I spent three months here with three different teachers. Alvaro was immensely caring and spent a lot of time carefully planning each lesson. He was patient, attentive, and always helpful. Janet was fun, outgoing, and great at keeping you on track. Carmen was compassionate, helpful, and a lot of fun too. It was easy to talk to her and her expert knowledge of English helped tremendously.
I highly recommend all three of the teachers I had as they helped my Spanish move along very quickly.
My accommodations were appropriate. I recommend Casa de Vicky because of its open atmosphere. It is quite easy to change accommodations if you need to.
The town is lovely as well. It is incredibly easy to get comfortable to the town's easy going atmosphere.
My children and I just completed 3 weeks of Spanish school with Antiguena, and it was a great experience. My kids, ages 12, 10 and 7 loved it! When we first arrived, they were not very excited about having to go to school while here in Guatemala, but they grew to love it! My children did not know any Spanish when they arrived, and by the end of the first week, they knew the difference between ser-estar and were conjugating verbs.
My eldest son is disappointed that we´re stopping lessons after only 3 weeks, but we are leaving Antigua now, so it´s not possible for us to continue studying here. It is amazing how much they have learned in 3 weeks!
Another benefit for my kids is that there were a few other children studying in the school, so my kids were able to make friends. The school has been the only place my kids have met other children since being in Antigua. They enjoyed playing together during the break every day, but that quickly grew to play dates in the afternoons as well.
As for me, I had had Spanish 25 years ago in high school. Marta helped me jump quickly back into Spanish and helped me progress very rapidly. I learned more in 3 weeks with Antiguena than years in high school.
This was a great fit for our family, and we absolutely recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy to anyone who is wanting a quality Spanish school here in Antigua.
I had the pleasure of having four weeks of Spanish classes with Laura and she was the best Spanish teacher I've ever had. Every morning I looked forward to going to meet her as she was always really positive and made my classes really fun. I enjoyed getting to know her more over the month that we worked together. I think my Spanish has improved dramatically and I will use it a lot during my next 4 months travelling in Central America. I also would like to send thanks for organising my home stay, the family were great and despite a problem with the cold showers not being fixed the family were really chatty and welcoming. I may come back for more lessons in January. All the best, Katrina
We've tried several spanish courses in Antigua and this one is the best. I've studied with Jazsmin Salazar, which was both smooth and demanding. I would recommand her to anyone who wants to improve fast.
Bonjour, je vous recommande chaleureusement Miriam Garcia, patiente, attentive et toujours positive. Bravo et merci !
Estudie con Carmen Cardenas, yo fui muy contento con ella. Es una maistra estupendo.
Mi maestria fue Emy Tojin Silva, muy amable. Yo apprendi mucho con ella y fue un placer.
I just completed a week of school at Antiguena and had, again, a wonderful experience. My teacher, Claudia Tecun, makes learning fun and at the same time is very focused on what I need to work on. What a professional! My stay with a local family was also very satisfying.
I spent 3 weeks at the school, julio was great at organising a teacher for me and rolando was fantastic, I had a lot in common with him and for that reason I learnt a lot.
Especially since they have the garden. It is such a relaxed environment to learn.
The only downside was my first teacher who was extremely rude and I would not recommend her. Lucky that Julio helped me find a new teacher otherwise it would have been a horrible 3 weeks.
I would definitely come back to the school for lesson with rolando.
My teacher Nidia was excellent! I worked with her for a week and she helped me tailor a program to my already pretty advanced needs. I was working on improving my Spanish before starting a new job as an immigration lawyer in the U.S. and she researched legal terms and helped me prepare. I would recommend her to anyone. She also has a great sense of humor and brings a lot of knowledge to the table.
I did the school last week for a week and it was really good. I did six hours a week, in the morning Oscar was my teacher and in the afternoon Luis. Both of the were really friendly and it was always fun to go to the lessons. I learned some spanish before, but i needed especially to practise speaking more fluent. With those two teacher, I really learned this. And on the next day I was asked if I lived in a latino country because of my spanish. Thanks a lot Luis and Oscar. Best regards
My review is long overdue. I have studied at Antigueña twice, both times for six weeks, the winters of 2016 and 2017. I'm a 62 year old woman and traveled alone. Both years were an awesome experience.
My teacher, Emi Tojin, was great. She's a wonderful teacher and became a good friend. I especially enjoyed our conversations while walking, traveling and experiencing different parts of the city and outskirts. We visited the market many times for example and talked about foods, recipes, traditions, herbal healing, etc. I highly recommend taking your conversations outside the garden which is admittedly gorgeous.
I homestayed the first year and stayed at a great place. Last year I payed a bit more for a place on Booking.com with cooking privileges and beautiful garden. It was great but I felt isolated from others and got lonely. I recommend staying somewhere where interaction is easy, especially for long periods. I'm shy so I need the boost!
I was afraid the first time never having travelled alone internationally but I took the leap and I'm so glad I did.
This place is amazing! They teach vocabulary and engage in interactive conversations with you so you can learn quickly. Highly recommended! My teacher and all of the other teachers I´ve heard of are very nice, social and funny. Definitely a great experience!
I had an awesome experience studying at Antiguena Spanish Academy with Blanca Gonzalez. She always went the extra mile to make sure I was focused in learning the vocabulary and the grammar. She used many different techniques to help me learn in a fun way. Blanca was extremely patient with me, and helped me gain confidence in speaking Spanish. I highly recommend Blanca and the Antiguena Academy.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent learning Spanish with Leticia Socorec at Antigunea Spanish Academy. Leticia worked hard to develop specific teaching techniques to best accomodate my learning style. She challenged me in learning while strengthening my confidence to speak Spanish. Leticia was extremely professional, and she helped me understand certain topics about the culture. I was impressed with the learning environment for the school and the professionalism of the teachers.
I have studied at the Academy for three weeks, two in 2016 and one in 2017. I plan to enroll again in 2018 when I come back to Antigua with my wife and son who work in a medical mission for a week each September. I am using the Pimsleur method of conversation learning in the USA, but the annual visits to the Academy have accelerated my learning experiences with the tapes. MY teachers, Marina and Paula, both tailaored their lessons to my current level of proficiency. I highly recommend this school for everyone, from beginners like me to more practiced speakers who need advanced instructions.
As this is my last week of 10 in total I'd like to share my experience. Overall, I am really satisfied and can recommend both my teacher Janet Cáceres and the family Garcia, with whom I stayed, to anybody who is seriously commited to learning Spanish.
I could not have asked for a better teacher than Janet and would recommend her without any hesitation. Without her I would have never been able to improve my Spanish skills so dramatically.
Her explanations always were straightforward and really helped me to progress quickly.
The fact, that she has been working as a teacher for a long period, was obvious at all times, as she was very flexible with her approach depending on what was appropriate for the specific level of Spanish I had.
Besides her educational skillset she also is a fantastic person, with whom I looked forward to work with every single day. We laughed a lot together and I will be missing here and the conversations we had for sure.
The family I stayed with was great as well and is perfectly suited to anybody, who would like to learn Spanish in a serious manner. With just 3 students in total, the lingua franca is Spanish and at least one family member always seems to be willing to conversate. Moreover, all of them are really fantastic persons, who are always willing to help, when there is a problem.
I really thoroughly enjoyed my time here and will miss everybody a lot! Thank you so much for making this time so special!
My two daughters, 14 and 11 years and I studied here June 2017. We each studied with one teacher apiece and each of our teachers provided us with an individualized, personalized lesson plan according to our ability and interests. My daughters, initially dubious, simply loved their teachers and the experience. Classes are held in the middle of a tropical garden. asAt break time we had the opportunity to sample delicious local cuisine, such as frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and nuts, tiny tamales stuffed with meat or vegetables, strawberry smoothies, tacos piled high with beetroot, cabbage, cheese, meat and sour cream and fried plantains. You won't lose weight in Guatamala! The Academy arranged a home stay for us and picked us up at Guatamala airport. Antigua is culturally rich, vibrant, cosmopolitan, safe place to study with a small town feel. You can walk everywhere, it is very safe. We continue to miss the the markets, the crumbling churches, the cobble stone streets, the music and street food. We can't wait to return and continue our studies. This school is known as the best and most affordable school in Antigua for a reason. Do not hesitate! Try it for yourselves.
I cannot recommend the school enough, the location, teachers, excursions, food and general vibe was amazing !!! My teacher Lorena was an absolute hero ! An amazing educator who taught at my pace and picked up my weakness and strength very early on. If you get the chance you should ask specifically for her !! I studied here for 7 weeks and learnt so much ! this school is fantastic value. The homestays are phenominal, vicky (my homestay mum) was honestly the most delightful person ! she cooked amazing food and had so much patience when i tried to speak spanish with her at the dinner table. I had my own private room and hot showers. The whole experience here was amazing !!!
My wife and I completed seven weeks of study with Antiguena Spanish Academy in their beautiful gardens. We started with little to no knowledge of Spanish and we are now amazed at how much we have learned in just seven weeks. Our teacher, Leticia "Lety" Socorec's goal was to make certain that we were speaking Spanish in class quickly and as a result we rapidly learned not only key words and verbs but also tenses and sentence structure. The school provides daily activities to practice what you have learned and Lety provided us with a variety of learning tools and activities that were fun and challenging. Lety was a great teacher for us because she was patient when we struggled but also knew how to keep us challenged so that we progressed faster than we thought was possible. With Lety's guidance we now have a level of knowledge and confidence to speak and understand Spanish in our travels and daily activities. We highly recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy!
I really can't recommend this school enough, intended to stay for a week or two, ended up staying 3 months. I took 4 hours of lessons everyday and loved the garden setting, way better than a stuff classroom! The free coffee was definitely appreciated at 8 o'clock every morning.
I stayed with Teresa Vides and this was probably the reason i stayed to long. She went above and beyond to make us feel at home. We only spoke Spanish at meal times, she and her husband Luis always asked questions, engaged in conversation and told us many interesting stories. I was so sad to leave, i really felt part of the family. There was only 4 bedrooms making for a more intimate homestay, i had heard some others held up to 9 students and a lot more English was spoken, which is what I was trying to avoid!
My first teacher was Karla she was so friendly and really helped me grasp the basics, I was amazed at how quickly we were chatting away, having proper conversations in no time, she also mixed it up with games when she could tell I was tired. I was even invited to her sons birthday party which was an amazing experience.
Reluctantly I decided to change teacher after 6 weeks, after i had heard from numerous other students that it was beneficial to mix it up a bit and not get too comfortable.
So my next 6 weeks were spent with Janet Caceres and i cant emphasis how much i learnt in a short time. She was clear with her lesson plan and would note down and areas she thought might need to be improved or revisited so everything felt very thorough. She would make sure I had understood every detail before moving on. Every lesson was interesting, again with a lot of the focus on conversation which really helped my confidence. We had so much in common, conversations were always easy and fun, with lots of laughter. I cant recommend her enough.
I left Antigua with two real friends and felt very fortunate to have been paired with both teachers. I can't wait to return.
iHola futuros estudiantes! I had a wonderful experience with the ANTIGÜEÑA Spanish Academy! My daughter and I spent two weeks learning Spanish. It was actually only supposed to be one, but I felt the pull to come back and study with Blanca. She was so good about finding my needs and meeting them in the short amount of time we had. I have great resources to refer back to from the school as well. My homestay with Ana Luisa and Manuel was the best you can imagine. I awoke to a view of beautiful gardens and Volcan Agua. They took it upon themselves to be stewards of their country and language in ways I did not expect. Manuel took us for a tour of the Cerro de la Cruz one day just because he is awesome like that. I'm sure we will be back and I won't have any doubt about choosing this school again.
My daughter, who is twelve, and I studied with Aurora and Silvia for 2 weeks this summer. We had a wonderful time and our Spanish improved considerably, even in that short time. Both Aurora and Silvia were fantastic teachers, and went beyond "the classroom," and organized several side trips so we could practice and learn in different settings. I could not recommend the school and our teachers more.
I studied Spanish for one week at Antiguena Spanish Academy. The quality of the lessons are very good. I learned a lot in one week. The host family was very friendly and seemed like they enjoyed talking Spanish with me, and their food was awesome that they cooked for me. My teacher, Blanca, was very friendly and in just one week she helped me learn a lot of Spanish, which I used everyday after classes, which were from 8am-12pm. Julio is very professional and with just a few emails, he set me up with a home stay and a spot at the school. I highly recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy if you want to immerse yourself in the Guatemalan culture and learn Spanish. I'll be returning here soon!
We really enjoyed our time a the Antigueña Spanish School. It was a very intense two week course. We chose the 6 hour per day option so we were busy all day long with studies, conversation and homework. Our teachers were excellent one on one instructors. Our studies included Spanish grammar, vocabulary and conversation. This was all mixed with history, culture and activities that gave meaning and reality to the things we were learning. Even though we chose only the two week course, we feel that it was a very valuable two weeks. Learning another language is a lifetime exercise, but we feel that our time at the school gave us the opportunity to further progress in our effort to master the Spanish language. Thank you to the teachers for having the patience and diligence to help us along. The beautiful and peaceful garden setting added to the atmosphere of learning each day. We would highly recommend this school for anyone who desires to advance their Spanish language studies.
I canno't recommend this school, staff and quality of home stay more highly enough. It was really great in every way. I studied Spanish from the very beginning for more than four months and I really enjoyed my time here. I had an excellent teacher Leticia Socorec. I recommend Lety as she is thorough, professional and can explain everything clearly in English. I always had homework and regular examinations. She was really great and I learned a lot. Also Julio in the office was always helpful & friendly & would ask if everything was going OK. I had a wonderful home stay, Eva & Cesar Sactec. The food was great & the family are used to hosting students for many years. They were so kind and made me feel like I was part of their family from day one. The school and teachers are professional. You will definitely learn here. There are also many activities & studying in a beautiful large garden was an ideal setting for learning Spanish. I am now travelling in South America & I have Antigua Spanish Academy, my teacher Lety and my homestay to thank for my progress in Spanish language. Thank You. I recommend 5 stars.
I studied with Lety some years back and never got around to posting my review to say what a great teacher she was and what a wonderful time I spent at the school. There was much more going on than just classes - trips and such - and the courtyard bustles with activity. You can do as much or as little as you feel like. Whatever structure you choose, everyone at the school is there to help and make learning easy and fun. Gracias Leticia y todos!
I went to study at Academia Antiguena with two 15 year old granddaughters in June 2017. The girls had one year of Spanish in school (our local community college) and I had several years of conversational Spanish and several previous trips to immersion schools in Antigua and Xela. We asked for clean, modern housing and got a great place with delicious food. Teachers could not have been better. They use a standardized curriculum and adjust as requested. A great experience until we tried to pay with a MasterCard. I think maybe they are working to accept MC now, hopefully! Lily Garcia was my teacher and was prepared in every sense of the word, including methodology, content, Guatemalan history and culture, and flexibility. Can't say enough good about them. I've attended two other schools in Antigua and think this one will satisfy any person or any family. They do have teachers who work with young children and those with no previous Spanish experience. They met us at the airport and returned us to the airport. Prices are good and everything else was great.
I wouldnt choose Any other school. At first, my plan Was to stay in the school
and with the family for one week but my experience with the school, the family and my Amazing Teacher Lucía Was so great therefor i decided to stay one more week. The school offer some really nice activities in which you practice your spanish. My family The Garcias Were really nice as well, they Cook 3 meals a Day and they knew i Was vegeterian so they cooked special things for me and really try to make everything to let us feel confortable in the City and at home. And for the most important, the lessons. My lessons with Lucía were so interesting and i learnt so much! Both spanish and the culture in Guatemala. She Was so attentive ñ. She knew exactly what i needed and made me improve my spanish a lot. We both practiced speaking and learnt so much vocabulary and grammar. We also played games which were fun. I would definetly stay one more week if i had the time.
I studied at Antiguena Spanish Academy 5 hours a day for 2 weeks. I thought it was going to be overwhelming, but I ended up being shocked every day when class was ending. My teacher was Sheny Flores and she is absolutely phenomenal! She's so fun, our classes were full of laughter. I loved getting to know her and learning about the Guatemalan culture. Classes with Sheny generally started with a casual conversation about the previous days' activities, then we moved into grammar, vocabulary activities, and games, with interspersed stories. I also got the chance to work with Aurora for one class and I loved her approach to teaching as well. She started the class by asking what I wanted to work on and tailored the class to fit my request perfectly.
My homestay was with Odilia and her family. They are so sweet and made me feel right at home. Not only is Odilia an amazing cook, but she also knew each of our dietary preferences and made sure that the meals fit them. I couldn't have asked for a better two weeks in Antigua. I highly recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy.
Antiguena is a great school to study Spanish (even if you are a beginner). I followed for one week lessons with my teacher Mirtala. She was amazing! I have learned so many things in just one week. We talked a lot about different things and I learned so many of the culture of Guatemala. I really recommend her as a teacher! The admosphere was so good. So lovely to get lessons in a really beautiful garden. An experience that I will never forget!
I had Janet Caceres and she is wonderful! She has s wonderful temperment and she is very patient.
She welcomes you to class every day as well as to Guatemala. She listens attentively and guides you through the language. She thoughtfully listens to you and guides you with corrections without making you self conscious
Janet is very smart, kind and a skilled teacher. With 100% confidence, you will improve your Spanish and enjoy your time. Janet is delightful!
I can say I really enjoyed my time in Antigua. I really liked the school because you can really work on whatever you want with the teacher. Classes are held either at the school or in a cute little garden near the school. I really got to meet some interesting people from Australia and Texas at my homestay and I found it to be a good change of pace to talk to people around the dinner table. I can't really say I've done that in a while. Let Julio know you want Jose Domingo if you want the best teacher.
I came to Antigua to learn Spanish and have been studying at the Antigueña Spanish Academy with Silvia Leal. Silvia is a talented, patient, and good-humored teacher who has been a delight to work with in the short amount of time I have been at the school. The classes are tailored to fit your level, learning style and speed, and your personal goals. As per my request, the majority of our time has been spent practicing conversation. Silvia is hilarious. While she is professional and does an exceptional job teaching me new vocabulary and correcting my grammatical errors, it doesn’t feel like work because we have such a good time talking together. I noticed a big improvement in both my listening comprehension and my ability to verbalize my thoughts after only a few days of class with her.
You have the option to study with your teacher either in a classroom at the school’s office, or in a beautiful garden a few blocks away.
The academy has also been very accommodating of my irregular schedule, which I very much appreciate.
I’m very impressed with both the academy and with Silvia and cannot recommend them highly enough!
