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

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) 5715 4604
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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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Be aware that travel by shuttle from Guatemala City to San Pedro might not be direct. I had to go to Antigua, wait a few hours, and take another shuttle to San Pedro. I arrived much later ( in the evening) than when I had expected to arrive (in the afternoon).
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5.0
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5.0
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Reviewed by Ellen February 27, 2017

Excellent Spanish instruction in delightful setting

Be aware that travel by shuttle from Guatemala City to San Pedro might not be direct. I had to go to Antigua, wait a few hours, and take another shuttle to San Pedro. I arrived much later ( in the evening) than when I had expected to arrive (in the afternoon).

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Good Points
The program at San Pedro Spanish Language school is excellent. The environment/ambiance of the school is very comfortable/relaxing. I sat at a thatch covered table overlooking the lake for my 4 hour morning classes. I had individual study with an excellent teacher, Terecita, who customized the lesson plan for me. Since I already had some knowledge of Spanish before I arrived, our classes were primarily conversation and vocabulary building with some focus on grammar (primarily past tense). Terecita was able to answer all of my questions and she brought some additional teaching materials to emphasize specific grammar topics.

I also enjoyed the afternoon Conversation Club meetings ( group discussion facilitated by an instructor) and the evening programs which included films, local speakers, football game, and salsa lessons. I studied at San Pedro for 2 weeks. I could easily have stayed another week or two. I improved from sort of knowing some Spanish to being able to have a conversation with someone who doesn't speak English.

The home stay with Lety and Luis Mendez was wonderful. The accommodation and the warmth of their hospitality were excellent. I learned about new foods and I was pleased when they corrected my Spanish - a continuation of my learning experience at the school.

San Pedro is a lovely town in which to spend time in Guatemala. I also enjoyed visiting other nearby towns on Lake Atitlan.
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Reviewed by maree February 09, 2017

San Pedro Spanish School

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Good Points
I was really impressed by the whole experience - from the wonderful location at San Marcos to my very, very, wonderful teacher. She was great for many reasons including her friendly and considerate personality. She was always well prepared, pitched the lessons appropriately to my learning level, made the lessons interesting, clearly communicated grammar points by demonstrating the grammar point and using relevant examples and exercises, and importantly making sure that I practised, practiced and practised. I feel my Spanish has improved enormously and am looking forward to taking up with Skype lessons when I return to Australia.
Bad Points
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San Pedro is good for young hippies or boozers. At night it can anowing to dangerous. Some of the hotels , like Mikaso, are way overpriced and outdated.
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Value 
 
4.0
Courses Quality 
 
4.0
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Activities Quality 
 
3.0
Reviewed by Tim February 03, 2017

School is good, town is not

San Pedro is good for young hippies or boozers. At night it can anowing to dangerous. Some of the hotels , like Mikaso, are way overpriced and outdated.

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Good Points
Good school
Friendly staff
Super location
Bad Points
San Pedro is good for young hippies or boozers. At night it can anowing to dangerous. Some of the hotels , like Mikaso, are way overpriced and outdated.
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Having spent a few winters in Mexico in an area known as Gringolandia, my wife and I’s Spanish was pretty mediocre. Some friends had told us about their experience studying Spanish on Lake Atitlan a decade ago, and said that this area was quite known for its Spanish schools.

After doing some research and seeing great reviews for the San Pedro Spanish School, we decided that it would be a good fit for us because it offered a variety of levels of instruction as well as the opportunity to stay with a family for the length of study. Having experienced a home stay situation while learning other languages, we knew the advantages of such a situation and wanted it for our time while at the school.

Our teacher Humberto was excellent. He spoke at a level that we could understand without talking to us like we were 6 year olds. As we studied throughout the two weeks, he was adding in the new concepts into his teaching that we were learning quite effortlessly. Humberto was well prepared for the lessons and had a variety of types of instruction methods.

The school has activities most evenings and we enjoyed the ones that we attended. We enjoyed and learned interesting information at the presentations on the history of Guatemala; a testimony of a man from the war period; local food; and the story of school bus coming to Guatemala to become a chicken bus.

The home stay that had been selected for us was also excellent. Maida, Mauricio and their daughter, Avesh have been a joy to spend time with. We went to soccer games, helped make pachas, toured the market and other parts of the area with them. Having the time with the family during meals has been a lot of fun, and certainly has helped our Spanish. It has been a culinary delight as well :)

We will try to come back to the school in the future to advance our Spanish.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Courses Quality 
 
5.0
Accommodations Quality 
 
5.0
Activities Quality 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Brian February 03, 2017

Great Experience in San Pedro

Having spent a few winters in Mexico in an area known as Gringolandia, my wife and I’s Spanish was pretty mediocre. Some friends had told us about their experience studying Spanish on Lake Atitlan a decade ago, and said that this area was quite known for its Spanish schools.

