Flor del Maiz Spanish School

Flor del Maiz Spanish School
1 Av. B 4-055 Zona 1, Canton Pacuchá
San Pedro, Lake Atitlan
(+502)-5691-3810, 4285-5015
Rank 84%
Prices 150 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
85 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 20 per week.
School Size 1 - 10 students
Openings This small school tends to fill up any given time. It is recommended to reserve at least two weeks in advance.
Summary This is small school near the central park of San Pedro. You will be in good hands. For those who want to get to know something about Maya Tzutujil culture, Flor del Maiz Spanish School is especially recommended. Classes are taken on the second floor in a open space overlooking the center of town and the beautiful Lake Atitlán.
The school was founded in 2005.
Note that, part of the students weekly tuition costs goes to help support the schools local children educational project; donations are welcome for the reforestation project!
Total Spanish immersion in San Pedro is moderate because of many tourists, but you come close to it at this school.
Registration

This is a small school which fills up between January, February, April and November. During these months it is recommendable to register at least two weeks in advance.
If you arrive by boat, please call the school or take a small taxi better known as "tuc tuc" and ask the driver to take you to Flor de Maiz Spanish School, up near the central park. Do not take a "guide", because he will ask the school for a percentage of your fee.

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

Teachers There are 5 permanent teachers with a salary of US$40 per week. The teachers have an average experience of 5 years minimum. Some of them have gained their experience teaching at other schools. Classes are taken on the second floor in a open space overlooking the center of town and the beautiful Lake Atitlán. ...more
Methods Methods are similar to other schools in Guatemala, one-on-one. Teachers also tailor lessons to meet each student needs. ...more
Materials Photocopied papers, old text books and literature are used in teaching. There is a small library with about 50 books including literature texts.
Location Lessons take place in small shaded individual huts throughout the school campus, which is also part of an organic garden. ...more
Activities There are three extracurricular activities per week: a conference, a documentary show, and a dinner for students. ...more
Host Families Host families earn a good $65. You will be placed with one of three experienced Maya Tzutujil families for full immersion. Families host no more than two students at a time during busier periods. ...more
Volunteering This school has ongoing projects; one to support poor local children, http://www.trekforkids.org, and a reforestation project, http://www.bio-cultura.com. ...more
Airport Pick-Up Service If you do not want to travel alone through Guatemala, the school offers you a couple of transportation options from the airport to San Pedro: in a private taxi for US$95 or public transportation guided by a teacher for $40. ...more
How to get there How get there If arriving by public transportation, get off at the corner in front of the park and ask locals for the school Flor del Maiz. If you arrive by boat, please call the school or take a taxi (tuc-tuc) and ask the driver to take you to the school, up near the central park.

Students' Feedback

Jonathan Rorech
rorechj99@students.ecu.edu
06 / 2014
I was extremely impressed with the Flor del Maiz Spanish school and the home stay. Both Jose, the director the school, and Javier, my teacher and family host were extremely professional and communicative throughout the entire process. The school and homes are in a beautiful, local part of town, just up the hill from the lake front and the touristy scene. Javier and his family were very welcoming and friendly, providing everything we needed, including 3 meals a day and 7 nights in our own large private room. Their house also has a rooftop patio, providing amazing panoramic views over the town, lake and mountains.
Javier was a very helpful and instrumental part of my learning process, working with me for 4 hours a day, then requiring me to complete 2-3 hours of additional homework and study each evening.
School itself sits over the lake with wonderful views, water, coffee and snacks. From what and saw and from talking with the other students, all of the teachers did a superb job in their instructional ability with the students.