I thoroughly enjoyed my tutoring sessions with Lucia. She engaged in conversation about multiple topics that required me to access and learn words that are outside of simple responses and conversation. We played games to remember vocab and she was able to adapt to my learning by pushing me to tackle complex rules within the language because I was only there a short time.
Overall, I would say you are getting a great deal for the price you are paying. A private tutor that will cater to your personal needs and a great cheap lunch. It is also a great opportunity to meet other travelers.
This is my 6th summer studying Spanish in Guatemala, and I rate this school the best of the four schools I have been to. My teacher, Lily Garcia, is very knowledgeable and experienced. She has a terrific sense of humor. I could not have asked for a better teacher. She is able to adjust our lessons as we go in order to correct my bad habits. I wish I could put her in my pocket and carry her back to the U.S. with me.
The school is in the middle of a beautiful tropical garden and everyone there is in good humor. The classes are just the right mix of grammar and discussion along with fun games and activities to practice vocabulary. During classes and afternoon activities sponsored by the school, I learned a lot about the Mayan culture and important events in the History of Guatemala.
I brought a friend with me who is also having a wonderful experience. It is her first year learning Spanish and she is making amazing progress. All the teachers are always smiling and happy, and there is a general feeling of camaraderie among the staff and students. Everyone is happy to be there.
Don't look any further. This is the right choice. You will be so glad you did.
I used this school to speak with a Spanish tutor while I was taking law classes in Antigua. It was a very helpful experience because of the friendly tutors and the helpful corrections to my improving Spanish. As someone who speaks average Spanish I learned a lot on proper conjugation and many new vocabulary words. I would highly recommend this school to anyone looking to improve their reading, writing or speaking in Spanish. Ask for Teresa, she was a great tutor!
DON'T look any further - choose this school! I researched all the schools in the town on the ground before deciding on Antiguena. This is the best school, go any cheaper and you’re going to get rubbish teachers.
I spent 6 weeks studying 4 hours every morning with Janet Caceres. She is a phenomenal teacher and as she has fluent English it really helped to explain some of the tricky concepts in grammar. A typical day is 2 hours grammar, a half hour break socializing with the other students and two hours conversational practice. In the afternoon there is an option to do the trips or alternatively do a group study session in one of the many cafes nearby.
4 hours every day is intense so getting the right teacher is SO important as you get to know your teacher so well and naturally become very close. Some days we’d take a walk, go to the market for example – which was an incredibly natural way of learning new vocabulary, other days we’d play games; she always made it interesting for me and could read when my brain was completely fried and bursting with knowledge and would naturally switch up our routine. If you can, I would recommend requesting Janet in advance – you won’t regret it; she has over 20 years of experience and is so fun to learn from!
My homestay was silvia gonzalez pellecer and my teachers were Iliana and lily. I would have to give all five stars. I have been going to the school for eight years for three weeks and six hours a day. The one on one instruction is terrific and is a great help to speak the language.Unfortunately, when I return to the states I do not get a chance to practice my language skills. I have taken several courses at the university and these classes are far superior to what I could learn in a class of 15 students.
That is the best school I have ever been to!! The teachers are soo lovely and nice and friendly, in case you are not happy with your teacher you´ll always have the opportunity to change him/her and the stuff really tries to make you feel as comfortable as possible. Besides that the teachers know what they´re talking about, they are capable of speaking in English with you in case you have any problems . Also, the school organises activities in the afternoon yo can join. A part from that, the school also helps you finding a family if you want homestay. I personally had class with Martha Godoy, she´s THE BEST!!! Such an intelligent, lovely, nice, caring and heart-warming person!! Never ever before have I met so many nice people!!
I studied for one month in the school and was very happy with my progress, Ana is a great teacher; patient, happy ,funny and very knowledgeable about many subjects. Our conversations were wide and varied. She corrected my grammar in a gentle manner.
My homestay family was amazing; full on immersion. And Joylanda was a wonderful cook; the meals were varied and nutritious. There were only 3 students in the house and we spoke Spanish all the time.
I loved the location of the classes --in the garden, such a beautiful,relaxing place to learn. The activities in the afternoon were interesting and varied and some were outside of Antigua. I would highly recommend Antiguena Academy for studying Spanish and am thinking of returning next year to even better improve my Spanish.
I cannot recommend the school highly enough and couldn't think of a better place to learn Spanish.
Studying in the beautiful garden only added to the experience.
My homestay was very clean, and Anna Maria was a wonderful and welcoming woman.
I cannot thank my teacher Arely Zeceña enough for she was the one who really made the experience amazing. We discussed what I hoped to learn during the week and her teaching method was perfect for what I was looking for. She pushed me to the perfect extents and yet made lessons fun, interesting and challenging. I walked away from the week feeling so happy with my progress and for that, I have her to thank.
All in all, Antiguena academia was excellent and I couldn't fault it one bit. Thank you for everything!
I had a great experience at the Spanish Academy, Antigua. My teacher was Julia Hernandez. She was excellent, patient and very knowledable of what I needed based on my level. She was very helpful in helping me put the next steps together for my learning. We spent time just talking and me learning to hear the Spanish words and tenses. In the walk over the the beautiful garden where our classes were held, she sized me up pretty quick as to what I knew and did not know. A sign of a great teacher. I know she and others have taught many students, but I felt like she was very personal to me and my needs. I spent two weeks of four hour classes each day. Upon leaving I felt like I had a strong basis to continue practicing and learning.
In addition to a great teacher, Julio was great and helpful in getting registered and finding a place to stay. Whatever need I had, they were helpful to assist. They helped arrange transportation and even re-arrange when a flight was very late postponed.
My home stay was awesome. I will definitely study here again.
I enjoyed learning Spanish at this school with Emy. I've been learning Spanish for years, but I picked up some bad habits. Emy pointed out my errors. She was on it. I highly recommend her. I came home and my Spanish speaking friends noticed the difference. Thank you Emy!
Las maestras enseñan muy buen para nuestra.
I was fortunate to learn Spanish at Antiguena Spanish Academy for 6 weeks. For the first five weeks, Julio, the academy director, paired me with Byron. Julio's experience and knowledge of his teachers allowed him to know that this paring was ideal and would benefit me, the student, greatly. And he was right! Byron was patient, humorous, knowledgeable, supportive, and creative! I really lucked out!!
*As a student learning Spanish from ground zero, Byron took his time to go over the lessons and review the grammar rules.
*Byron injected humor in his explanations to make learning fun.
*Byron was well informed of the Guatemalan culture as well as the world view. We found ways to exchange opinions and share stories.
*As a new student learning Spanish for the first time, I often got frustrated with my progress and mastery. But Byron was always very encouraging and supportive!!
*Byron had a variety of exercises to help me learn the language. His activities were interesting and creative, which made learning more relevant and entertaining.
Julio recommended trying out different teachers to get a broader experience. But why would I change to someone else when I was totally satisfied with Byron.
Then I took 10 days off to travel around Lake Atitlan and Tikal. When I returned for one more week of Spanish school, I was disappointed that Byron wasn't available. I was assigned Miriam Garcia as my maestra. She was no Byron, but she was just as amazing, but in her own ways. She was as enthusiastic about teaching and creative about her exercises as Byron. At the end, I enjoyed having her as my teacher for one week. If I couldn't continue with Byron, I was glad that it was Miriam!
I also had to give a shout-out to my homestay family, Cesar and Elida. Cesar was very accommodating. And Elida's cooking was like what a mom would cook for her family...just naturally delicious!!
I look forward to returning to Antiguena Academy and Cesar's home in the future!!
Mi experiencia en Antigua, fue muy buena con relacion a mi curso de español tanto por la mañana como por la tarde. Ya que mis profesoras estuvieron apoyandome con mi pronunciación, escritura y mis tareas. Cuando llegue a Guatemala yo traia la noción del idioma. Aquí complementé con la nueva información de mis profesoras. El tiempo fue muy corto. Quiero agradecer a mis profesoras（Olga Galves y Sonia）y quero volver aquí un día.
I spent 7 weeks in total at Antiguena Academy and felt so lucky to have Rosa as my teacher. I arrived with zero Spanish and Rosa had me speaking it from day one. I learnt a huge amount, and left able to speak in 5 different tenses using over a hundred verbs - I'm now travelling around central and South America and have the confidence to speak Spanish to anyone I meet. During my 4 hours of tuition per day I was also able to meet and interact with other teachers during games and activities and found each one to be excellent. I'm usually a visual learner so was apprehensive about the focus being on speaking and listening, but I've concluded that it's the fastest and most effective way to learn, and you can continually write down new vocabulary to aid the memory. I enjoyed the flexibility of the school - being able to change homestay for instance, or deciding to have a break to travel around - anything's possible. I didn't like my first homestay but I moved to one that suited me much better. I tried hostels and hotels too but homestays are the best value option you'll find in Antigua. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the school.
One of my best experience in Antigua!
If you have the chance to come in Antigua,you should go to Spanish Academy Antiguena!!!I studied 7 weeks in a beautiful garden with an extraordinary teacher(Laura).Laura is a very good teacher,she always took time to explain me when I didn't understand,she wanted to be sure that I understand before carry on.She gave me a lot of homework but it's really worth it if you really want to learn spanish.I really enjoy studying with her,sometimes I get confused but she did her best to make me confortable and to talk to me as a friend.I really wanted to speak good spanish,so I was really hard with myself and Laura always tried to advice me and she was so patient.I was there during the Semana Santa.So sometimes,we went out of the garden to see catholic ceremonies or to visit a cultural place.It was really fun to have the possibility to share this kind of things with your teacher.It was really hard to leave her after 7 weeks.I hope she will remember me(maybe as the girl who likes Churros Mexicanos
Highly recommended! Our teacher Oscar was fantastic, we did three weeks of morning classes and could not believe how much Spanish we learnt in such a short time. We wanted to learn at the same level so we shared Oscar as a teacher, which worked really well. We also did a homestay, which improved our learning so much! Thank you!
I took a month lesson with Janet Caceres, she is kind and really funny, she took me to many local place, another town, introduce good Rastaurant every week, always be helpful in all kind of problems, especially in Spanish, we are a goof time, she always said so, really thx for her and miss her very much.
I studied for 7 weeks at Antiguena and really enjoyed my experience. I had two great teachers, Lety and Rosario (muchas gracias)! The atmosphere is great for studying, in the garden or office. I really enjoyed the conversations that we had daily, I surprised myself with how much I could keep up with. The teachers are really easy to understand, they speak at a good pace which really helped me. I always took something away from each class. I was really able to see my own progress. Each class usually consisted of grammar, vocabulary and conversation. Each class is customized toward your needs!
I was also really happy with my homestay! My family was so nice and super accommodating. The house was clean, spacious room, hot water, great food, close to the school. I found it to be very comfortable. They were patient communicating with me in Spanish.
I definitely recommend this school to anyone looking to learn/improve their Spanish, starting from any level. The price is great for the total package! Thanks, Antiguena for everything! I look forward to coming back in the future to study more!
Hola y gracias a todos los empleados de Antiguena Spanish Academy for a great experience! I recently spent a week at the school, morning sessions (8-12) only, mainly to brush up on my basic level Spanish which I hadn't used for nearly 30+ years, since high school level Spanish, in preparation for further travels in Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America. My teacher was Leticia (Letti), she was great - her methodology was an excellent combination of structured grammar for an hour or two, followed by conversation on a variety of topics. She even assigned nightly homework (about an hours worth, just right), to help solidify what I'd learned during the day! Although 4 hours of one on one sounds like a lot, the combination of a nice environment (classes are held in a pretty, shaded, park, with tables set up either outside of in covered pavilion areas, about a 10 minute walk from Iglesia Merced), and the friendly, professional, and fun teaching and personal style of Letti, made each day pass by quickly and productively. The school also offers a lot of afternoon, free tours and visits (churches, coffee plantation, madamia farm), usually led by Byron, who also teaches, and also was very knowledgeable on local and national history and culture - and particularly good at explaining complex ideas in a very clear, simple, entertaining way, understandable and interesting for both beginners and more advanced Spanish speakers. And of course if you're super serious about learning even more Spanish, you can take afternoon classes also, but for me it was great fun to explore in and around Antigua afternoons and evenings.
The school is well organized, Julio jr. helped me in advance (via email) arrange the homestay, transportation to and from the airport (highly recommended, especially for arrival). I stayed with the very nice Santiz family, located close to Iglesia Merced, my room with private bathroom was clean and nice, the food was good, and though we didn't eat with the family (while I was there there were 3 other students, but there are more rooms and could be even more) both the family and workers were all very friendly and often available to chat with. I ended up keeping my room an extra week (without food), to use as a base while I took various trips to different places around Guatemala, which worked out well for me.
I felt like by the end of the week I had regained most of my previous Spanish knowledge, and if I'd had another week or two, I believe I would have made a lot more progress. I spent the next week traveling to a few other places in Guatemala (Lake Atitlan area, Chichicastenango, and Tikal), and my revitalized Spanish definitely stood me well! (side-note - I found a great Travel Agency, "Sunrise Travel Antigua", owned and operated by Corrina and Vivian - also super helpful and professional at arranging all sorts of transportation, lodging, etc. - see Trip Advisor for more on them!)
As others have noted, Antigua is a great City to both learn and have fun, with many interesting historical sites, great restaurants and cafes, music, lots of places to peruse and purchase local crafts and textiles.
All in all a great experience! I hope I'll have the chance to get back and improve my Spanish and see and learn more of Guatemala!
Muchos gracias Letty, Byron, and Julio Jr!
I studied at Antiguena for just 5 days, but had a great time and my Spanish definitely improved. My teacher was Sheny Flores and I can't recommend her highly enough, she was extremely patient with me and we shared a lot of great conversations each afternoon together (in Spanish!).
Yesenia and Aramilda
My wife and I studied for 5 days and had a great time. The grounds of the school are very pleasant and the atmosphere is conducive to learning. Both of our instructors were very patient, personable, professional and fun. They organized a small outing to Mt Tenedor for our last day which was very enjoyable and gave us the opportunity to apply what we had learned. We were sorry when the lessons were over and would very much have liked to continue. We genuinely felt that we were making progress every day and what we learned was very helpful in our travels. I would recommend the school to anyone and I hope I have the chance to study here again in the future.
I am happy, that I was at this school in Antigua. It was a great time. First I was a little unsure, if it would feel like holidays. But I had a very good teacher (Sheany?) and it was very helpful to speak with her of a lot of interesting themes. By this I learned better to understand the spoken language, amended my vocabulary and besides Sheany corrected my mistakes. It a very good manner to learn a language. Beyond it it is a very beautiful place. We were sitting under arcades and during the break you can sit in the garden and meet other pupils. The little excursions in the afternoon also were very nice. I can really recommend this school.
I've stopped studying spanish 12 years ago and I didn't really practice in between.
I've stayed only one week but my teacher Mirtala de Castellanos did such a good job. At the end of that week it was like I never stopped practicing spanish. Incredible
My homestay was wonderful and I did learn a lot about the culture and it was a complete imersion.
I highly recommend that school for anyone who want to improve his/her spanish level and want to discover Guatemala with the locals.
I just can say that this school is absolutly recomendable! My teacher Lily focused on my weaknesses and after only one week my spanish skills improved radically! She also was really into my special request of improving my volabulary for a scientific work i was working on! I also learned a lot about culture, traditions and history... the hours flew away with Lily because it was also absolutely interesting to listen to here stories! So choose this school and you wont be disappointed!
I was a student in this school during Nov -16 and took 4h classes every morning with Gaby Carrillo.
I was very shy at first when speaking, but Gaby made me feel comfortable and always took the lead of the conversation when I couldn't express myself. After my first class with her she knew what level I was at and made a monthly plan that we followed. She was always on time and was always attentive. Her patience, being able to explain all the grammar and way to teach is what makes her an excellent teacher.
Today I'm still traveling and thanks to Gaby I can communicate in the way I wished when I first came to the school a few months ago.
I'm very pleased with my experience with Antiguena and would highly recommend them to anyone that wants to learn or improve their Spanish!
A little more then a year ago my wife and I as a retirement activity decided to learn Spanish. Our goal is to become fluent, travel and learn more about Hispanic culture and history. In October 2015 we began weekly tutoring sessions. Last fall we decided to enhance our learning by attending a Spanish language school in Central or South America. While our knowledge of Spanish grammar was reasonably good our conversational abilities were weak.
After reviewing Spanish language schools in Central and South America we selected Antigua as our destination given its culture and history. After reviewing Antigua Spanish schools we selected Antiguena Spanish Academy based on its web-site, various on-line reviews, and our desire for a one-to-one student instructor relationship. I corresponded directly with the school and informed them about our level of knowledge and expectations, in hopes we would be matched with appropriate instructors.
I was assigned Byron as my instructor. It did not take me long to realize that I was assigned one of the best instructors. Byron quickly assessed my skill level and my desires and interests and created a work plan to help me maximize my objectives during the 30 hours we would spend together. For example, knowing that I was eager to improve my conversational skills while gaining a greater understanding of the history and culture of Guatemala, Byron lead me in numerous conversations which accomplished both objectives. He conversed with me at a speed and using words which enabled me to respond and learn. He would politely help me with responses when I struggled with words or made grammatical mistakes. Byron helped me greatly improve my conversational abilities and increase my knowledge of the culture and history of Guatemala and Antigua. Because of his skill and humor I could not wait for the next day's class to begin.
After spending four hours each morning with Byron I was very fortunate to be assigned Tatiana in the afternoon. She too was an excellent match and greatly added to my experience with Byron. For example when she realized I was having trouble with some pronunciations the following class she brought various aids to help me overcome my deficiencies.
The instructions and knowledge I received from both Byron and Tatiana together with the beauty and history of Antigua made my week's vacation a great success. My wife similarly had great success with her instructors and enjoyed our trip immensely.
