Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School

Address
Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School
6 Avenida Norte No.39
Antigua
(+502)-7882-4575, 5925-2604
Rank 97%
Prices 280 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
165 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 15 per week.
School Size 5-20 students
Openings If you are interested in studying here, it is best to make your reservations at least two weeks in advance (earlier for summer time)!
Summary Located a few steps from La Merced church, Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School has students learning in a Japanese garden with little bridges over narrow fish ponds. Trees have grown and the ambiance is nice and shady, which makes the hot summer months pleasant. Hillary Clinton, Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson have supposedly studied here. The heart of the school is the big cafeteria - kitchen - bar, where students - mentored by Caty and Letti - learn how to prepare delicious local dishes. The best school for Guatemalan lifestyle and social networking in Antigua. Host families are carefully sought out. Food and hospitality are excellent and family members go out of their way to talk to guests. Internet gratis.

The school offers various teaching modes adapted to your needs: Spanish for travelers, for immigrants, exam coaching for university students, medical Spanish and teaching to children. You may take FSI and ACTFL foreign proficiency exams that can help you to obtain employment and/or university credits.

The school is recommended for families with children. They are in good hands, have a great time and learn a lot!
This school was founded in 1972 by Juan and Caty Galindo.
Total immersion in Antigua: good if you avoid other foreigners while studying Spanish.
Registration

It is always recommendable to register at least two weeks in advance in order to get first choice teachers and host families. This way you also help the school to plan their staff. The student coordinator is efficient in answering any of your questions.
From January to April and from June to August this school tends to fill up quickly.

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

Teachers There are 15 fix teachers. New teachers are required to have a high school grade and are being trained during 3 months. They have 7 to 20 years of experience. The director has a good sense for matching teachers with students. If you spend 20 hours one-on-one with a teacher its very important to be a good team. Teachers are mostly female and there are some real intellectuals among them. ...more
Methods The school uses much the same methods as other Spanish Schools in Guatemala. Upon arrival, students talk to the student coordinator, who in the course of conversation gains insight into the student′s status and where to start the training. She then gets a teacher who fits him or her. The school recommends you to study during 6 hours each day, studying grammar and vocabulary in the morning and practicing conservation during the afternoon activities, using a different teacher in order to get accustomed to different manners of speech (this only costs $25 per week extra). Students progress at their personal speed and are not slowed down by conventional methods. ...more
Materials Teachers assemble their own materials like mini-dialogues, the textbook "Spanish One Year", and materials in other languages. The school uses blackboards. Teacher always show up with a prepared lesson plan and flash cards. Students are supplied paper and refreshments during class. There is a library with books in various languages for students use.
Special Programs The school offers various teaching modes adapted to your needs:
- Spanish for travelers: emphasis is not on grammar but on mini-dialogues and vocabulary you need when taking buses or taxis, shopping, asking directions, negotiating etc.
- Spanish for immigrants: if you have learned Spanish while travelling, you may want to get your grammar right in order for your Spanish to grow with the time you spend in Guatemala.
- Exam coaching for university students: Reload the grammar your university requires for your credits. Let your teacher practice the Spanish pronunciation with you, learn to understand spoken language for the audio test, get fluent in conversation. You may take FSI and ACTFL foreign proficiency exams that can help you to obtain employment and/or university credits.
- Medical Spanish: Many doctors and nurses have passed through Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School learning medical Spanish and getting the chance to volunteer in a local hospital.
- Teaching to children: Parents know that children have a different, faster way to learn, but how? Teachers, who themselves are mothers of small children, play games with your children, show them colored books or paint with them nearby in a safe, beautiful garden.
Location Located a few steps from La Merced church, the school has a travel agency in the front and a Japanese garden with little bridges over narrow fish ponds in the back. Avocado trees have grown and the ambiance is nice and shady, which makes the hot summer months pleasant. Hillary Clinton, Kevin Costner and Mel Gibson have supposedly studied here. There is also a big kitchen - bar, where students - mentored by Caty and Letti - prepare delicious food.
