Dos Mundos Spanish School

Dos Mundos Spanish School
Calle Fraternidad
Flores, Petén
(+502)-5830-2060
Rank 85.5%
Prices 220 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
120 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 1-11 students.
Openings This school currently has openings!
Summary Dos Mundos is a small and well done school, located in the charming island of Flores, Petén in Guatemala. Students immediately feel at home on this peaceful but lively island, famous for its cleanliness and safety. They learn outside in the fresh air in an enchanting garden with a lot of green plants enjoying some of the lake´s breeze.
You will be taught by native speakers from the area who have received and successfully passed an examination that tested their abilities to teach Spanish to foreigners. They work with enthusiasm and have a direct connection to fascinating archaeological projects in the eastern part of Petén.
Host families, have lived their entire life in Flores and are new to hosting students and truly treat them like new family members. Students also have other accommodation options to choose from.
Founded in 2006.
Total immersion: modest because of many tourists in Flores; but, it also depends on each individual´s interest.
Registration

Since this is a relatively small school, it is recommendable to enroll at least two weeks in advance, to allow time for the proper arrangements.

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

Teachers The school cannot draw from a huge pool of teachers like schools in Antigua or Quetzaltenango, but there are impressive personalities among the teachers. All 11 teachers working at the school were trained to teach Spanish Language to foreigners. Training takes 2 weeks including the use of the school´s own materials. ...more
Methods Like in most Guatemalan Spanish Schools, you receive an opening exam in order to assess your Spanish if any exists. Then you get a teacher assigned and the director designs a study plan basing on your needs. Teachers and students are guided by their own materials.
Materials The school has elaborated three slim textbooks for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.
Location The school is located in an old bakery with a refreshing green patio on the north slope of Flores. If you can study Spanish anywhere in Petén (because of the heat), then at this well ventilated place amidst the lake of Flores.
Flores is a safe place, also for kids. Students find everything they need within walking distance from the school.
Activities Visit at an orphanage run by nuns in Santa Elena with 35 girls, ages 2 to 15, an elderly home supported by the school and Café Yaxha, boat trips to ARCAS, Petencito, and to different Mayan sites around the lake. Weekend trips to Yaxha, Nakum, Tikal and various sites off the beaten track.
Host Families All student accommodations are in either Flores (within a short walking distance from Dos Mundos Spanish School) or San Miguel (a 5-minute boat ride from Flores) in safe neighborhoods. Host families are old Flores families full of enthusiasm. ...more
Volunteering You can volunteer at an orphanage and elderly home. And you can contribute to the protection of little known Maya sites by taking part at an expedition. Grave robbers cannot work at a site where they know that tourists appear every now and then. These expeditions are not cheap but, where else can you encounter and yet discover Mayan cities accompanied by an archaeologist?
Airport Pick-Up Service The registration fee includes airport pick up at the international airport of Flores or at a bus station.
How to get there How get there Ask for the school on the north shore of Flores in Calle Fraternidad.

Students' Feedback

Damara & Sons (2)
03 / 2013
If you are an archeology buff (Dieter gives amazing talks), or keen on being shown grammar, this may be the best school for you. Otherwise, buy yourself a grammar book and you can cover the program yourself without the hassles and cost. Or attend La Democracia or the other lovely schools in the country who bent over backwards to arrange school and home stays for me. If you go there, keep in mind that Flores has lively music every night (and loud birds early eary morning like much of Guatemala). If you love that, stay at Dona Goya hostel, a gorgeous lake view hostel with hotel-like rooms, or for an even livelier vibe (with less privacy possibly), Los Amigos Hostel. If not, stay in San Miguel at the Posada y Restaurant San Miguel as I did, which is a lovely 5 minute boat ride away.
My teacher at Dos Mundos Spanish School was lovely. She read the grammar notebook to me, something that I could do fine on my own, but she was also happy to explain vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, or the local services. She helped me find a bank machine and took me to a store to buy the batteries I needed. The school was very responsive when I was arranging my trip, but was terribly administered once I got there. Luckily, my host family was arranged and picked us up as planned. Then I did not hear from the school for 4 days. The teachers and front desk staff are lovely but do not know the details of costs and student arrangements. It took 4 days to hear from someone who know when my class time was and how much I was being charged already for my room, although I went to the school in person twice, called and emailed. The only time the owner contacted me was when he wanted money, including the time a stranger accosted me in the street at night, a stranger addressing me by name, asking when I would pay. Very uncool. This is a small city, so it is easy to find me to politely ask if there is anything the school can help me with (food, class schedule, and a bathroom light would be nice) and when I will pay. If I were trying to skip town I would have been gone by then; I had already been to the bus terminal twice to see the local market that no one at the school or hotel told me about.