After doing some research and seeing great reviews for the San Pedro Spanish School, we decided that it would be a good fit for us because it offered a variety of levels of instruction as well as the opportunity to stay with a family for the length of study. Having experienced a home stay situation while learning other languages, we knew the advantages of such a situation and wanted it for our time while at the school.

Our teacher Humberto was excellent. He spoke at a level that we could understand without talking to us like we were 6 year olds. As we studied throughout the two weeks, he was adding in the new concepts into his teaching that we were learning quite effortlessly. Humberto was well prepared for the lessons and had a variety of types of instruction methods.

The school has activities most evenings and we enjoyed the ones that we attended. We enjoyed and learned interesting information at the presentations on the history of Guatemala; a testimony of a man from the war period; local food; and the story of school bus coming to Guatemala to become a chicken bus.

The home stay that had been selected for us was also excellent. Maida, Mauricio and their daughter, Avesh have been a joy to spend time with. We went to soccer games, helped make pachas, toured the market and other parts of the area with them. Having the time with the family during meals has been a lot of fun, and certainly has helped our Spanish. It has been a culinary delight as well :)

We will try to come back to the school in the future to advance our Spanish.

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Good Points
Great teacher(s)
Great homestay experience
Good location
Great communication via email when arranging everything. Ramon helped reserve us a spot on a shuttle coming from Guatemala City.
Bad Points
In the evenings before the presentations, we attended the Conversation Club a few times. The conversation club is very activity-based rather than conversation based, which we would have preferred. Nonetheless, the activities may be a better fit for other students.
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My wife retired in June and I retired in December of this year. Both of us worked at universities in the U.S., she as an administrator, me as a faculty member. Because we have an interest in Central America, and Guatemala in particular, we thought it would be nice if we could learn (at a beginning level) the Spanish language. My wife started taking online lessons in June and I haphazardly used Duolingo off and on. We arrived at San Pedro Spanish school in beginning of 2017 with different levels of proficiency, so we decided it would be best for us to take lessons independent of each other. Also, our goals were different. My wife was trying to become as proficient in Spanish as she could in three weeks because she has aspirations of working with the Spanish community in our home town. I, on the other hand, thought it would be nice to learn a little Spanish, but was primarily in San Pedro for relaxation after an intense 35-year career as a university research scientist. More on that later. Because my specialty is research, I spent considerable time researching the various Spanish schools online. We have ties to Guatemala, so the search was limited to schools in Guatemala. Immediately, we were drawn to the San Pedro school because it was reviewed highly by both professional agencies and by individual students. In addition, it had the advantage of being located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. We registered online in September and also took advantage of staying with a local family. The entire process was very professionally done. There were certain issues that needed to be worked out regarding travel (like we arrived on New Year’s Day) and these were capably resolved by Ramon (the director) and Rudy (the transportation agent). There was no problem in getting to San Pedro from Guatemala City. Once we arrived we were welcomed by the Mendez-Pincon family (and their delightful children) and were shown to a room (with private bath) with an absolutely stunning vista of the lake and the surrounding volcanoes. We will miss many things about Guatemala, but one of the most significant is getting up every morning and looking out over Lake Atitlan from our balcony above the city. There simply are no words to describe this. We ate meals with the family and were served traditional Guatemalan food. This was important to us because we wanted to integrate ourselves into the culture as much as possible and this included the food. It is also important because many of the restaurants in the city cater to the tourists and don’t even offer authentic Guatemalan food. The food was delicious and entirely healthy. The family was very gracious to us and worked with us when there were changes in our schedule. Did I mention the gorgeous view from the balcony? Luis and Letty (padre and madre) also did their best to get us to use Spanish, more successfully with my wife than with me. Finally, I need to mention the school and my teacher. I assume that my wife will be writing about her teacher. My teacher was Humberto and I can’t say enough good things about him. Possibly his strongest trait was that he very quickly understood my intent regarding Spanish school and he tailored my program to meet my expectations. Thus, while we did do many lessons (and I did learn quite a bit of Spanish) we also diverged into other activities. This included a lesson on Guatemalan history and culture, activities that included shopping in the city and eating at a restaurant, and even acting as my guide while we walked up the San Pedro volcano (nearly 10,000 feet high at the top). He allowed me to contribute to the planning of the lessons, focusing on the grammar and pronunciation where I needed the most help. He is an excellent teacher and excellent facilitator. Finally, we found the town of San Pedro to be simply enchanting. Other than the fact that it is on Lake Atitlan, if has a significant culture all its own. Because it is in the middle of a coffee-growing region, the coffee was incomparable. And the beer was very good too. We recommend Los Cristalines Café for coffee and Brahva Extra beer. In addition to things to do in San Pedro, there are several other villages surrounding the lake that can be easily accessed by boat for a very reasonable price. In fact, the cost of almost everything was much lower than we were used to. I know that this review is very long and because of it, many will not read it in it’s entirety. But our experience was so good, that I simply could not limit myself.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Courses Quality 
 
