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A not-for-profit Spanish school since 1989 that offers 25-hours weekly of custom tailored one-on-one Spanish classes for beginners to advanced, business, medical, social work, university accredited courses, Juan Sisay Spanish School has been providing language instruction and immersion to people from around the world since 1989.  It is located in the town of Quetzaltenango (Xela), nestled high in the mountains of the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

While studying Spanish at Juan Sisay, you will learn to speak, read, listen and comprehend Spanish. You will also learn about cultural, historical, and political aspects of Guatemala. Our teachers are university-educated and certified in teaching Spanish conversation, comprehension, and grammar. Juan Sisay is also a registered and recognized Spanish school by the Guatemala government.

A typical instructional schedule is 5 hours of one-on-one teaching, Monday through Friday each week, or a flexible custom-designed class schedule can also be tailor-made to fit your needs. Additional mini-conferences are held twice a week. These are designed to help further your listening skills in Spanish while learning about Guatemala.  Every afternoon, Juan Sisay provides private guided excursions or activities in and around Quetzaltenango as well as to surrounding pueblos. You will visit exciting areas where most tourists do not go! On the weekends, longer excursions are organized by the school and guided by a Juan Sisay teacher.

Whether you are a college student looking to fulfill your language requirements, a business professional needing to enhance your resumé, or a retiree who wants to learn a new language and really get to know a new culture – Juan Sisay is right for you!

Why Choose “Juan Sisay Spanish School” as your Spanish School?

1. The teachers at Juan Sisay are the friendliest in Guatemala, and you won’t find a closer community of students, teachers, and friends, at any other Spanish school

2. Included afternoon activities show you the real Guatemala, and are a great time to socialize and make new friends

3. Our mid-morning conferences are a great time to learn about Guatemalan culture and history, and provide a nice break from one-on-one focus to allow students to work on listening comprehension and hang out with other students

4. Beautiful, centrally located school with indoor and outdoor study areas, conference area, and free internet

5. Our collective non-profit organization gives back to the community, and ensures that your money is wisely spent.

Why Xela over Antigua?

6. Experience the real Guatemala. Escape the tourist scene and come live in a real city, with normal people, businesses, and everyday life

7. Less English – more Spanish!  Xela has fewer tourists than Antigua, which means you are less likely end up in conversations with another English-speaker in Xela.

8. Cheaper. Costs in Xela are very low.  However, as a larger city, a wide variety of high quality restaurants and goods and services are still available

9. Better for a serious student or traveler: After years of experience, we simply know that serious students and travelers almost always prefer studying in Xela. Here you can blend into real Guatemalan life and find thousands of Guatemalans not jaded by tourism and happy to talk about whatever you like.

10. More volunteer opportunities. With an estimated population of 250,000, Quetzaltenango has a distinctly more urban feel than Antigua.  Xela offers a wide array of cultural, volunteer and social opportunities not to be found in smaller locales such as Antigua or Lago Atitlan.

Why Juan Sisay vs. Spanish schools in Antigua

11. An extra hour per day of study at cheaper prices. Juan Sisay’s standard program is 5-hours of study each day, while most Antigua schools offer only 4 hours.

12. Much cheaper home-stays. Juan Sisay’s home-stays cost $55 per week, and include three meals per day, seven days a week. Antigua home-stays average about $75 and usually do not include food on the weekends.

13. Since there is an abundance of foreigners in Antigua, many host families’ dwellings are more like a hotel than actually living with a family.  Not only will you feel part of the family, Juan Sisay’s host families will cater to your dietary needs – vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, etc…

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