This year, San Pedro Spanish School is celebrating a very special anniversary. It’s been two decades since they started connecting cultures through language.
The school was founded in 1997 to offer students a fun, interactive way of learning Spanish and over the past 20 years, travelers from over 20 different countries have come here to learn the world’s second most widely spoken mother tongue. After all, being able to speak Spanish will not only help you get around in Guatemala more easily but will also open doors for you throughout Latin America, large parts of the USA and of course Spain.
San Pedro Spanish School offers a variety of courses tailored to students’ needs. For example, if you can barely say anything other than “sí”, you can take a beginner’s course to help you learn the basics. Soon you’ll be able to not only ask where the bus is now, but also where it was yesterday and where it will be tomorrow. If you already know some Spanish, there are intermediate and advanced courses that will help you become fluent in no time.
One of the great strengths of San Pedro Spanish School is that the teachers are professional and truly show an interest in their students. They will focus on the things you like and the real-life situations you’re likely to encounter to help you learn useful vocabulary. Because of the one-on-one approach, you’re not just a face in the crowd either. Instead, your teacher can track your progress and adjust the pace to push you just enough without letting you lose heart.
Another advantage of the one-on-one approach is that through your teacher, you get to learn about local culture without even realizing it. If you truly want to immerse yourself in Guatemalan life, though, you may want to consider a home-stay with a local family carefully vetted by the school. To help make your trip to Guatemala even more meaningful, the school has a range of excursions, social activities and volunteer opportunities with Niños del Lago, a project that supports the young people of the local community.
If you’re nervous about being the only student in class, you can study with a friend. You can also enroll in conversation classes where you get to interact with other students who are struggling with verb conjugation just as much, or as little, as you do.
The original San Pedro Spanish School campus in San Pedro is located in a lush garden right on the shores of Lake Atitlan. However, the school now has two additional campuses: one in San Marcos and one in Quetzaltenango, known to most people as Xela. You have the option of starting your course in one location and then continuing in one of the other locations, so if your time in Guatemala is limited, you can still travel while studying. You can even continue lessons via Skype, so there’s no excuse not to continue improving your Spanish skills!