I attended Antiguena Spanish Academy in Antigua, Guatemala in Feb 2017 for 2 weeks. I had some reservations about going for such a short period (seems like most folks recommend a month), but couldn't get more than 2 weeks away from work and family. I can say that is was definitely worth the trip. My ability to speak and listen improved enormously. Julio who runs the school arranged for shuttles to and from the airport (so it was very safe). The city of Antigua is absolutely incredible. The people are amazing and the city has an incredible number of ruins, churches and other sites to see. The school itself was awesome. I had 6 hours a day of one on one instruction. I wouldn't go any other way than one on one instruction. When it's just you and you instructor, there is no place to hide and sit back; plus you aren't limited by what others in your group know. You can immediately start in on the appropriate level and your instructor can push you along at an appropriate rate. My instructor for both weeks was Mauro. He was incredible. Never thought that sitting around talking to a complete stranger would be so easy. We would spend the morning in class talking, then in the afternoon we would generally head out to a local site and continue chatting about locals, food, local customs, etc. Super easy guy to chat with and I can't recommend him too much. Never felt self conscious with him. I also had some interaction with another teacher named Aurora Ordonez. She had the classroom next to us and was easy to chat with as well. My host family was Oolga (who is also a teacher at the school). She was fantastic. The room was simple and clean and the food was great. Oolga sat with us for every meal and chatted with us in Spanish. A couple other students said they weren't pleased with their host families for a variety of reasons (nothing bad, typically there were other students in the house that spoke too much English). Both students complained to Julio, and had new host families by that afternoon. Point is, if you don't care for your host family or teacher, Julio will change it right away. Very responsive. If you have spent any amount of time looking at schools, you will also see that this school is MUCH cheaper than many other options. It's the real deal though. Very affordable and worth it. I am hoping to bring my kids next year. One last thing, just another shout out for my instructor, Mauro. This guy was great and I would suggest requesting him to anyone who attends the school.
Antiguena was amazing! I had Lorena Aguilar as my teacher for 3 weeks and she was excellent teacher, extremely patient and very knowledgable. highly recommended!
I had studied at the acadamia for 3 weeks in 2016 and was able to return to study for 2 weeks in February 2017. Attending the school and being in Antigua is a rich cultural experience in addition to learning more Spanish. The school is well organized and yet flexible enough to meet students' individual learning styles and needs. The staff at the school is very supportive. The additional activities offered are a great way to see the surroundings, learn more about the local culture and practice understanding and speaking Spanish. I requested the same teacher I had last year, Ana Luis. Ana has very good interpersonal skills and teaching skills. Both years she has been excellent at assessing my skill level, needs and learning style. She encouraged me to converse and also wanted to teach me additional grammer and vocabulary. I felt like we were a team in working toward the goal of my increased confidence and competence in conversing in Spanish. She did encourage me to do homework after class, which enhanced the learning during the mornings. We had fun and interesting conversations together. The 4 hour morning classes flew by. I am planning to return to study Spanish at the school in 2018. I will request Ana as my teacher again. I highly recommend the school. I am impressed by some of the new flexible opportunities offered on the website.
I had a wonderful experience there! My teacher Carmen was wonderful! She was so patient and kind. The homestay was great, nice family, clean and comfortable. I learned so much in the week I was there. I can't wait to return and learn more!
I spent 4 weeks learning Spanish with Ana, she is amazing, so patient and funny, we laughed a lot and I learned so much. I already had a background and lots of words but she corrected my bad habits and helped me understand those verbos!! It is a great place to learn, a beautiful garden,lots of birds and a gato. My homestay was equally rewarding, a wonderful family who spoke Spanish with us during and after all the delicious meals. Joylanda never repeated any meals except for pepian which I loved.
I have had wonderful experiences at the school. The teachers were very sensitive to my goals, my needs and my level. I was here at the school twice for one week each last year. I have just completed another 5 ½ weeks. I have had 4 teachers: Lily Garcia, Iliana López, Bittia Mejia and Daniela Hernandez Monroy. I have enjoyed working with all four. All these teachers were dedicated, knowledgeable and patient. Although I don't want to single anyone out, Daniela went above and beyond my expectations. She helped me make contacts with universities and hospitals in Antigua and in Guatemala City and did research on my behalf after hours that greatly helped me with a project I am undertaking in Honduras. Daniela also helped me find volunteer work at the Obras Sociales.
My home stay with César was clean and the food was great. Elida, the cook was fantastic - we rarely had the same meal twice in the 5 weeks! César and Elida were both courteous and helpful. Julio was always pleasant and helpful. He listened to my requests and found me exactly the perfect teachers! I certainly have high praise for the school, the teachers, and my home stay arrangements. I am sure you will enjoy it too.
I sent out inquiries to several schools before I came to Antigua and Antiguena was the first to respond. I couldn't decide to commit to studying but went to the school when I arrived and was impressed right away by the professionalism and curtesy showed to me by Julio junior. I decided to take one week of study to shore up the little Spanish I already knew. I believe I was very fortunate to have been assigned Janet Caceres as my maestra. She speaks excellent English but would only use it as a last resort. Her many years of experience were put to the test because I'm not the fastest learner. I was very proud of the progress we made in only a week. And studied in a beautiful garden setting to boot. 4 hours of one on one study in the morning and then optional 2 hour activities in the afternoon. The activities were wonderful and a great way to go out and practise some Spanish. I certainly recommend this school.
My two weeks at the Antiguena Academy were great! My teachers, Irma and Laura, were engaging, flexible and helpful. The is an ideal school for increasing your fluency!
Hello, I brought a group of seven students to Antigua to study Spanish at Antiguena Spanish Academy for one week. The school was very helpful in accommodating 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 Nov 2017. Feel free to e-mail me if you are thinking about bringing a group or would like to know more about our experience. Sincerely, Jenay Denman
I spent 10 days with four hours a day of one on one instruction at the Antigüeña Spanish Academy in Antigua, Guatemala. I am an entry level Spanish speaker. The experience was absolutely top shelf. I recommend it to anyone interested in beginning Spanish all the way through to those just wanting to sharpen their already advanced speaking level. Antigua is a delightful town to spend time in. The afternoon school activities are quite diverse. The setting for instruction is in a idyllic tropical garden. The teachers are knowledgeable, patient, and interesting people to converse with. I give the entire experience five stars.
I have been at Antiguena Spanish Academy for one week, studying 6 hours a day (8-12, 1:30-3:30). The lessons have been incredibly intense but also exceptionally fruitful.
Before I started the week my Spanish was mostly singular words pulled together to find meaning. As I leave this week I feel confident in my understanding of the present tense and both regular and irregular verbs.
I have had two teachers, with the morning more dedicated to grammar, homework checking and correction and conversation, and my afternoon to practicing my morning's developments, mostly through conversation.
My morning lessons have been with Lucia. I have immensely enjoyed her lessons and humorous personality. She is incredibly clear, speaks slowly and is very patient. I have enjoyed her use of games and interesting subject matter to help develop my knowledge and vocabulary. When I leave my morning lessons I feel that I have become more understanding of the Spanish language: grammar, written and vocal.
My afternoon teacher was Lety. Her role was to help develop my teachings from the morning and develop my conversation skills. We spent much of the 2 afternoon hours in conversation and amending my spoken grammar, teaching me additional words and correcting pronunciation. Her teaching style is very conversational. I struggle with vocalising my understanding but I feel this time has helped me listen to and comprehend more spoken Spanish. She too has a fun sense of humour which would be good for those who are more confident speakers.
Due to the 6 hour a day schedule I did not participate in any of the additional activities, as I would have had to re-arrange my lessons to have either longer lessons on a number of days or do my lessons after the activity - I would be been too mentally exhausted to do this as I already left my lessons very drained by trying to understand and learn.
My homestay family have been wonderful. Their house is large and clean. They have been very inviting of my boyfriend and sit and talk with me at all of my meals to help me work on my Spanish. Their food menu for the week means that you never have the same thing twice and they are accommodating of any dietary requirements. The only disappointment for me was that I was the only student for 4 days of my stay which meant I was unable to practice as much as I would like or have similar level Spanish conversation to bounce off. However, this has meant I have not been able to speak any English at home.
Unfortunately due to remaining time left in Central America I cannot extend my stay at the school. If I did extend, I would reduce my hours down to 4 as I felt 6 was too tiring, especially as my afternoon lessons were moved forward. As there are now additional students in my casa I would happily continue where I am.
I would recommend this school to those looking to learn Spanish quickly: the teachers are great and friendly, the location of the classes is beautiful and the homestay option is great.
My name is Ora Bernard and together with my husband Claude we have just finished 3 weeks of intensive Spanish studies at the Academy. My husband did not know any Spanish prior to coming to Antigua. I finished 2nd year Spanish at Melbourne University, Australia and my aim was to be able to speak and understand Spanish and to improve my grammar.
I definitively reached these goals. My teacher Lily Garcia is the best teacher one can have. We had very interesting conversations and I learned a lot about the history of Guatemala, the civil war, the politics and life in general in this fascinating country. I had a lot of fun with Lily, she is always in a good mood and we laughed a lot. Time seems to fly! Before I came to Antigua I had several issues with the grammar. Lily helped me to understand the use of the different past tenses and gave me many exercises for practice. It makes such a difference to have such an experienced and intelligent teacher. My afternoon teacher was Rosa. We had very interesting conversations with her. With Rosa we also spoke about the history and politics of Guatemala but we also spoke about practical things such as cooking and the different food in Guatemala and Australia. We also laughed a lot. Claude's teacher were Carmen in the morning and Lydia in the afternoon. Claude worked very hard and obtained a good base and hopefully he will continue to study back home.
Our home stay was at Maria's house. We had a lot of fun there. We enjoyed the company of the different people and made new friends. Maria and her helper Julia are excellent cooks and the food was delicious, good Guatemalan cuisine. The rooms were comfortable and very clean. Maria took care of us as a good mother. We took advantage of the weekends and traveled to different tourist attractions with the help of Vela travel agent and the suggestion of my teacher Lily. It was sad to leave Guatemala but my 3rd year Spanish starts in a week and I am definitively ready for the challenge!
Antiquena Spanish Academy
Professor "Lucia Del Carmen Celis Juarez"
I elected to attend a Spanish Immersion course for 6 weeks. Prior to this decision I emailed and communicated with many different Spanish Immersion Schools and like you I read reviews. I chose Antiquena Spanish Immersion with 6 hours of classes each day. My schedule was 8-12 and 2-4. My time during this 6 weeks was time well spent. I am pleased with the progress that I was able to make in my learning of the Spanish language. Antequena cares about each of their students and sees to their receiving value for the time they are attending in addition to accommodating their requests should they not "click" with their professor or not be satisfied with their home stay, etc. There is a wide range of each and don't hesitate to ask if one is not working for you.
My professor, Lucia Celis, was extremely professional and obviously an experienced teacher. She has many years with Antiguena and she easily accessed my level of Spanish and proactively guided me in my understanding of the Spanish language. She is creative in her ways of teaching and is able to maintain a positive attitude during times of my frustration. She is well versed in current events and my learning conversations were kept interesting as she incorporated current world events and past Guatemalan culture. Lucia also provides creative games to enhance learning. She is the type of teacher I believe to be beneficial, using time wisely, correcting my improper conjugations and waiting as I re-speak the correction. The quality of education that was provided to me was even more that what I had anticipated. I couldn't be more pleased. My reason of possibly returning to Antiguena is highly influenced by my experience with Lucia's talent and skills as an educator, she has a gift and her teaching is not just a job for her a person can tell she takes great pride in her abilities to provide education to a person and make a difference.
Each afternoon Antiguena provides optional tours at no additional cost. These were also fun and interesting. If there was something else you specifically wanted to see or visit you can use your teacher and class time to do this, conversing in Spanish as you travel on a bus or listening to Spanish guides. Lucia would challenge me to understand all I was able and after the tour to explain in Spanish what I had experienced.
I utilized my time during the hours of 12-2 to take a yoga class from Mercedes Ani of Healing Hands Yoga. This too was beneficial as it provided me something different than my grammar class and I felt refreshed and renewed when I returned for my afternoon Spanish classes.
Students at Antiquena have the opportunity of a morning teacher and a different afternoon teacher. I did this at the beginning and then requested that I be placed with Lucia for each morning and afternoon. I believe Lucia to be one of the best professors that Antiguena has. I found my afternoon class with Lucia to have immense value.
I stayed at a home close to the school next to Iglesias La Merced, a great centrally located home. This home was designed more like a hotel which was great as you were provided privacy and space if you desired. The Family Santiz and the workers that help to maintain the home and prepare meals were consistently cheerful and a person could hear them singing as they did the laundry by hand or cleaned, which was a good reflection on the Santiz family. You are probably saying to yourself that I'm beginning to sound like I'm "Snow White" living with the 7 dwarfs, but it really was this good. One thing I would point out is to bring a bath towel as these are not provided.
Antiquena also provides to and from airport shuttle services.
-Carry Kleenex pocket packs
-Tennis shoes are best for cobble stone streets
-Dress in layers cool mornings and evenings but warm day time
-Crimes of opportunity are prevalent, be alert. Don't carry a purse. Currently there are two guys on a motorcycle that target people with purses etc. this isn't limited to late night and dark deserted streets. I personally met 3 people that experienced this. Give them whatever as they are dangerous. They were arrested yesterday however it looks like they will be released as the judge was too busy for the girl from Holland statement and re-scheduled her on a date after she had left Guatemala. This is not to scare any of you only to express reality. Overall Antigua is probably one of the safest cities and most beautiful with history of all Guatemala.
"Mercedes Ani" at Healing Hands Spa
"La Parada" - coffee, tea, hot chocolate - across from Iglesias La Merced
"Cafe Viejo" - chocolate croissants etc.
"Cafe Condesa" macadamia nuts and greens salad
"Tacool" fast food tacos
"Bio Lavanderia" - across from Iglesias la Merced and through the coffee shop "La Parada"
"Pot Nim" on Calle de Arco - low prices - all Guatemala products
-"Chocolate Antigua" - San Juan Del obispo
-"Azotea Coffee Farm"
-"Hotel Santo Domingo" Museums & Grounds
-"Various Ruins" - to many to list
-Lago Atitlan - natural preserve and zip line "ultra extreme"
-Pacaya Volcano hike (rent a horse on the way up)
I loved my experience of learning Spanish with Silvia. Silvia is a wonderful teacher and I learnt so much in my 2 weeks. She has great tips for helping to remember the verbs and was very patient. An absolute bonus were the suggestions of what to see and explore in Antigua. This also added to the amazing experience I had in class and in Antigua. I would totally recommend having lessons with her.
I had just under two weeks ate the school in December with my teacher Aurora. It was a lovely and warm experience. On arrival everything was arranged and i didn't have to think about anything much. My teacher Aurora is a warm and wise woman and I enjoyed so much our conversations and outings to the local areas. She is a very patient but skilled teacher. Being surrounded by nature in the garden, as well as local culture and many other students that are there to learn Spanish, enriched my stay and ensured i made many wonderful memories and new friends. I hope to go again and study with my teacher Aurora again too.
I recently studied at Angueña Spanish Academy for 5 weeks. throughout this time I had the same teacher, Bayron Garcia. When I began classes I had minimal Spanish experience, only what I had picked up in my travels in Mexico. My 5 weeks with Bayron were incredible, he was a great teacher who not only tailored the lessons to my ability and personal needs, but he made my time at school interesting, informative and fun. I learnt so much spanish in 5 weeks, going from next to nothing to being able to converse with people in the streets, and speak in 5 different tenses.
My home stay for 5 weeks with Walter and Vicky was also incredible. It really felt like home there every day. They are such lovely people and each day there was fun and exciting. I also was able to spend christmas there which really made it feel like I was at home with my family. I cant recommend this family more strongly to anyone considering doing a homestay. It is the perfect amount of immersion with a Guatemalan family as both Walter and Vicky don't speak english, but with other students staying in the house you are able to speak in english if there are times when you might not understand whats going on in spanish.
My experience as a whole was life changing, and something which I can strongly recommend to anyone who is considering studying here.
I thank Julio and the rest of the school so much for my experience there, I hope to be back one day in the near future!
My time at Antigüeña Spanish Academy with my teacher Sheny Garcia was absolutely amazing!
I arrived with 1 week of studying in mind and stayed for 3.
Sheny is warm, easy going and hilarious. We laughed often and explored all realms of conversation. Sheny is also very organized and her experience teaching shows. My lesson plans were always tailored specifically to me and my learning needs.
I would return in a heartbeat and look forward to doing so next year.
As they say in Guatemala, "Pan para hoy, hambre para mañana", or in other words, nothing is free in life. Having worked diligently with my incredible instructor Sheny for 1 month, I now have the knowledge and confidence to carry a conversation with my host family, other students and locals. Figuratively, Sheny taught me to cook bread (pan), so that I can continue to nourish myself with the Spanish language and culture. I am eternally grateful for the diligence and patience of Sheny, as she really gave me the room to learn at my pace, with a variety of methods and games that really worked. With over 30 years of teaching Spanish, Sheny is amazing and most highly recommended! I must also note that my homestay was incredible. Chiqui and Oscar shared their home and family with me for a full month during Christmas and New Years. They helped me practice Spanish, provided comfortable accommodations, and prepared delicious food. My overall experience was truly fantastic! Thank you!!
I would also like to add my appreciation for Amanda's welcome at her homestay. There were several other students from the school there, and the atmosphere was always welcoming and cheerful. The food was plentiful, varied, and delicious. She invited us to join her family in the Las Posadas procession one evening before Christmas, which was a very special experience. ¡Muchas gracias, Amanda!
The school was excellent and a good value. My Maestro was Julio the Great, who also,owns the school and operates it with his talented son Julio. The one on one teaching is a key asset as well as their willingness and ability to customize their program for an individual or a group. Antigua is a beautiful place and Guatemala is an amazing place. It is a very safe and comfortable place.
I just came back from spending two weeks at Antiguena. I did five hours a day (8-1) with Eugenia Flores ("Jenny"). I was very impressed with the whole operation. I went with my spouse and three year-old, even though I was the only student, and stayed at a home stay. Our initial placing wasn't to our liking (too basic and not ideal for a child), but the school quickly worked to identify a new place for us the next night that was perfect. The school setting is great, with a wonderful garden and individual tables for each student/teacher combination. Jenny was a great teacher and conversationalist. I already had a good background in Spanish, that was unfortunately quite rusty. She did lots of conversation to bring it back up, and ended each day with more intensive grammar reviews. While we were there, we even had my spouse and daughter do one week of courses, which I didn't initially think to do since my daughter is so young, but this worked out perfectly for everyone. In the end, I would have hoped to cover more ground grammatically, but perhaps that is just me being overly optimistic. But I progressed quite a bit and really enjoyed my time there. The housing was great, the city is very cool, the climate is excellent, and the price is right! So glad I chose to go there!
¡Carlos Manuel es el hombre!
I had a ridiculously fun and educational three weeks at Antiguena Spanish School in Antigua, Guatemala. It was so good it should be illegal.
My teacher, Carlos Manuel, has 18 years of experience teaching Spanish. The quality of his teaching was superb and our conversations were incredibly diverse, educational, and fun. Our discussions ranged from socio-political issues to swapping crass jokes. After three weeks in Antiguena, I have much more fluidity speaking Spanish, am able to access a lot more grammatical structures in my conversations, and have a much wider vocabulary.
