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San Pedro Spanish School Connecting Cultures
San Pedro Spanish School Uniendo Culturas
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Location

Address
7a Avenida 2-20 zona 2
City
San Pedro La Laguna
Postal Code
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Country
Guatemala
Latitude
14.69
Longitude
-91.27

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Phone Number
(502) 77218193
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San Pedro Spanish school as a business exists to support & contribute to an empowered community of dignity, prosperity and well being. By studying with us at San Pedro Spanish school you're directly helping to provide Heath, Nutrition and Education to the children of Lake Atitlan. Each week that you learn Spanish and increase your abilities and opportunities, a child in San Pedro gets a week's education and/or nutrious food, which dramatically transforms their life.

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Reviewed by Megan Monson October 02, 2017
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You will love it here!

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Good Points
• One-on-one instruction with dedicated teacher
• Professional, committed staff
• Beautiful setting
• Wonderful homestay family
• Lots of activities

I spent a month at San Pedro Spanish School with homestay in Summer 2017, and highly recommend the whole experience. The school was great – I spent four hours a day one-on-one with my teacher, Teresa Quiacain, who was absolutely wonderful. Teresita is young, enthusiastic and proved to be very creative in finding ways to improve my skills and deepen my cultural experience. She was exceptionally patient and encouraging.

I also liked the optional (and often hilarious) conversation classes in the evenings, as well as all the other (free) activities offered by the school.

I was equally pleased with my home stay experience. My family, the Coxes, made me feel very welcome and were very intentional about speaking to me in Spanish and making sure all my needs were met. My room with private bath was comfortable and the view from the patio outside my door was outstanding. The food was simple, wholesome and delicious – freshly made tortillas every single day can't be beat.

I am continuing my studies with five hours of lessons weekly via Skype with my teacher, Teresita, which has helped me hang on to what I learned this summer. I especially like the Skype delivery; having a prior relationship with the teacher is really valuable. The lessons are fun, and I look forward to our sessions every time. What more can I say? The town itself felt safe, the weather was absolutely sublime, and there was a ton of things to do. I’m definitely coming back next year.
Bad Points
One piece of advice: If you are sensitive to night noise, bring sturdy ear protection – San Pedro has a loud population of roosters and street dogs.
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This is a fantastic school. It may be a little pricier than some of the others, but it is reflected in the quality teaching.
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Reviewed by Timothy September 25, 2017
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Fantastic school

This is a fantastic school. It may be a little pricier than some of the others, but it is reflected in the quality teaching.

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The school has a fantastic location next to the lake. It was beautiful observing the lake during my morning classes every day, with fisherman passing by, herons, fish, hummingbirds etc.

I spent 8 weeks in the school, varying between 5 or 6 hours a day. All my teachers were all wonderful, Francisco, Javier, and most of Clemente who I spent 6 weeks with. I will be returning to the school later on this year to study with Clemente again. Clemente is an incredible teacher, who follows through his teaching with daily objectives so that you can meet your progression goals. He is innovative in his use of different methods, using audio recordings, newspapers, videos, etc. His sense of humour is however what I loved most about my lessons, in particular his great acting skills which really made my lessons enjoyable as well as constructive.

Conversation club is great, though it very much depends on the group of students that you are with every week. I really enjoyed playing the various games. The activities I attended were great, especially the 'degustacion' of different traditional foods.

My homestay was wonderful, I have stayed with the family before, Maida, Mauricio and Aweex. I feel like part of their family, Aweex is a lovely little girl, always smiling and happy. I loved playing with her, and look forward to staying with her family again later on this year. Maida, who has experience teaching Spanish (she speaks great English) is very helpful in helping with any language difficulties. Her cooking is amazing, and she loves to share in this aspect of traditional Pedrano culture. She keeps the house spotless, and there are several hammocks and a lovely garden. I was included in family activities, and have met with a large number of their extended family.
Bad Points
I can't really think of anything bad to say. Just that perhaps the coffee is too weak sometimes.
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Reviewed by Jesse Sarlin September 06, 2017

SPSS

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I'm going to write a lot because I have a lot to say about San Pedro Spanish School (SPSS). I'm a 29 yr. old American from NYC and studied with SPSS for approximately two months in Feb. and March 2017. I cannot say enough good things about this school.

