Escuela de la Montaña: Spanish Immersion in the Guatemalan Mountains
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Study Spanish in Guatemalan mountain villages outside Quetzaltenango. You will receive first-class one-on-one instruction from skilled maestros. You will eat your meals with local families of Mam origin, giving you the opportunity to witness rural life first-hand. Students sleep in the school house, once the home of a local coffee farmer, now set in a beautiful garden.
Supplementary activities are included, and will enhance your understanding of Guatemala - talks about history and aspects of rural life, current events, hikes in the country, and a cooking class. There are optional weekend field trips to Mayan ruins, a coffee finca, the beach, and more (at student expense).
La Escuela de La Montaña is focused on improving conditions for our neighbors by providing work and a fair wage. We also provide scholarships and free art and music classes, and have built a community library.
Founded in 1997, we are a project of Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español in Quetzaltenango.
Mareika- thanks for your answer and appreciate hearing that children come along and that there are animals at the Escuela. I hope you don't mind this follow up: Did you feel safe traveling to a rural part of Guatemala? Also if you are female, how did you find traveling around? I am an East Asian woman and was fearless in my youth traveling around the world but now I'm not as nimble as I once was...