San Pedro Spanish School

San Pedro Spanish School
7a Avenida 2-20 zona 2
San Pedro, Lake Atitlan
(+502)-5715-4604, 5966-2072
Rank 94%
Prices 185 USD for 20 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
110 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 20 to 40 students
Openings This is a popular school in the Lake Atitlan area, it is recommendable to register early to assure your space in school!
Summary San Pedro Spanish School is the most famous in the Lake Atitlan area due to its excellent location at the edge of the lake and its ample garden settings and a beautiful view to the lake. They also offer the best after school activities in San Pedro, teachers who have been trained and selected by the IGA, and a sincere management which does not hire emergency teachers, so inscribe on time (upper student limit is 20, school is nearly always full).
The school runs the great social project Niños del Lago, aimed at helping the less fortunate children of the community. $10 of your registration fee go to this project.
Students can save about $30 each if they opt to study in pairs. The school also offers host families with private bath, this costs $15 extra.
Founded in 1997.
Total immersion in Atitlán is good if you dont hang out with other students which is hard to avoid. Very recommended!
Registration

San Pedro Spanish School is always pretty full and certainly fills up during high season. You should enroll at least two weeks in advance to assure a space in school with a quality instructor.
Note that, $10 of your registration fees go towards the school´s Project Los Niños del Lago http://www.ninosdellagosanpedro.org. This project helps with the education of local children of low income families.

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

Teachers Teachers earn about $45 (half day) / $90 (full day) per week.They have an average of six years of experience teaching Spanish as a second language to foreigners and have earned their teaching degree at the Rural University of Guatemala (URL). Also, the IGA (Instituto Guatemalteco Americano) is teaching English to the teachers so they can cope better with beginners.
See details for recommended instructors! ...more
Methods The curriculum is the same as in most schools, one on one teaching. The teachers are also very flexible in regards to your interests and needs. ...more
Materials The following textbooks are used: Amsco I,II,III, IV; Pensar y Aprender (think and learn) I,II,III; Planeta I,II,III,IV. Additionally, the teachers used the schools own text manual. Library: good. Video library: good.
WiFi for students who bring their laptop! ...more
Special Programs Students can opt to study together and save about $30 each. In addition to the regular Spanish course, the school also offers Spanish courses focused on different professional fields like, business, medical, travel and children from 7 to 12 years of age. ...more
Location Study takes place on platforms with little thatched shadow roofs within a well groomed garden. The garden is a beautiful estate with bungalows and ornamental plants. There is a Cafeteria and a activity/movie room. ...more
Activities School activities free of charge include: talks on interesting topics in Spanish, hikes, videos, visits to local villages, volcanoes and attractive sites. Dancing: Salsa and Merengue. ...more
Host Families Families earn about $70 per week. Students reports about host families are mostly excellent. Host families with private bath cost $15 extra. Additionally the school offers accommodations for students that prefer to stay in a hotel at a cost of about $60 per week. This includes an equipped kitchen and WiFi. ...more
Volunteering The school offers the option of working with the "Proyecto Niños del Lago" which is run by the school and student volunteers. It is a program to assist health, welfare, and education of 37 very disadvantaged kids and teenagers from San Pedro that have been provided with an scholarship by donors (often ex-students). ...more
Airport Pick-Up Service The school can arrange to meet you at the international airport in Guatemala City on request. ...more
How to get there How get there Near Restaurant "Tzan Saqaribal" on the connection path between the two piers of San Pedro. Follow the signs.

Students' Feedback

Roseana Kirgis
07 / 2014
My boyfriend and I studied at San Pedro Spanish School for two weeks. The school is located in a breathtaking tropical garden right on the edge of the lake. Attached to the school is an AMAZING restaurant with wonderfully sweet waitresses. The teacher we had, Veronica, was perfect. She really understood our level and what we needed. We learned so much and had a great time with her! My boyfriend and I stayed with the best host family ever (La Casa Oveja Negra)!!! Julio, Vila, Juan, and Selvin are absolutely incredible people. As a host family, they were so welcoming, loving, helpful, and considerate. And when it came to our Spanish, they were so patient, understanding, and helpful; we definitely learned a lot from them. Everything was seriously amazing. It was perfect.