I have been very privileged in my life and have received a good education from both public and private schools and this school is just as excellent in quality as an expensive American University. If you're motivated and serious about learning Spanish you will learn a ton. 4hrs a day 5 days a week is a good plan, more than that is usually too much for most people in my opinion.

The school itself: Very very beautiful. Many "classrooms" (tables under huts) are arranged facing the unbelievably beautiful lake. The school is essentially a beautiful garden.

Activities: The school provides and encourages students to attend an hour conversation club every afternoon (no additional charge), led by a different teacher each week. The club is usually fun and interactive and definitely improved my Spanish. The school also arranges evening activities (fútbol, movies, presentations on Guatemalan history and culture, trivia, salsa classes, and more at no additional cost. So you essentially get two hrs. of less formal lessons every afternoon.

Homestay: I did a homestay for the first month I was there and was very very happy with my family (Maida and Mauricio). It was clean, safe, quiet, cozy and very pretty. I was expecting less than ideal food and was completely wrong. I had an ongoing joke with Maida that I kept changing my favorite meals of hers. I learned and practiced a lot of Spanish with Maida.

I would often stay out late and the family was fine with it as long as I locked the door behind me when I came home. I rarely heard negative things about other families and concluded the majority are excellent.

Teachers and classes:
The best part of my experience with SPSS was my relationship with my teachers. First I'll say that, similar to the homestays, I never heard anything negative about the teachers. 95% of the time it seemed other students also loved their teachers. I had two. My first was Chusita and I felt very lucky. She was extremely patient, encouraging, fun, and simply a good teacher. She is very familiar with the process of foreigners learning Spanish. She is both structured in her classes and fits in games and conversation to simultaneously practice Spanish and talk about life, politics, San Pedro, Guatemalan culture, everything. I highly recommend her, especially if you're studying for less than 3 weeks as she's great with beginners.

After a month, Ramon (the bossman) recommended I change teachers. He says this to all students that are staying more than a couple weeks and the reasoning is to simply have a different experience. I felt very conflicted about changing because I liked Chusita so much, but am happy I did.

My second teacher was Javier. I actually think I had them in a good order as I felt Chusita's strength was introducing Spanish, basic skills and rules for beginners, while Javier's strengths was explaining the complicated uses of different tenses and intricate nuances of the language. Javier is AWESOME. He's a total weirdo and knows it. (he wears a little boy's backpack because his son picked it out, and giant sunglasses). He's incredibly smart, humble and very funny. He's very good at explaining abstract concepts and I think his strength is probably working with intermediate-to-advanced students. He loves his job and takes it seriously. He also accommodates his lessons and conversations to your interests and reasonings for studying Spanish. He also loves strong coffee so buy him an espresso one day.

Again, I can't say enough good things about this school. There are other cheaper schools in town but I think the quality of the teachers is worse. All the teachers at SPSS are well-trained and most have been teaching with success for over 5 years.

Consider SPSS, It's perfect!
Bad Points
I had an unnecessarily expensive taxi form the airport to San Pedro. It was the fault of the guy arranged via SPSS, and partially my own for not considering another means of transport.
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ENGLISH TO FOLLOW:

í Me allegro mucho que a Teresa González fuera mi maestra y que Luis y Lety fueran otro vez a mi familia en San Pedro!

Teresa llegue el lunes, August 21, en la mañana, y aprendió que ella esperaba a descutir la cosmología y la teología de los Mayas con un otro teólogo. í Me sorprende que ella no corriera para su casa!

Teresa fue una excelente maestra especialmente porque ella escuchó bien y si ella no supo la respuesta para mi pregunta, ella la investigaría y ella tendría una respuesta para nuestra próxima clase. Por eso, Teresa y la escuela de San Pedro tiene mi aplauso.

I am very happy with my teacher, Teresa. She only thought that we would study the "subjuntivo," but she discovered on Monday Morning of August 21st that she was also expected to discuss Mayan Cosmology and Theology. With such short notice, if I were her, I would have run for home. However, she fulfilled my desires for an informative comparison of two traditions: Christian and Mayan.