Activities On Tuesday′s the school provides a lunch with typical Guatemalan food, beverages, and dancing with a salsa/merengue teacher. There is a similar fiesta on Thursday nights for dinner. The warm and vivid ambience around the school′s open air kitchen is the magnet of this place - an ideal opportunity to meet find new friends with whom to share a meal and to travel. Local foods prepared at this school taste exquisitely because Caty and Letti are gourmets. Caty teaches students some neat cookery tricks. You will make the best guacamole in your hometown. Despite of all the other activities the school offers, these parties are the most popular. ...more
Host Families Host families help students improve their Spanish when they have meals together. Host families are well sought out and cost from $75 to $175 per week.
- Home stay program A: $75, host family outside the historical center of Antigua, shared bathroom. This is the good value option.
- Home stay program B: $115, Western standard home located in Central Antigua close to Don Pedro Spanish School. A host family where you enjoy a private bathroom costs $30 per week extra. An example is Doña Araminta Díaz, an elderly widow who has been highly acclaimed by her guests. She has two rooftop apartments and, even more important, a very good cook to spoil her guests.
- Home stay program C: $175, luxurious setting with WiFi and tv, colonial furniture, gourmet meals. Limited availability. ...more
Volunteering The director, Caty, has contacts in and around Antigua and can tailor a volunteer job to your needs or interests. Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School provides you with contacts to social institutions like Nuestros Ahijados, Ventanas Abiertas (San Miguel Dueñas), Bendición del Cielo (Alotenango) and Familias de Esperanza, among many others. There, your volunteering is greatly appreciated.
Airport Pick-Up Service Upon request private transportation is available from the airport. This is recommended. The cost is US$ 30 per person (groups: please negotiate). Airport pick up of this school is reliable.
How to get there How get there Located few steps north of famous La Merced Church

Students' Feedback

Gretchen Walters
04 / 2014
I wanted to say what a good experience I had in my 3 days of intensive Spanish at the Don Pedro de Alvarado School. Mary was a really excellent teacher… She challenged me on the right things and helped me to advance. I really appreciated her approach and explanations and her patience with my learning. I would highly recommend her to other students.
...I will recommend both the school and Mary as a teacher. Best wishes, Gretchen
Angie Leprohon & Husband
02 / 2014
I spent great 2 weeks starting in February 2014 at Don Pedro. My Spanish improved thanks to the special talents and patience of Helida Ordonez. She was my 4/hour/day teacher, and I highly recommend her. Signing on for an extra 2/hours/day for the second week and being diligent about doing homework every day also contributed to my learning. The friendly staff, garden setting of the school, and afternoon activities were all an added bonus.
Chantal Lessard
11 / 2013
This was one of the best experience I have ever had. Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School is fantastic, my teacher was top notch, he never talked to me in English and I was able to design a program for my needs.
My host family was also well suited for myself and my partner, we are older people and our family consisted of two older women so we could relate very well, the accommodations were excellent if a bit cramped but very adequate and our meals were very well prepared and healthy. The director of the school and her assistant were also always able to help with questions and requests.
For afternoon activities: We went to ruins and sites in the town of Antigua, farms and museums, also we did a lot on our own.
Christiana Valdez
07 / 2013
I just wanted to let everyone know what a great experience I had at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. The main reason I enjoyed my time here so much was due to my tutor, Cristy Ordoñez. She was incredibly friendly and very well organized. As a beginner, I was nervous we would not cover enough information during my five days; however, that was not the case. I told Cristy exactly what I hoped to learn and she planned/covered each of those points. We even had extra time to play a game of Scrabble in Spanish. Overall, great school and a great tutor!