William Fraser
06 / 2014
While studying in Guatemala, I studied at three different schools around the country. While the other schools were well run, San Pedro Spanish School was by far my favorite. The atmosphere was great, the school offered afternoon conversation classes, and I was fortunate to have an amazing professor. Clemente was one of the best teachers I have ever had, both in Guatemala and back in the United States. He found my weaknesses and we went over them step by step. He helped me with basic conversational skills, and catered the lessons around what I wanted to learn. I solely focused on the Spanish lessons and the conversational club in the afternoon. Afternoon activities were available to those who wanted them.
The family I stayed with was very welcoming, and the city was a perfect place to learn.
Erin Molitoris
06 / 2014
My time at the San Pedro Spanish School was amazing! They were amazing and I would highly recommend the school to anyone. In fact I´m already planning a trip back next year! I coordinated a ride with the school from Guatemala City to San Pedro and they were there waiting for us. The school setting, teachers and administrators were extremely helpful! I can´t say enough good things about San Pedro Spanish School. Thank you for checking on my experience. I am grateful for your website because that is how I found out about the school. Keep up the good work!!
Erin Molitoris
Dietmar Haenchen
05 / 2014
Based on a recommendation of a friend, I went to the San Pedro Spanish School in San Pedro La Laguna. I studied there for one week. The instructors were very good, as was the host family.
Qian Leng
05 / 2014
I studied with San Pedro Spanish School for one week. My instructor Estela was good, my host family (family Mendez) great!
Veronika Vassileva
04 / 2014
Hello, I studied in San Pedro Spanish School. My teacher was Carlos, I think. I stayed one week only, although initially I had reserved for three weeks. I felt that the level of the instructors in Antigua was higher, so I returned to Antigua.
I also found the accommodation in San Pedro a bit scruffy. My room was not very comfortable, rather noisy and without a window.... The food was good and the family was friendly. Their names were Marina and Clemente. But as the price was exactly like in Antigua, I decided to change asap. Regards, Veronika.
Geoffrey McDade
gmcdade@gmail.com
02 / 2014
I spent two wonderful weeks at San Pedro Language School. Everything about the experience was outstanding. The setting is superb - a lakeside garden that resembles a Garden of Eden with beautiful trees, shrubs, flowers, birds and exquisite views of beautiful Lake Atitlan. Students are sufficiently separated in the garden that the only sound you hear is birdsong. There is also a good open air restaurant on the property. Coffee is free at the school.
My teacher, Manuel, was really excellent and despite an age difference of 48 years, we had many very interesting discussions and many jokes were shared bridging both the age and culture gap. He taught me a lot of Spanish and a lot about the history of Guatemala and its indigenous people, building on what I had learned in Antigua.
My home stay was very good. I ate and conversed with the warm and friendly family whose name I have forgotten unfortunately. My room and the shared bathroom were excellent. I have absolutely no reservations in recommending the school and my wonderful teacher, Manuel.
It is hard for me to imagine that there is a better place to learn Spanish and I hope to return. The learning environment is superb.
Matthew Zussman
10 / 2013
Lucas was a great teacher - I really enjoyed learning about Guatemalan politics, culture, and recent history in Spanish. And he provides just the right amount of structure in lessons, but lets the student direct where they go. Thus, we spent a lot of time talking about some of the fiction and poetry that I brought to class.
I heard really good things about all of the families affiliated with the San Pedro Spanish School, but I highly highly highly recommend the family of Magdalena and Jeremias Cortez (there are 2 different Cortez families). They go above and beyond what others do. I spent about 1.5 weeks with the family of Tula Mendez and then a little over 2 with the Cortez family. The Mendezes were great they are really nice, Tula serves great food, and their house and yard are beautiful. But they were a little more reserved.
By contrast, the Cortezes went the extra mile. At least one member of the Cortez family always sat down and engaged us in conversation at meals, even when our Spanish was very rudimentary early on. Moreover, the Cortezes engaged us outside of the house as well, doing what was really beyond expectations and beyond what other families do to help students learn Spanish and feel welcome: the father took us on hikes and walks for “Dia de Los Muertos“ festivities; the outrageously adorable 5 year old son led me on walks around town; and the 19 year old daughter took us to the town pool and to walk around with her friend. I even went back to visit the family after I was done with my homestay.
If you really really want to learn Spanish and be welcomed by a warm, friendly family, stay with this Cortez family. Cortez, Cortez, Cortez. I´d love to go back and do it again, and I just might.
Correspondence with the school was absolutely smooth and helpful.
