different teachers in different countries and have both some point of comparison and well formed ideas about pedagogy. I was very pleased with Antigüeña Spanish Academy. I studied six hours per day: four hours in the morning with Silvia and two hours in the afternoon with Rosario. The director, Julio, was brilliant in combining these two teachers for me as they couldn't be more different personalities, adding different aspects to my education. However, where they were similar is that both were engaging, passionate, kind, patient, and profoundly dedicated teachers. I entered with a reasonable grasp of grammar but limited ability to apply it and left after three weeks able to have conversations about politics for hours on end. All the while I had a splendid time at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. The environment is conducive to learning, the excursions were well planned, and the homestay placement couldn't have been better. I plan on returning next year and bringing some of my students!
Sue Dettling
10 / 2015
Our time in Guatemala was wonderful. The kids LOVED it and so did I. We may come again next summer to explore other areas for which we did not have the time-- Rio Dulce, Tikal, and maybe the Sapodilla Cayes off of the coast of Belize. We would all love to kayak or canoe the Rio Dulce to Livingston (27 miles) and see all the sights along the way and end with some snorkeling. I came back from Guatemala full of energy and revitalized. I loved being there ( except for almost drowning in Monterrico-- that was not fun!!)
BTW I think the kids did great at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. 6 hours a day was a lot of language for one day but since we only did 4 days a week with lot of activities I think the long hours were tolerable for them. They loved the 'homestays' and Antigua. Pablo really felt like he had a lot of independence living away from me and being able to get around town by himself!! He loved that part of it and his language improved.
06 / 2015
I had a fabulous experience at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. For three weeks I sat in a lush garden with my teachers every day to learn, learn, learn. The experience was fully rounded from “classroom,“ fellow students, host family and of course the endlessly beautiful city of Antigua. As I was taking a heavier load of six hours per day, I studied grammar for four hours in the morning and conversation for two hours in the afternoon. I loved my teachers, especially my morning teacher Iliana. I have rarely laughed as much as we did every day. It was totally new to me to hear myself speaking freely in Spanish and never get tired of it. I am planning to return. And hopefully I will get to sit in the same garden, with Iliana.
The school provided study handouts were more than sufficient. Nothing else is needed except a dictionary.
Jenna Johnson
05 / 2015
I studied for a week at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. I lived with Maria and studied with Carlos.
Both were absolutely fantastic! Carlos is an intelligent, warm, understanding, and empathetic person who is an absolute joy to study with. He was incredibly prepared every day, paced the lessons perfectly, and made the experience fun and productive. My friend worked with Byron and we ended up working together quite a bit - he was also an amazing teacher and great person to be around.

Because of my experiences with both Maria and (especially) Carlos, I would love to return.
As for afternoon activities, I only went once to a Macadamia Nut farm - it felt more like a sales pitch than an activity.
Rudolf Jelinek
05 / 2015
During February and March 2015 I attended Antigüeña Spanish Academy for six weeks with my 19-year-old son. Pickup at the airport and transport right to the front door of our host family’s house in Antigua (all arranged by the school’s director Julio) worked perfectly. This kind of convenience after an exhausting transatlantic flight was well worth the expense of $ 40 per person.
We had opted for home stay and were quartered in the home of Isabel: nice people (Isabel, her mother and her daughter), diversified meals, nice and quiet rooms around a pretty inner courtyard. Isabel’s house is conveniently situated between the main building of the school (near the church La Merced) and a garden property where most of the teaching takes place. Isabel speaks good English and knows how to adapt her Spanish to the moderate linguistic proficiency of her guests.
On our first day at school we were acquainted with our teachers Nidia and Aurora who took us to the wonderful tropical garden which offers ample space for the instruction of dozens of students. Classes consisted of a well-balanced mix of grammar lessons, conversation and reading and – last not least – lots of fun. The chemistry between us and our teachers was right. Of course we had ample opportunity to learn about everyday life in Guatemala, about the history of the country and its contemporary problems. In her choice of topics and materials Nidia attuned sensitively to my interests and suggested a lot of further readings which I’m working through step by step now that I’m back in Austria. I’m toying with the idea to shorten the next winter as well by studying more Spanish at the Antigüeña. In this case I’d ask Julio to assign Nidia to me again.
