Four afternoons a week a different activity stimulates discussion and adventure, while opening your eyes to both the difficulties and the enormous beauty and culture that Guatemala has to offer.
It might be a visit to a local village to see a Mayan ritual, a trip to a glass blowing factory or a weaving collective, a documentary about Guatemala, salsa lessons, or a get-together with an invited guest speaker.
If you are a beginner, translation can be provided if desired, so that you won't miss out on the content. And every Friday night there's a potluck graduation party, a celebration shared by all our students, teachers, and directors, to honor and bid farewell to those who have completed their studies.
Each weekend there's a trip, such as a visit to the beach, a natural hot spring high up in the mountains, the vast market in Chichicastenango, or the spectacular Lake Atitlan. Lasting either one or two days, its another wonderful opportunity to learn about the culture and use your Spanish. You are encouraged to participate in as many activities and trips as you can, however at times you may prefer to study, explore on your own, or participate in a volunteer project.
Activities and trips are an integral part of our program, and the cost of organizing and leading them is included in the cost of tuition. Personal expenses, however, such as bus fare, food eaten out, hotel (on overnight trips), and park or museum admission, are extra but are very low in Guatemala.
"I was surrounded with people who cared about my experience and the quality of the school. I can't wait to go back."
"MAA was one of the best and more rewarding experiences of my life."
"I found the program at Miguel Angel Asturias an amazing experience."
"I learned very quickly and deeply."
"I loved the one-on-one experience. I really enjoyed my teacher ... and felt that I was able to work exactly at my level."