Amy Reynolds
10 / 2013
My time in Guatemala was amazing. The school was wonderful and the staff was very helpful. I stayed for 3 weeks and had 2 different teachers. I choose to change teachers simply to experience a different teaching style. I studied with Laura for the first 2 weeks. Laura taught me a lot of grammar. I had begun to use Rosetta Stone a few months prior to going to Guatemala. The grammar I learned with Laura helped make sense of what I was struggling to understand through Rosetta. Rosetta will now be a good tool to use to practice and continue learning Spanish. The last week I studied with Clemente. Clemente channeled the grammar into sentences and helped me speak the language. There were other students that had studied at other schools in Guatemala but the common response from all was that San Pedro Spanish School was by far the best they had been to. My stay with the family also proved very beneficial in helping me practice what I was learning. The parents were both teachers in public schools so they had the patience and ability to see to where my language struggles were and helped me right along.
The town of San Pedro, was beautiful, friendly and very safe.
Sophie Graham
07 / 2013
I had a wonderful (and challenging) week at San Pedro Spanish School. Everyone is extremely welcoming and kind. I wanted to build on my beginners Spanish and become more conversational and my teacher Judith was a great match. She was extremely patient with me and tailored the lessons to compliment what I had already learnt. The surroundings of the school are beautiful which made coming to class very easy. Thank you to the school and Judith especially, I wish I could have stayed longer! ¡Muchas gracias!
San Pedro is a beautiful area with lovely people, a great choice of restaurants and interesting activities.
Naeemah Rodriguez
nairodriguez@aol.com
07 / 2013
I studied at the San Pedro Spanish School for 2 weeks. The experience was very memorable to say the least. From the time that I arrived, I felt welcome and very comfortable. The school directors were efficient and accommodating. I had 4 hours of instruction Monday through Friday. My teacher Luis, was quite good. Most of all, he exhibited patience with me at all times. In 2 weeks, I increased my knowledge of the Spanish language, and increased my vocabulary by more than 200 words!

The host family was very kind and inviting. The accommodations were comfortable. The family helped make the immersion experience more thorough by engaging in conversation with us CONSTANTLY. All members of the family participated, shared details of their lives, asked questions and engaged me and my 2 housemates in conversation. Mostly during meal time at the dining table.

I would recommend the San Pedro Spanish School without reservation? Be prepared to learn A LOT!! Be prepared to use your brain and put it to the test!
The correspondence with the school was very helpful. I recommend checking the price points prior to arriving; for me the price was a bit different because I made my reservation 6 months in advance. I was subject to the new rates, which were a very minimal increase.
Robert Bruce
03 / 2013
Both the quality of the facilities and the teaching at San Pedro Language School far exceeded my expectations. We met every morning in a lush garden overlooking the edge of Lake Atitlan. Classes were one-on-one with instructors who clearly knew what they were doing. My Spanish skills were minimal beforehand so my goal was to increase my conversational skills as much as possible in a short amount of time. My instructor, Lorenzo, tailored my lessons to my existing level of knowledge and speed of language acquisition. Better still, the professors insist on total language immersion (no English spoken during lesson times). It can be exhausting forcing yourself to think and speak in another language for 4 hours but the payoff is worth the effort. My language skills increased exponentially!
The host family with whom I stayed was equally wonderful, opening their home and their family to me. On one afternoon I went with my host father up into the mountains and he showed me where he worked as a farmer, growing coffee, beans and corn. On another day, I went with my family to a local celebration in town. The cultural experience matched the high quality of the language training.
I would strongly recommend the San Pedro language school to anyone who is serious about learning Spanish- you will certainly get that, with the added benefit of studying in a beautiful place among beautiful people. FIVE STARS!!
I was given all of the information that I needed far in advance of my arrival and everything went very smoothly.
John Deikis
02 / 2013
I studied at San Pedro Spanish School for 3 weeks in February 2013. My teacher was Francisco. He is a university graduate and he was excellent. We easily moved from grammar to conversation and his ability to translate concepts was very good. Photocopied study materials were provided to reinforce the day´s lessons and to structure homework. Weekly “convocation“ was a lot of fun-- surprisingly and the afternoon “conversation club“ groups were open to each student´s self-selection based on proficiency. The school also offered cultural lectures, dancing and films in the evening. The meeting with a survivor of the civil war terrorism was exceptional.
My host family rented three bedrooms out to San Pedro students and were always willing to engage in conversation over meals. The food was plentiful, simple but varied. Because of the pentecostal church next door and the music blaring 12 hours a day from the welding shop across the street, earplugs are recommended. My host family was Debora and Pedro Gonzalez. He is a world-recognized painter of the “Mayan school“ style. I would absolutely recommend the school to others! In fact, I have already sent two friends there. -Thanks! John
Michael Stith
02 / 2013
This is a terrific school in a terrific location. Very professional and helpful staff. A great little restaurant on the campus. I highly recommend San Pedro Spanish School.