My host family were warm and extroverted, so it was easy to practice Spanish with them. I would love to stay with them again, but the experience is not for everyone and we chose to leave early. They run a "hotel and restaurant", so we did not eat together, but often with the other 7 students staying there. In fact, meals were awkward since the only time we were fed for the first few days was when I can up with "I want to eat" in Spanish. There was no menu or true restaurant, so it was harder to get food than at a restaurant or with a family, and an intermediate level of Spanish was required to respond to their questions once I asked for food. Our room was not cleaned all week and the bathroom light burned out on the first day and was never fixed, despite me mentioning it in broken Spanish on many occasions. Their cost saving (being reluctant to feed us or allow us to use the near-empty laundry line) was a sharp contrast to my other experiences with host families and Guatemalans in general. (Strangers went out of their way to offer me a bed from their room to join the one tiny one available in Lanquin when I showed up on Easter week with a forgotten reservation.) Many people love to host students; this family is burning out and are a bit resentful of the work and profit margin.
Physical conditions of the school were gorgeous, restaurant/cafe with delicious smoothies, provided complimentary upon our arrival following a long bus ride in 37 degree sun. Semi-private work area, and apparently a garden area too.
Alexandra Spaeter
09 / 2012
It´s my pleasure to tell you about my experience at Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén. I studied there for 4 weeks from the beginning of September. It was a great experience!!
My teacher was Celine. Besides being my teacher she became a good friend. She also helped me to find my way around Flores and to understand the Guatemalan culture and attitude. We worked with three books, several games and vocabulary and verb cards.
Besides that I had access to some Spanish literature and newspapers; we also left the school sometimes so she could introduce me to typical food, sights or just lovely spots a normal tourist wouldn´t know about.
After school there was always something to do. Swimming, cooking, board and card games or just hanging out with the other students. We also visited the nearby orphanage and went on a special tour to Mayan ruins which was definitely my highlight.
I did not live with a family, I stayed at the hospedaje (hostel). The room was spacious and had free wifi.
I would definitely recommend the school to others. It was an unforgettable experience and I achieved the Spanish skills I wanted to achieve. Kind regards, Alexandra Spaeter.
Alexandra Spaeter
09 / 2012
It´s my pleasure to tell you about my experience at Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén. I studied there for 4 weeks from the beginning of September. It was a great experience!!
My teacher was Celine. Besides being my teacher she became a good friend. She also helped me to find my way around Flores and to understand the Guatemalan culture and attitude. We worked with three books, several games and vocabulary and verb cards.
Besides that I had access to some Spanish literature and newspapers; we also left the school sometimes so she could introduce me to typical food, sights or just lovely spots a normal tourist wouldn´t know about.
After school there was always something to do. Swimming, cooking, board and card games or just hanging out with the other students. We also visited the nearby orphanage and went on a special tour to Mayan ruins which was definitely my highlight.
I did not live with a family, I stayed at the hospedaje (hostel). The room was spacious and had free wifi.
I would definitely recommend the school to others. It was an unforgettable experience and I achieved the Spanish skills I wanted to achieve. Kind regards, Alexandra Spaeter.
Alexandra Spaeter
09 / 2012
It´s my pleasure to tell you about my experience at Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén. I studied there for 4 weeks from the beginning of September. It was a great experience!!
My teacher was Celine. Besides being my teacher she became a good friend. She also helped me to find my way around Flores and to understand the Guatemalan culture and attitude. We worked with three books, several games and vocabulary and verb cards.
Besides that I had access to some Spanish literature and newspapers; we also left the school sometimes so she could introduce me to typical food, sights or just lovely spots a normal tourist wouldn´t know about.
After school there was always something to do. Swimming, cooking, board and card games or just hanging out with the other students. We also visited the nearby orphanage and went on a special tour to Mayan ruins which was definitely my highlight.
I did not live with a family, I stayed at the hospedaje (hostel). The room was spacious and had free wifi.
I would definitely recommend the school to others. It was an unforgettable experience and I achieved the Spanish skills I wanted to achieve. Kind regards, Alexandra Spaeter.
