Academia de Español y Mam Hispanomaya

Academia de Español y Mam Hispanomaya
Canton Los Matias.
Todos Santos Cuchumatanes
Rank 75%
Prices 160 USD for 25 hours of one-on-one tuition per week including host family with room and full board
125 USD for 25 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 2 - 8 students
Openings Although generally, lessons at this school are imparted in the afternoons from 2 pm to 7 pm, they can be arranged for mornings with at least two weeks advance notice.
Summary Founded in 1998, this is a small school located in a very safe and tranquil neighbourhood of Todos Santos, in the lush hills of Los Cuchumatanes near Huehuetenango.
Staff are primary school teachers, for this reason Spanish classes take place in the afternoons.
This school is sponsoring scholarships for children, of low income families, that can not afford to go to school.
This is one of the few remaining original towns where people still wear their tipycal clothing including men and children.
If you go to Todos Santos, be sure to go to this school and experience Guatemalan rural culture at its best.
Total immersion in Todos Santos, Cuchumatanes, is very good because, it is located well off the beaten touristy path. Recommended.

This is a relatively small school, and it tends to fill up any given time. During summer (mid-May thru August), this school tends to fill up early; the director recommends that you sign up at least two weeks in advance, to help them plan for staff and host families and lessons schedules.

With a timely registration, the school can assign you the best teacher from its list. (Contact us for group discounts).
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Academia de Español y Mam Hispanomaya - Details

Teachers This school has 8 permanent qualified teachers, which work in the local school. Most teachers work only in the afternoon. ...more
Methods One on one teaching. The curriculum is the same as in most schools. The school can also accommodate students′ needs to study more or less hours a day and specials requests. ...more
Materials No official textbook but verb and exercise lists. Teachers develop their own materials. Normal library, interesting video library. Internet available for a small fee per hour. ...more
Special Programs The school has special programs for making children learning enjoyable. ...more
Location This school is located in a very tranquil neighbourhood in a small two storey building in Todos Santos. Watch for the signs, it is located on a narrow road near the museum. It can be cold during December and January, but not extreme. ...more
Activities There are various activities offered throughout the week, including mountain hikes, movies and cooking. ...more
Host Families Host families are carefully selected to meet students criteria. Generally, students? reports about host families are excellent. ...more
Volunteering Students can volunteer at the local school, teaching English and helping children with homework. Donations are also welcome to help sponsor scholarships for the children. ...more
Airport Pick-Up Service The school offers optional pick up service packages upon request. You can also contact a trusted hostel in Guatemala City. ...more

Students' Feedback

04 / 2011
La familia fue muy simpatica, la habitación muy agradable y la comida local con mucho atención, y unos cursos de cocina improvisados.
Los cursos en Academia de Español Hispanomaya fueron normal. Yo pregunte un profesor por la semana, y recibí una semana de cursos con 3 profesores diferentes; entonces, este aspecto no fue bueno. Sino, cada uno hizo su trabajo con profesionalidad, y ponctualidad.
Todos Santos Cuchumatanes es un lugar muy agradable, con un monton de caminatas, muy lejos de la vida urbana. Tranquilidad y naturaleza fueron los dos aspectos mas interesantes de la semana. Gracias.
Atieno Fisher
04 / 2004
HispanoMaya was more informal and the instruction not as structured, but a great experience in a setting that is my favourite in the whole country. Didn′t want to leave, it hurt actually. My family actually gave a damn there and I miss them. I had good teachers there too.