Aurora also attuned perfectly to the needs of my teenage son; there was never a dull moment while she taught him a lot, not only linguistically but about life in general as well.
For example a lesson combined with a little excursion to the Mercado. Of course the lesson included the vocabulary of shopping and bargaining and the names of a variety of vegetables and fruits but also some tricks to solve the problem of how to fill a tote bag with edibles while there is only a pathetic amount of Quetzalesin your wallet.
To sum up I’d like to say that La Antigüeña is a very well organized school. The coordination of transport, home stay and classes worked smoothly.
They say that Julio treats and pays his teachers fairly which seemingly is not to be taken for granted in the field of Guatemalan language schools (whatever “fair” quantified in Quetzales means, in view of the fact that a week of private tuition costs $ 100). The working atmosphere seems to be accordingly cheerful and relaxed which benefits the instruction of the extranjeros.
We were lucky to have Nidia and Aurora – lovable, humorous and competent personalities – as our Maestras.
Saludos cordiales,
Viviane Ansart
11 / 2014
I had a wonderful time with my teacher, Arely at Antigueña Spanish Academy. She was very patient with me and helped me a lot to improve my Spanish. if i come back to Antigua, I will ask for her again.
My host family did their best to be sociable. yet, I think next time, if there is a next time , I will take a room in a hotel.
Correspondence with the school was smooth and helpful.
Geoffrey McDade
06 / 2014
I studied at Antigueña Spanish Academy (8 weeks) I enjoyed the school enormously. My teachers (Lily and Eva) were excellent and I plan to return next winter. Antigueña offers a garden environment but also private study rooms. Antigua is a delightful tourist destination with many nearby places to visit.
The teaching method is conversational and speed of progress depends on the individual student. As a beginner I found I could manage all my essential survival needs in Spanish after only a couple of weeks. My afternoons, evenings and weekends were free to explore the many wonders of Guatemala. I am a 69 year old solo retiree but really enjoyed studying and socializing with students from many other countries, most of whom were less than half my age. I made a lot of progress in Spanish. Guatemalans are a delight - really warm and friendly and the country offers an amazing variety of things to see. I took the homestay option and heartily recommend it - full immersion, very inexpensive and the opportunity to befriend a local family.
Cheers, Geoff
Veronika Vassileva
06 / 2014
My Antigua study and home stay was fantastic. I can highly recommend my teacher Silvia Flores from Antiguena Spanish school. She has been teaching for 20 years and she is a very friendly, interesting and educated person. I really liked our classes and learnt a lot.
The home stay was also great with clean rooms, good food and a terrific rooftop terrace which we used to study and to enjoy the scenery of Antigua and Fuego!
Thanks, Veronika
Joan Mackie
05 / 2014
I really loved my four-week experience at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. Everything was very well organised, from the pick-up at the airport to the final transfer. I had my first few lessons in the school, which was fine, and after that moved to the garden, which was even better. Miriam was an excellent teacher, always supplying varied and stimulating material, and able to adapt her teaching style to my needs. As a language teacher myself, I am aware of how much work and thought she put into the lessons. The learning environment in the garden managed to be both serious and relaxed: there was a good deal of laughter, but I could also hear that a lot of progress was being made, and that very different levels of learning were being equally well catered for. Personally, by the end of 4 weeks I understood most of what was said to me, and could usually respond, though I still mix up Spanish and Italian.
I stayed with Chiqui and Oscar, less than ten minutes walk from the garden, and I much appreciated their hospitality. They are very welcoming to students with limited Spanish, and I thank them for their patience and good humor.
