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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
-
Country
Guatemala
Latitude
14.69
Longitude
-91.27

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Phone Number
(502) 77218193
Email
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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 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
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Courses Quality 
 
5.0
Accommodations Quality 
 
5.0
Activities Quality 
 
5.0
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
Bad Points
None!
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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
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Value 
 
3.0
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5.0
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5.0
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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Thanks again Luz, Sady, Andre and the entire team at San Pedro Spanish School. It has been such a delight studying with you.
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Value 
 
5.0
Courses Quality 
 
5.0
Accommodations Quality 
 
5.0
Activities Quality 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Jack y Louise, 26, Aus June 21, 2017

The best place to learn Spanish!

Thanks again Luz, Sady, Andre and the entire team at San Pedro Spanish School. It has been such a delight studying with you.

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Good Points
Louise and myself studied with the school for a week. Our individual teachers, Sady and Andrea, were incredibly patient, kind and supportive. They offered ample opportunities for us to productively learn in such a picturesque location setting. We had previously undertook a week of spanish school in Mexico one month ago however we found that the teachers here in San Pedro taught much slower and clearer resulting in a better experience and thoroughly enjoyable.
Our hoststay family was so nice, cooked the most delicious meals we've had in Guatemala and offered an insight into there everyday lives. We were sad to leave. We would recommend this school to everyone of whatever spanish speaking level you may be!
Bad Points
None!
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Yes
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I studied with my teacher Clemente for 4 weeks and he was an excellent and patient teacher who is very dedicated to his profession. As a result, I was able to improve my basic Spanish considerably. I also enjoyed the school premises right on Lago de Atitlan with a beautiful tropical garden and views over the lake. Prior to signing up, I was impressed by the quick responses I received by the school director, Ramon, to all questions I had.
I lived with the Mendez-Picon family all 4 weeks. Wonderful people who provided me with a nice room with private bathroom and a balcony with great views over Lago de Atitlan and the mountains. Luis and Lety were great hosts, they and their son Luis Jr. welcomed me into their home like family. I felt very comfortable staying with them. Lety is also a really great cook and provided wonderful meals the entire time.
I can highly recommend my teacher Clemente and a homestay with the Mendez-Picon family.
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Value 
 
5.0
Courses Quality 
 
5.0
Accommodations Quality 
 
5.0
Activities Quality 
 
4.0
Reviewed by Rene May 23, 2017

Great school - excellent teacher

I studied with my teacher Clemente for 4 weeks and he was an excellent and patient teacher who is very dedicated to his profession. As a result, I was able to improve my basic Spanish considerably. I also enjoyed the school premises right on Lago de Atitlan with a beautiful tropical garden and views over the lake. Prior to signing up, I was impressed by the quick responses I received by the school director, Ramon, to all questions I had.
I lived with the Mendez-Picon family all 4 weeks. Wonderful people who provided me with a nice room with private bathroom and a balcony with great views over Lago de Atitlan and the mountains. Luis and Lety were great hosts, they and their son Luis Jr. welcomed me into their home like family. I felt very comfortable staying with them. Lety is also a really great cook and provided wonderful meals the entire time.
I can highly recommend my teacher Clemente and a homestay with the Mendez-Picon family.

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Good Points
Really great teacher - beautiful school premises right on the lake - very friendly people - highly organized.

Bad Points
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