Berit Scharff & Family (5)
07 / 2013
I can highly recommend Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish school. My family of five, with children aged 9,12 and 15 years, had classes for five weeks the Summer of 2013. All family had tremendous benefit from the time at Don Pedro. Teachers were fantastic! Wonderful people. The ambiance at school is great and it is run professionally. We felt very welcome and well taken care of by all staff, and the outcome in terms of language is very satisfactory. I would not hesitate to recommend Don Pedro. Excellent for families.
Kristi French
02 / 2013
For one week in February, my mom and I took Spanish classes at Don Pedro de Alvarado. It was such a wonderful experience. We had such great teachers, Romanti Guzman and Osbilda! Both of us learned so much, and if we ever go back, Don Pedro is the school for us! –Kristi Harrison French and Danielle French
Anonymous
glen33043@gmail.com
01 / 2013
The Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School was very conducive to studying one-on-one, with a quiet garden setting. The teacher, Claudia, was very good. I wish I could have stayed longer! I highly recommend this school.
Check-in to the school was very smooth and helpful.
Tieneke Louw & Family
08 / 2012
In August this year our family of 3 went to Antigua. My husband as a native Spanish speaker initially humoured me on this one, but eventually agreed that we needed to get our then 7-yr daughter into a more structured setting of actually studying Spanish. He has spoken to her in Spanish since birth. However, in our trilingual home, the language that got left behind was Spanish. She understands him completely, but started responding in mono sylables and English over time. I had studied Spanish 13 years previously in Guatemala in Xela, but became rusty over time and thought for us, Antigua was a better choice. My husband works remote and internet access was essential. For us, I decided that Don Pedro de Alvarado, was the best choice...and I could not have been more correct. Saskia and I had a fantastic learning experience, while Dad continued with his work. The Darce Pineda family, became much more than only hosts and in all aspects the school and the family were superb. They made Saskia´s birthday an event to not forget with pinata, cakes, parties and more. Even when Saskia were unfortunate to be hit by a motorcycle in the street, the school and the family were there for us all the way. It is when things go wrong that one can really comment on people. THESE PEOPLE WERE INCREDIBLE! Thank you Caty and Lety from Don Pedro de Alvarado and the Darce Pineda family.
Nancy K
06 / 2012
I chose Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School based on other peoples´ recommendations I read on the internet. Those people were all correct. This school is great in every way! I stayed two weeks and learned a lot. I had a great teacher named Rosa de Mendez. From 8 to 10 every morning we went over grammar and verb tenses I didn´t know very well. Although this wasn´t exciting, it´s certainly necessary if you want to speak Spanish well. Now I can really talk in the past tense, rather than guess about conjugations. After a 30 minute break, we read the book Holes together in Spanish until noon. I had brought two copies with me so I could do this. That was very enjoyable and helpful to me as I am a sixth grade bilingual teacher with all Hispanic students. This is a funny book that many of my students might want to read in Spanish or English. So it was good for me to practice reading and discussing the events of this book outloud. In our one-on-one class, Rosa never spoke English to me. If I didn´t understand a word in the book, she would explain it to me with another word in Spanish. This was good for me and kept me from reverting to English.
The family they put me with, Renee and Sincrid, were awesome! They are a super nice family. The food they served was great (3 meals a day) and they even helped me and other students staying there improve our Spanish when we ate meals together. The accomodations were fine too and the location was near the school. The price for two weeks of classes, meals and accomodations was super reasonable.

I also want to say that I loved Antigua. In the afternoon, I would go sightseeing. While I was there, I took a horseback ride up to the Volcano Pacaya and I went kayaking near the Pacific Coast. I also saw many beautiful church ruins inside the city of Antigua. My teacher and I visited one of the ruins one day during class. We also went to McDonalds for fun. It´s one of the nicest McDonalds I´d ever seen since it has a beautiful outdoor patio.
I hope to go back to the school again in five years and bring my husband. He needs to learn Spanish too!
Margaret Thompson
mthompsonmd@gmail.com
07 / 2011
I had a wonderful experience and learned an incredible amount of Spanish in a short period of time at, Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School. My teachers, Rosa and Miriam were great. I did not stay with a host family, but will probably do so next time. I will definitely return to Don Pedro.