This school is by far the best place in town for value, experience and a learning environment. Check-in to the school was extremely easy and communicative.
Jonathan Rorech
rorechj99@students.ecu.edu
06 / 2014
I was extremely impressed with the Flor del Maiz Spanish school and the home stay. Both Jose, the director the school, and Javier, my teacher and family host were extremely professional and communicative throughout the entire process. The school and homes are in a beautiful, local part of town, just up the hill from the lake front and the touristy scene. Javier and his family were very welcoming and friendly, providing everything we needed, including 3 meals a day and 7 nights in our own large private room. Their house also has a rooftop patio, providing amazing panoramic views over the town, lake and mountains.
Javier was a very helpful and instrumental part of my learning process, working with me for 4 hours a day, then requiring me to complete 2-3 hours of additional homework and study each evening.
School itself sits over the lake with wonderful views, water, coffee and snacks. From what and saw and from talking with the other students, all of the teachers did a superb job in their instructional ability with the students.

This school is by far the best place in town for value, experience and a learning environment. Check-in to the school was extremely easy and communicative.
Jonathan Rorech
rorechj99@students.ecu.edu
06 / 2014
I was extremely impressed with the Flor del Maiz Spanish school and the home stay. Both Jose, the director the school, and Javier, my teacher and family host were extremely professional and communicative throughout the entire process. The school and homes are in a beautiful, local part of town, just up the hill from the lake front and the touristy scene. Javier and his family were very welcoming and friendly, providing everything we needed, including 3 meals a day and 7 nights in our own large private room. Their house also has a rooftop patio, providing amazing panoramic views over the town, lake and mountains.
Javier was a very helpful and instrumental part of my learning process, working with me for 4 hours a day, then requiring me to complete 2-3 hours of additional homework and study each evening.
School itself sits over the lake with wonderful views, water, coffee and snacks. From what and saw and from talking with the other students, all of the teachers did a superb job in their instructional ability with the students.

This school is by far the best place in town for value, experience and a learning environment. Check-in to the school was extremely easy and communicative.
Jonathan Rorech
rorechj99@students.ecu.edu
06 / 2014
I was extremely impressed with the Flor del Maiz Spanish school and the home stay. Both Jose, the director the school, and Javier, my teacher and family host were extremely professional and communicative throughout the entire process. The school and homes are in a beautiful, local part of town, just up the hill from the lake front and the touristy scene. Javier and his family were very welcoming and friendly, providing everything we needed, including 3 meals a day and 7 nights in our own large private room. Their house also has a rooftop patio, providing amazing panoramic views over the town, lake and mountains.
Javier was a very helpful and instrumental part of my learning process, working with me for 4 hours a day, then requiring me to complete 2-3 hours of additional homework and study each evening.
School itself sits over the lake with wonderful views, water, coffee and snacks. From what and saw and from talking with the other students, all of the teachers did a superb job in their instructional ability with the students.