Antigua itself is a charming, friendly place, where everything is within walking distance and easy to find. I was lucky to be there just before Easter, and to see many of the processions and the amazing alfombras for which the town is renowned. I travelled at weekends to Chichicastenango and Panajachel, both within 3 hours by bus from Antigua. I also visited some of the neighboring villages, but I know there is plenty left to explore. I quickly felt at home in Antigua, and after 4 weeks, was quite sad to leave. At the moment, I am hoping to come again next year (it all depends on my cat-sitter!), and if I do, I will certainly come back to the Antiguena school, which I can whole-heartedly recommend as efficient, friendly and professional, not to mention exceptional value for money!
I wish you all the very best for the school. Joan
Linus Karlsson
05 / 2014
I studied with Antigüeña Spanish Academy. The school was ok, however I got the feeling it is more interested in getting large quantities of students and keep them for a long period, rather than meeting individual needs and desires. I am sure it is a good place if you are a backpacker want to learn the basic skills and do a lot of talking, but for more advanced students the school is not the best I would think. It lacks professionalism and resources to provide to the students (making individual plans, have exercises to do, provide written material so that the student does not has to write down what the teacher says instead of copying from books). However, the school is one of the cheaper, and you get what you pay for! Above is my impression from comparing to other schools in Xela, Estelí in Nicaragua and Copan Ruinas in Honduras.
I had 2 instructors, but cant recall their names... The first I was not happy with, the other yes. She was listening to my desires and when I wanted to move faster we did that, even though the management (according to her) wanted to slow down to be able to “keep“ me there more time.
I cant remember the family name of my hosts, just the mother “Doña Mari“. It was a place with good service such as food, rooms and practical help, and central location. More than a hostel than a family stay though, since the number of students varied between 5-15 at the time.
Lorette Medwell
05 / 2014
Yes, I studied at Antigüeña Spanish Academy, and my experience was positive. I registered for one week, and added on another day and a half. Director Julio Jr was always very helpful and accommodating. First day was with teacher Carla, and then switched to morning lessons with Rolando. Although both were very nice, I think the better match for me was Rolando, as he was older and more experienced. Carla would be fine with students who are at a beginner level. (This is just MY opinion) I enjoyed studying in the beautiful gardens at the edge of town. My host 'family' was with Katia & her 5year-old son. I was disappointed that the 'family' was so small, and had five students boarding there, so there was more foreigners than 'chapines' around. Katia did her best and was always friendly, cheerful and helpful. The food was very basic and portions small, but she did try and somewhat vary the meals.
The one serious problem I had with both home-stays was with the food. I understand that for the price, we cannot expect deluxe meals....but my difficulty was with the fact I do not eat meat.
Both times I was told my family could accommodate a vegetarian, and of course they did not serve me any meat, BUT the fact is a vegetarian needs other foods to replace the protein they are not receiving thru meat. One cannot simply remove the meat and live off of vegetables and tortillas! The families who offer to host vegetarians need to learn a little about it, and offer to feed them appropriately. I do not want to pay for my meals, and then have to go buy my own food at the market. There are many alternatives: beans of all types, lentils, garbanzos, nuts, eggs, cheese, and for some, even fish.
I believe before a family accepts to host vegetarians, they need to receive information/education about this and be prepared to offer alternative foods. Host families who do so would be in good demand. The schools should be offering some info to the host families ahead of time, to help them prepare for guests who are vegetarians.
Thank you for your help and interest, Lorette
Mary Schenk
05 / 2014
I did attend the Antigüeña Spanish Academy, but only for 2 days. I was injured in a fall and left early. However, I loved the experience. I had a great teacher whose name escapes me. I think it was Mayra something. Tiny woman with a baby. Only works mornings. She brought me amazingly far in the very short time I was there. We chatted and I moved along. I would recommend this school and hope to return. I did not stay with a host family.
Sarah Johnson
05 / 2014
I spent 2 weeks studying at Antigüeña Spanish Academy in beautiful Antigua. I chose to study 6 hours per day, and on my one full weekend there I studied 4 hours a day. My first full day in Antigua, a Sunday, I had 2 hours with a tutor, Emy, who ended up being my morning and weekend teacher for my entire stay. She's excellent. She's been teaching Spanish for decades and often brought textbooks to use with me. I learned a lot of grammar from her. She’s very personable and several times we joined one or two other student-teacher pairs for group conversation, which is a great way for students to overcome shyness about speaking. I had a different teacher for the 2-hour afternoon sessions, and switched afternoon teachers after the first week. Paula was my teacher the first week and was great -- a lot of fun. I switched just to try someone new. The second week my afternoon teacher was Aurora, and again, she was wonderful. Great sense of humor, good at explaining grammar.