Anonymous
06 / 2011
The owner of the Dos Mundos Spanish School, Dieter really went out of his way to make sure I was happy with my room and Spanish lessons. My Spanish teacher, Mirta was always in a great mood and was patient with me even if she had to re-teach some of the grammatical rules to me more than once.
The location of the school is perfect for day tours to Tikal and the island of Flores is beautiful and safe at night. I had a wonderful experience here and would definitely return in the future.
Check-in to the school was smooth and helpful, the owner/director of the school Dieter, met me at the bus upon my early bus arrival at 6am.
Frank Parker
12 / 2010
Flores is a wonderful place to study. My maestra at Dos Mundos Spanish School was Irma and she was very patient with me and a wonderful teacher. Also because of the wealth archeological ruins and natural sites nearby there are many places to visit when not studying. Also I attended a lecture by Dieter Richter on Mayan architecture that was very interesting and I understand he leads visits to some of the ruins nearby. I hope to attend again when I have time for a longer stay.
Tara Cooper é hija
tara@cooperzone.net
08 / 2010
My 16-year old daughter and I, are intermediate level Spanish speakers, and we spent a week taking classes at Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén, in August, 2010. It was an excellent experience for both of us. Our instructors (Irma for me, Eva for my daughter) seemed hand-selected to match our personalities/stages of life. Irma was complimentary and encouraging--she made me feel good when the words came to me, but likewise, remained patient whenever I was floundering. Eva, who is in her 20's, was able to engage my daughter in youthful conversation that worked well for her.
I was initially concerned about the small size of the school--when I was that students would be sitting with their instructor at a table that was in easy ear-shot of another student/instructor, I thought that would be distracting, but we had no problem at all with that layout.
We stayed at a hotel rather than a host family (my daughter's preference), though I'm sure the host family experience would've been better for language acquisition. We stayed at Casa Azul, which I would also recommend for someone who opts out of a host family.
Flores was a lovely, safe, interesting location. I was concerned that we'd get bored with 10 days there, but far from it--I could've spent longer! I will say that August was an unbearable hot month there, but I'm glad that we didn't let the heat put us off, since that was the only time of year we'd be available to visit. No problem.
Heather Penny
pennyhea@gmail.com
09 / 2009
Hello, I studied at, Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén, for 1 week. My Spanish is advanced to start with. I am a physician and use medical spanish frequently with my patients, but I generally speak in present, past or imperfect and avoid complex tenses (which I learned in college and previously studying abroad). Since it′s been a few years since I′ve taken a written Spanish class, I wanted a touch up week. There was perhaps moderate improvement but a lot of that just came from speaking Spanish straight for a week and not hanging out with any English-speakers. I think that the material was ok, for a rapid review, but would have been insufficient to learn something for the first time. I sort of raced through their first three levels in 1 week which I guess, would usually take a month or so. I′m hoping that there is more clarification if someone is learning it for the first time. My teacher didn′t seem like she had much experience. She was very young and basically just did exercises out of the book. If I asked a grammar question or to discuss a topic, I had learned in another class (for example Por vs. Para) she didn′t usually know what I was talking about unless it was an exercise in the book. She was unable to make up creative exercises and our conversations about things outside of the school were fairly dull. I stayed in student housing provided by the school. It was a room attached to a restaurant a few houses down. It was adequate, but was about a dollar a day more than the hotel I stayed in the first night which was equally close and offered more services (computer on site, room cleaning daily, towel, functioning shower..., my shower was plugged up, so the water came out the back of an electric shower shooting straight into the wall. To get it to go downward, you had to turn it onto a slow drip-you didn′t need a hot shower because it was so hot, but this feature was broken if you had wanted one). Also, nobody thought to empty my toilet paper basket, which is sort of gross because you can′t flush the toilet paper. Finally after three days, I started dumping it myself in the large trash can behind the kitchen. When I tried to pay for the room on my last day, they didn′t have any change and said it was my job to find correct change. I ended up having to go eat lunch at a place and asking if they had change in order to pay. If I had waited to pay ′til the last minute, they would have probably just tried to