The physical conditions of the school were excellent. Margaret Thompson
Rheyna Laney
07 / 2011
Our time in Antigua was fantastic. The school Don Pedro de Alvarado was everything that had been mentioned in the reviews and the school literature. The teachers and administrators helped make our time in Guatemala productive and interesting. We brought our 5 year old daughter with us and the school made every effort to accommodate her. By the end of her stay she was initiating conversation in Spanish and generally having a great time.
The experience with the host family was definitely one of the highlights. We had very nice accommodations and every meal was very good. This part of the experience allowed us to escape the feeling of being tourist and see how the local residents live in Antigua.
Overall, this was one of the best traveling experiences we have had. Thanks for the memories! We all loved Antigua. It is a beautiful city in a unique setting.
Antoinette Linterman
06 / 2011
I had a great time at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. Starting from scratch and after 4 weeks, I was able to speak a Little bit of Spanish. At this school, you have one to one Spanish classes, so you can learn at your own pace. I had a morning teacher (4h) who I really liked. She was very patient and open for suggestions how to teach me Spanish. In THE afternoon I had a different teacher. We would practice what I had learned in the morning or play scrabble or just practice conversation. For me it was a very good formula. Relaxing and fun.
I also stayed with a family in home-stay B. I have stayed in 3 families. All were very clean, very kind and helpful in speaking Spanish to you. Most difference between the families was the food. But I guess that depends on every persons taste. At the school you had lunch on Tuesday and dinner on Thursday. Also almost every day and Saturday there was an activity planned. It's a school for everybody, young & old and family. I had a great time at Don Pedro de Alvarado in Antigua.
Check-in to the school was smooth and helpful, I arrived on Sunday morning. Had a pickup at Guatemala airport and was brought to my home-stay family
Timothy Scott
timscottocc@gmail.com
01 / 2011
Hello, I brought a group of 9 students from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY and we set up a for credit program offering three different levels of Spanish. Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, bent over backwards to accommodate us in every way; the instructors were great, the students learned a lot and absolutely loved it. I am planning to return with more students in May 2012. Feel free to e-mail me if you are thinking about bringing a group or would like to know more about our experience. Regards, Tim Scott
Associate Professor of Spanish
Coordinator of Chinese and Italian
Onondaga Community College-SU, NY.
Anonymous
01 / 2011
The Don Pedro de Alvarado School offered an opportunity to meet other singles like myself. I am retired and found new friends with whom to share a meal and to travel. The activity program was ideal, with excursions, special events, and cultural experiences. I stayed with them for three weeks because I liked the staff, the activities, and my fellow students.
However, I did not learn as much Spanish as I had hoped. By profession, I am an educator and so I am sensitive to instructional practice. At Don Pedro the teacher and student converse about whatever topic that is of interest. The language instruction is random and does not follow a sequential pattern of building skills. I am also a visual learner and it was hard for me not to have any written material from which to study. The entire approach was oral. Because it was so random, I had difficulty making connections with the language. My frustration grew over time to the point when I finally changed schools. I learned much more in a shorter period of time at another school because they had an actual curriculum and textbook.
The school is small and intimate. All instruction is outdoors, which was difficult on rainy and cold days in the fall, although they do have cover.
Susan Feinstein
sufei10536@aol.com
08 / 2010
I returned a week ago from Guatemala, having spent 2.5 weeks at the Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. I must say, being a bit of a cynical person, I never expected the school to be as good as everyone was saying on Facebook- but it was even better! I thought the instruction was wonderful- my teacher was incredibly... patient with my inability to remember much of what she tried to teach me; the setting was beautiful; the weekly lunch, dinner, and dance lessons were great; and I loved the tours offered every week. I thought the whole experience was perfect (and despite myself I learned quite a bit of Spanish). Antigua is a wonderful, fun, safe city. I stayed in the guest house, but will do a home stay next time I go to the school which I hope will be soon!
