Quetzaltenango boasts dozens of language schools, many of a very high standard, and makes an excellent place to really immerse yourself in Guatemalan culture. Its relatively large population means that you shouldn’t have to share a family home with other gringos. Few local people speak much English, so many students find the city is a good place to progress quickly in their language studies. An added benefit of choosing to study in Quetzaltenango is that most schools fund community development and environmental projects.

All of the schools listed here are well established and employ professional teachers, but they are only a selection.

Casa Xelajú

Callejón 15, Diagonal 13–02, Zona 1 t 7761 5954, w casaxelaju.com.

Celas Maya

6 C 14–55, Zona 1 (t 7761 4342, w celasmaya.edu.gt.

Centro Bilingüe Amerindía

(CBA) 12 Av 10–27, Zona 1 t 7761 8535, w cbaspanishschool.com.

Educación para Todos

Av El Cenizal 0–58, Zona 5 t 5935 3815, w spanishschools.biz.


15A Av 4–59, Zona 1 t 7765 1308, w inepas.org.

Juan Sisay

15 Av 8–38, Zona 1 t 7765 1318, w juansisay.com.

Kie Balam

Diagonal 12 4–46, Zona 1 t 7761 1636, w kiebalam.com.

La Paz

2 C Callejon 16 2–47, Zona 1 t 4018 2180, w xelapages.com/lapaz.

Madre Tierra

13 Av 8–34, Zona 1 t 7761 6105, w madre-tierra.org.

Miguel de Cevanates

12 Av 8–31, Zona 1 t 7765 5554, w learn2speakspanish.com.

El Nahual

28 Av 9–54, Zona 1 t 5606 1704, w languageselnahual.com.

Pop Wuj

1 C 17–72, Zona 1 t 7761 8286, w pop-wuj.org.

El Portal

9 Callejón ‘A’ 11–49, Zona 1 t 7761 5275, w spanishschoolelportal.com.

Proyecto Lingüístico Quetzalteco de Español

5 C 2–40, Zona 1 t 7765 2140, w hermandad.com.


6 C 7–42, Zona 1 t 7763 0717, w sakribal.com.

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