Check-in to the school was smooth and very helpful.
Anonymous
12 / 2012
I studied at San Pedro Spanish School for 1 week along with my husband and 8 & 9 year old sons. We each loved our instructors and one-on-one tutoring. The host family did not work out. We had hoped to stay with a family in their home, but it turned out to be hostel with other college students. It was not the level of comfort that we were hoping for. We moved to a hotel and all was well after that. The transportation from the airport to San Pedro also did not go as plan. We were met by a tiny car that could barely hold the 4 us (even with all luggage tied on top). The car broke down about 1 mile from the airport. Everyone worked hard to help solved the problem and about 1 hour later we had another taxi. This poor taxi driver had never been to San Pedro. His car scraped over every speed bump and we went off the road once onto rocks.
Were physical conditions of the school ok? The learning sites were wonderful, especially the ones by the lake.
Carmen Herz
carmenherz@gmx.de
11 / 2012
I spent a wonderful time in San Pedro Spanish School. For sure, I´ve learned a lot of spanish, but also so much more: my teacher Luis for example knew a lot about the history in Guatemala and about the Maya culture. He also shared a lot of interesting things about the life around Lago de Atitlán, things you would never know about if you just pass by. I´m very grateful for this experience and can totaly recommend the school!
My host family was amazing! They always talked slow and tried to speak in an easy way, like this it was possible to have small conversations from beginning, with great potential to grow, for sure. Rosalia is a great cook and she prepared delicious vegetarian food for me. We ate always together and had time to talk.
Correspondence with the school was smooth and helpful.
Joseph Paonessa
10 / 2012
San Pedro Spanish school was an altogether positive experience. The teachers were friendly, and the curriculum is individually centered on each student according to your needs. I really liked the one on one tutoring. I hope to return sometime this year. I would definitely recommend this program. Me being value oriented, this program was just right for me.
The study materials were copies of sections of a Spanish Language course.
Anonymous
01 / 2012
The San Pedro Spanish School is set in very beautiful grounds overlooking Lake Atitlan, a perfect environment for one-on-one learning. There is ample room for all student/teacher pairs, so there is no distraction. The administration staff were very friendly and efficient, even assisted in finding accomodation in Antigua. The teachers are very enthusiastic and use a variety of teaching methods to make the learning process fun. Extra curricular activities were organized in most evenings and on the weekend for those who wanted them. San Pedro is a perfect location, not too small with plenty to do outside of school. My host family, Mario and Cecilia were perfect hosts, welcoming me into their family, sharing their weekends and providing the best meals and comfortable accomodations close to the school.
Lake Atitlan is a very suitable location, reasonably priced accomodation and meals and lots of places to visit. Very friendly local people and interesting cultural activities.
Charles Lightsey
generalcapgun@gmail.com
10 / 2011
I can´t say enough good things about San Pedro Spanish School. San Pedro is a great place to spend some time and learn Spanish. My instructor, Lorenzo was amazing- he pushed me to learn and try new things. Some days I felt like wandering around San Pedro for practical application of my Spanish skills and that worked well to break up the studying and try out some everyday stuff. The garden where you study is tranquil and exciting. Everyone at the school is really involved in their community and they have a way of sharing the concerns of the community and integrating that into the experience. If you want to work hard, push yourself and actually LEARN Spanish, try this school.
I elected to stay with a host family and that helped immensely. There was so much I gained from that experience that I would not have otherwise. Pedro is a famous Guatemalan painter and Deborah an amazing cook and compassionate person. I felt really welcome in their home and lucky for happening upon their home-stay. The only drawback was paying $85 and thinking I had a reservation only to learn upon arriving that I had paid to be a member of this site and had no such reservation, but rather an unnecessary membership to a site I will probably never use again- luckily the school was not too full when I arrived and I was able to register that day, but they should really clear up that link (hint to whoever reads) as I was not the only one who was confused about that!! Also, buy your books in advance as there are not many bookstores around San Pedro and finding a dictionary can be a bit of a crapshoot. I am still in Central America and using the knowledge I gained.
A+ to after school activities, Salsa, peliculas, y club de conversación.