Susan Feinstein, sufei10536@aol.com
David F.
08 / 2010
We studied for 2 weeks at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. We both had good instructors. We didn't really get study materials other than what we wrote down during class. We did not partake in many after school activities but the ones we did attend were very enjoyable. The host family was excellent. Yes, we would both would recommend the school.
Anneke Plaisier
07 / 2010
Hi, we studied Spanish at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, for 4 weeks. Both my daughter and I, had good teachers their names were Elsie Guzman and Angela. My host family was kind but there was not much contact with students/family, so we did not practice our Spanish very much. Later I heard that more students changed that family for another one. The name of the family was Margarita and Jorge Sentiz.
We can recommend the school as being a good and very social school with nice activities such as meals and dancing, in order to get more social contact with the other students. We had a great time, but it depends on your teacher and other students who are studying there the same time. Thank you and regards, Anneke.
Michaela Garcia
michaela_elise@yahoo.com
06 / 2010
I'm happy to share my experience, I decided to study at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. I studied 6 hours a day for 8 weeks, from June 3rd until July 22nd, 2010. I had two excellent teachers. I worked with Amabilia Hernandez in the morning for four hours, and 2 hours in the evening with Cristina Moran. I would recommend both of them to anyone. The school provided books that could be checked out for studying.
Tuesday's the school provided a lunch with typical Guatemalan food, beverages, and dancing with our salsa/merengue teacher. We also had a similar fiesta on Thursday nights for dinner. We also had a few weekly activities that changed week to week. These included trips to local museums, farms, sights, etc.
I stayed with Irma and Salvador Guerra. I absolutely loved my family, the environment, food and hospitality was excellent. I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone. I had one of the best experiences of my life, and I would love to return again. I have a special place for this school in my heart and I would love to share my experience to help prospective students. Thanks, Michaela.
Coriel Bouchard
cebouchard@students.nic.edu
05 / 2010
Hi, I decided for Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. I studied for two weeks, mid to late May of 2010. My teacher Betty, was a wonderful instructor. The teacher always showed up with a prepared lesson plan and flash cards. I was supplied paper and refreshments during class.
The school planned weekly dinners, dance lessons and lunches. One day, we went to the coffee plantation and Mayan music museum.
Soyla was a very nice host. She tried to help us practice Spanish and provided us with tasty food. Mostly kept to herself other than meal times. I would recommend the school. I had a wonderful time and the teachers were amazing.
Thanks, Corrie Bouchard.
Kim Carr
bumpercarr@netmdc.com
04 / 2010
Hello, my husband and I attended Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. We attended school 5 days per week, 6 hours per day for 4 weeks. We were in Guatemala in April and May, 2010. We had several instructors, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Occasionally our instructors were unavailable, so we would have substitutes. All of the staff are professional and the program of instruction is designed for the student's needs. My husband wanted to study very seriously and I was interested in more social studying. Both of these needs were met by the great staff. The study materials were great. I also brought some of my own books to read and study from. I loved going to the macadamia nut farm, the coffee plantation and all of the other activities that the school planned for us. The very best though, was the time that we spent at the school for lunch or dinner, taking salsa lessons and just socializing at the school. Some of the teachers also went with me on a Saturday when I hired a car to go to the outlying pueblos (towns). The school was also very helpful in suggesting tours and other places to visit in Guatemala on the weekends. We didn't stay with a host family, but we did stay for the first week in the private room that the school arranged for us. We needed some additional services, such as WiFi, so we moved to a local hotel. The school also assisted us with those arrangements. I would absolutely recommend the school. As a matter of fact, I can't wait until we can go back again!
Regards, Kim Carr.