overcharge me (this was a practice that occurred frequently when I was in Flores... I have no change, can you just pay 10 quetzals more? for something that was 90Q). There were only three people in the school at the time. A trip to an orphanage was planned one day, but it was cancelled, because the other students didn′t want to go. There were a number of activities you could do solo however. I toured the lake, went to a wildlife refuge, swam daily and explored the town. The two other students were German and didn′t really want to hang out with me, so I was fairly solitaire or hung out with the girls who worked at the restaurant. One night the circus was in town, so I went to that, which was pretty entertaining. I have also attended a school in Antigua a few years ago (PLFM) and I found that the teaching quality and activities were far better in Antigua. Perhaps this is because, they have more schools, more competition and more students. It was also, easier to study in Antigua due to the much cooler environment. This school was held outside, with no fans and was really, really hot. It was really hard to conjugate verbs being that hot. Also, in Antigua, my teachers (I had three) and I were able to have really interesting conversations about politics, ethics and cultural issues, and I felt like this wasn′t really happening here. The focus was fully on book exercises. These comments, are not entirely positive, but I feel that other students going down deserve good sources of information when they make this decision. There aren′t any other schools that I know of in Flores, but maybe it′s best to be in a cooler town anyhow. Thank you, Penny. USA
Lindsey Foley
linzfoley917@hotmail.com
07 / 2009
Hello, I studied for one week at Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén. My Spanish definitely improved! The teacher began by establishing what my level of Spanish was to begin with, then built up a basic vocabulary and verbs with me while continually using a workbook full of specific exercises to test my understanding of each section. We also just had regular conversations which made me feel more comfortable with using Spanish and helped me practice straight away what I was learning. I did not stay with a host family, instead I stayed in Los Amigos Hostel in Flores. For after school activities, we went with the school to visit an elderly persons home and to a childrens′ home with our teachers. They are close by the school. We had a chance to speak with the people in the old folks home who were from the surrounding area and to learn from them about their lives there and about the place we were staying. It was lovely to sit and chat with them. I think a few of us were dancing and singing with some of the people there, it was great fun! We also went to visit the childrens′ home there and got into some pretty lively football (soccer) games with the girls living there! We had so much fun with the kids, we went back a couple of times to play and chat with them! At both places the people were all so welcoming and patient with our fledgling Spanish. I would definitely recommend this school. I think the school is located in a beautiful place for starters. The people in Flores are so friendly and in the surrounding area too. Our teachers were great fun and getting to visit the older people and children was heaps of fun. I would go back again and repeat the experience. Thank you, Lindsay. Ireland.
Phaedra Muirhead
fairyphaedra@yahoo.ca
01 / 2009
Hi, my boyfriend and I studied at, Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén. We studied for 2 weeks, in the winter. We arrived in Petén with very close to NO spanish language, and panicked beyond belief, to realize how little English is spoken in Petén. Dieter, who runs the school, is amazingly warm and helpful and hilarious, and the school is lovely. Both Ryan and I loved our teachers, and improved astronomically in only 2 weeks of studying. Flores is incredibly beautiful and interesting, and we did stay in a home stay. We both loved our home stay mom and her family more than words can express, but I will say that the accommodation was hard to get accustomed to. We continued on in Guatemala after Petén for another couple months, staying in several home stays, and never again experienced that level of "simple"ness (lots of indoor animals and no lights and no refuge from the endless bugs...) but I think that′s just Petén for you. The jungle fantasies of my youth are satisfied for life, I think. Overall, our experience was absolutely incredible, and our entire spanish language base was built at this school. I absolutely recommend Dos Mundos to anyone, and am so grateful to Dieter for the experience we had there. The activities were fabulous..., one of the greatest days of our whole time in Guatemala was at a girls′ orphanage where all of the little girls fawned over Ryan because they thought he looked like a movie star. We played soccer and swung on swings and met the greatest little girls. Dieter also owns a restaurant in town, where he graciously hosts students and host families and everyone who cares to join... he is lovely. Thank you, Phaedra. Canada.