I highly recommend taking advantage of the homestay option. It's way cheaper than staying in a hostel or hotel, a great way to meet other students, and a sweet opportunity to get insight into the culture and daily lives of Guatemalans. I stayed with Señora Vicky and had a 5 star experience. The house way clean, the food was always excellent, and I made a bunch of close friends with the other students living there.
I had a solid foundation in Spanish coming in and a high desire to learn, so I was able to make a lot out of the experience. Like anything in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Doing your homework, taking extra time outside of class to memorize new vocabulary, being proactive and asking questions during class, getting a good night's sleep, blah, blah, blah . . . you know the drill. But seriously, studying outside of class is just as important, if not more so, than the time you spend in class.
Antigua is a super fun town with a hopping nightlife, and I know lots of students who lost themselves in that vortex of bar hopping, drinks, dancing, and fiesta, and did not improve their Spanish very much as a result. If your only goal coming to Guatemala is to learn Spanish, I would recommend going to Xela or some other quieter city. But if you want to strike a good balance between studying and having a good time, I can't recommend Antigua and Antiguena enough.
Hi everyone i recommend this school they have professional teachers and an amazing garden to learn, moreover I want to recommend my adorable teacher Silvia Leal she made the learning so much more fun ask for her!
My five weeks learning Spanish at Antiguena Spanish Academy has been a wonderful experience. The venue is beautiful and the teachers are great. Having a teacher all to yourself really makes learning fun and non competitive. My teacher Olga Maria Gálvez was able to taylor lessons just for me and concentrate on areas that needed extra help. She was punctual, professional, and patient. I didn't speak much Spanish before I arrived but I now feel quite confident speaking when out and about. I would highly recommend her to anyone thinking of studying Spanish in Antigua. Adios y buena suerte!
I studied Spanish here for 5 weeks and was very impressed with everything.
My teacher Julia was really competent and very patient.
She made me feel at ease and was so encouraging. I never had a Spanish teacher before who could explain the grammar so well. She really knows both languages inside out and is a real linguist. It is because of Julia that I developed a love for the Spanish language and that I will continue studying and some day come back to Antigua because it was such a great educational experience all around.
I especially liked that my teacher Julia incorporated all skills of language learning:
Listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
The material was interesting and variable with authentic stories, news, songs, films, books, language games and discussions in small groups.
I also enjoyed the cultural outings to farms, plantations, museums, churches, and markets.
Muchas Gracias Julia!
Muchas Gracias Julio tambien!
Spent 5 weeks at this school in Casa de Vicky and my teacher Mary.
Mary speaks both amazing in Spanish and English which is a big factor if you have no Spanish at all as it saves so much time. Firstly she is a really good teacher and makes sure everything is clear with understanding, plenty of communication and builds confidence, secondly she makes you feel relaxed, always got a smile on her face and makes you laugh, being relaxed when trying to talk is important. Out of hours she will message and also made sure I was ok by doing a check at my home stay when I get sick..
The home stay at Vickys was also perfect for me. Perfect for young people. The family is great and very welcoming. Make you feel at home and also eat eat and socialise with us so it's not a case of us and them. Vicky will bend over backwards to help.
Couldn't be happier with the family and my teacher. Both have been so welcoming and great
I went to Antuqua for 2 weeks having only the goal to immerse myself in Spanish language and culture. I then went on to Monterrico to continue my studies for another week. Antigua is an excellent place to study and as a solo woman traveler I felt safe and empowered. In fact, most of the other students I met were solo women who were traveling all over Central America. I have rave reviews about the school and particularly my teacher, Lucia. The garden setting was a great environment to learn and the 1/2 hr break allowed for some socializing to get to know other students. I came there as an advanced beginner Spanish speaker and my teacher was able to "get me to the next level". Very personalized teaching with a combination of focusing on grammar and conversation. The school works very hard to make sure you have a good experience by checking in regularly and also being available during the days. They also offer a lot of afternoon activities which round out your experience in terms of learning about Mayan culture and local activities.
(While I felt very positive about Antiguena Spanish Academy when I left, that feeling was reinforced by my experience at the school in Monterrico where the teacher was mediocre and there was no sense that the director had any commitment to molding the student's experience.)
A word about the home stay. It's a great idea to be living with a local family as part of the immersion experience. I stayed in 2 different locations, and asked for a change only because my first placement was where there were 5 other students, and the only language we all spoke was English. I really wanted to NOT speak English while I was there and asked for a different home stay. (Julio was very accommodating in my request). The next site was with a family where most of the time I ate with the only other student who didn't speak much Spanish and wasn't very friendly. All this is to say, be flexible and have low expectations. If you're looking for to live with a family who's priority is to help you with your Spanish, then you'll be disappointed. There were good and bad things about both the places I stayed, so figure out what is most important: hot shower? Good bed? Ventilation/window? No other students? Noise? Smoking restrictions? If you know what is most important to you at the beginning you're more likely to have a better match.
While walking the streets of Antigua I saw several of the other schools that I had looked at on the website. I never met anyone who studied at any of them...so I can't make any useful comparison . Only to say that I never saw any people/staff at those sites.
In my three weeks here at the escuela de Espanol I have learned more spanish than I ever could have done with tutoring back home. Learning in a one to one basis with my maestro Laura made the process so much easier and gave me lots of practice with conversation. My homestay with Vicky and Walter gave me a very social environment to meet new people, relax and a safe environment to practice my spanish. The food was amazing and Vicky was especially helpful in making an effort to talk spanish to us slowly and clearly.
Antigua itself was a city with so much to offer. If you want night life then it has many great bars and an awesome pool party on saturday nights. You can spend plenty of time walking around antigua or catching a chicken bus to a local town to go exploring. I had the great opportunity of visiting the palace and taking part in a parade with the Vice Minister of Culture and Sports. It was an awesome experience and something that I will remember forever. Thank you to Vicky, my maestra Laura and Julio for the great experience I had and I will definitely return one day.
Our family had a wonderful week with the school. They were flexible and allowed us to start mid-week and finish on a Sunday to accommodate our travel schedule. Our children had Tatianna as their teacher, and it was very evident that she enjoyed her time each day with the kids. Both our 10 year-old and our 8 year-old looked forward to their time with her, and made improvements in their Spanish. My husband and I worked with Sylvia, who was very knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions. In addition to sharing a few good laughs, she also gave us many great insights into the region, and its people. Our children much preferred being in a homestay to a hotel or vacation rental, and it was great to have home-cooked meals after so many weeks of traveling. I would definitely recommend Antigua Spanish School.
I studied in the school for 4 weeks with Silvia Leal. I really liked the concept of the 1-to-1 teaching because Silvia could focus on my strengths and weeknesses and she did! After assessing my level in the first lesson we kept going with Grammar, Vocabulary and most important with talking. She is a great teacher, really patient and so funny!
I did as well a home-stay and stayed in the really famous "Casa de Vicky". I can highly recommend to stay there. The family is just amazing, so friendly! Vicky pays attention to every student and always encouraged us to speak spanish.
I studied Spanish for four weeks with Ana Luis, and I learned a lot, we had so much fun and the time went by fast. I have nothing to say, but praises to the school, admin staff (Julio Jr.), all the teachers for their professionalism and dedication to their work and their students.
Ana was really patient and encouraging with me. She is a gentle, kind person and she really helped improve my confidence in Spanish. We focused a lot on conversation, which is what I wanted to work on. I went in with very little Spanish, and now I can have simple conversations with people that I meet. I use the verbs and vocabulary that Ana taught me quite often. I also learned a lot about the culture and history of Guatemala. I highly recommend Ana to anyone wanting to study Spanish with a dynamic and knowledgeable teacher.
I especially enjoyed the location in the garden, it's very calm and relaxing. I find it easy to concentrate and focus on the lessons. I also find that the typical Guatemalan snacks during break time is an excellent touch to add to the immersion experience.
Juan-Pablo Reyes (JP)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Oct. 31 - Nov. 25, 2016
My four children (ages 8,10,14, and 16) studied Spanish for a Little over 2 months in Antigua. It was a big investment of time and money, so I looked into a lot of schools before chosing Antiguena Spanish Academy, For us, it was a combination of the Price, the location, and the quality of teaching that kept us there for the entire time.
The location was a Little further away for us to walk, but the garden was such a great place to learn that it was woth it. It's big and open, the food during snacktime was a hit (Q1 chocobananos and Q3 tacos), and they were able to meet other students. And they loved the cat.
The best part for us was the teachers. I had considered doing 2 of my kids with 1 teacher, but it went so much better with them being one on one. My older 2 had Carmen Cardenas and Laura Hernández. They did a fantastic job challenging them, making the class interesting and having fun at the same time. I would highly recommend both of them.
My younger two were the ones I was most worried about since I wasn't sure if they would have the attention span for four hours. They ended up attending more days of school than my older two and there was never a single day that they didn't want to go. It was a miracle! Leti Garcia was super patient and sweet with my 8-year-old. It was exactly what she needed. She loved going to school and Leti worked with her to find ways to learn that fit her motivations and attention span.
My 10-year-old was the one I was the most worried about since he has a pretty strong personality and can be really stubborn. Janet Caceres was phenomenal with him. She embraced him 100% and worked with him to créate games he enjoyed, always found ways to compliment him, and at the same time held him accountable when he wasn't putting forth the effort he should. Our time in Spanish school would have been so different if I had had to push and prod him to do his Spanish, but I never did.
The office was great to work with and helped me find solutions for the weeks where our Schedule changed. We hope to be able to return some day to continue!
I have just finished my two weeks of spanish school and it has been amazing. I have been living in a homestay "casa de vicky" which was a really good decision. Me and the 7 other students living in the family felt so welcomed and they took so good care of us (amazing food). And you learn so much more than spanish when living in a family from a diffetent culture. I chose 4 hours of spanish each day and for me it was perfect. I knew no spanish before and now I know so much.all thanks to my fabulos maestra Carmen. We have had many laughs and interesting conversationes about the differences between our "países" and she always listens and wants me to evolve. This has been a great experience and I would do it again if I got the opportunity.
I stayed in home stay and studied Spanish for 2 weeks. My teacher was Sheny Flores, who I would highly recommend. She was cool, easy to talk to, and able to sense when I was not understanding something and clearly communicate it in a different manner.
We had Spanish classes for three weeks and enjoyed it very much. Our teacher, Marta Oviedo, tought us a lot. Her English is also very good, which helped us a lot understanding the grammatics better since we are beginners. After these three weeks we really have the feeling that our Spanish improved. We stayed at a really nice family aswell. Maria, the woman of the family, was really helpfull and cooked good meals for us. We can recommend taking classes at Antigueña!
Estudió con Domingo during cuatro semanas por mañana y una semana por la tarde. Estoy muy contenta de estas clases porque mi profesor se monstró muy capaz de adaptarse a sus alumnos. Ademas es un hombre de alta cultura, curioso de todo y abierto . Es tambien un profesor muy paciente que no se cansa corregir los errores de sus alumnos y que tiene un buen sentido de humor.
Lo siento pero no estoy capaz escribir una noticia en inglés.
I studied Spanish at Antiguena for four weeks. My teacher, Elvira, was excellent. She was patient, funny, clear, warm and easy to talk to. I came in with an intermediate level of Spanish, and she pushed me to improve - which was exactly what I needed.
I thought that four hours per day would feel long, but the mornings flew by. She brought me interesting articles and books to use as a springboard for conversation. She also targeted my needs very specifically, teaching me grammar points that she noticed that I often got stuck on. Lessons were dynamic, engaging and a lot of fun. I feel that she really helped me improve.
Once or twice a week, Elvira and I would leave the classroom and learn in the real world. We visited the market twice, giving me the opportunity to talk to lots of people and learn the names of many new fruits and vegetables. We went to a coffee finca where I was able to learn more about how coffee is made - in Spanish, of course! She even gave me a private cooking lesson and taught me how to make pupusas and dobladas.
The garden setting at Antiguena is beautiful. It was such a tranquil place, with individual tables scattered amongst birds and flowers. Even though there were a lot of people studying at the same time, there was enough space in between tables and it wasn't at all distracting. Strong coffee (free) and delicious Guatemalan snacks (very cheap) made it even better. The school also offers afternoon cultural activities - interesting and very well-organized.
Overall, I highly, highly recommend taking lessons here! I truly miss seeing Elvira's smiling face every morning, and I hope to go back again someday!
I've had a great experience at ANTIGÜEÑA. My teacher Karla has been fantastic and always has a simple way of explaining new concepts and all the "rules". Karla also shares a lot about live in Guatemala. Our homestay has also been fantastic - from the moment we walked in the door Maria was so positive and friendly. We really feel part of the family and Maria always makes time to have a conversation with you everyday. It was my birthday while I stayed at the casa and Maria made such an effort to make my day special. We've also appreciated that the school is so flexible - we've changed times of lessons to suit our schedule, I changed my first teacher and it was no problem. We've had a great experience and would recommend the school to anyone.
This is my second time at Antiguena and I really enjoyed my experience again. My teacher, Marta L Oviedo was very accommodating and patient with me. When I return I will definitely request her again. The school offered free afternoon activities for the students. During my weeks stay we toured a macadamia nut farm, cerro de la Cruz, and a Local ruin church. All were fun especially the ones travelled to by the chicken bus. I highly recommend the school.
My husband Pete and I have been taking classes at the academy for the past two weeks. We have enjoyed every minute of it! My teacher is Mirtala and I don't think I could have gotten a better fit! I came to the school unfortunately with almost zero Spanish skills. Mirtala has been very patient and kind but also very diligent in her teachings....she ALWAYS corrects me when I need it!!! When we come back next year I will be requesting Mirtala! ☺️
The school also set us up with our homestay which was Manuel & Anna...what can I say about Manuel and Anna....NOTHING BUT WONDERFUL THINGS!!!! My husband and I feel like part of the family. They have two dogs, Sam and Nina who are the sweetest pups EVER! Like I said before, Anna and Manuel feel like our family....they are kind, compassionate and patient with our poor Spanish skills....haha....OH, and I can't forget to mention the meals....the meals have been delicious and plentiful! We also have 2 housemates who are doing the homestay with Anna & Manuel....Jeri and Marni....THE BEST HOUSEMATES EVER, I feel like we have been friends much longer than the few days and couple weeks.
All in all, The Spanish Academy Antiguena is top notch! I would for sure recommend to anyone who is looking for a VERY AFFORDABLE school and stay! And I would undoubtedly recommend Mirtala for a Maestra.
P.s my husband has had two Maestras, Rosario and Angela....he loved both of them and would recommend either one!
Thanks for everything
Jen and Pete Hall
I took classes in Antigua with Lily Garcia for three weeks and had a wonderful experience! Julio set my friend and I up with a homestay and we absolutely loved our host family as well. Our teacher was able to adapt the Spanish classes to the content we struggled with most, while also tying in important cultural and historical information. A few times our teacher took us on a "field trip" and we visited a local market while practicing our Spanish while also visiting a nearby town to learn about their marriage culture. This is an awesome program with amazing teachers and host families!
I wanted to learn spanish for 2 weeks at this school. Instead i stayed for 6 weeks. Learning spanish is so much fun and of course the school deserves credits. Learning in a garden, 1 on 1 with a very good teacher and the pauze for meeting other people wich made mi stay in antigua compleet.
Also important it is the cheapest school in town!
I spent two weeks with Rosario and learned more Spanish than I thought possible. I can understand (slow) spoken Spanish. I am not working in a clinic in Belize and other doctors are able to describe a patient to me in Spanish and I understand them!
I was initially in a home stay that was not sufficient for me and Julio Jr. gave me lots of choices about where to move to. I ended up staying in a wonderful home with one other student. The family was accommodating to my needs and encouraged me to speak to them in Spanish.
I enjoyed the variety of students at the school from all over the world, in various ages.
Mi novia y yo tuvimos 2 excelente maestros. Nosotros empezamos con no Espanyol, pero despues 6 semanas por 4 horas cada dia, nuestro Espanyol es mucho mejor. Ana y Oscar son perfecto maestros y nosotros recomedemos estos. Ellos estuvieron muy paciente y servicial. Deseamos nosotros permanecemos por mas tiempo. Muchos gracias Ana y Oscar. Tambien, our 'madre' en la casa es asombrosa. Ella es muy agradable y cocina delicioso comida todos los dias. Si quieres caliente casa, amable comida y personas, entonces pregunta para Amanda.
During our wonderful time in Antigua we have progressed incredibly with our Spanish. We began with zero Spanish and after 6 weeks with have covered extensively different tenses, sentence structure and grammar as well as a whole load of vocabulary. Our teachers, Ana and Oscar, were more than we could have hoped for. Their experience was obvious, but their personalities shown through. Both incredibly enthusiastic, funny and a joy to be around. With patience and understanding, they made sure our time with Antiguena was one to remember. Our only regret was only staying for 6 weeks. I wish we could have stayed longer.
Hi I was prompted to write a review for my teacher more than a week ago. I hope it is not too late. My teacher was amazing! She was incredibly patient, and lead me through a lot of the material. I was grateful for her skills. I will definitely visit again and request the same teacher one day.
I spent 3 weeks learning Spanish with antiguena and I cannot recommend it more! I wish i was able to stay longer. The airport transfer, although pricey, was definitely worth it when arriving in Guatemala City in the middle of the night. The family I stayed with were absolutely fantastic, cannot recommend Casa de Amanda more highly! Although being on in far side of Antigua to the garden, the walk to and from each day was incredibly enjoyable. Amanda really is an incredible lady, I feel very lucky that I got to stay with her and hangout with the other students staying there! I really like how the Julio's run the school, despite hundreds of students flooding through each year Julio Jr manages to provide a very personalised experience. Finally, definitely have to mention my amazing teacher Noemi!! No tests or written exams were needed for her to figure out my level of Spanish and provide suitable lessons. I felt incredibly comfortable after just an hour or two of chatting, just the right amount of grammer, vocab and conversation, cannot thank her enough!!
I have never tried to learn a language before - and was rather apprehensive about doing so. If you are in a similar position/have very little familiarity with Spanish, I highly recommend my teacher Irma. I had two weeks with Irma - and her approach to learning was very organic and a lot of fun. We would spend time each day wandering around Antigua (to the food and clothes markets, cafes and museums). During this time, she would ask me questions and point things out to build up my vocabulary. Afterwards, we would sit down and write all the new words and verbs leant that day, and I would go back and put them into sentences. Irma is also a very kind and funny person - I really did enjoy spending 4 hours a day with her! Thank you Irma - I wish you all the best, and hope you do get your wee car very soon! (:
I spent a week in Antigua learning Spanish at the Antigueña Spanish Academy.