Tularosa, NM
Kayla Buston
kayla_buston@hotmail.com
04 / 2010
Hi, I had a great experience at Don Pedro De Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, on my trip to Guatemala during the months of April and May. My main teacher was Ana Maria, whom I studied with for 3 weeks, 4 hours a day. In addition, I studied for an extra 2 hours during my last week with Elida. Both teachers were wonderful and very patient. They used textbooks along with language games which kept everything interesting. My favourite part was just speaking with them, or listening to them tell me about the country.
The school as a whole was great. Every Tuesday there was a group lunch and every Thursday a group dinner. Both were wonderful, and Caty, the director, even made vegetarian food for me, as well.
There were fun activities and trips almost daily. The teachers also attended these trips so students could practice their Spanish outside the classroom.
I stayed with a host family during the first two weeks of my studies. Although they were very nice and helpful people, I left a week early because of the many misunderstandings that came up with my vegetarianism. As well, I was the only student staying in the house and it got a bit lonely at times.
Overall, I would recommend this school to anyone looking to have a great learning experience in Guatemala! I'm sure I will be a returning student in the future. Thank you, Kayla.
Daniel Lavoie
lavoie.daniel.pratte@hotmail.com
04 / 2010
Hola, I went to the Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, because of its excellent reputation on some internet sites and blogs. I stayed 2 weeks (6 hours a day, 5 days a week). But for sure I would have stayed for another couple of weeks. I studied in April 2010. Both teachers I had (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) were excellent. Their names were Christina and Gladys. There is one book that you have to buy. In fact, it's not really useful. Teachers have their own material adapted to your level. I brought my own dictionary and Spanish grammar.
People from the school were so friendly. I never missed the after school activities. It's a very good way to feed the conversations in Spanish and to get acquainted with the other students.
The host family was very friendly. In fact it was a couple. Their children were married and living elsewhere. We were five people from several countries in that host family (Canada, Germany, US). They were really dedicated to receive people from other countries. The meals were simple but very healthy (fresh fruits all the time, very good coffee from their own farm, etc.). Really nice people! So sympathetic! Unfortunately, I can't remember the family's name. I would recommend the school without hesitation, I would recommend this school warmly. Good luck! Daniel Lavoie.
Annie Turgeon
niniturgeon@hotmail.com
04 / 2010
Hi, I went to Guatemala during 3 weeks (april 3th to april 22th) and the first week, I lived in a family. I don't remember the second name of my family but the first name of the girl is Ester and the house was on street 8th. I had a great time with us. I studied one week at the Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, and my teacher was Angela Beatriz. I really had fun with her. We talked a lot together. The school organized activities but I went only at the dinner. During the day and I visited coffee plants with school.
I didn't have much study materials, only a little book for write notes.
For sure I recommend this school. I had a great time and Antigua is a good town and a lot activities to do.
I hope you have enough information. Annie Turgeon
Philippe Lambert
phy.lambert@yahoo.fr
02 / 2010
First of all, I went to Guatemala and I studied Spanish in Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, for a 15 days, a period from late February 2010 to early March 2010. In that school, Betty has been my teacher and another teacher Cecilia. In this school, there are individual lessons and group lessons. For me personally, I have preferred the individual courses that are particularly effective and fully adapted. It's the best and also fastest way to learn Spanish. Teaching is very good, progressions in the language are very fast- (we talk much in studies).
Extracurricular activities may be dance, meetings between students and teachers, various workshops where each student can express themselves and share their experiences. For me, I was actually the solution 'family home', but I've been staying with friends during my time in Guatemala. I recommend the formula 'host family', students are immersed and this formula allows complete academic progress in the language. The host families are accustomed to students. All students are particularly satisfied with this formula. This school helps place students in these families.
I recommend this school for several reasons: The courses are given in the flower garden, calm, tranquility, serenity. Learning of the language is done in the best conditions. Conviviality and possibility to change teachers, which provides more in studies, Student-teacher relationship is particularly high in the Quality. I note in passing the high quality of the teaching staff is very high, competent and very responsive and very reactive. Sincerely, Philippe.