I went on three group outings in the mornings, one to the nearby Mayan cultural center, and twice to local churches (by foot), because I was there during Cuaresma (Lent) and there was a lot to see. These outings were well worth it. The Mayan outing cost Q100 and included lunch; the others were free.
I stayed with a very nice family while I was there, in a great location. This was the family of Cornelia, in the Manchen neighborhood. Cornelia, an 85-year-old widow with lots of family nearby, is a great cook and is very sweet. She had a live-in all-around helper/companion, also a very sweet woman. This was a family of good, kind people who were happy to engage if you approached them, but the situation didn't provide much Spanish immersion. We students ate separately from the family and naturally spoke English to each other. On one occasion one of Cornelia's daughters, who's a Spanish teacher herself, had breakfast with us students and interacted with us. It reminded me of how a homestay is supposed to work. I should say that there had recently been a death in the family and both Cornelia and her helper were having health problems during my stay; these factors may have affected how they normally are with their students. I know they’ve been taking in students for many years and Cornelia spoke of how these were always good experiences for her. I loved the location of the house, but there are a couple of blocks at the base of the neighborhood (which is on a hill) that in off-hours were pretty deserted and creepy. I was traveling alone so I simply didn't go out after dark. Overall, with both the homestay and the school, I had a great experience and learned tons of Spanish.
Thanks, and thanks for your website!
Sarah Johnson
Ann Johns, PhD
05 / 2014
We studied for 8 days at Antigüeña Spanish Academy---my two grandchildren, Eliza and Adam, also studied at the same time. We ALL got excellent instructors and we were very happy with how much we learned. But I can't remember any names...sorry. (They they may remember Adam and Eliza. Adam's teacher loved him...). Our host family was very good. Again, I've forgotten the names. They invited us to a quinceanera and included us in other family gatherings (e.g., Christmas).
Linda Jenkins
05 / 2014
I studied with Antigüeña Spanish Academy for two weeks. I had a good instructor and excellent host family, but cannot recall their names.
Jeroen van Dijk
05 / 2014
Yo tenía un buen tiempo con Antigüeña Spanish Academy. Me gustaría hacerlo otra vez. Pronto. Yo he estudiado por 4 semanas con diferente profesoras. Todas eran buenas. Yo encontré dos nombres: Itsela y Lety o Leticia (no se exactamente). El nombre de la familia era Sactic. Simplemente perfecta. No podemos esperar algo tan amable y bueno por esto precio. No tengo muchos foto's de la escuela. Solo una con la familia.
Bendiciones, Jeroen van Dijk
Hedy Schoonover
05 / 2014
Hi David, and thanks for checking on the quality of the Spanish Schools in Antigua. Yes. I studied with Antigüeña Spanish Academy in Antigua, and I considered it excellent. I only studied for two weeks and got a fantastic instructor by the name of Mariam. Antiguena Spanish Academy conducts most of its classes in El Jardin which is about a 10 minute walk from their office. All instruction is one to one. You can request a new teacher if the fit isn't good or after your first week if you want another experience. (I didn't).
I stayed with Olga de Molina in El Rosario. Her location is in the far south of town and Antiguena Spanish Academy was in the far north so it wasn't convenient in that way.
Guess that's about all for now...............Hedy
Charles Stephens
10 / 2013
I had a wonderful time in Antigua. My first host family was very nice but I heard way too much English as there were 6 other young students that spoke a lot of English.
The Antigueña Spanish Academy was great and got me another homestay family where English was not spoken by the family and the other 2 students worked hard to keep it to Spanish.
I changed my teacher after 4 weeks and wish I had after just 2 weeks. It is great that you can change teachers and even encouraged to do that.
Love it Will be back.