I was just wondering if anyone out there has attended the Eco-Escuela De Español, a lovely sounding Spanish school in San Andres, Peten, Guatemala. Or does anyone have anything at all to say on studying Spanish in Peten?
Or has anyone been to San Andres and how was it? I have read that it is a good place to study Spanish because English isn't spoken very much. Can anyone comment on this? I like the idea of studying somewhere where I won't hear lots of English everywhere, so places like Antigua don't really appeal much (for learning Spanish anyway).
Any luck on getting any info on this? I'm looking into going here too mainly because it's so affordable.
Took me 5 seconds searching on www.google.com.gt
www dot visitguatemala dot com/nuevo/ver_servicioE.asp?id=3857&ct=15
INGUAT Govt. Tourism Site
Category: Spanish Schools
Provider: ECO ESCUELA DE ESPAÑOL SAN ANDRES
ecoescuela at guate dot net
Area code is +502 by the way... call or e mail, they seem to be connected with the Macaw project there.
Do your own homework from here....
Thanks for the info dbloom, but it was more comments of people's experiences that I was looking for. The school has a website and it sounds great. I've found that already, I was hoping someone might have something to say on the area. Mtraveller: I think the best thing is just to go there and find out as noone here seems to know anything!
i spent 6 life changing weeks there! it was really remote and not a lick of english. the "head master" spoke ok english, but not anyone else! my house mother was sara carolina. ask for her. she had a comfyhouse not to far from the school. some people had to walk two miles each way and the whole town is on a bitch of a hill. she made fresh tortillas on her real fire grill everyday. she had mango trees you could pluck from and a fridge full of cokes you could purchase. she also had a chicken or two flying around...though they disappeared at dinner time...which was new to me. flores is really beautiful and like antigua in a smaller way...real colonial. that is where you will catch the launcha to san andres. that is a barely floating boat with a barely running motor to take you 30 mins across the lake with 30 of your closest friends. it was awesome! the school brags about afternoon eco trips, day trips...but that was kinda bull. i liked walking around town, playing basketball with locals and swimming in the lake best. tikal is an easy trip from there. also...please please go to poptun and stay at finca ixobel. it was the coolest place i have ever been. they have these tree houses you can rent for about 13 bucks a night with three meals. soooo good! it was a bear to get to, but you get used to the chicken buses, or get on a real charter for a few bucks.
you will get a killer tan, buff legs and tons of spanish.
obviously, i loved it! that was back in 2002 and it seems like it was yesterday.
Nice, my first trip to Flores, Tikal and the area was in 1970, bused in from Belize, I already spoke fairly good basic Spanish then, a little heavy with all the military checkpoints, but I had been stationed in Nam a few months earlier. No swet. A sense of humor takes one a long way. Tikal was empty of tourists then and we got hammocks nearby for 50 centavos, the Quetzal exchange rate was then 1 to 1USD. Antigua at that time had 1 Spanish Academy and I knew several of the Archaeologists and their team members including an artist accompanying them who stayed in Guatemala and now owns and operates an "English Pub" type Bar in Guatemala City, Zone 10. I finally made it to South Pacific Coast of Guatemala where my Uncle (originally born in Germany, raised in Poland, he and my Mom saved by an El Salvadorian Consul General along with many others in early 1940s) was working in the Ingenios..Sugar Mills, spent the next two years both working and traveling through the region, getting drunk one day with campesinos, the next with coffee, cotton and sugar "barons"..at any rate, returned to live in Central America in 1986, still here, still alive, still well, no major changes in my life, this IS my life. It's all relative.
What is sad is that with the population explosion in this region, the diaspora to United states and the new riches, many locals themselves, especially in urban areas have lost contact with their own history and culture, however in rural areas in 1970 saw children with signs of malnutricion everywhere, today many of these children now adults are driving used cars and pick up trucks, everyone who is able, except the spoiled urban "upper middle class" Mama's brats, like those in the US, two degrees, no brains or common sense, won't work at any job "beneath them"..tough s--- I did. Crime is endemic in the large cities and petty crime, even violent crime flourishes in popular travel destinations such as Antigua (which needs more illumination at night), however in rural and small town Guatemala you'll find few pedophiles or thieves around, locals take of them thier own way!
Sunday here in San Salvador met several Indigenas from Lake Atitlan, was nice to speak some Kak'chiquel again.
All of you have a nice visit and maybe a few of you may stay on and become "ex pats".