I was impressed with the whole setup starting with the helpful interactions via email with the office right through to my departure where the whole family came into the street to wave goodbye.
Julio Jr was the guy who welcomed me and helped me to decide what kind of accommodation to go for.
As I'd already learnt some Spanish and really wanted to push myself for my final week in Guatemala I went for a family with no other students, actually living amongst the family rather than in a 'home stay-light' where I'd be more likely to be surrounded by other travelers (and where I'd be more likely to be helping them to improve their English than me practicing my Spanish).
I really fell on my feet!
I stayed with Béatriz Reyes and her family, extended family and miscellaneous friends who dropped in throughout the day and evening.
They were all so friendly and welcoming and took great pains to include me in their conversations. They did not restrict their time with me to just mealtimes.
This is a family that thrives on fun and love. If you're looking for hotel quality accommodation I'd suggest going elsewhere, but if you're more interested in listening and speaking lots of Spanish with a warm, talkative and charming family, I heartily recommend staying with Béatriz.
My teacher for the week was Mary who was equally charming as well as being a most professional educator.
Mary was patient, experienced and well-organised.
To conclude, I really enjoyed and benefited from my experience with this language school and feel it offered very good value for money too.
I had Sonja and Byron as my teachers and both were terrific! I loved the school and learned so much. I had really great conversations with my teachers. My home stay family was with Paco and Amanda and they were very nice! The food was great and my room was just right.
Loved my experience in Antigua.
My teacher for my 4-week Spanish course was Marielena. Her sense of humour, her infectious laugh, her commitment to the curriculum and her knowledge of Guatemalan history made for great lessons. I came to Guatemala with a limited vocabulary in Spanish, and by the end of 4 weeks, I am happy to say that my understanding has improved greatly. I also think that I came away with a more thorough understanding of some of the important historical events that have taken place in Guatemala.
Each week, one of our lessons would be an outing to different parts of La Antigua - una finca de cafe, Cerro Santo Domingo (a must-do outing), a plant nursery, the Independence Day parade and several of the many ruins. Wow is the only way I can describe each of these outings.
I also enjoyed the excursions that the school offered. Byron was an entertaining guide, and he made each outing special. Thanks to Byron for leading these outings and for helping with my (our) understanding of the culture and history of the area.
My 4 weeks included a home stay with the family of Ana Maria Nunez. What a delightful lady! Her meals were hearty and plentiful, and her conversations were lively! She and her grandson, Marco, will always have a special place in my heart.
I also have to thank Santiago and his wife of Vela Travel for all their help in organizing our weekends to other parts of Guatemala. Our guides at each of the places that we visited were amazing.
All in all, I only have great memories of the people who made our trip fantastic and memorable. Thank you one and all for an adventure I will never forget.
I spent a fabulous 4 weeks in Antigua and it was an experience of a lifetime. My experience at the school with Roselia was out of this world. She is a very patient and understanding teacher. I felt very comfortable with her teaching. She had me speaking within the first hour of school. She's very inventive and full of activities which kept me focused on learning Spanish. She was always eager to introduce me to Guatemalan culture through her stories and taking me to places of interest. A great teacher and highly recommended.
My home stay with Family Acajbon was incredibly fantastic. Vicky is a vibrant woman eager to help all students learn and understand Spanish. She always cooked us typical Guatemalan food. Her family are also very welcoming and very friendly. Vicky was always patient and always ready for a good laugh. I will miss my teacher and host family very much. Thank you Antigua and Guatemala for one incredible fantastic experience.
Emmy and Anna were superb, patient and very thorough. After 8 days of instruction, I went from knowing isolated words and phrases to being able to understand basic Spanish on the street. I look forward to returning.
My husband and I had a WONDERFUL time studying at Antiguena Academy. We only studied for one week, but Julio and Marta were incredible instructors who provided us with comfort in practicing, while pushing us to learn quickly. If/when we return to Antigua we will study with these two incredible people again.
We also stayed with a family, Anna Maria & Mario were the sweetest, most welcoming hosts. We had delicious meals every day and loved their neighborhood and our little room with a desk for studying.
Highly reccomend this school, very reasonable 1-1 lessons in lovely gardens, I think the most popular school in Antigua so in your breaks you can make lots of friends. Julia was my teacher, she was great, so patient and personable and I felt I learnt more than just Spanish from her. She was happy and competent to answer any questions I had about Guatemalas history or culture. Also always happy to take the lesson to a park or coffee tour, one day even helped me to a dentist walking around town for a couple of hours to find the right person when I had dental problems. Couldn't reccomend highly enough!
I took one week of classes for 6 hours per day. It was like boot camp! I loved the location and my teachers were wonderful. I learned a lot in a short amount of time and I had materials and notes to take home and practice. I wish I had more time than just a week to be at the school. I will definitely come back! The garden is a beautiful and tranquil place to come learn. I highly recommend.
My experiences with the school have been thoroughly positive. From the pick-up at the airport to the homestay and the lessons. I took 6 hours of Spanish a day - 4 hours grammar and learning games in the moring and 2 hours conversation in the afternoon. In only two weeks I have been able to improve my Spanish considerably whilst enjoying the life in Antigua.
We stayed with Odelia and Adolfo who have been incredibly warm and welcoming and did provide us with everything we needed.
A special thanks to my teachers Blanca and Rosario for all their patience, kindness and relaxed attitudes. Lo disfruté mucho chicas! Voy a pensar en ustedes cuando veo las mariposas en el futuro. ;)
Antiguena Spanish School is more than a school for us. It serves as an anchor for our month-long stay in Guatemala. Julio Jr. is an amazing administrator as he listens and provides good counsel. If we had issues that needed to be resolved, Julio was on top of them. In my observation, since Antiguena has been running for almost 30 years, both Julios have definitely found a successful formula to better serve the needs of Spanish learning visitors from all over the world. I will leave the teaching methodology reviews to others because I would prefer to share what is so special about this school. First, the fairness and responsiveness of the owners, Julio Jr. and Julio Sr.; secondly, the amazing teachers in the school, and thirdly, the best-kept secret in Antigua.
If you would like to find the best Guatemalan food in Antigua, the cantina in the school's El Jardin deserves the highest honor. Every day, I looked forward to the freshest , colorful, natural -tasting spread of snacks available to the students every 10:00am. For me and my two girls, it became a sacred gathering to have our fill for the day: the fried plantain (platano), the chocolate-dipped strawberry, pineapple and banana. Pico de gallo, seasoned shredded chicken, pickled cabbage and beets, cheese, salad, guacamole, salsa verde or roja, and onions sit atop a crispy tostada! Anthony Bourdain would have approved!
Lastly but not least is the quality of the pool of Spanish teachers. My family of three would like a shout out to our amazing teachers: Mirta Andrino, Letty Garcia and Anabelle Garcia. Mirta, thank you for your encouragement and friendship. The recipes for mole is wonderful. Letty, your energy and creativity kept my daughter interested. Anabelle, your calm and collected demeanor was a counterbalance to my energetic younger daughter.
We had so many fond memories of Guatemala, largely because of the school's ability to ground the visitors to learn but also to explore its natural beauty and get to know the people through its hosting program. We made so many friends and we look forward to returning again in the near future.
I recently returned from a trip to Antigua, Guatemala. Being an instructor /advisor of World Languages at the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) in Maryland, I went on this trip to experience firsthand why Antiguena Spanish Academy is recommended on most of language immersion Web sites and garners more than its share of satisfactory reviews.
I now want to add my name to those who appreciate and recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy above the others.
During my brief stay at the school, I was highly impressed with the professionalism of the administration headed by Julio Garcia and his son Julio. Their responsiveness to students´s needs and the quality of instruction were most impressive. Instruction I received from my teacher Lily Garcia at the Advanced level was a very enriching experience learning about the history / culture and civilization of the Mayans.
I was also pleased by the availability of cultural activities offered in and surrounding Antigua, excursions that can be arranged at any time with the help of tour operator Santiago De La Cruz at the Vela travel agency affiliated with school.
In conclusion, it is with pleasure and confidence that I recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy to students and business corporations interested in their quest for learning Spanish in an authentic environment.
I spend one month in Guatemala at the Spanish Academy Antiguena. The entire experience from the first time I arrived I. Antigua was a wonderful. A friend recommended the school and I decided to send an email to request additional information. I got a response quickly with the information and each time I sent an email Julio (the director) responded within a short period of time. He organized my pickup from the airport and I was taken directly to my homestay family. On my departure I also arranged my transportation to the airport with the school but I was a bit worried because I had a very early flight and would need to leave Antigua by 3am. But Julio ensure everything was organized and the driver was at the house to pick me up at exactly 3am. Both Julio senior (owner) and Julio Jr (Administrator) make every effort to ensure each student has the best experience. One of the things I admired was that they seem to know the name of every student and refer to them by name. The entire team at the school is very professional and they make every effort to create an environment conducive for learning. They work towards ensuing that the need of each student is met.
My teachers were excellent! I had 6 hours of class per day so I had one teacher in the morning for 4 hours (Lilly Garcia) and 2 hours in the afternoon with Leticia Garcia Alvarez ( Letty). Each had their unique style of teacher but one thing that was common was that they tailored the classes to meet my need. Lilly uses different methods including organizing group activities (discussions and games) with other students and their teachers. These I found to be quite helpful to build my confidence in speaking and also increase my vocabulary. This also provided an opportunity to learn about the different cultures and traditions of the country that the different students were from as well as Guatemala. I had a great time learning with Lilly she is a very organize and experience teacher and she surely has a lot of patience. It was fun learning with Letty. She always found some funny stories to tell me. One of my weaknesses were pronunciation and she spent a lot of time helping me to improve in that area. She also included the culture of Guatemala in each lesson so that I would have a total experience.
I enjoyed my homestay. The family made me feel right at home from the first day. Eva tried to make sure we practice at home so she sat with us at each meal and we would have a conversation even if we are speaking by counting the words. They never let us feel intimidated each member of the family played a part in helping us improve in speaking the language.
My overall experience was great. I would recommend anyone who want to learn Spanish to choose the Spanish Academy Antiguena you will not regret it.
Muchas gracias a todos!!!! Esta fue buen experiencia
Excelente! My experience with the Antiguena Spanish Academy was fantastic. My teacher, Noemi, was the perfect fit for my learning style. She was motivating and fun to learn from. I would choose to have her as my teacher again. My only negative was that my wife and I had only two weeks to spend there. I hope to come back soon for possibly a longer stay to continue learning. Our host home was very nice with good food, clean and ample accommodations, and a great location with beautiful view of Volcan de Agua. Everything about the academy was very well done. They responded to your every need. Daily excursions inside and outside of Antigua further immersed you in the Spanish and Mayan cultures. The beauty and history of Antigua is amazing. My wife and I would spend every moment that we were either not in school or studying walking the streets exploring Antigua. Would I do it over again? No doubt! Hasta pronto Antigua!
My husband and I just completed two weeks of studying Spanish at the Antiguena Spanish Academy. We were apprehensive because we are an older couple, and we did not have any prior knowledge of Spanish. We were so pleased with the simplicity of signing up for the academy online as well as arranging our homestay with a family. Julio was informative, and quickly sent any information that I requested. We opted for four hours in the mornings Monday through Friday. Studying in MAES Parque, which is a beautifully luscious garden, was absolutely wonderful! I studied one-on-one with Sheny Flores. She is an exceptional teacher with a quick wit and a contagious smile. She quickly assessed my level ... BEGINNER ... and worked with me on learning the basics. She taught me so much about the culture and history of Antigua while teaching me Spanish. I was fascinated by her stories while I was learning to comprehend the spoken Spanish language. She was patient and kind, while encouraging me to push myself a little more. Sheny was the perfect fit for my learning style. She always ended my session with "Hasta la vista, baby!" I just love her!
In the afternoons we participated in the activities that the academy offered to immerse ourselves in the language and culture in a more active way. When the activities were over we would walk for hours soaking in the wonders of Antigua. We felt safe, comfortable, and welcomed.
Our homestay experience was also excellent. Our home was clean and inviting. Our meals were delicious and satisfying. Our sleeping arrangements were comfortable with plenty of storage space. Wifi was available for a very inexpensive fee.
I would highly recommend the Antiguena Spanish Academy to anyone seeking to learn Spanish or to improve their Spanish.
My wife and I spent two weeks studying in the amazing tropical garden that most of the classes are held. We could not recommend the school highly enough. My teacher Bittia was lovely, very patient with me and we had lots of fun and laughs along the way. She helped me improve my Spanish a lot in two weeks, so thank you Bittia!
My son and I both took private Spanish lessons at Antiguena for 3 weeks. We both enjoyed it tremendously. It is not easy to keep a 13-year-old engaged but his teacher, Ana, did a great job. He didn't even mind getting up early each morning (well, most mornings). They worked on songs and games, and went on a couple of field trips. My teacher, Sonia, was really exceptional. She taught me so much about Guatemalan culture and politics in addition to really boosting my Spanish. She is a patient, engaging and thoughtful teacher.
In addition to lessons, my son and I both enjoyed many of the optional afternoon activities. Every day at 2, Bayron (another of the teachers) met us for an adventures such as a macadamia farm, wine and chocolate makers, hot springs -- all via chicken buses. I would not feel comfortable traveling on those on my own but had no qualms about going with Bayron and the group. He took great care of us and was a lot of fun to be around. He too is very knowledgable about Guatemalan history.
Our fellow students were from all over the world and meeting such an interesting, diverse group of people was another great thing about studying at Antiguena.
I would recommend both Ana and Sonia, as well as the school in general, very highly to anyone visiting Antigua who wishes to learn some Spanish and meet some wonderful people.
I studied at Antiguena for what was meant to be 10 days but after two days I decided to stay for 3 weeks! My teacher, Laura, was absolutely brilliant - she is a really experienced teacher, who catered her teaching towards me perfectly and my Spanish has come along more then I could have imagined thanks to her and I am really sad to be having to leave. I also had a brilliant homestay with Francisco and Marlise. It was totally immersive and with only 2 other students, we spoke Spanish almost all the time and this has definitely had a big impact on my improvement. Julio at the school was extremely flexible and made the whole process extremely easy - I would highly recommend Antigunea if you want to study Spanish in Antigua!
I attended the academy for 1 week and Sheny Flores was Instructor. I have done several Spanish intensive courses in USA and Puerto Rico and I can safely say that Sheny is among the best that I have worked with. She was excellent in that she quickly assessed my needs and devised a plan for me to work on my deficiencies. Her professional yet relaxed manner made the entire experience very productive and enjoyable. I was one of the older students at the academy and she customized our conversations and topics to my age and interest. I have recommended the Academy and Sheny to several of my colleagues at work. I look forward to returning some day soon to continue learning!
I highly recommend Antigüeña to anyone thinking of taking Spanish classes in Central America. I am a long term traveller and decided to take classes in order to enrich my experience of travelling in Latin America. I was a complete beginner when I started lessons and after 6 weeks am now at intermediate level. I have a good grasp of basic grammar and can participate in conversation. The school has reached and exceeded my expectations.
My teacher - Sheny Flores - I cannot recommend this fantastic woman more! Sheny is an experienced teacher who has a natural ability to adapt to the needs of her student. She is patient, compassionate and understanding. Sheny is a great motivator, she provides homework exercises and encourages you to use every opportunity to practice Spanish out with classes. The structure of lessons is grammar focused at first until you become more confident in conversation. Then you'll have the pleasure of speaking for many hours with Sheny learning about Guatemala, debating world issues and sharing life stories. You never know what she's going to pull from her 'bolsa mágica' - flashcards, bananagrams, books, grammar exercises, vocabulary exercises - there's a method of teaching to suit all learning styles. It's a comfortable and beneficial combination of grammar and conversation. (Sheny gracias por todo. Una maestra, una amiga, un inspirar y una mujer maravillosa.)
Homestay - Vicky and Walter - my home away from home! What a truly welcoming and warm family, it was a pleasure to spend time living in their home. Vicky is a loving and genuine person who takes care of you as if you were her own family. Great food, comfy room, perfect location between the town centre and the school. There's plenty of opportunity to practice Spanish, Vicky helps with pronunciation and getting your tenses right. There are other students living here so it's a social environment and good opportunity to make friends.
The school - Julio (jnr) is approachable, attentive and cooperative. My impression is that he wants every student to have the best possible experience at the school. He has a constant presence at the school which I find, for an administrator, reassuring.
Cons - other than the basic grammar booklets the teachers seem to provide their own materials which I really feel is the responsibility of the school.
In general - a quality standard of education at a very reasonable price. Antigua is a beautiful town and a gateway to exploring Guatemala. I hope to return in the near future!!
My teacher was Laura. She is a very professional lady with a lot of experience . She quickly identified the areas I needed help with and concentrated on improving my Spanish quickly. She explained new material in great detail until I fully understood it?
I would highly recommend her if you are going to this academy!
I would like to give my recommendation for Antiguena Spanish Academy, first let my say that I originally went for a two and half week trip to start learning Spanish, I was between jobs, I quite a job in Colorado and moved back home to California to start a new job, however I didn't have a start date, so, I decided to go to Guatemala to start learning Spanish six days later I was on plane. I researched many websites and all the recommendations pointed to Antiguena, also when I emailed Julio to ask about space at the school he replied promptly that they could accommodate me. I arrived in Antigua at my homestay, it was a great home (Casa de Amanda) clean and good (the best) food, I highly recommend, its a nice neighborhood, however a long walk to the school but worth it. So back to the school like I said it was a two and half week trip that actually turned into eight weeks, I was learning so much and the cost was so reasonable I decided to stay until I received a start date for my job. I had two great teacher first one Lucia, a good and helpful teacher but after three/four weeks I asked to change... I like change sometimes... (Julio always accommodated my needs) any way I ended up with Rosario, an amazing Teacher so kind and helpful, quickly adapting to my learning needs, she was fun and full of useful tips and ideas, we listened to and translated songs, and when I asked her if we could do a specific project she went home wrote out song lyrics and brought to school so we could listen and translate together, I had to listen to a song and put the lyrics in order, (I needed a visual to go with the listening skills we were practicing). So my teacher Rosario was willing to do homework too! all to help me learn. We went for walks had coffee, breakfast and lunch, while having conversations in Spanish of course. Also the School sponsors different activities, tours of the city, Fabrica de Jade y Chocolate, finca de fruta de vino y chocolate y finca de macadamia via rides on the chicken buses, and a little hike to Cerro de la Cruz, all fun trips and you get to spend time with and meet other students. I am continuing to practice my Spanish and when I go back to Antigua I will again take Classes at Antiguena Spanish Academy! and will ask for, me maestra favorita, Rosario.
