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Founded in 1999, not just another Spanish school, We made it our goal to work only with the best Spanish teachers, select our host families and other service providers very carefully, and offer a full range of additional services to make our students' stay in Antigua Guatemala as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible.
We have developed and perfected our own class materials based on a wide range of textbooks and our teachers receive continuous training, allowing them to further improve their knowledge of the Spanish language and use the latest teaching techniques.
Ixchel Spanish School was also the pioneer in developing career-specific courses for professionals, which allow you to study exactly the kind of Spanish you need.
1. One-on-one lessons are the fastest and most efficient way to learn Spanish. Your teacher is there only for you and can adapt the lessons to your needs, interests and learning style.
2. Immersion Spanish courses - Home stay with a local family, extracurricular activities and weekend tours are great ways to learn outside of the classroom. Being immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment round the clock, you will interact with many native Spanish speakers and practice what you have learned in class in real-life situations.
3. D.E.L.E. exams - available on six levels, from beginner to superior:
- Level A1: You demonstrate sufficient knowledge to understand and use common words and expressions, like asking and giving personal information and talking about daily life. You can communicate with native Spanish speakers on a basic level if they speak slowly and clearly and are willing to cooperate.
- Level A2: You demonstrate the ability to understand and use common words and expressions related to areas that are particularly relevant to you, like information about yourself and your family, shopping, places of interest or occupations.
- Level B1: You demonstrate the ability to understand written and spoken Spanish and are able to have structured conversations on an elementary level.
- Level B2: You demonstrate a solid knowledge of the Spanish language that allows you to communicate in everyday situations that do not require specialized terms.
- Level C1: You demonstrate the ability to communicate fluently and spontaneously in everyday situations that require a specialized use of the language and can handle a wide variety of topics.
- Level C2: You demonstrate superior knowledge of the Spanish language that allows you to communicate in any situation.
4. Spanish for Spanish Teachers - Course Content
History of Spanish and formal aspects of the language
Advanced aspects of the Spanish grammar and word usage
Written expression in formal and informal documents
Oral expression in conversation, discussion, debate and presentation
Reading comprehension and analysis of non-literary texts
Listening comprehension in different contexts
Latin American culture
Latin American literature
5. Business Spanish - Course Content
Company organization and management
Marketing and advertising
Buying and selling
Import and Export
Chamber of commerce, banks and stock exchange
Accounting and taxes
Business correspondence and negotiations
6. Spanish for Medical and Healthcare Professionals - Course Content
anatomy, diseases and symptoms
medical equipment, exams and diagnostics
admission, medical history, documentation and checkout
post-release instructions and recommendations
birth control and pregnancy
pediatric and geriatric care
7. Spanish for Flight Attendants - Course Content
reservations and booking
check-in and boarding
in-flight announcements, safety, take-off and landing instructions
passenger service and inquiries during the flight
8. Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel - Course Content
Traffic accidents and routine traffice stops
DUI and felony traffic stops
Interviews and arrest commands
Domestic disturbance and protective orders
Spanish for Travelers specifically for travelers who speak no or very little Spanish yet and want to learn enough Spanish to get by in Guatemala or other Latin American countries.
9. Spanish for Travelers - Course Content
airports and bus terminals
hotels and restaurants
travel agencies and tourist information
markets and stores
post office, telephone and Internet cafes
doctors, dentists and hospitals
10. Study and Travel program
learn Spanish and practice in everyday situations outside of the classroom
visit the most fascinating places in Guatemala and learn about their history and cultural significance
make the most of your valuable vacation time and have an unforgettable experience
11. Study & Volunteer program
Practice your Spanish outside of the classroom
Gain valuable work experience and add new skills to your resume
Learn about the economic, political and social situation in Guatemala
Help people in need and put a smile on their faces
12. Spanish & Dance consists of 20 or 25 hours of one-on-one Spanish lessons plus 5 hours of private salsa lessons with a professional teacher. You'll have Spanish lessons in the morning and salsa lessons in the afternoon.
We organize extracurricular activities every day Monday to Friday (except on national holidays).
Tour to the Pacaya Volcano
Classes on the Beach in Monterrico
Bike and Motorbike Tours
Breakfast or Lunch in the School
Walking Tour to Cerro de la Cruz
Learn How to Make Tortillas
Holiday, Welcome & Farewell Parties
Tour to the Gallo Brewery
Tour to Chichicastenango
Cooking Typical Guatemalan Meals
Tour to the Mayan Ruins of Iximche
Tour of a Coffee Farm
Watching Spanish movies
Tour of the historic center of Guatemala City
Soccer games students vs teachers
Running tour of Antigua
Visiting museums in Antigua
Talks about Guatemalan culture, history or current events
1. Family Home Stay
Has several advantages that make it the most popular accommodation option among our students:
You will have plenty of opportunity to practice your Spanish with native speakers in realistic everyday situations. You will learn about and experience first hand the customs and culture of Latin America. The interaction with your host family will give you valuable insights into the daily life of average Guatemalans. Having your meals with the host family saves you the hassle of eating in restaurants all the time or cooking yourself.
2. Guest House
Rooms are quite similar to the ones our host families provide, but they come without meals. However, there are optional meal plans available for purchase. All rooms in the school have private bathroom and cable TV, and there is wifi throughout the building.
While staying in the school will give you more privacy and make you independent of the host families' meal times, you will also have less opportunity to practice your Spanish with native speakers. In our experience, most students in a guest house speak English or their native language when they chat with each other, not Spanish.
In case all rooms in the school are booked out, we can arrange a room at a nearby guest house for you. The guest houses we work with are located in nice and safe residential areas within a few city blocks from the school, about five to ten minutes on foot.
Porta Hotel Antigua is one of the finest hotels in Antigua. It occupies an entire city block and features beautiful gardens, two solar-heated swimming pools, a restaurant, a bar, concierge service and a playground for children.
Porta Hotel Antigua has 100 fully equipped rooms and suites. Standard rooms have a king-size bed, wooden floors, fireplace, cable TV, phone and alarm clock. The bathrooms have a tub and a shower and are decorated with beautiful handmade tiles.
Price per night: US$107.00 plus taxes
More privacy than home stay and independent of the host family's meal times. Renting an apartment also gives you the opportunity to have more upscale accommodations than what host families typically provide. On the other hand, you also have less opportunity to meet and interact with the local population and fellow travelers.
As one of Guatemala's most popular tourist destinations, Antigua Guatemala is well prepared for international travelers and there are apartments for all tastes and budgets – from basic studio apartments to luxurious apartments in gated communities.
Compared with other parts of Guatemala, apartments in Antigua are quite expensive. Space is at a premium in and around the historic center, which has driven up the cost of real estate as well as the rent for apartments.
We'll be happy to help you find an apartment that suits your needs and make a reservation on your behalf. Normally a deposit or advance payment is required to secure your reservation.
Ixchel Spanish School is registered with the Guatemalan Ministry of Education (registration number 125-2002) and with INGUAT, the Guatemalan Tourism Institute (registration number 640-2002-D).
Additionally, Ixchel is accredited by Universidad Rural de Guatemala, a private university in Guatemala City. Our cooperation with Universidad Rural allows us to offer Spanish courses with college/university credits.
Here are what some people who used Ixchel School said about their experiences. Their average rating across all categories is /5.