This school is by far the best place in town for value, experience and a learning environment. Check-in to the school was extremely easy and communicative.
William & Christopher Zang
05 / 2014
Lo pase bien en San Pedro en casa con Javier y su familia. Estudie por una semana en San Pedro y me gusto la ubicacion de la escuela porque no esta en gringolandia. Es decir que cuando estudias en esta escuela estas mas en la zona de los guatemaltecos que con los demas gringos que van para estudiar en San Pedro. El mercado queda muy cerca. La casa de Javier esta conveniente. Su familia es bien agradable tambien. Lola es una mujer graciosa y amigable y ella cocina bien y si tiene algunas preferencias con respecto a la dieta, ella se conforma con tus deseos--por ejemplo yo soy vegetariano y ella me preparo comidas sin carne. En fin, recomiendo que Uds. vayan pa estudiar español en esta escuela. Es una escuela humilde con buenos maestros.
Were study materials of Flor del Maiz Spanish School helpful? What did they consist in?
Julia Bale
01 / 2013
My teacher was called Javier and he is also the director of Flor del Maiz Spanish School. He was a really great teacher and a really interesting guy. I learnt so much, along side Spanish language, such as Mayan history and religion, local environmental issues and recent Guatemalan history. We had a salsa class one evening- with the other students, a guided tour of the surrounding area and on the last night a really good bbq and a trip to the fiesta in the next town - lots of fun!
We stayed with Javier and his family, which was really comfortable, great food and friendly.
I would really recommend the school, especially having spoken to other travellers since who studied elsewhere. I loved the fact it was a really small school, so very personal and friendly. It was also laid back enough to be enjoyable and fun but organized enough to learn a lot - they have a really good balance there.
Correspondence with the school was smooth and helpful, despite the very short notice on our behalf.
Anonymous
11 / 2011
Flor del Maiz was a great little school, with a nice view of San Pedro too boot. The instruction was based upon what I wanted to learn rather then the usual format of a language course. Authentic snacks during the coffee break were a nice touch. All in all a really helpful atmosphere and nice place to learn Spanish in.
Ian Green
01 / 2010
I studied at Flor del Maiz Spanish School for 6 weeks last year. I was learning Spanish and after studying in Antigua and Xela I returned to San Pedro as I prefered the school's teaching which was conversational and lesson time passed quickly with my maestro (teacher) who made the most of my Spanish and helped me build it up.
I was keen to do some teaching myself and the school helped me organize a placement in the local school where I supported and "team taught" with their English teacher which was a great experience.
The school offered a really friendly homestay and also helped me arrange local rented accommodation for a month when I decided to stay longer. I have really fond memories of the teachers of Flor del Maiz and would recommend it for a personalized, high quality language learning experience.
Ian Green - England
Pauline Dumont
beau1@ntl.sympatico.ca
01 / 2009
Hello, I had the pleasure of studying two weeks at the school Flor del Maiz in San Pedro. I recommend it for their professionalism, the individual attention and the relaxed ambience. I take home an enriched level of the Spanish language, of Mayan culture and numerous personal discoveries. The school is located in a quiet part of the village and lessons are held in a pretty garden. Though the school supports two Community projects, there is no pressure to participate in them. Several accompanied activities are organized free of charge. I especially appreciated walking in the mountain, visiting points of interests of the village and meeting people at coffee breaks. There was a small beach not far from the school, where I could relax while admiring the nearby volcanoes. It was my third experience of linguistic stay in Latin America and I must confess that it was the best. Pauline Beaubien Dumont. Canada.
Sarah Safford
saffo1953@gamail.com
07 / 2008
I also, had a great week of lessons at Flor del Maiz Spanish School in San Pedro, La Laguna. This is a small, friendly school with a relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere, in a peaceful, beautiful setting. The two men who run the school are excellent people with a strong commitment to social activism and a vision of how they can work toward positive change in their ′Pueblo′, town. My teacher was a lovely young Mayan woman with a good sense of humour and a lot of knowledge about her culture and current events in Guatemala. We had some interesting discussions and I learned a lot of Spanish while building my conversation skills. The family we stayed with was warm and welcoming and they fed us well. I learned how to make tortillas and taught my house mother how to make pesto. There were good snacks and delicious coffee every day and a few fun activities in the afternoons. My godson and I also volunteered in the organic garden, learning about the reforestation projects and growing local produce. The total experience was wonderful and I would recommend this school highly for anyone interested in an authentic immersion in Spanish language and Guatemalan culture. Gracias, Sarah.
Elaine Toogood
elainetoogood@yahoo.com.au
10 / 2006
Hi, I ended up choosing a school called Flor Del Maiz in San Pedro. I studied there for 3 weeks and stayed with a host family. My teacher was excellent and the family stay really wonderful. The school has some great programs happening with children and growing organic food for sustainable community development. All the people studying at the school were great and we had many family meals together, dancing, lake visits etc. I highly recommend this school!! Thanks, Elaine
Jessie McVeagh
jessiemcv@yahoo.com.au
04 / 2005
Now I am studying at Flor Del Maiz also in San Pedro. I have been here now for about three months, as this school not only teaches the Spanish language, but the teachers have an interest in sharing their Tzutujil-Mayan culture, conservation, organic gardening, and political issues. Yes, that′s why I moved schools when Jose did. The family was fine, great food, but the location was very noisy, and I moved to my own rented room.