I attended the Antiguena Spanish Academy for two weeks during June and July of 2016. It was an amazing experience. Julio was so easy and helpful to work with. He arranged transportation to and from the airport. He took care of any cares or concerns we had in a timely manner. My home stay with Suheidy de Morales was wonderful. She is an excellent cook and always made us feel welcome and right at home, sharing every meal with us. My teacher, Sheny Garcia was top notch. She was very patient with me, adjusting the lessons to my level. She was always prompt, prepared and professional. We had some great conversations together. I loved having lessons in the garden. It was such a beautiful setting to learn in. I also participated in the afternoon activities that the school offered. They were always free and so interesting and informative. It was a great way to experience the culture of Guatemala. Overall, my time there was awesome! I would recommend taking Spanish classes at Antiguena for everyone.
I studied the last week of June and first week of July 2016 with Miriam Garcia. She is an excellent teacher. We began each morning with conversation about my activities the day before. She made me feel very comfortable speaking in Spanish and helped me with my pronunciation. We moved through the lessons in the booklet I was given at a pace designed to push but not overwhelm me. She assigned homework based on what we covered which we would review the next day. Many days we spent part of the morning in practical activities with another student and her teacher. We played games to work on various skills ranging from conversation to numbers. It was fun. We felt free to make mistakes, learn from them and continue to practice. I also participated in the afternoon activities run by the school. They were great. I got to practice my listening skills and attempt conversation with other students while also learning something about the local area or history. My homestay was with Suheidy Morales. I can't say enough good things about this experience. Suheidy provided excellent meals. My room and bathroom were always clean. I had my own key and could come and go as I pleased. When I was at the house, Suheidy would always ask about my day, help me practice the day's assignment or share a recipe from a meal that day. I highly recommend Antiguena Spanish Academy, my teacher, Miriam Garcia and my homestay hostess Suheidy Morales. I'm looking forward to returning in the near future.
I really enjoyed my time in Antigua. My Spanish tutor Lily Garcia was so wonderful. She was very helpful with my Spanish. She was very patient with me if I would forget what words meant or didn't know how to say certain words. She is an excellent teacher. I wish I had more time with her. If i ever return to Antigua, I would definitely get in contact with Lily. I currently have her contact information, and I hope to keep in contact with her.
My experience with Antiguena Spanish school has been amazing! The school was recommended to me by a friend of mine who had attended classes for 2 months last year. I just completed 7 weeks of classes and would definitely recommend Antiguena to those who are interested in learning Spanish. I had a very basic knowledge of Spanish prior to taking classes at Antiguena, and now I feel much more confident in my ability to not only speak the language but to comprehend it as well. My teacher, Leti Socorec, is not only an incredible teacher, but she has become a good friend. She did such a great job getting to know me and my learning style in order to insure that I was getting the most out of my 7 weeks of classes. One of my favorite aspects of Antiguena is the community atmosphere. After just 7 weeks of classes, I have made some lasting relationships and am planning on taking more classes with Leti in the near future. Another highlight of Antiguena Spanish School is the director, Julio. He was very good at communicating with me both before I started classes and during. Julio is very accommodating and truly desires to see each student succeed. I am very thankful for the opportunity to get to study Spanish at Antiguena Spanish School!
Hello from the United States! I went to Guatemala to improve my Spanish. I was there for 2 months and I took classes at Antiguena Spanish Academy the whole time I was there. I chose Antiguena because Julio replied to my email quickly and answered all of my questions thoroughly. Many people I met had home-stay accommodations and were happy with that arrangement. My husband and I stayed in an apartment and were very happy there.
I loved taking classes at Antiguena because my teacher, Blanca, was incredibly awesome! Her method of teaching was first-rate. It accommodated my learning style exactly. Her methods of teaching included: structured exercises, conversation, reading, and listening to culturally relevant stories. She read them slowly and used many words that she knew I understood which facilitated comprehension. She presented all of the material auditorily and visually. We went on outings together and she taught me a lot about Guatemalan food, which is delicious! I bought food from street venders based on my teacher’s recommendations and I did not get sick. I learned more language and culture in 2 months than I had learned in 1 year of university study!
Antigua itself is a beautiful place. My experiences with the people who live there, for the most part, were all very positive. The people were patient as I spoke to them in Spanish and they were kind. They smiled and greeted me on the streets, if I greeted them first. My husband needed to leave after the first month, but I continued to feel safe even when I took the chicken buses to nearby pueblos. With that said, I should add that I never traveled alone and I was never out late. If I was out past dark, I took a tuc tuc home. Tuc tucs are easy to find and are cheap transportation. I was never charged extra because it was dark outside, but I always settled on a price before getting into the tuc tuc.
The field trips that I went on with the school initially were almost always quite good. The guy who generally led them, Byron, was super nice. I say "initially" because I became friends with people who lived there and spent my time outside of school with them. I went to one of the movies that was presented (by the school) and the movie was excellent, but the equipment was in disrepair. The TV made a “buzz” sound. I didn’t return to watch another movie so I don’t know if the problem was fixed.
All in all, I loved my experience in Antigua and with the Antiguena Spanish Academy. If I am able to return to take Spanish classes I would go to Antiguena again. Julio, both father and son, were very professional and friendly and were able to accommodate my needs.
I really enjoyed my experience at the academy. My teacher Noemi de Sanchez was fantastic and was everything I could ask for in a teacher. I was nervous to start my lessons as my minimal Spanish was poor and I lacked confidence speaking. She was instantly warm, friendly and had a fantastic sense of humour. She instantly made me feel at ease and that really helps when you're trying to learn a language! The one on one tuition meant that she could really focus on the areas that were important for me- building up my confidence of conversations, learning new vocabulary, verbs and grammar! I'm astounded at how quickly I was able to converse with her about a whole range of topics and I was able to use this in real life situations once I left the academy. Noemi was always patient, happy and a pleasure to learn from! Zoe
There are many choices for language schools in Antigua. Simply put, Antigüeña is your best bet. The staff, especially Julio, is knowledgable and friendly. I experienced three instructors during my time with Antigüeña Academy. All were good but Aurora was by far the best. She was the most professional and quickly identified where my strengths and weaknesses were. I most definitely advanced my Spanish speaking ability even more than I had imagined. The classes were very structured but also there was plenty of time to practice conversation. You're going to hear a lot of things about a lot of schools while in Antigua. This one has a fair price, great instructors, friendly homestays and you are guaranteed to learn a tremendous amount and have fun while doing it. I went to two other schools during my time in Antigua and the value of this establishment cannot be beaten. I invite you to shop around other schools but I promise you will end up at Antigüeña.
Thanks again for everything you guys!
This was a great family experience. We brought our two kids for a Latin/Spanish/Guatemala experience and had a fantastic 10 days. All 4 of us loved our Spanish lessons in the gardens of the school.
Our 4 teachers, Leticia, Maria, Paola, and Neomi were fantastic. My 7 year old enjoyed the 1 on 1 experience while mom and dad thrived knowing our kids were happy. My 12 year old jumped in fearlessly and chatted and laughed with his teacher the whole week. I have studied Spanish for years and found myself thriving on this 20 hour/week experience. the 4 of us had unique needs and the school met all of our needs.
All of our mornings were spent roaming the ruins and markets. A week is not enough to enjoy the entire town. What a great problem! Afternoons were at the school. When we were not too tired, my teen son and I went to some great live music down town.
I could not have been more happy with my host family, (Oscar and Chiqui) the dinner conversation, the local food, and the home's proximity to markets, school, and ruins. At times 5 countries were represented at the dinner table.
Antigua is charming, but especially the 40 days prior to Easter when Sundays there are hours of colorful processions and wonderful street food.
The school made enrolling, transportation, and housing so easy to arrange, I was incredulous. I ended up enrolling my driver two more times for some very courteous and thrifty door to door service.
This turned out to be a 10 day family adventure and Spanish immersion that was ideal and I long to return. Bring your kids.
I just finished 4 weeks here (4 hrs per day), studying in a beautiful garden with a superb teacher, Blanca. When I arrived I knew very little and it all seemed daunting, but "poco a poco" we navigated our way through present future and past tenses, regular, irregular, and verbs de cambio. You'll be surprised what you know by the end... I was able to switch between tenses with rudimentary sentences. I'm by no means fluent but have a really good starting point and know the bones of the language to build further vocabulary on.
The school is well organised and they check in with you to make sure you're happy during the first week.
My teacher, Blanca, was amazing. So patient and encouraging, and also pushed me. Just what you want. I would love to come back and build on what I've learnt so far.
One tip: Talk as much as you can and don't be afraid to make mistakes. We didn't stay with a host family but that probably would have accelerated things. further.
I spent two weeks at Antiguena Spanish school this year. It was my third stay in Guatemala. During my first visit in Jatuary 2015, I did two afternoons at the school to try it out and found it excellent. I came back again in May for two weeks and this time had the full experience, the garden, the home stay and excursions. This year in March I came specifically to be here during Semana Santa and booked well ahead to stay with my host family.
My family Ana Maria and Mario from the start have treated me as a family member (except Ana Maria cleans and makes my bed every day). There are only two rooms with private bathrooms in the house so we get lots of speaking attention and only Spanish is spoken at home. I couldn't be more happy with "my family"
The school is very professionally run by Julio Jr. I have had several different teachers and found all of them excellent.
Perfect school for learning spanish fast
I was in Guatemala for 3 and a half weeks and wanted to visit a spanish language school while i was there. I took two classes of spanish in an instituto cervantes here in germany, but it was in a class of 10 people. The Spanish Academy Antigüena was totally different. I took 1 on 1 classes for two weeks and 6 hours per day. 4 hours of grammar and 2 hours of speaking / vocabulary.
My teacher was Laetitia Garcia. She was really kind and she knows how to explain things in spanish to people that don't even speak spanish, it was perfect and she made it so easy for me to get everything! She also talked with me about the history of Guatemala, what was really interesting on the one hand and on the other it was helpful to have an conversation.
The location was totally made for learning spanish. We were in a beautiful garden with a good athmosphere to learn spanish. In the break there were so many students you can exchange with.
In total it was much better than the classes i took before, i learned much more! I'm sure I'll come back!
Saludos de Alemania!
I had the pleasure of studying at Antiguena Academy for the week of 4/11/16-4/15/16.
What a fulfilling learning experience on every level!
I had a stellar educational opportunity with my teacher, Arely Zecena. Arely was able to determine where I was in my Spanish ability and expertly administered the perfect curriculum to both challenge and support me. She was both serious about my education and fun at the same time. An expert listener, Arely was able to engage my developing conversation skill. Our time together was intense and flew by. I am surprised by how much I learned in just one week! I recommend her to my friends and family who now hope to study at Antiguena.
I also received caring hospitality from all staff and administration associated with Antiguena. Julio was so responsive and a delight to interact with. I loved my homestay with Seguidy and her family. She too supported my desire to learn Spanish and provided delicious meals and help when needed to navigate the town.
I only wish I could have stayed longer!
I look forward to returning next year.
The University of Vermont
I spent 7 weeks at Antigueña Spanish Academy to learn Spanish. I had 4h in the morning and 2h in the afternoon. When I arrived, my Spanish was non existing. Thanks to the one to one class and the 6h a day program, I learned a lot. I changed my teacher on average every 2 weeks to make sure I was hearing different accents. The school has teachers with different experience level too and after a few weeks, I asked for more experienced teachers to get a better result in improving my Spanish. I'm very pleased with the progress I have made in 7 weeks. The school has 2 different places where classes are held. One is at the office itself and one is about a 10 min walk from the office in a lovely garden. In the morning, I had classes in the garden and in the afternoon at the office. During lunch or after school, I really liked to go to a tiny cafe (Jardin de Elenita) close to the office at 1a Calle Poniente 37 with cheap and delicious bites, coffee, fruits and more. The school offers free activities in the afternoon. The activities are slightly different every week. As I had classes every afternoon I couldn't go to any of these activities, this is why, I think it is better to study 4 hours a day. It is important to have time for some social activities. It is also very uncomplicated if you are not happy with something and you want to change anything like the place where you have classes, your teacher or homestay. I loved my homestay at casa de Maria Elena, the family was lovely and the food delicious. The host family also helped me a lot with practice my Spanish. I would therefore highly recommend Antigueña Spanish Academy if you are looking for a place to learn or improve your Spanish in a nice and familiar place with great people.
A big thank you to all my maestras and maestros, my host mother and Julio for your support.
I had a great 3 weeks studying Spanish at the Antiguena academy.
My teacher - Olga Galvez - was brilliant.
Hi, i studied in Antiguena for 3 weeks and it was just amazing. I recommend this school to everybody who wants to learn spanish in Antigua. It's a very professional school!! My teacher was Nohemy Sanchez and i recommend her to everyone. Classes were very nice and friendly but also very constructive. Julio and all the staff are very cool and very helpful and flexible. Antiguena academy is the best!!!!
I have take 4 days of Spanish lessons at this school to refresh my knowledge. My teacher was Lily Garcia. She is very experienced and she recognized immediately, which things I need to improve in order to be able to communicate more fluently. In Addition she was amazingly patient and helpful, she even helped me to find a safe and nice accomodation in Guatemala City! The school itself is well organized- i was not happy with my first homestay but Julio arranged that I could move to another place After one night . Thank you so much!!
We decided to take some Spanish lessons after our 25 day tour in Central America which ended in Antigua. We realized that some knowledge of the Spanish language would have made our enjoyment of the holiday even better. We only took lessons for one week i.e. 4 hours a day from Monday to Friday. As we are both in our mid sixties we were concerned that we may not be as fast in learning a new language compared to other younger individuals. However, this was not the case and our teachers both Irma and Mary were very professional, patient and had a very good sense of humour and hence made it possible for us to learn the rudiments of the language so that we can build on what we had learned in the future. The atmosphere in the school is very friendly and the garden in which the lessons are given is beautiful and surrounded with trees, flowers etc. The school does have free excursions in town such as the market etc in the afternoon for it's students
however we could not take advantage of this as we had decided to take our classes in the afternoon. The school also arranges home-stays for a very reasonable price.
We would highly recommend this school and both our teachers to anyone who would like to take Spanish lessons in the beautiful city of Antigua.
I unexpectedly had a week off at work and decided to come to Guatemala to improve my Spanish, which was on my bucket list for a long time. It was a very short notice and I didn't know how to arrange all that. So through Guatemala 365 I was referred to Antiguena Academy and I wasn't disappointed. Julio Jr. welcomed me to the school and arranged all the details in a short period of time. My arrival into Antigua was very smooth via a shuttle bus from the airport. The family was there to meet me. Although my room was small, it was very cozy and functional and had a private bathroom, which I appreciated. I had Julio Sr for my teacher who is a great and very experienced instructor and really knows how to teach Spanish, as opposed to just passing time for money. He knows what your weak areas are and develops a plan from there. The study sessions were very intense but productive. My homestay was relaxing and private and allowed me to concentrate solely on studying, as they took care of cleaning and cooking and all the essentials. I loved the afternoon activities at the school, which allowed me to get to know other students, as well as get acquainted with the sights in and around Antigua. I highly recommend Antiguena to all prospective students. A great buy for your money, an easy way to vacation, improve your Spanish and get to know Guatemala. Great faculty and students from all over the world.
Excellent programme pour apprendre l'espagnol .
Mes proffesseures ont été à la hauteur de mes attentes .
Je recommande chaudement l'école Academia Antiguena .
Merci particulier à Julio l'organisateur , pour sa disponibilité et son ouverture .
Claude Pepin , février-mars 2016
I had only two weeks with the school and enjoyed the experience and the setting very much. My goal was to strengthen the base of my Spanish -- to really get a firmer hold on the two past tenses; uses of definite and indefinite articles, and reflexive pronouns; and the compound tenses. My teacher Marina was gracious, sensitive to my abilities and to my errors, and a terrific source of information about Guatemala. She very intelligently answered my daily barrage of questions, and guided the discussion slyly so that I was using the parts of speech that I was trying to master. Once we moved out from under the avocado tree -- which during February was unleashing avocado bombs at us -- we had a terrific time; and even our avocado experience was a lot of laughs. Learning at the Academy was fun, fascinating, and productive. The homestay was a bonus -- I lived with a large, warm, engaging family, and appreciated their welcome and the delicious meals.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Antiguena. I had recently completed 10 days of spanish school in Flores so I was still at beginner level when I arrived. Everything was made easy at this school and well organised by the 2 Julio's. My stay was extended by one week with no problems and there was also some flexibility with our class times (I did an extra half hour on most days because I missed a day).
My teacher Benjamin was fantastic and I give him complete thanks for my progression during the 2 weeks. Benjamin has a very calm and patient nature that I connected with. He used a lot of the time practicing my speaking skills which was perfect for my level. I also found his stories about the culture and history of Guatemala fascinating. This was an extra benefit of the course.
My homestay was 2 minutes from the school and in the centre of Antigua. The family were very friendly and the food was great. All in all a good experience. Thank you Anteguena.
I have just finished my one months lessons at the Antiguan School and I am thrilled with the outcome.
The school set me up with a host family and a private teacher with whom I studied for 4 hours, 5 days a week. The host family were lovely, providing three meals a day and giving me a fantastic incite into the lives of Guatemalans! I was invited to family birthday parties, shown how to cook and treated like a member of the family.
My teacher Leticia Socorec was phenomenal. Not only did she get me through the grammar and structure of Spanish with more ease than any other language I've learnt, she also provided constant entertainment. I learnt how to confidently converse with her on subjects of day to day living, my dreams, my past my hopes for the future. It's exactly what I wanted from the Spanish classes to be able to have normal conversations with Spanish speakers. We went to the market together, did cooking classes that the school provide in the afternoon amongst many other activities.
All of this for an excellent price.
I would highly recommend this school and especially Leticia as a teacher. I've not only gained a solid understanding of a language in a month I feel like I gained a friend.
For two weeks I worked with Nohemy and she was a wonderful teacher. I started with a very basic knowledge in Spanish and finished two weeks with lots of grammatical knowledge, especially related to verbs. Also lots of opportunities for practice. Wish I could have stayed longer!
