Included services:Airport pick-up and drop-off- 80 hours of private Spanish lessons (20h/wk)Lodging with Guatemalan host family in Antigua, and in country-typical 3* hotels while travelingWeekend excursions to the Mayan ruins of Tikal and Lake Atitlán & Chichi3 healthy meals per day (except Sundays and on trips)all ground and boat transportation as indicated in program itinerary
Not included: Other meals, drinks, tips, other transfers or guided tours.
Scheduled program dates: Program start any Sunday.
Day 1 (Sunday):
Arrival at International Airport La Aurora in Guatemala City. Meet & greet, and transfer to your homestay in Antigua. Overnight.
Day 2-6 (Monday to Friday):
On your first day, you will be picked up from homestay and accompanied to your language school, where you will pass an entry exam to determine your Spanish level. This applies for morning AND afternoon students (only in high season). You will discuss your learning plan with your teacher and set achievable goals like grammar review and awakening of formerly learned vocabulary.
Depending if you are assigned to the morning or to the afternoon, you will be taken on an orientation tour (departing from your school @ 10:00am or @ 16:30pm), where you will learn about important landmarks such as banks, post office, main market, hot spot places etc. Make sure you are given a walking map!
Classes are held from 08-12:00pm from Monday to Friday, or from 14-18:00pm for afternoon students.Class schedule and assigned teacher do generally not change throughout your language program. Extracurricular afternoon activities are offered to increase cultural immersion. You will be given the activity schedule upon arrival in Guatemala.
Day 7-8 (Saturday-Sunday):
Early transfer to the TIKAL JETS HANGAR in Guatemala City and flight to Flores. Transfer to Tikal National Park. Half-day guided tour. Lunch. FREE AFTERNOON. Make sure to watch sunset from one of the temples!! Overnight.Breakfast. FREE MORNING. Visit onsite museums. Return transfer to Flores leaves @ 14:00pm. Return flight to Guatemala City. You will be met at the arrival area and taken to Antigua. Overnight @ host family.
Day 9-13 (Monday to Friday):
You will focus on fluency building and communication skills throughout this week of Spanish instruction in Antigua. Schedule your activity program, climbing Pacaya volcano is a MUST, ask our staff for details, also available, mountain-biking, horseback riding and Salsa dancing!!!!!!!Lodging with host family throughout the week.
Day 14-15 (Saturday-Sunday):
Leave early for Panajachel (2˝ hours driving time). Start boat tour of Lake Atitlán visiting 3 villages at lakeshore. You have around 1 hour in each village to appreciate the cultural diversity and explore the area. Return late afternoon to Pana. Overnight.
Morning transfer from Pana to Chichicastenango (1 h driving time), where you will have free time to stroll thru the colorful indigenous market and visit Santo Tomás church. Return transportation for Antigua leaves @ approx. 14:00pm (2˝ hours driving time). Overnight @ host family.
Day 16-20 (Monday to Friday):
You continue to reinforce your grammar and communication skills in the third week of language classes in Antigua. It is also a good time to visit the Music Museum in Jocotenango, or Finca Filadelfia, a coffee farm; or check out the main churches and ruins in Antigua. Our staff can help out with a walking map indicating the ruins and museums.
Day 21-22 (Saturday-Sunday):
FREE WEEKEND – We are happy to counsel you about available options, Copán & Rio Dulce, Cobán & Semuc-Champey, Monterrico Beach etc.
Day 23-27 (Monday to Friday):
Wow, you did it! Your last week of language instruction, enjoy! You are welcome to visit some of the social projects we support and learn about the social reality of the country. Please don’t forget to reconfirm your flight – our helpdesk staff will help you!! Overnight @ host family.
Day 28 (Saturday):
You need to be at the airport at least 2 hours before departure. Depending on your departure time, a shuttle will drop you off at the airport.
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