The journey of learning Spanish in Guatemala

¿Habla Español? Coming from the Philippines which has a long history associated with Spain and its influences, somehow to learn Spanish inevitably came handy. My journey in learning Spanish started in Manila and progressed in Guatemala, such a long journey.

Beginning my Spanish journey at Instituto Cervantes de Manila back in 2005, my time in Instituto gave me a good foundation of learning Spanish. For those of you who are in Manila and wants to learn Spanish, I highly recommend Instituto Cervantes, especially if you’re aiming to get your DELE and heading to settle in Spain.

Continuing the journey,  in 2011, while in Guatemala I took a big leap and decided to do intensive Spanish lesson. I chose to go to Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español (PLQE) in Quetzaltenango. I picked this school because it is the pioneer Spanish school in Guatemala with proven superb track record of providing quality language instruction, socially responsible institution, and effective home-stay immersion program. 

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Proyecto Lingüistico Quetzalteco de Español

If you plan to learn Spanish while travelling in Central America, Guatemala is the best country to learn it because of how neutral Spanish is in Guatemala comparing it to its neighboring countries. If you already decided to go to Guatemala and learn Spanish, Quetzaltenango or locally known as Xela is the best place to go to. Though there are other places that offers Spanish lessons in Guatemala such as in Antigua & Guatemala City, these places are more of  a tourists pit stops, and are not as culturally immersed while studying Spanish in Xela, especially if your primary goal is to be fluent in Spanish and learn more about Guatemala. In Quetzaltenango, you’ll feel like you’re part of the community as opposed to being just a tourist, that allows to practice Spanish and discover Guatemala in a daily basis.

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PLQE’s courtyard

A little more of PLQE, studying in this awesome institution, included in the school fees are;

  • One-on-one Spanish lesson (tailored to my needs) with highly qualified Spanish Professors. Coffee, tea & sweet bread onsite are available for free during class.
  • Home stay  program with 3 meals included (optional but highly recommended). Host families are well trained to help the students to learn more Spanish (no English allowed!) and how to prepare meals for foreign students especially for those with special dietary needs. Yes, vegan & vegetarian meals can be arranged.
  • Organized local tours (minimal fares and extra expenses for food, entrance fees, tips, etc are not included)
  • Library access & in – school activities, such as film showing, seminars, Friday evening gatherings and volunteering opportunities (can be arranged) are included as well.

I enjoyed my stayed at PLQE, not only I learned Spanish and more of Guatemalan culture, I gained friends and family while in Xela. The city became home for me and has a special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to visit it again!

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Host family

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and sharpen your Spanish skills in Guatemala. Now is the time to check one more thing in your bucket list.

Should you have any questions, or need some helpful tips and advice travelling to Xela and choosing a Spanish school in Guatemala, please feel free to email me (got you the form below, so you can contact me right away) and I’ll be happy to help you. Hasta luego amigos!

Con mucho amor,

Imelda

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