My family, husband and two boys (13,10) just completed a week of Spanish lessons. Our teachers were Sylvia, Byron, Luis and Melanie. All worked well with our individual needs and helped us progress even though
we were only there for one week. For our family a week was perfect to get a foundation. From here we will continue to travel and practice what we learned. Thank you to Julio for being flexible, our teachers for being patient and our homestay host Olga who was the perfect match for us. The school, teachers and homestay are all highly regarded by our family. Thank you!
I have studied at this school twice now and I can't wait to do it again. Unfortunately, I only get to come for a week at a time. A longer stay would be much more helpful. My teachers both times have been wonderful people. First I had Sylvia who was very sweet and knowledgeable about Antigua, then I had Cheny who helped me discuss all kinds of world issues. My home stays were completely adequate and the people of Antigua are some of the kindest in the world!!
This was my first spanish school. I studied for 3 weeks. Had a great teacher Blanca who was very patient and took her time teaching. School environment was great as well. Home stay was good as the family spoke to us everyday.
Would recommend to anyone who wants to learn spanish. Antigua is a small city and people are friendly. Cannot go wrong here.
I was passing Antigua during my bycicle travel from Alaska-Argentina and because of all the good info about Spanish schools I decicded to take 2 weeks to learn some more Spanish for my travels.
I am very happy to have chosen this school, it is very professional though still personal an friendly. Accomodations of the school are excellent (garden, coffee, water, excursions) and organisation by Julio dito. I stayed at Ana maria's home and enjoyed this very very much: excellent, food, wifi, clean rooms and friendly hostess.
Lessons are 1 one 1, which was excellent for me because I'm a little deaf and need lot of speaking and listening. This said the grammatic and systematic appraoch also was excellent. My profesora (Emy) was friendly, well educated for this job and learned me in 2 weeks much more spanish I would thought upfront.
I can only recommend this school upmost!
I stayed 6 weeks at the Antigueña Spanisch Acadamy and i enjoyed every day. My teacher Letitia Socorec was very kind and we had a lot of fun during our lessons.
The school also offers activities in the afternoon to visit different places in the near of Antigua (Macademia Farm, Vine/Chocolate-Museum,..). If you have problems with your teacher or your homestay, you can speak with Julio and he arrange a new teacher/family next day, but i think that this happens hardly. I can recommend the Antigueña Spanish Acadamy, because the teachers are very friendly and motivated, you learn in a beautiful garden and the school have the best price-value-relation.
I just finished 3 weeks of studying Spanish at the Spanish Academy Antigüeña. I found the school to be well organized and flexible enough to meet the individual needs of the students. My teacher, Ana Luis, evaluated my skills and provided me with individual instruction that was appropriate to my needs. She was an excellent teacher. Besides 4 hours of 1 on 1 instruction 5 days a week, the school provided afternoon activities that were conducted in Spanish. The accommodations of my home stay were very basic, but the experience was extremely rich. My family included 10 people and there were many visitors to the house. There were many opportunities to practice Spanish and everyone in the family was willing to help me. I had an amazing experience. My Spanish is much improved and I learned a great deal about Mayan and Guatemalan culture. I would like to return soon and highly recommend the school.
My teacher Silvia Leal was wonderful, she made learning Spanish extremely fun and she was extremely understanding of me and how slow I was at picking up even the most basic concepts of Spanish. Everyone at the school was extremely helpful and friendly. Julio went out of his way to make sure we were getting everything we needed from our lessons and there was no issues when we wanted to extended for an extra week. Can highly recommend this school and Silva.
I studied at the school for 4 hours per day for 2 weeks earlier this year and had a very good experience. Despite the short period of my study, I felt that it gave a good boost to my very rusty Spanish. I really enjoyed the beautiful surroundings of the tree filled garden for the one on one lessons. My teacher was Noemi and she did an excellent job. She had a very good sense of humor and during the course of the lessons taught me a lot about the day to day life that people live in Guatemala. The program is very individualized and is flexible depending on your particular need as a student. The price is very reasonable and I only wish I had more time to continue my studies.
As preparation for a three month internship in cuban Hospitals I decided to take a month of spanish lessons in Antigua. My girlfriend already left for Antigua a week earlier and started taking lessons at this language School and she kept on swarming about it, so I was pretty hyped to go. It was all I expected it to be and much more.
I had my spanish lessons in a beautiful garden during the Mornings with Weekends off. My spanish teacher was Ana Luis. She's really well organized and is very good at explaining Things that just seem impossible to understand. On the other hand she's kind and funny as well. She helps you make incredible progress in an enjoyable, fun way. Because I told her that I was going to work in a medical field, she focused some of her lessons on this subject, which was very useful for me.
Thanks to her I got quite some praise for my spanish from doctors I was working with in Cuba.
I just wanted to mention as well that the School organized a great Family for my girlfriend and I to stay at (they really made us feel like part of the Family) and that Antigua is a very nice City to stay for a while.
Without a doubt in my mind, I can recommend this School to you!
I must say I was very satisfied with my Spanish lessons at the school Academy Antigua.
My teacher Claudia is the most patient person I know, correcting me and encouraging me to speak as much as possible. The school let people learn in classes or at the park where tables and chairs are surrounded by trees and flowers. I would definitely recommend the school and my teacher Claudia.
I spent 10 weeks at the school studying in the afternoon in the beautiful garden with Anna.
She is a very good teacher and focused. I can read and write more easily and my conversation skills have improved. I would highly recommend the school and my teacher
Hope to return,possibly next year for more advanced training
I spent 6 weeks in Antigua and visited the school for 4 hours each morning. The school is located in a beautiful garden with lots of trees. I enjoyed having classes set outside as the fresh air helped me concentrate. My teacher was Judith and I couldn't have wished for a better teacher. She wasn't only very patient and structured in her lessons but she also was extremely funny, friendly and always found a topic for us to talk about. The school provides study material with grammar and exercises, so you don't need to buy a book. Staying with the host family helped me make massive improvements in a very short amount of time. All the students I talked to at the time were very happy with their teachers and the school as well. I have nothing negative to say about it at all! The price for what you get is extremely low as well. Julio is always there to help and changes in host family or teacher can be made easily with him helping you with it. Antigua itself has a lot to offer too. There are many cafes and restaurants, volcanoes nearby which are waiting to be climbed and Lago Atitlan is also only a short bus ride away. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking to learn Spanish very fast in a quick and easy way and in a fun environment. I will be going back shortly as well to improve what I have learned so far :)
I studied for 2 weeks in January 2016 and have nothing but good things to say about the school. I have especially high praise for my teacher, Judith - she is truly AMAZING. She clearly and concisely explained and drilled our daily grammar lessons, but what I will remember best will be our many conversations about people, politics, religion, culture and wellness. Her warmth and openness made learning the language real for me.
My homestay was also amazing and although completely unlike my own home, I felt immediately welcome and at home.
Had an awesome two weeks with Blanca, learnt heaps of Spanish and met some awesome people along the way!
I studied at Antigüeña Spanish Academy for 1 month in november/december 2015. It was a great place to learn spanish. The school is very well organised and really care about that you always get the most out of your stay and they are flexible with times. My teacher was Marta Oviedo. She is very experienced, patient and make you learn spanish with a smile. Her way to explain things is incredible and she is always willing to tell you again if you still don't understand or have forgotten something. She also have a good mix of grammer, reading, listening and talking together about different interesting subjects. And you can easily tell what you need/want more of, and she will be flexible. In summary she is great teacher. I hope to get back some day to learn more.
I recently spent two weeks with Marta in Spanish classes. I had considered myself an intermediate speaker. This was probably true with reading and writing Spanish, but I knew I struggled with speaking in response to Spanish speakers even when they speak slowly. Conjugating quickly has been a struggle. Selecting between preterit and imperfect is not natural for English speakers. Also selecting between por and para is not natural.
Marta and I recognized this and developed a plan to improve with these issues. Marta thoroughly reviewed the grammatical rules and we practiced listening, writing, and speaking. Marta gently corrected me when I made errors which were frequent at first. Three days per week were mostly grammatical exercises. The other two days were mostly speaking and trying to apply what I had learned. Gentle correction and explanation of any errors helped me to slowly train my brain to think in Spanish these differences from English. By the middle of my second week it started to fall into place. I felt more confident in making the correct decisions of which word or tense to use and started formulating and speaking responses more rapidly.
Marta used multiple tools including readings, homework exercises and games to help me develop my skills. Importantly, we could just converse about a variety of topics and I gained confidence in speaking more naturally. She let me know that my struggles were common with students with these areas and that by practice I would continue to improve. I would certainly request Marta when I return in the future.
I traveled to Guatemala back in October to celebrate my birthday. I arrived at the school knowing about ten words of Spanish, hardly enough to form a complete sentence, much less carry on a conversation. My teacher was Carmen Cardenas. To be honest, by the end of the first day I was ready to quit because, as it turned out, sitting in a classroom staring at a book for four hours was NOT the ideal setting for me, even if the classroom is in a gorgeous garden. I lost focus easily and generally couldn't wait for class to end. Any other teacher probably would have given up on me but thank God Carmen was very patient. She realized I could understand a little bit of Spanish when she spoke slowly so we concentrated on conversation. She also arranged off-campus outings to the market and other places in Antigua that made it necessary for me to speak Spanish with her and the locals we met. It turned out to be a great way for me to get a grasp of the language without making it seem like work. It also gave me an opportunity to learn a bit about the history of Antigua and Guatemala. Before long I was able to not only follow conversations (as long as the person wasn't speaking too fast), I was also speaking a little bit of Spanish! Carmen also speaks English which made learning grammar much easier for me as I had a LOT of questions about conjugations. I live in South Florida and many of my co-workers speak Spanish. They are all impressed with the amount of Spanish I picked up in such a short time and now I practicing speaking with them.
I really think Carmen has to be one of the best teachers ever! Anyone who can help this 55 year-old brain pick up language skills in just two weeks is a genius...Ha-haaa-haa.
I'm already planning to return and I while I'm sure the school is full of good teachers, I really hope Carmen is available because I can't imagine having anyone else as my teacher.
I also enjoyed my homestay with Ana Maria. Her house is very clean and spacious. It also has Wi-Fi...most of the time. She's a sweet little lady who reminded me of a shorter version of my grandmother. Ana is also a good cook and made sure we spoke Spanish at mealtime, which was a bit of of a challenge for me in the beginning since all I knew were those ten words..LOL In 2 short weeks I made new friends from China, Germany, Australia and Korea! All of us on a mission to learn Spanish.
All in all, my two weeks at Antiguena Spanish Academy was the best birthday present I could have given myself. I can't wait to do it again!
I spent 3 amazing weeks at the school, staying in a very comfortable homestay. I studied 4 hours in the morning with Janet, and 2 in the afternoon with Mary. I lived with Ana de Santiz. The teachers were both extremely good, they were strict enough to ensure I was learning grammar effectively, while also being flexible so that the class suited my learning style. The classes are one on one so you quickly get to know your teachers. The conversation part of the class means that you can chat about whatever topic you like - all the while improving your Spanish! By the time I left I had made some really wonderful lifetime friends, had a lot of good laughs, and was sad to leave.
I would highly recommend both Janet and Mary, as both are very dedicated and helpful teachers.
Staying with Ana was great, comfy bed, yummy food, and great hospitality. Their house is two level and the students bedrooms and bathrooms are upstairs so it's nice and private. We had a lot of interesting conversations with Ana and her lovely daughters and other students over meals - it's a great way to practice!
All in all, there is a really positive atmosphere at the school and in the home. My Spanish improved 100% - my confidence is now through the roof, where I used to be too frightened to speak.
Thanks to all involved - I will be back as soon as I can!
I took 2 weeks of lessons in Nov 15 with different teachers (3 in total, bc I had afternoon classes as well) and from those teachers SORAIDA was the best! Very structered and no matter what I wanted to study, she had a concept and very good teaching method. I really enjoyed my time in Antigua and would take classes at the same school again.
I spent 2 weeks at this school and had a wonderful time studying Spanish and nice host family. I highly recommend the school and especially recommend my teacher, Sheny Flores.
She was very experienced and insightful teacher with a lot of knowledge about the
language and local culture. She knew what exactly I needed and provided me good learning materials that suit my level. I really enjoyed learning with her and getting to know how was the life in Guatemala in the past. She was amazingly full of interesting stories.
I actually had a different teacher at first, but I didn't feel very comfortable with her way of teaching (though she was a nice person) and talked to the office. The school was very flexible about changing teachers and quickly responded to me. Another good thing about the school is that you can choose where to study, either in the garden with beautiful nature or in the school with internet access. I really loved studying in the garden.
Their lessons are reasonably priced, considering the quality and environment they provide. And their homestay is a very good deal compared to other schools. I am satisfied with all the experiences I had with the school, and I hope I will return to study again.
Greetings to whomever reads these words. I’m writing to give my thoughts and a “review” on Antigüeña Spanish Academy. My wife and I moved to Guatemala on January 5, 2015 and have obtained permanent residency as we plan to live here for the foreseeable future as missionaries. It was very important to us to receive the best Spanish education possible. We believe that we got the best value for our dollar at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. We moved to Guatemala not having studied Spanish previously. We started out at another school in Guatemala and studied there for about 3 months before we realized that we weren’t progressing as well as we had hoped and the lack of a good, student specific program led us to switch to Antigüeña Spanish Academy after visiting a few schools to compare programs. We studied at Antigüeña Spanish Academy from mid-April to mid-September 2015 (the last month we studied via Skype from a home that we had moved to located about an hour from Antigua by car). We received the foundation we needed to begin working in the community in which we live, and we now consider ourselves pretty fluent speakers.
On day one, our teachers sat down with us to make a plan and really worked to meet our learning styles so that we could progress as effectively as possible. I really enjoyed this because I was able to learn by receiving good grammar instruction, practice with conversational Spanish, and reinforcement activities with other students on or near my level. From then on, our teachers made a plan for each week that would allow us to fully reach our potential as Spanish speakers.
My teachers were Lily Garcia and Lety Socorec. My wife studied with Lety Socorec and Gaby Carrillo. All three of our teachers were fantastic and came well prepared each day with our best interest in mind. The teachers at this school are patient and really put the students first as we found in our 5 months there. They work hard to make learning fun and not just a bunch of repetitive exercises, which makes the class time pass by very quickly.
I also enjoyed talking about Guatemalan culture, politics, history, etc. with Lily who was very well versed on all things Guatemala. I truly couldn’t imagine a better teacher to match my learning style, and I really feel that this allowed me to have a deeper and more holistic education.
Administrative things such as payment, placement with teachers, etc. was very easy. Julio Jr. was very helpful, speaks very good English, and was quick to answer any questions we had. It is entirely possible to show up one day and start studying the next. We never stayed with a host family because we rented an apartment in Antigua, but I had only heard positive things from other students who did stay with a host family.
There are options to study at both the office and a large garden several blocks away from the office as well as via Skype. For the majority of our time we studied at the garden. It was an open air and very relaxing environment where we were able to learn outside of a traditional school setting, which we really enjoyed.
I would highly recommend studying at Antigüeña, especially if your time is limited in Guatemala or if you have a lot of time and want to lay a very solid foundation for future language learning. I can’t imagine having received a better education, and for that, we will be forever grateful to Antigüeña Spanish Academy and its staff.
Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have at Kasey@servants.org, and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Hola! Claudia was an amazing teacher! Couldn't have asked for anyone better. She kept the lessons really interesting by making everything funny. Would highly recommend her to anyone who likes to have a bit of fun and would like an easy going teaching style. My home stay was also really good, the room was great, food was great and the family gave me plenty of space and freedom to do my own thing while always being friendly and chatty.
Insgesamt war ich ca.6 Wochen in dieser Schule. Es ist bereits meine dritte Sprachschule und in dieser hatte ich bisher meine beste Erfahrung gemacht. Der Unterricht findet in einem wunderschoenen, ruhigen Ambiente statt. Der Einzelunterricht erlaubt es auf individuelle Wuensche und Schwierigkeiten einzugehen.
Meine Lehrerin Julia hat neben ihrer profunden, langjaehrigen Erfahrung auch eine freundliche und sympathische Art den Unterricht zu gestalten. Dank ihr konnte ich nicht nur deutlich mein Spanisch verbessern, sondern auch mehr ueber Kultur und Geschichte Guatemalas erfahren.
Deshalb kann ich diese Schule im Allgemeinen und Julia im Speziellen eindeutig weiterempfehlen.
I had a great time studying Spanish at the Antiguena Spanish Academy. My teacher Dilia was very good - friendly and knowledgeable - and altered the speed of learning according to my language skills. Focussing on problem areas and making sure that it didn't get boring at the same time. Due to the one on one teaching the school puts a strong focus on conversing in Spanish and practicing the learned grammar while talking. I very much enjoyed this approach as I feel like this is something that is lacking when studying in bigger groups.
Another important factor that ensured a wonderful experience for myself was the family I stayed with (Vicki). A lovely and very active family. They were very open towards all students coming in and focus on speaking Spanish instead of English. Encouraging all their students to participate in the family life and offering great opportunities to learn more about Antigua.
That is that. Now I only need to send my brother over so he can enjoy it as well.
I spent 5 weeks at the Spanish academy and it was a time well spent. For 3 of the 5 weeks my teacher was Sheny Flores and she made the classes a great experience. I was amazed at how much Spanish I learned in the small amount of time. Not only learning grammar but we had many conversations in which I learned more about the Guatemalan culture. By getting to know me better Sheny was able to teach me on a whole other level in private classes than in a classroom with other students. I stayed with a Guatemalan family arranged through the academy and I was treated very well and fed amazing local food. I would recommend this academy to anyone interested in learning Spanish and wanting to get to know the local culture! Buena suerte!
I had the pleasure of studying at this school for about 6 weeks beginning in August 2015. I had an absolutely wonderful experience and would definitely recommend everything about this school! For example, my homestay with Lydia and her family was comfortable, warm and supportive. I felt like one of the family and it was great to be fed 3 meals of delicious food every day so that I could focus on my studies. The location of this homestay was absolutely perfect too. The location of the school, the garden, was only a short walk away and it was a perfect learning environment for me. My teacher, Judith, was an incredible match for me. She quickly assessed my language level and developed a plan to carry me through the 6 weeks we had together. She was very capable, funny, tailored our lessons to my interests, and I thought she struck the perfect balance between being professional and being my friend during this time. Julio and the rest of the staff were also very pleasant and helpful and while I had no complaints during my stay, I witnessed their professionalism when other students occasionally had concerns about this or that. My only regret is that I couldn´t stay longer! Thank you Antiguena Spanish Acadamy! Me hace falta!
