Frequently Asked Questions

Please do not hesitate to contact us if your question is not answered below.

We issue certificates that specify the number of weeks and hours studied as well as the level obtained during the Spanish course. Students may use this certificate when applying for employment in Latin America or their home country.
All our teachers are native Spanish speakers and most speak very little English. All of our classes are taught in Spanish.
Our staff speak Spanish, English and German.
Our students come from all over the world including the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, UK and Japan.
There will be no classes on the following public holidays.
Prices will remain the same for weeks including a holiday.

Holidays in Guatemala:

  • Jan 01 - New Year's Day
  • Mar/Apr - Wednesday, Holy Thursday and Good Friday
  • May 01 - Labor Day
  • Jun 30 - Army Day
  • Sep 15 - Independence Day (1821 from Spain)
  • Oct 20 - Revolution Day (1944)
  • Nov 01 - All Saints Day
  • Dec 24 - Christmas Eve (courses until noon)
  • Dec 25 - Christmas Day
Our experienced teachers have developed a set of textbooks that they use during classes. These suit the level and interest of each individual student.
Students may begin classes on any day of the week except for Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Although most students choose to arrive on the weekend and begin lessons on Monday, we also welcome midweek arrivals. Classes usually run between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily.
Our students enjoy a study plan designed around their schedule and structured according to their specific learning needs. Typically, our students study between four and six hours a day, Monday through Friday. Most students stay for one to four weeks. However, the number of lessons and length of study is entirely up to each individual student.
Yes, teachers assign daily homework to be completed outside of the classroom to help students solidify their knowledge and improve their abilities. However, all of the assignments are optional.
Our Spanish teachers concentrate on the four main language skills - reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Since most courses are one-on-one, our teachers have the ability to shape the class topics based on each student´s individual abilities.
We offer several lodging options. Please refer to the School/Accommodation section for more information.
Some of our host families have children, and some families do not. Upon request, we can arrange a home stay with or without children.
Yes, we carefully choose our host families and consistently frequent the houses to ensure comfort, cleanliness, safety, and compatibility.
Normally, one student stays in a house. However, upon request, we can assign more than one student per house.
The national currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal (GTQ)
Yes, most touristy places - hotels, restaurants, attractions - accept US dollars. Visitors can change Euros, but at a very low exchange rate.
There is an ATM in Flores where visitors may withdraw money with all major bank cards. Visitors may also redeem traveler's checks at the bank in Flores or in Santa Elena. We advise our students to avoid traveling with excessive amounts of money.
We accept payments via PayPal, which allows you to pay with almost any bank card.
Yes, please refer to our School/Prices section.
As discussed on the School/Prices page, the price includes a placement test, a Spanish course (as booked), accommodation, educational material and a certificate.
After checking the details of your reservation, we will ask for a 20% deposit paid via paypal. You may pay with a credit card.
Deposits cannot be refunded but can be given as a credit if you wish to postpone your Spanish studies to a later date. Paid classes in Flores are refunded 50% if cancelled.
For short stays, we suggest the standard vaccinations (hepatitis A+B, tetanus, measles, diphtheria). For longer stays, we ask our students to consult their family practitioners.
No, there is no need for anti-malaria pills. We suggest saving your money and buying good bug spray at home or in Guatemala instead.
Most over-the-counter medicines can be purchased in the pharmacies in Flores and Santa Elena, however, imported western brands may be more expensive than at home.
Guatemala boasts a sophisticated medical care system and skilled health professionals throughout the country. In case of illness, we will reschedule the remainder of your classes accordingly.
There are two seasons in Guatemala: summer and the rainy season (May to October). During the rainy season, visitors can expect short, heavy showers in the afternoon but clear skies and sun during the early morning and evening. The climate is warm and humid year-round.
Temperatures in Flores usually fluctuate between 25-35°C (77-95°F).
We tell our students to bring light summer clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, and swimsuits. During the evenings or while traveling in the highlands, temperatures may drop slightly, so it might be a good idea to bring a light jacket. We also suggest bringing a good pair of walking shoes as well as long pants and a long sleave shirt for jungle tours.
Citizens from Europe, Asia, the United States, and Canada do not need to buy a visa. A valid passport (for at least 6 months) warrants a free ninety-day tourist visa upon entering the country. Travelers may extend this visa for another ninety days by leaving Guatemala (and traveling to Belize, for example) and returning.
Guatemala is in GMT -6, as is all of Central America. There is no daylight-saving time change in Guatemala.
Yes, Flores is a large tourist destination and very peaceful island renowned for being a safe place. However, as is always the case when traveling to a foreign country, the "common sense rule" applies: always travel with someone, stay alert, do not travel to remote places at night, do not wear expensive jewelry, and do not act rudely or arrogantly.
Most internet cafes in Flores offer international phone service (as well as headphones for Skype). Furthermore, even if very rural parts of the country, travelers will find "teléfonos comunitarios" (community phones) to make international calls. Please note that most foreign cell phones do not work in Guatemala without a Guatemalan SIM-card, which are available for purchase in most major stores in Guatemala.
Located just outside of Flores, for students arriving in Flores by plane, we offer a shuttle service from the airport to our school.
Students may also take a bus from Guatemala City to Flores (approximately US$ 25). For students interested in this option we suggest:

After leaving the airport, take a white cab to the Linea Dorada bus station, located at 10a avenida, 15 calle, zona 1. (Tip: Take the elevator to the second level to the departure entrance. There you can take the same licensed cabs at half price, approx. US$6). Linea Dorada buses leave from Guatemala City at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and reach Flores at 6 p.m. or 6 a.m., respectively. The bus will stop at the entrance to Flores, where it is a short, five-minute walk to "Dos Mundos." We will be eagerly awaiting your arrival!