Spanish Experience with a homestay

Guacamaya Spanish School

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Course description

The Intensive course is for students who want to maximize their language learning practice during their stay. The courses focus heavily on speaking and communication skills: the morning consists of 4 lessons in communication skills. These lessons provide the opportunity to learn the local culture and customs.
The classes stress the use of language in everyday situations. In 4 lessons each day, students will work on grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Textbooks and a variety of other materials are used in instruction, including role-playing, newspapers, magazines and other materials. In class we talk about different topics. Topics include: fluency practice, media studies, film and theater, local culture, current events, politics, and research using the internet. Intermediate and advanced students also have the option of studying in the test-preparation and business classes.

20 hours classes
1 tour
free Internet access

Course topics

Listening, Speaking, Pronunciation, Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar and Activities

Class schedule

Course duration
1-52 weeks
Start dates
Every Monday
Classes per week
20 lessons per week (each lesson lasts 45 min)
Class days
Monday - Friday

Class times

You can choose from the following class times:

Morning session
08:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.

Class level

All levels, beginner to advanced
You will take a placement test on your first day to determine your class level. You may also take this test before your arrival in Copán Ruinas.

Class size

Average 1 student
Maximum 1 student

Student age

Age range 7 - 99 years old
Average 26 years old
(23 in the summer)

Certificate

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.
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Reviews

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"Very kind and friendly school"

Yuya Uwabe, student from Japan

they are very friendly and took care everything hosting family was also giving me best effort to stay with them.
even though Language International does not pay much they made best effort

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Date of study
30 Apr 2018 - 4 May 2018
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"5 weeks > 4 Years"

Kaitlyn Hendrickson, student from USA

I had such an amazing time at this school and within the 5 weeks I was there, I think I learned more than I did in 4 years in high school. The teachers are amazing and really want you to succeed. The personalized lessons were very thorough and I am very pleased with my experience. I am actually continuing my lessons through Skype and I'm so excited to be doing so. This was an amazing experience that I believe anyone who wants to learn a language should go through.

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Duration of study
4 weeks
Date of study
17 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
This is a verified review. This student has booked a course at this school through Language International.

"Personalized to my needs, beautiful location, kind and helpful director and teachers"

Megan Landers

I loved my teacher. He was very attentive to my needs as a student. I spent 2 weeks at the Guacamaya Spanish School before going on to work as a nurse for a year in another location in Honduras. My teacher frequently incorporated medical terminology into my lessons and had me practice new grammatical concepts using situations I might encounter while speaking with patients, doctors, or other nurses. I liked that I could move at my own pace and I got a lot out of my class time. I also enjoyed how simple and easy it was to set up excursions and activities through the school´s director. Every morning, I looked forward to going to class and exploring Copan.

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
5 Jan 2015 - 16 Jan 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
Enrique Carrillo, Director at Guacamaya Spanish School responded to this review.
28 May 2015

Hi Megan
Thank you so much for writing the review about your time with us here at Guacamaya Spanish School and in Copan Ruinas.
I'm happy to know that you enjoyed it so much and that you had improved your Spanish.

Hope everything is going well in NPH.

Say hi to everyone there for me.

Enrique

"I had a great teacher and I learned a lot in the two weeks I was there!!"

Rebekah Avila

I had a wonderful experience at Guacamaya School! My teacher, Karla, was awesome and very good at teaching me in a way that fit my learning needs! She helped me be more confident in speaking Spanish. I liked that she would start the classes off with by having a conversation, really getting me to practice what I had learned the day before, and building on my previous knowledge! The course book was great as well in helping my practice what I learned that day! The classes took place outside in a beautiful garden! All the teachers were very friendly! It was a wonderful experience and I would recommend this school to anyone wanting to learn Spanish!

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
12 Jan 2015 - 23 Jan 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
Enrique Carrillo, Director at Guacamaya Spanish School responded to this review.
20 May 2015

Hi Rebekah
Thank you so much for writing this review of the Guacamaya Spanish School.
Glad to know that you enjoy your time with us and that you learned a lot here.

As you know you are more than welcome here at any time.

Have a nice day.

Enrique

"A great introduction to both learning Spanish and also to Honduras itself"

Willem Cassidy

The Guacamaya Spanish School was a truly enjoyable experience for me, with well-taught and encouraging lessons that after only 2 weeks left me with a very positive outlook on continuing to study and work on Spanish once I returned home.