My experience at the Antigua Spanish Academy was entirely positive. I arrived with no knowledge of Spanish, and I left six weeks later with the ability to understand and have conversations with just about anyone I wanted to. The one on one relationship between student and teacher is invaluable, as each lesson is tailored to the needs and ability of the individual student. All of the teachers I came into contact with were patient, engaging and had a great sense of humour. Studying in the beautiful environment of the garden was a lovely bonus as well. My host family made me feel incredibly welcome, and were always happy to answer my questions or help me practice speaking. When I left, we even had a party at the school (featuring copious quantities of the local liquor) and my host parents invited me to go with them to a live music night at a local bar. It was quite a wrench to go!
Karla is a FANTASTIC teacher.
We stayed in Antigua recently (October 2015), visited and researched a number of different Spanish schools as there are a lot! Antiguena Spanish Academy is a great school with fantastic teachers and a lovely location with beautiful gardens.
I have never learnt Spanish before so was a total novice and was lucky enough to have Karla as my Spanish teacher. She was fantastic because she totally tailored the session to my needs and the lessons were really varied and interactive. Karla is so easy to talk to which made learning Spanish all the more enjoyable.
Thank you Karla :)
I took 1 week of classes in October 2015, and lived with the lovely Anna-Maria in a homestay. As a complete beginner, I was slightly apprehensive about how much I could learn in a week but was pleasantly surprised! My teacher, Sherry, really made my week worthwhile. She was extremely patient with my pigeon Spanish and the teaching, while structured, was tailored to my needs. It's a shame I only had one week at the school, and will definitely come back if I return to Antigua! I highly recommend the academy and especially Sherry!
I highly recommend this school. I have been here for 6 weeks now and continue to enjoy the personality of the teachers, home stay family members, and the owners/managers of this school (they are good people). I totally enjoy learning at this school. The teachers especially have a great sense of humor and enjoy the students. Well done!!!
I am the worst kind of student. I am a university professor in the U.S. and suffer from associated diseases - I pay too much attention to minutia, focus too much on jargon, and otherwise try the patience of others. I have studied Spanish with several different teachers in different countries for a point of comparison and was very pleased. I studied six hours per day: four hours in the morning with Silvia and two hours in the afternoon with Rosario. The director, Julio, was brilliant in combining these two teachers for me as they couldn't be more different personalities, adding different aspects to my education. However, where they were similar is that both were engaging, passionate, kind, patient, and profoundly dedicated teachers. I entered with a reasonable grasp of grammar but limited ability to apply it and left after three weeks able to have conversations about politics for hours on end. All the while I had a splendid time at Antigüeña Spanish Academy. The environment is conducive to learning, the excursions were well planned, and the homestay placement couldn't have been better. I plan on returning next year and bringing some of my students!
Review by: Marc Verbiest (October 2015)
In the beginning of 2015 I decided to start learning Spanish beyond the basic knowledge that I already had. After already being here during May and June, I just returned to Antigua to attend classes once again for six more weeks.
Why this school?
My decision for Guatemala, Antigua and the ANTIGÜEÑA SPANISH ACADEMY to learn Spanish came after researching the internet and asking people who followed a similar path earlier.
Antigüeña Spanish Academy is a great school to learn Spanish. The school is located in the colonial city center of Antigua and the classes are held either in the school building or in a beautiful garden.
I highly recommend this school. Antigüeña Spanish Academy is my number one, because this school is easy to deal with, provides high quality education, organizes additionally to education everything that is necessary or useful (e.g. lodging, transportation from/to the airport, cultural programs) and that for a very competitive price. This school is best value for the money by far.
Where to live?
Most students live with families close to the school. In most cases lodging will be organized by the school (as also in my case). My personal experience with lodging is very positive. The school, the school-garden and the downtown of Antigua all were within walking distance. I requested to be with the same family (Silvia and Carlos) as during the first visit. The accommodation and meals at the family are good, they are great people and there is plenty of opportunity to try out and further improve Spanish.
Teachers and their education methodology
All the teachers are very experienced and every student works one on one with a teacher. The education program is flexible and highly personalized to the particular student regarding the content and speed. The teachers provide clear structure with an optimal mix of grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing and conversation.
The first time that I attended classes, my teacher was Mary de Zuleta. Teaching by Mary is effective and fun, she is a great teacher and a great person. I found the teaching approach by Mary fitting my needs very well, the learning progress was very good, and therefore I requested for the second time also for Mary to be my teacher.
The management team
The general manager and owner of the school is Julio Garcia. In addition of being a great organizer, Julio is also an experienced teacher. Julio and his son (also named Julio) are a perfect team and are easily accessible for the (candidate) students and the teachers to make possible whatever is needed.
The students are from many different backgrounds and ages. The school is a truly international environment, students are from all over the world. Learning in such an environment makes everything even more enjoyable.
The school organizes several activities during the afternoons. These activities are always interesting and are mostly free of charge, sometimes there are low costs for public transportation or entrance fees. At the right side neighboring the school-building is a very customer oriented travel agency, where it is possible to book interesting day/weekend trips for competitive prices. The agency is also doing a great job in case you need bookings for longer trips, hotels and transportation.
I work in Guatemala city and studied with Antiguena Academy for one week. I would definitely recommend the school and would especially recommend my teacher, Mary Zuleta. I quickly felt comfortable with Mary and willing to take risks in my language learning as I felt very supported. I am a beginner Spanish speaker but Mary's English speaking skills and understanding in English are fantastic. Since I am a beginner, it was important to me that I could ask questions and seek additional information in English. She was able to scaffold our lessons so that I was able to converse in Spanish in an authentic and meaningful way despite my limited experience in Spanish previously. It was a great experience.
I stayed in Angtigua for one week to study spanish. I made a big mistake by staying only one week, because I liked it very much. My teacher was very helpful,patient and funny and speaks enough English to help me out when my Spanish was not sufficient.
Before I came to Antigua, the communication with the school was very good, which Ifound to be very reassuring.
I loved both my stay in Antigua, aswell as the family i stayed at. They were very friendly, helpfull and turned out to be good cooks ( typical Guatemalan food).
The free activities that the school organises are very pleasant aswell and gives plenty of opportunities to get to know other students.
I wish to come back in the future and would recommend everyone to come to Antigua and take lessons at Spanish Academy Antiguena.
We were just in Antigua, Guatemala and attending the Antigua Spanish Academy once again and friends (who had never been to Antigua before) came with us and enjoyed themselves as much as we did.
My husband had checked out other schools in Guatemala and Mexico, this was one of the best in regards to money well spent, strong, well-developed curriculum, well-run organization, and very friendly staff. This school has been running since 1987 with excellent recommendations from previous students (like ourselves). The school is approximately 40 minutes from the airport in a very safe colonial part of Antigua and last year we travelled by taxi from the airport to the school. Sr. Julio, the owner and director of the Spanish Academy Antiguena, arranged pickup for us this year from the Guatemala airport. This can be done for you by Sr. Julio.
We paid one week at a time and last year came for two weeks and ended up staying and studying for three weeks. We were all studying for 4 weeks this year. We have just completed our spanish school for this year and we all feel we have all grown in our espanol already: speaking, writing, talking, listening and understanding. My husband and I are both retired educators and were very impressed with the curriculum and the teaching staff. We choose to study for 4 hours in the morning eight until noon with a break in the middle. You can continue to study in the afternoon if you wish. It is really up to you how long you study. The teachers will be matched to your proficiency and we found our teachers to both be excellent and lucky for us, we had the same teachers as we had last year. Our friends are both enjoying their teachers as well. You work one on one with your teacher in a classroom or the garden that the school has for all the students. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly each and every day.
There were extra-activities you can sign up to enjoy with your teacher (last year we both chose the schooling each day and this is totally your choice). This year we travelled to see Los Barriletes (kites flown to honor those that have passed on in the family. The day is November 1st, La Dia de los Muertes in Mexico/Guatemala), to La Azotea, a coffee plantation and museum, and to the re-enactment of an indigenous boda (wedding) in a small pueblo San Antonio Aguacalientes. You travel with your teacher to these activities and converse with them. All three activities were excellent, and transportation was provided. These activities can happen in the a.m. or p.m. and your teacher encourages you to discuss the event totally in espanol. We also walked to the main square and watched an annual event held in November, the race of the waiters from the many restaurants in Antigua.
You can also live with a family full time for the total immersion and the school will set this up for you. For any reason your family does not work out they will set up another family. The people we have spoken with from the school all are enjoying their families. We chose to live in a hotel nearby for our first experience in November last year and this year the four of us (two couples) rented an apartment (close to our school), you can rent apartments or homes quite easily in Antigua. Last year our hotel was just around the corner from the school, there were three hotels close by. All were very competitive with their rates, two beds, private bath and our hotel gave us breakfast each morning. Then we had a three minute walk to the school.
Antigua is a lovely and very safe city. The colonial section is seven long streets and seven long avenues connecting at the main park and is very beautiful. There are great places to stay and eat at all price ranges, you can book in and then shop around. We would not change schools for many reasons and the Antiguena Spanish Academy is located within the colonial section of town, easy to find, easy to walk to and as we stated before - very well-run. They have students from all over the world. That in itself is very interesting. Every student works one on one with their teacher, and as we stated before, every day, the teachers are all so kind, caring and friendly. They understand where you are in espanol and teach accordingly. All four of us were at different levels in espanol.
Antigua has a chocolate museum, coffee plantation to visit, volcanoes (surrounded by three) to climb, so much to see and experience. Panajachel is a wonderful town located on a huge lake (Lake Atitlan) that is a bus ride away and very, very interesting to visit. There are many pueblas located around the lake as well as a huge market in Chichicastenango. There are so many activities for you to enjoy. There are many travel kiosks in town that will arrange transportation to special towns, events, etc. for a very reasonable rate. We travelled to Tikal, one of the earliest Mayan cities in northern Guatemala for three days. You can arrange your days at the school to give you a three or four day weekend to travel. We took two days and travelled to the Guatemalan coast to see las playas (beaches).
Don't hesitate to email the school and ask questions, they are very helpful. Internet service is everywhere in Antigua. Regarding the weather, we can only talk of November as that is when we have travelled to Antigua last year and this year. It was lovely, much like our early summer in SW ON. We are beginning a winter stay in Mexico and for us, Antigua, Guatemala has been perfect each November for the first month of our winter stay. We have spoken to other students studying at the school for two weeks all the way to six months, some alone and others in groups and all reports are so positive. It is definitely your choice how long you wish to study.
All the best....and enjoy your stay in Antigua. You will love it!!!!
I have spent the best three months that money can buy here in Antigua Guatemala. The professional manner in which this school operates and the value that you receive is indescribable. My Spanish teacher, Lety Socorec is surprisingly well versed in teaching methods and was very flexible but demanding. The experience was as much about learning the culture and friendly nature of Guatemala as it was about language. The school provides tours 3 tours a week. These tours are free and complete professionally presented. The administrators of the school (Julio Jr.) is very accommodating to insure the best possible experience. I travel for a living and this school, the city, and the teachers have been the best experience that I have had in my career in International Studies. The family that I was paced with (the Sactic Family) created the friendliest and accommodating environment I have ever experienced. The food and hospitality was of better quality than most 5 star resorts that I have stayed in over the past twenty years of travel. The simple accommodations of a homestay is far overshadowed by the warmth of this family. The teacher (Lety Socorec) was incredible in that she was very understanding and tailored lessons around my needs instead of expecting me to accommodate her lesson plans (and she was very structured). The value that this school provides extends far past the act of learning Spanish. The cultural immersion, the incredible activities, and the surrounding attractions combined are far superior to any other locale that I have visited. I recommend this experience to any person who enjoys travel (not just for students). Also, the coffee here is second to none. The museums and ruins are recommended by the United Nations also you can watch a volcano erupt every night (the only location that I have ever experienced so put it on your bucket list). Simply put, this is an experience of a lifetime.
I studied with the school for 2 weeks in March 2015. My teacher was Maribel Ramos and she was extremely helpful. She spoke very good English, so we didn't have to spend too much time to look up dictionary. She prepared study materials often aside the official text book, which helped my study a lot. Since it was the Semana Santa week, she invited me to her church to see how local people make alfombra. It was really nice cultural experience for me. Throughout my lesson with her, she was always encouraging and professional. I would request her if I study there again for sure.
The school helped me a lot for the accommodation. Even though I had some issues with the first place, they smoothly replaced me to another place that I loved. I really appreciate that they allowed me to stay at the same home stay family during the Semana Santa even though I was not taking any Spanish classes since it would've been quite difficult to book a reasonable place in Antigua during the week due to so many tourists coming from outside. Moreover, they kindly allowed my friend to stay in the same house while she was there with me. Thank you so much! I liked the school activities too. One thing I want to suggest is to create better environment to mingle with other students. It was a bit difficult for me to make friends at the school since everyone was taking one-to-one lesson. But overall, I was totally satisfied by my experience there! Muchisimas gracias!
My partner and I studied Spanish with this school for three weeks and loved every second of the experience. Our teacher, Lucia, was fantastic. She made the language come alive and engaged us with interesting conversations and fun games. We were amazed at how much Spanish we could actually speak after three weeks! Lucia focused on teaching us to speak in context rather than on regurgitating memorised phrases. Our homestay family was also great and overall I would give the experience a big thumbs-up.
Antiguena Spanish Academy has been a great experience. I spent about a month with a one on one instructor named Carmen. She was not only a great teacher but a joy to be around. I learned much more than I expected in such a short time. I loved the relaxed atmosphere while being sharply focused on building language skills with each session. After looking at all the schools in Antigua, I found Antiguena Spanish Academy to be the best value for the money by far. I highly recommend this school.
San Diego, USA
it's definately an awesome experience in Antigua!
thanks for my teacher Rosario,she is very professional and always patient with me.even i was very slow in speaking spanish.she was also very good at getting you to talk withot pressure. Except spanish class,she also share abt the information of Antigua.like recomending where is the best coffee or nice restaurants here!
Hopefully will be able to return to study ~
Our family spent two weeks at the Antiguena Academy during Spring Break and had a great experience. We enjoyed living with Alina, who was provided by the Academy.
I have a master's degree in Spanish, but completed it in the 1980s and don't speak Spanish much, so the practice was helpful especially with grammar. My husband is a beginner and he, also, benefited from the classes. We took our children who are six and eight who thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
We had a great experience and I recommend the school highly. Antigua is a charming city, the people are quite personable and it is easy to navigate walking. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to assist.
I had such a wonderful time at Antigua Spanish Academy. The classes were not what I expected - they were fun, interesting, collaborative and held in a beautiful garden! My teacher, Alejandro, helped me build up my Spanish grammar and vocabulary, knowledge of Guatemala and most importantly my abilities speaking Spanish. I had one week of classes and even in that short time I felt there was a huge improvement. I'm so thankful to Alejandro for the wonderful week I spent in Antigua, he was a fantastic, kind and very interesting teacher, and I loved spending time in the magical town of Antigua, always surrounded by history, incredible food, mountains and gardens. Ah! I wish I could go back and spend more time there!
I had the pleasure of having Lily García as my teacher for two weeks when I studied in Antigua, and it was an incredible learning experience. She became more than a teacher, she also became a friend. I was fairly advanced in Spanish, however, I had many difficulties with the grammar and the tenses. In the short time I spent with Lily she helped me tremendously improve my grammar. My friend and I shared Lily as our teacher and she knew how to adapt to our various needs. Lily knew we were very interested in culture, history, and politics so she would find ways to integrate these topics into our lesson plans. She also knew we were interested in learning more about the city so she would take us on "field-trips" to learn more about Antigua from an inside perspective. I highly recommend Lily to anyone at any level of Spanish. She genuinely cared about us and our improvement. Lily also created a very comfortable environment so we felt confident in expressing ourselves and asking questions. My conversational skills improved dramatically through the talks I would have with her. I left Guatemala not only with a greater knowledge of Spanish, but also with a new friend.
Mi mejor semana.
Estoy muy contento con mis clases, estudio una semana (5 horas)
todo fue muy bueno, Julio pequeño (Julito) es muy amable y ayuda cuando yo necesito.
Mi maestro Alejandro fue excelente, disfruto mucho las actividades, hablo mucho y practico, una semana con mucho español, la clase está dinámica y aprendo mucho más en una semana, que en meses de la Universidad, si tú vienes aquí vas a aprender mucho mucho. Una muy buena experiencia. 100% bueno
I never thought that I would go to Guatemala, however I went for 3 weeks out of the blue and the city of Antigua surpassed my expectations.
Nunca pensé que iba a ir a Guatemala y fui por tres semanas y la ciudad de Antigua superó mis expectaciones.
Teacher/Maestra: Lily García
Lily was the best teacher in the world! I shared maestra Lily with a friend at my same level and Lily always shared the time between us two, asking what we want to cover because we came with some knowledge of the Spanish language since we studied Spanish in undergrad. When my friend left, I had one-on-one Spanish classes with Lily where I could perfect my conversation skills. In summary, we covered information that we still didn't understand well, but we also learned about the history and culture of Guatemala. We went over tenses, new vocabulary, new verbs, phrases and Guatemala sayings and slang words all while doing fun activities. We had plenty of Spanish conversation. I hope I can return one day and take more classes.
¡La mejor profesora en el mundo! Compartí maestra Lily con una amiga en mi misma nivel y Lily siempre compartía su tiempo entre nosotras dos, preguntando que queremos cubrir porque fuimos con un poco sabiduría del lengua español porque estudiamos español en nuestra Universidad. Cuando mi amiga salió, estaba estudiando sola, una a una con Lily. En resumen, cubrimos la información que aún no entendimos bien, pero también aprendimos sobre la historia y cultura de Guatemala. Cubrimos tiempos, vocabulario nuevo, verbos nuevos, frases y dichos de Guatemala y lengua de la calle mientras hacienda actividades divertidos. Conversamos mucho. Ojalá que puedo regresar un día.
The school offered wonderful evening activities, although at times they got a little repetitive.
La esculea ofrece buenas actividades en la tarde, aunque a veces eran un poco repetivas.
Homestay: Vicky y Walter
I loved mi host family! They were extremely loving and accepted me as part of the family. I had a lot of freedom however when I was sick they were there to help me. If I ever return to study, I hope to stay with the same family.
¡Me encantó mi familia! Eran muy amorosas y me aceptaron como parte de la familia. Tuve mucha libertad aunque cuando estaba enferma, la familia estaba allí para ayudarme. Si regreso a estudiar más, ojalá que puedo quedarme con la misma familia.
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