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To Learn Spanish Quickly and Cheaply, Look to Guatemala

Where: Guatemala
August 14, 2014 at 11:46 AM | by | ()

While we all no doubt learn something cultural when traveling, some take it a little further than others. Many destinations in Mexico, Central, and South America have become targets for Americans looking to learn Spanish abroad. During our travels throughout Guatemala, especially Antigua, we ran into lots of foreigners who had come to study Spanish. Some were staying a week - others months.

There are exceptions to every rule, but, generally speaking, Guatemala's Spanish immersion programs are in line with the cheapest you'll find anywhere in the world. For example, one of the country's highest-rated schools, Antigüeña Spanish Academy, costs only $180 per week for 20 hours of lessons and full room and board (meals) with a host family.

Beyond the fact that it's cheap, one of the other reasons Guatemala is so popular with students is because the locals speak significantly slower than those in other Latin American countries. If you've ever learned a foreign language, you can understand how important this is in the early stages.

The programs are actually a form of tourism for Guatemala, and a sustainable one at that. Local families hosting and working with individual travelers are about as authentic as you can get. The country has dedicated an entire site to the evaluation of its schools, Guatemala365.com, where potential students can read reviews and find a program/family that suits their particular needs and wants.

A little research and a glimpse at some of the photos of the programs shows that the experience goes well beyond the classroom setting. Students are in school for half the day, but when it comes time to practice, the destination is your playground. When you factor in all you're getting, including the chance to travel in your free time, the price seems very right for those looking to kill two birds with one stone.

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