Immersion Spanish courses have long been popular with people who want to learn Spanish rapidly. Taking several hours of classes every day and being surrounded by native Spanish speakers, you pick up the language much faster than with group classes once or twice a week back home.
To get the ball rolling, the first decision that needs to be made is where to go. Many Spanish schools in Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, offer immersion courses and if you prefer a school in Europe, Spain is a good option, too.
So, why choose Antigua Guatemala?
Well-established Schools and Experienced Teachers
Spanish schools have a long tradition in Antigua Guatemala. The first schools were founded in the 1970s. Although most of the first-generation schools went out of business during the height of the civil war in the early 1980s, when tourism in the country hit an all-time low, many new schools sprang up after the conflict ended and the political situation became more stable again.
Antigua Guatemala quickly re-established itself as one of the premier destinations for immersion Spanish courses in Latin America. As more and more Spanish schools opened their doors, competition intensified and the top schools focused on continuously improving the quality of their courses and the training of their teachers.
Many Spanish teachers in Antigua Guatemala began their career in the 1990’s or early 2000’s and have taught Spanish as a second language to foreign students ever since. They have worked with students from all over the world and from all walks of life. The teachers are intimately familiar with the Spanish grammar and their extensive experience allows them to quickly adapt their teaching to the needs and learning style of their students.
Intensive One-on-one Lessons
When you compare different immersion Spanish courses, one thing you need to look out for is whether the classes are one-on-one or in a group. Here in Antigua Guatemala almost all Spanish classes are one-on-one.
With one-on-one lessons, your teacher can concentrate fully on you. They can adapt the lessons to your needs and interests and go at the pace that’s right for you. Last but not least, you have much more time for exercises and conversation practice than in a group.
To make the best possible progress in the time you have available, one-on-one classes are your best option. While many Spanish schools in other locations offer only group classes or charge a significant amount extra for private lessons, one-on-one lessons are the norm in Antigua.
Unique Colonial Ambiance
A good Spanish school isn’t the only thing you are looking for in an immersion course. After all, you are on vacation and want to experience the culture of your destination and have a good time, don’t you? This is where Antigua Guatemala beats other destinations hands down.
Antigua was the capital of Central America for more than 200 years before an earthquake destroyed large parts of the town in 1773. The capital was moved to present-day Guatemala City and Antigua was mostly abandoned. A few residents stayed behind, but they lacked the resouces to rebuild the town.
Time seemed to stand still in Antigua until it was rediscovered in the early 20th century. More people took up residence in Antigua and began to revive the town. Great care was taken, however, to preserve Antigua’s colonial ambiance and resist the temptation to turn it into a “modern” town like so many others in Latin America.
Travelers who arrive in Antigua today often feel like they had entered another world. Cobblestone streets, buildings no higher than two stories, no billboards, no neon signs, not even traffic lights. Colonial-style houses and monuments line the streets and give you a great impression of what Antigua must have looked like when it was still the political, economic and cultural center of Central America.
Antigua Guatemala is the Best Place to Learn Spanish!
When you look for an unforgettable immersion Spanish course, Antigua Guatemala has it all: good schools, a unique colonial ambiance, friendly and helpful people and a pleasant climate year round.
There’s just no better place to learn Spanish than Antigua Guatemala!