Tessa Walker Linderman
tessacaroline@hotmail.com
10 / 2008
Hi, I studied Spanish at, Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén. I attended for 2 weeks there. My spanish improved greatly. It helped immensely that we lived with a host family who only spoke spanish, so we were able to practice what we learned everyday. I was impressed with my instructor. She was flexible and allowed me to learn the tenses, that I found important and was willing to skip things in the book I did not think were necessary. I did stay with a host family & I would definitely recommend doing so. It is excellent practice for your spanish, great food, and an overall worthwhile cultural experience. I spent most afternoons volunteering at the orphanage which I enjoyed. There is no specific volunteer program set up, but it was easy to go and play with the kids every afternoon. I loved Flores--a unique town with charming character. If I hadn′t been volunteering every afternoon I may have gotten bored, though. It is a great place to relax. I would recommend Dos Mundos Spanish School if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere for learning and living. They are very flexible with your schedule, so I was able to take a few days off for a trip down south. I really enjoyed my experience in Flores with Dos Mundos. Please feel free to use this recommendation as you wish! Thank you, Tessa. USA
Julie Carlsen
julielcarlsen@hotmail.com
09 / 2008
Hi, I studied at Dos Mundos Spanish School for a little over a week (don′t remember for how many days exact). When I was there, I knew the school was quite new. I knew only a little about this school, but it was very difficult to find it on the island (no info, no signs, school building seemed close). The study material, I remember was very good, if you preferred to study by a book with many exercises (this I personally don′t prefer, since it very easily gets boring). My teacher at that time was the only thing I was not satisfied with, which is also a very important thing! She was more interested in make-up and leaving Guatemala for Spain. She could not explain a word with synonyms etc., but would grab the dictionary and place it in front of you. When I was there, we were only two students, none of us were satisfied with the teachers at all. This, we informed the school about and hopefully they have gotten better and professional teachers now. Therefore, I do not think my Spanish improved during that stay. This was the first time, I did not stay with a host family. It was very easy though, to meet other travellers through the cheap hostels. The school cooperated with a restaurant/café offering dinner deals and a place for the students to hang out. Very Nice. There were some school excursions I remember, but these I did not attend. Also, some few activities such as, a movie evening at the school, which was good. All this might sound negative, but I believe it is important for you to hear my thoughts. The ideas of the school were great and there sure was/is potential for a good school. The teachers, just really need to improve since my stay, last year and be much more professional! The girl who ran the school, who is Anne Weirauch, was very into the school and had many good ideas. She got very upset when my fellow student and I told her about our experience at the school, which I understand, since she puts a lot of effort into the school (hopefully she has gotten more experience and have learned to take critics!). I recommend the school, if you prefer learning by a book and by doing many exercises (same as group courses in Spain) and no, if you (like me) prefer focusing more on oral improvement and grammar exercises and written assignments. All in all, has the teachers improved, then yes, I would recommend the school, even though they follow a book very much. I hope this gives you an idea of my (personal) overall experience. Best wishes, Julie. Denmark.
Tania Stephan
wattonatstone@hotmail.com
07 / 2008
Hi, last summer I spent two months in Flores, Petén at, Dos Mundos Spanish School. When I arrived the headmistress, Anne Weirauch and an intern picked me up and I felt welcomed right away. They really made me feel like home from the second I arrived there. Anne introduced us to the natives, so we had contact and were forced to talk spanish because the natives there do not really speak English. Even, if it could be scary in the beginning to talk spanish the whole time, it is the best way to improve your spanish. The classes every morning were really helpful, because the teachers were a lot of fun and helped so much, because some of them were young and some of them older, so we had contact to all kinds of people. They helped me a lot with my grammar. In the evening, we usually did something adventurous, like going to the zoo or seeing a radio station on a little island or any other things related to the Guatemalan life. We visited a nursing home and helped out there or just went swimming together. All in all, I would highly recommend Dos Mundos and Flores. I had a great time there and I would always go back. Thank you, Tania. Germany.
Martin Wolf
isegrim-@gmx.de
05 / 2008
Hello, I studied at, Dos Mundos Spanish School in Flores, Petén for 2 weeks. My spanish improved a lot and half a day lessons was just the right size for me to learn it and still to have a holiday feeling. Learning and having fun... how nice! My teacher was really interested and was a lot of fun with her and so was learning Spanish too. They have teachers in different ages and my was just a bit younger than me and so the communication was quite easy and friendly. We had our book to work with through and enough topics just to talk over and that way to practice Spanish, besides the book, just by speaking. I lived in a house of an older women and she was just "cute". She was really happy about having somebody in her house and was taking time to practice some Spanish and to make delicious food for me. I did a lot of trips with people from the school. Some teachers are involved in social projects and they took us to visit them. Dieter, the head of the school is interested in the Mayan world and is great in telling stories about them and took us to spots around Flores. The other time I spend hanging around with other students from the school, going swimming or just enjoying myself in that nice spot. I would recommend this school, in any case! Best regards, Martin. Germany.