Jerry Hagan
jerryhagan82@yahoo.com
08 / 2011
This site is fantastic for doing all your "shopping" in one place. It offers a lot of info as well! The info I got from this site was right in line with the San Pedro Spanish School. The school was absolutely beautiful with nice weather (and no mosquitos)! The people were very accommodating and friendly. My teacher, Giovanni, was cool and was great to learn from! Really, I have absolutely nothing negative to say about the school. If I had more time I would have stayed much longer!
Study materials were very helpful. We used a book that we studied from at times, but I learned best through conversation and the white board.
Sonja Lindberg
04 / 2011
I studied for four days during Holy Week at, San Pedro Spanish School in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan. My teacher, Lucas, was great and my Spanish progressed significantly while I studied there. I really enjoyed the full immersion method and all of the after-hours activities that gave me the opportunity to practice speaking and meet great people.
While I was there, I stayed with a family and had a wonderful experience being surrounded by the local Mayan culture. I would highly recommend San Pedro Spanish School to anyone who is looking to study Spanish and be surrounded by a great environment.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. Regards, Sonja.
Charles Van Beke
c.vanbeke@comcast.net
03 / 2011
My teacher, Clemente at, San Pedro Spanish School was great. He was very animated, knowledgeable, and helpful. If I could return, I would like to have him as my teacher again, except this time for several weeks.
My family was delightful. While I do not remember their last name, I do remember all of their first names. The parents were Elena and Juan, and they have five children ranging in age from one year to eighteen years. Elena runs a small restaurant near the dock and Juan operates one of the boats. The meals were ample and very tasty. In their home next to the restaurant, I had a private room with bath, so my accommodations were quite satisfactory (but don't expect the Ritz).
The school facilities were outstanding -- a very nice cafe/restaurant, delightful grounds down to the lake, and enjoyable evening activities. I can't imagine going anywhere else to learn Spanish.
In San Pedro, you are truly immersed in your studies unlike being in a big city where English is spoken regularly. San Pedro Spanish School is outstanding. My correspondence with them was absolutely smooth and helpful. Thanks, Charles.
Janet Gibbens
03 / 2011
I spent a week at the San Pedro Spanish School and had an excellent experience there. My teacher Francisco was great to work with, and was able to assess what I needed to work on quite appropriately. I was a little disappointed that the afternoon activities were almost non-existent, but there were evening discussion groups divided into levels of competency, which were helpful and allowed me to meet more of my fellow students. I had originally planned to spend 2 weeks there but had to leave suddenly after 1 week due to a family emergency.
My homestay was not satisfactory for me, but the school was very amenable to change when I requested it after 3 days.
The school is set up on beautiful grounds, teaching occurred in the gardens.
Donald Nelson
donaldwnelson@yahoo.com
02 / 2011
I was happy that I chose San Pedro Spanish School, both the village and the school settings were beautiful. My teacher was excellent. I had been trying to learn Spanish for decades, the immersion experience was the key, also learning that I was hard of hearing was a big help, a hearing aid made it easier.
Debbie Green
01 / 2011
San Pedro Spanish School is a very professionally run school. Everyone associated with them was very kind, courteous, and helpful. The outdoors environment was beautiful and stress free giving an added bonus to the experience. My teacher's name was Julio and I would highly recommend him. We was a very good teacher and succeeded in teaching me what I wanted to get out of the 2 weeks and more. He knew just enough English that when I needed to get a question clarified in English, he was able to do so. I went in at an intermediate level, so all my classes were conducted in Spanish. The beauty of San Pedro is they can accommodate your language level. If you know no Spanish, they can provide you with a teacher that knows more English. They ask what you expect to get out of the class before you start, so there is no set curriculum to follow, just what you want to learn!
My host family was awesome and I would highly recommend them. Super friendly and very accommodating as well. My room was comfortable and Olga did her best to fix me meals I liked, with quite a variety as well. The home wasn't very modern at all, but that was part of what made my experience in San Pedro such a pleasure! I even shucked dried corn in the evenings with Olga so she could boil it down that night and prepare it to be ground for masa the next morning to make tortillas! My family was also a great help furthering my Spanish. They only spoke Spanish to me, but spoke very slowly and were very patient. This really helped a lot to go home to living in a Spanish speaking environment after learning things in class. The whole experience was incredible and I would highly recommend it to anyone, especially for the price.