5.0
Accommodations Quality 
 
5.0
Activities Quality 
 
5.0
Reviewed by Douglas Dennis January 20, 2017

My experience at San Pedro Spanish School

My wife retired in June and I retired in December of this year. Both of us worked at universities in the U.S., she as an administrator, me as a faculty member. Because we have an interest in Central America, and Guatemala in particular, we thought it would be nice if we could learn (at a beginning level) the Spanish language. My wife started taking online lessons in June and I haphazardly used Duolingo off and on. We arrived at San Pedro Spanish school in beginning of 2017 with different levels of proficiency, so we decided it would be best for us to take lessons independent of each other. Also, our goals were different. My wife was trying to become as proficient in Spanish as she could in three weeks because she has aspirations of working with the Spanish community in our home town. I, on the other hand, thought it would be nice to learn a little Spanish, but was primarily in San Pedro for relaxation after an intense 35-year career as a university research scientist. More on that later. Because my specialty is research, I spent considerable time researching the various Spanish schools online. We have ties to Guatemala, so the search was limited to schools in Guatemala. Immediately, we were drawn to the San Pedro school because it was reviewed highly by both professional agencies and by individual students. In addition, it had the advantage of being located on the shores of Lake Atitlan, one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. We registered online in September and also took advantage of staying with a local family. The entire process was very professionally done. There were certain issues that needed to be worked out regarding travel (like we arrived on New Year’s Day) and these were capably resolved by Ramon (the director) and Rudy (the transportation agent). There was no problem in getting to San Pedro from Guatemala City. Once we arrived we were welcomed by the Mendez-Pincon family (and their delightful children) and were shown to a room (with private bath) with an absolutely stunning vista of the lake and the surrounding volcanoes. We will miss many things about Guatemala, but one of the most significant is getting up every morning and looking out over Lake Atitlan from our balcony above the city. There simply are no words to describe this. We ate meals with the family and were served traditional Guatemalan food. This was important to us because we wanted to integrate ourselves into the culture as much as possible and this included the food. It is also important because many of the restaurants in the city cater to the tourists and don’t even offer authentic Guatemalan food. The food was delicious and entirely healthy. The family was very gracious to us and worked with us when there were changes in our schedule. Did I mention the gorgeous view from the balcony? Luis and Letty (padre and madre) also did their best to get us to use Spanish, more successfully with my wife than with me. Finally, I need to mention the school and my teacher. I assume that my wife will be writing about her teacher. My teacher was Humberto and I can’t say enough good things about him. Possibly his strongest trait was that he very quickly understood my intent regarding Spanish school and he tailored my program to meet my expectations. Thus, while we did do many lessons (and I did learn quite a bit of Spanish) we also diverged into other activities. This included a lesson on Guatemalan history and culture, activities that included shopping in the city and eating at a restaurant, and even acting as my guide while we walked up the San Pedro volcano (nearly 10,000 feet high at the top). He allowed me to contribute to the planning of the lessons, focusing on the grammar and pronunciation where I needed the most help. He is an excellent teacher and excellent facilitator. Finally, we found the town of San Pedro to be simply enchanting. Other than the fact that it is on Lake Atitlan, if has a significant culture all its own. Because it is in the middle of a coffee-growing region, the coffee was incomparable. And the beer was very good too. We recommend Los Cristalines Café for coffee and Brahva Extra beer. In addition to things to do in San Pedro, there are several other villages surrounding the lake that can be easily accessed by boat for a very reasonable price. In fact, the cost of almost everything was much lower than we were used to. I know that this review is very long and because of it, many will not read it in it’s entirety. But our experience was so good, that I simply could not limit myself.

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Good Points
professional staff
beautiful location
exceptional teachers
great value
Bad Points
for the school, none
for the city, perhaps too many unusual people/tourista
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