The most important aspect was that Teresa was a fantastic listener and for questions, or for a "deeper" discussion, she returned home and researched possible answers.

This was my second time to study at the School and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Secondly, I am self-taught in Spanish (except for the previous week, two years ago), Besides, my initial requests, I was gently assisted with a few errors.

If anyone who reads this has personal questions, I would be happy to answer them.

Roger
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Reviewed by Roger H. Lemke September 04, 2017

Applause!

ENGLISH TO FOLLOW:

í Me allegro mucho que a Teresa González fuera mi maestra y que Luis y Lety fueran otro vez a mi familia en San Pedro!

Teresa llegue el lunes, August 21, en la mañana, y aprendió que ella esperaba a descutir la cosmología y la teología de los Mayas con un otro teólogo. í Me sorprende que ella no corriera para su casa!

Teresa fue una excelente maestra especialmente porque ella escuchó bien y si ella no supo la respuesta para mi pregunta, ella la investigaría y ella tendría una respuesta para nuestra próxima clase. Por eso, Teresa y la escuela de San Pedro tiene mi aplauso.

I am very happy with my teacher, Teresa. She only thought that we would study the "subjuntivo," but she discovered on Monday Morning of August 21st that she was also expected to discuss Mayan Cosmology and Theology. With such short notice, if I were her, I would have run for home. However, she fulfilled my desires for an informative comparison of two traditions: Christian and Mayan.

The most important aspect was that Teresa was a fantastic listener and for questions, or for a "deeper" discussion, she returned home and researched possible answers.

This was my second time to study at the School and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Secondly, I am self-taught in Spanish (except for the previous week, two years ago), Besides, my initial requests, I was gently assisted with a few errors.

If anyone who reads this has personal questions, I would be happy to answer them.

Roger

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ENGLISH TO FOLLOW:

í Me allegro mucho que a Teresa González fuera mi maestra y que Luis y Lety fueran otro vez a mi familia en San Pedro!

Teresa llegue el lunes, August 21, en la mañana, y aprendió que ella esperaba a descutir la cosmología y la teología de los Mayas con un otro teólogo. í Me sorprende que ella no corriera para su casa!

Teresa fue una excelente maestra especialmente porque ella escuchó bien y si ella no supo la respuesta para mi pregunta, ella la investigaría y ella tendría una respuesta para nuestra próxima clase. Por eso, Teresa y la escuela de San Pedro tiene mi aplauso.

I am very happy with my teacher, Teresa. She only thought that we would study the "subjuntivo," but she discovered on Monday Morning of August 21st that she was also expected to discuss Mayan Cosmology and Theology. With such short notice, if I were her, I would have run for home. However, she fulfilled my desires for an informative comparison of two traditions: Christian and Mayan.

The most important aspect was that Teresa was a fantastic listener and for questions, or for a "deeper" discussion, she returned home and researched possible answers.

This was my second time to study at the School and I do not hesitate to recommend it. Secondly, I am self-taught in Spanish (except for the previous week, two years ago), Besides, my initial requests, I was gently assisted with a few errors.

If anyone who reads this has personal questions, I would be happy to answer them.

Roger
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-location:next to the lago and the environment is just beautiful
-teaching: it is high quality, the lessons are structure and the teacher has evidentally been well trained
-teacher: patient, happy and professional, he was great
-Looks like a place that would be so great for kids.
-The coffee is great
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Reviewed by Phoebe July 23, 2017

What an amazing place to learn spanish.

-location:next to the lago and the environment is just beautiful
-teaching: it is high quality, the lessons are structure and the teacher has evidentally been well trained
-teacher: patient, happy and professional, he was great
-Looks like a place that would be so great for kids.
-The coffee is great

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Good Points
-location:next to the lago and the environment is just beautiful
-teaching: it is high quality, the lessons are structure and the teacher has evidentally been well trained
-teacher: patient, happy and professional, he was great
-Looks like a place that would be so great for kids.
-The coffee is great
Bad Points
I can't really think of any to be honest- the price is slightly more compared to the other schools around but for good reason. From the stories I've heard of others learning in San Pedro it seemed my experience was best.
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