More than Just Spanish Classes
The Cooperativa Spanish School at Lake Atitlan in Guatemala has a wide range of interesting, exciting, and educational programs and activities for their students here at Lake Atitlan. All of the activities at the Spanish school are included in your course fee. Only Saturday excursions may include a small fee for guides or equipment rental. Evening activities at the school include: documentaries, conferences and salsa dancing lessons. Conferences and demonstrations on a variety of subjects including politics, Guatemalan history, problems of indigenous people, local poetry, handicrafts and current affairs. Weekend activities include excursions to neighboring towns and markets, hiking the scenic volcanic region with lake vistas, kayaking on the lake, or zip-line canopy tours. Participation in these activities gives students the opportunity to explore further the history, traditions and realities that have shaped San Pedro La Laguna. Students can allow themselves to be absorbed into an intricate and complex ancient culture situated in an area of tranquil acceptance and overwhelming beauty.
Courses range from one week to one month or longer. Instruction ranges from 3 to 6 hours each day, 5 days a week. In addition to learning Spanish from the most experienced teachers in San Pedro, students have the opportunity to live in the home of a local family. Many students discover the richness of living within the culture, speaking Spanish in an immersion setting, and practicing their skills with members of their new family as the most satisfying way of developing their Spanish.