The homestay was a tremendous experience for me, with great meals 3 times a day and a secluded, clean, and inviting atmosphere to work on homework and just hang-out.

Copan Ruinas is a gem of a town, with lots to do and see, very friendly inhabitants, and has a great feel when just walking around/doing errands/buying things etc. I can easily see why a lot of people continually return here, staying for long periods at a time.

If you're looking to study Spanish, I really do recommend Guacamaya Spanish School in Copan Ruinas as a place to attend. My teacher was Luis and I would also definitely recommend studying with him if you're given the option!

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
13 Apr 2015 - 26 Apr 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
Enrique Carrillo, Director at Guacamaya Spanish School responded to this review.
20 May 2015

Hello Willem
Just to say thank you for writing this review of your time here with us.
Happy to know that you enjoy your time here and learn a lot of Spanish.

Have a nice day.

Enrique

"Excellent instruction in a charming town"

Susan Hansen

During my trip to Guatemala and Honduras, I attended three different language schools, including one very well-known and respected school in Antigua. My experience at Guacamaya Spanish School was by far the best. My instructor, Luis, was excellent. He was very patient with my struggles to express myself in beginning Spanish. He was very clear in his explanations and corrections. Finally, he had a good sense of humor which made the four hours of lessons each day very enjoyable.

I really appreciated the thoughtfully organized workbook with structured, progressive homework assignments, and I really appreciated that Luis wrote down for me his examples and explanations of rules as he talked. I am using both sets of written material here in the U.S. Overall, I felt I made a great deal of progress in one week. I am hoping I will be able to return for more lessons next year.

The school's location and facilities were fine. I especially liked access to the internet. I didn't take part in any activities through the school. (To be honest, I was not aware of any, but I had my own sightseeing agenda, anyway, and didn't inquire.) Because I made arrangements to attend the school at the last minute, I ended up staying at a hotel, which was OK, but next time I will try to stay with a family.

Finally, I appreciated the school's flexibility in allowing me to have my final lesson on Saturday morning so that I could take an all-day trip on Friday.

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9 Feb 2015 - 14 Feb 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
Enrique Carrillo, Director at Guacamaya Spanish School responded to this review.
20 May 2015

Hi Susan
Thank you so much for writing this review of your experience with us here in Copan Ruinas.
Glad to know that you improve your Spanish with.
You are more than welcome at any time.

Have a nice day.

Enrique

"Amazing place to get started in Honduras, learn Spanish, and get to know people and culture"

Raphael Boleloucky-Bolen

The Guacamaya Spanish school in Copan Ruinas is the best place to start your trip/mission/volunteer year in Honduras. The classes are 1 on 1 single lessons in which you are challenged every day. My Spanish increased a great deal and I really loved the atmosphere in the huge garden-class. My teacher was very motivating and patient with me. Apart from the school, many good trips and activities are offered and well organized. My host family also welcomed me like a family member. I would recommend everyone to take this unique opportunity. Although the price is not cheap, it is worth every single penny.

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Duration of study
1 week
Date of study
4 Jan 2015 - 15 Jan 2015
Would you recommend this school?
Yes
Enrique Carrillo, Director at Guacamaya Spanish School responded to this review.
13 May 2015

Hello Raphael
Just to say thank you for your review of the school.
I'm glad that you have enjoyed your time here with us.

Have a nice day.

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Housing

Escuela Guacamaya offers the following housing types:
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Homestay - Single-person room - Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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weekly
Age range: 5 - 99 years old
Location: In the city center of Copán Ruinas
Housing type: Homestay
Room type: Single-person room
Board type: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (21 meals per week)
Facilities: Private bathroom, kitchen, laundry, telephone, wireless internet, free internet, tV room, garden, sports facilities, and other
Distance to school: 5 - 15 minutes by walk
Availability: January - December
Check-in: Sunday, anytime
Check-out: Saturday, before 12:00 PM
Included
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying English in Copan Ruinas, Honduras. These homes are often between 5-15 minutes away from the school walking. Families offer 3 meals per day. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Students must be 5 years old and older.
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Visa support

We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.

Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you.

Flights and airport transfer

Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Copán Ruinas based on your budget, schedule and preferences.

Travel insurance

Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.

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