Lynda Wrigley
lyndawrigley@telus.net
12 / 2009
In Nov. 2009, I went to Guatemala as a volunteer interpreter for a Vancouver based surgical team, arriving in Antigua a few days in advance to get my head back into Spanish at Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School. I'm a professional woman with a background in 2nd language teaching and was very pleased with the wonderful reception & professional instruction I received at Don Pedro. On the strength of a short notice email, a corteous driver met my plane promptly & gave me an entire "lesson" in Mayan culture during the drive to Antigua in a modern van. I was delivered to my homestay where a tasty dinner awaited me along with 3 other students. Director Cathy Galindo did an admirable job of trying to get me up to speed for my work at a clinic in the highlands. When my team members arrived, she arranged for Spanish coaching for several of them. I will be returning to Guatemala regularly & will make a point of returning to Don Pedro whenever I can. I would not hesitate to recommend this school. Lynda West Vancouver, Canada
Rina Steenkamp
catharinasteenkamp@gmail.com
10 / 2009
Hi, I went to Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. I studied for 5 weeks during October / November 2009. I was very happy with my two teachers, Amabilia and Miriam. No study materials were provided - we concentrated on conversation. I enjoyed the after school activities very much and this school has so much more to offer regarding socializing after hours than any of the others, in my opinion.
My host family was delightful - Delia and Venicius, I wholeheartedly recommend it - in fact, 7 of my friends from Panama followed me to this school to study Spanish. Regards, Rina
Sarah Bramblette
sbramblette@yahoo.com
08 / 2009
Hello I studied at Don Pedro De Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, for 4 hours/day for 2 weeks, in August of 2009. I had an excellent instructor, her name was Clara. Study materials were very good, she had many different types of books, and we did several different types of lessons each day which helped keep my attention. She also made suggestions for study cards. There were daily afternoon activities. Tours of local attractions such as coffee farm, jade factory, textile mill. The host family and their staff were very nice, the house was two blocks from the school, and very close to other needed shops such as laundry and coffee. I would certainly recommend the school, everyone was very helpful and nice. They assisted with transportation to the airport, and any other question I had about the area. Regards, Sarah
Mary Kelly
mkelly4956@aol.com
07 / 2009
Hello I decided to go to Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua. I studied for two weeks from July 27th to August 7th, 2009. My instructors were Betty Najera Lopez and Enriqueta Pellecer. Mostly the instructors' own materials, handouts and magazines, which worked great. There was an excellent range of activities, very enjoyable. My host family was excellent; very willing to converse with students over meals. The food was very good too! The host mother's name is Irma Diaz de Guerro. I would definitely recommend the school to others. Sincerely, Kelly.
Maryline Chabanis
07 / 2009
Hello, I decided to go to DON PEDRO DE ALVARADO in Antigua. I studied for 6 weeks there, during July & August of 2009. My instructor was (is) great; CATHY. Study materials were great and customized to my students' needs and wishes.
There were various activities proposed everyday... but I quickly spent time giving time to "NUESTROS AHIJADOS" as it was on my personal agenda to combine Spanish study and volunteering.
My host family was good, their names are Zincrid & Rene Pineda.
I would recommend the school without doubt!!!! Kind regards, Maryline.
Johanna McGlauflin
josiem51180@comcast.net
07 / 2009
Hello, I took classes at the Don Pedro de Alvarado Spanish School in Antigua, in July. I studied at the school for 5 days. I had an excellent teacher, her name is Sandra. I didn′t have any study materials. We mostly talked and I took notes in a notebook which worked very well for me since I was mostly interested in conversation. She did give me a few handouts that were helpful. My host family was fabulous, better than I could ever have imagined. Their names were Vinicio and Deli and lived across the street from the school. The afternoon activities that the school took us on were amazing. We went to a Mayan village, a coffee plantation and macadamia farm, these were some of the highlights of my trip to Guatemala. I have already recommended the school and host family to a number of friends, one of whom is planning to go in next year. Kind regards, Johanna McGlauflin.