Each teacher has their own style, but in general all the teachers make sure they are teaching what you want to learn. They are patient and knowledgeable about teaching the language, no matter your level. They do not have books for the students, so bring writing materials with you. My teacher had his workbook copied for me at my expense (just the cost of copying) and that gave me something to walk away with and study in the future, as we didn't go through all the material. Again, you only learn what you want to learn. My class was from 1-5 in the afternoon with a break at 3 where you can gather with other students and talk. There are also activities every afternoon after classes that are free, and outings on the weekend for a fair price. If you would prefer morning classes from 8-12, I would suggest enrolling early during the busy season. San Pedro has lots of repeat business.
Lee Thurgood & Friend
leethurgood@hotmail.co.uk
01 / 2011
Had a great time at San Pedro Spanish School. Didn't really take part in any of the other activities they offered as I had a lot of other friends staying in hostels in town. My teacher, Eligio was great. Would definitely recommend him, great teacher and a really nice guy and we had a lot in common. We got on really well and had a laugh as well as learning. As I knew a bit of Spanish already, just wanted to improve more and learn past tense, half the time we were just chatting in Spanish and telling stories.
My host family were great as well.... really sweet people and nice food, great room and really comfy bed.
Barbara Slifer
11 / 2010
I loved the San Pedro Spanish School and my teacher, Rosa. She made the lessons interesting and enjoyable and I improved my Spanish considerably during my month working with her. The atmosphere at the school was friendly and their gardens were a delight to study in. I also volunteered and taught English to a group of 7 teenagers in the 'Ninos del Lago' program associated with the school. So my experience at the school was very positive.
My experience with my host family was not. I arrived around 5:30pm on a Sunday evening from the airport to a different family than I had requested and been told I would be staying with. I was shown my room and told there would be no water until 4:00. I could not flush to toilet or even wash my face. I didn't know where any shops or restaurants were, so I went went to bed hungry. The water problems continued for several days and although there was sometimes possible to flush the toilet and get water in hand basin, I was unable to have a shower. There were also two other students with this family.
The family was welcoming and very nice and the food was great, but after 4 days with water problems that weren't getting fixed, I moved to a hotel where I happily remained for the rest of my stay in San Pedro. I know of at least one other student who had a poor experience with their host family and moved to a hotel. I spent a month studying Spanish and living with a family in Ecuador last year, and really enjoyed it. So I think the school needs to evaluate that part of its program.
I have highly recommended the school to other travelers I've met and may even go back again. Regards, Barbara Slifer.
Marie Moore
mariemoore56@gmail.com
10 / 2010
My time at San Pedro Spanish School was awesome! My friend and I stayed with a wonderful host family, Deborah and Pedro, and studied together with Javier. Javier is a great teacher and very friendly, I highly recomend anyone to study with him. San Pedro is a great place to study, there are many places to eat and heaps of places to go out at night. I recomend studying at San Pedro Spanish School!
My correspondence with the school was smooth and helpful.
Jiantian Hall
10 / 2010
I loved my time at San Pedro Spanish School. My friend and I stayed with Pedro and Deborah who lived a 5 mins walk to the school, they were relaxed, laid back and were very patient with my lack of Spanish. Javier was my teacher he was passionate about the Spanish language and was able to change his teaching style to keep us involved in the lesson for the whole 4 hours.
I would highly recommend this school, it is very professional and in a beautiful location. Check-in to the school was extremely smooth and helpful.
Naomi Segal
segal.naomi@gmail.com
10 / 2010
Wow! I have had a really good experience at San Pedro Spanish School. I was there for a month and enjoyed every moment. The school took care of me the minute I landed in Guatemala, and made sure I had a way to get there, and that I was picked up by my family as soon as I got there. I studied with David and Lorenzo, who where both amazing, in a very different way. David is an excellent teacher to talk to, and we had some really interesting conversations. He is clever and we spoke abuot many cultural aspects. Lorenzo was really didactic and really understood my didactic needs. I think he is an amazing teacher for advanced students. He is very patient, and I could feel that he was very experienced. All the other teachers I met there, were all very friendly, talkative, and it really seems like it comes from the heart.
The school is situated in the most amzing garden and every student had his own privacy.
In the afternoons they have an extra lesson which was very helpfull, and they have some nice extra activities. the only thing lacking was a library.
My first host family was not very communicative, but the school took care of it quickly and I moved to the best family- Flori and Hector. I had a big clean room with an amazing view of the lake. the food was excellent, and the family was really communicative and we really felt part of the family!
The only downside is that the native language spoken in San Pedro is Tzutujil, and Spanish is not the main language there. But it is also part of the cultural experience. Have fun!
Lake Atitlan is a beautiful location for learning Spanish. Lots of activities to do in the afternoons or weekends.