Community Spanish School

Community Spanish School
Two blocks to the left (North-East) from the Panajachel pier
San Pedro, Lake Atitlán
+502 5842 4391
Rank 84.4%
Prices 201 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
122 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 30 per week.
School Size 9 -18 students
Openings This school currently has openings!
Summary This new Spanish school in San Pedro La Laguna has professional and engaged staff. The school is an association of 6 experienced teachers. Enjoy your private teacher and interesting activities in the buzzing town of San Pedro, right near the Panajachel pier. Learn Spanish at the lakeside!
Full immersion: moderate, you´d have to keep out of the way of other strangers. The thing to do is to volunteer in a local school!

Although the school is quite new it has been recommended by the teacher´s ex-students and often fills up. Please register in advance.

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

Teachers Teachers have an average of 8-11 years of experience, all teachers are graduates in the Rural University of Guatemala (URURAL), Guatemalan-American Institute (IGA) and the Guatemala Ministry of Education (MOE). The teachers have upgraded their levels according to the Common European Framework. ...more
Methods Community Spanish School´s program is based on the methodology of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and is used in all levels, from beginner level A1 through advanced level C1. The program includes extra-curricular activities with a focus on communication and culture. The courses are individualized with one student per teacher; with each teacher adapting the curriculum to the student´s abilities and desires. ...more
Materials Teachers use copies of spanish textbooks like Prisma Latinoamericano, Dos mundos by Tracy Terrell and Magdalena Andrade, a textbook that focuses on interesting topics and vocabulary, grammar is less important. Dicho y hecho: Beginning Spanish by Kim Potowski. The school supplies these books, which come in student´s and teacher´s versions. Do not buy them since they are not interesting without very expensive online keys. In a Spanish School with a “private” teacher they make sense. The school has also audios, videos, games etc. for the student to learn as fast as possible
Location The school is located 5 minutes from the Panajachel pier to the left (shore street) between backpacker hotels. It has lake access. Studying takes place under thatched roofs in a nice garden with the beautiful lake view.
Activities Afternoon Activities: Examples are:
Circle Of Dialogue: Groups of 5-6 students and a teacher discuss issues of national or interest, and Guatemalan culture. 5 to 6pm on Mondays.
Weekly conferences on: the armed conflict in Guatemala in the 80s, the education system in Guatemala, Guatemalan history, testimonies of victims of civil war, Mayan calendar, Mayan tissues, Maya healer etc.
Cultural Tours: teachers and students visit outstanding persons of the village, who narrate the history and customs of local people, like a midwife, a healer and others. Visits to orchards of natural medicine, visits to local historical places such as the Catholic church.
Teachers and students together indulge in sports, campfires, and the preparation of traditional food from the region (party) .
Weekend activities with an additional cost: san pedro volcano climbing, kayak tours, bike tours to downtown San Pedro and to a sacred place, weaving workshops, zip lines in Santa Clara La Laguna.
Host Families Home stays offer accommodations seven nights a week, a private room, internet, and filtered water. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided six days a week, Monday thru Saturday. Sunday is family day. Families also cater to vegetarians and other special dietary restrictions.
Volunteering Students can be introduced to a local public school to assist in classes of English language, mathematics and computing.
Airport Pick-Up Service The school offers airport shuttle service (5 am and 11 am), it costs $30 per person. A private taxi to San Pedro costs $100. Please send the necessary information from your airline ticket: airline, flight number, arrival day and time, and be sure to receive a confirmation directly from the school.
How to get there How get there Two blocks to the left (North-East) from the Panajachel pier.

Students' Feedback

Aleatha Ius
03 / 2016
I loved studying at Community Spanish School in San Pedro. I studied at the school for a total of 4 weeks and loved every minute of it. I took 5 hours of classes a day, which might seem like a lot of time, but my teachers were so well organized and excellent at their jobs the time flew by. For the first 2 weeks I studied with Maria, she was fantastic! I decided for a change of pace. I would leave San Pedro and try studying in Xela, I only ended up staying in Xela for one week, because the school I attended did not even compare to the quality at Community Spanish School. When I returned to San Pedro I studied with Francisco for 2 more weeks, he is a very talented teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed studying with him. Although the school is new, the teachers at Community bring years of experience and a real passion for their work. I highly recommend studying at Community Spanish School.
Aleatha Ius, Vancouver, Canada
Devin Hess
01 / 2016
If you want to learn Spanish in Guatemala, check out the new Community Spanish School. It’s located directly on the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan close to many hotels, restaurants and activities. The school is relatively new, but it is run by highly experienced and talented teachers in San Pedro who left another school to form this cooperative, community-oriented school.
The classes are held in cozy cabañas surrounded by lush vegetation overlooking the lake. Classes are one on one (although there are other options) and the teachers are extremely well-versed in the best methodologies of language instruction. For example, unlike many Spanish teachers, my teacher (Luis Canel) studied spanish language instruction at the university level.
Their approach is to offer a mixture of grammar and conversation. During my classes, we talked about daily life, culture, politics and the history of Guatemala. My teacher was curious about my life as well, and we had a lot of fascinating conversations about the cultural and language differences we discovered. All the teachers I met are kind, patience and very knowledgeable.
I greatly appreciated the opportunities they offered for authentic engagement with the community that included organized activities (weaving and cooking classes, excursions etc.), community projects and home-stay options. I plan to continue to study with my teacher via Skype until I have a chance to return again next year.

San Pedro la Laguna is an interesting town on the shores of Lake Atitlan. Although there are a fair number of tourists during the high season, a short walk away from the tourist hub takes you into the center of town where you are immersed in a very traditional Mayan experience. Other towns around the lake are easily accessed by boat (Panajachel, Santiago, San Juan etc) and each one has a distinctive character. For example, if you are interested in the amazingly beautiful weavings, both traditional and modern, the adjacent town of San Juan is home to many women’s weaving cooperatives. Santiago has a powerful history as a center of Mayan culture, and, although a bit more touristy, Panajachel across the lake has many vendors selling beautiful Guatemalan crafts.
I don’t hesitate to recommend the Community Spanish School to anyone at any level interested in immersion Spanish instruction.