Language Schools in Mexico?
Hey Everyone! I'm wondering if anyone has a recommendation for an intensive language program in Mexico or a language school?
There are many, I've been to one, in Guanajuato, called Escuela Mexicana that I 'd call OK. A Google search will reveal many, many choices. It all starts with you, though. What time of year? Beach or mountains? small town or city? hot weather okay? Or prefer temperate climate? Many foreigners, or few foreign tourists? Pre-Columbian ruins, or dance clubs? You can find a school in just about any of those sorts of places.
I have been looking at some in Guatemala. In Guatemala the schools teach one one and the prices are much cheaper than Mexico. Here is another website for Guatemala schools http://www.guatemala365.com/index.php You can go also 123teachme.com. They have the language school tab at the top. rspreng gave you some really good advice. I am trying to complete my tree first. I want to go for 2 months and try different schools. I would always go through the schools themselves because some sites charge a fee.
I've actually already been to one in Guatemala and it was amazing. I really recommend the ICA in Quetzeltenango. It was a wonderful experience, I learned a lot and the city is beautiful. http://www.guatemalaspanish.com/ica/index.php?lang=en
If you could, would you mind me asking if you stayed with a host family? And, if so, how did that work out for you? Is the school a large one? How long did you stay? I want to go in Sept and/or Oct. Is that a good time? Thanks!
I only went for three weeks. The whole course from beginning to end is 3 whole months but a lot of people stay for only a couple of weeks. I would really recommend going for at least two weeks at the same school because one isn't enough to really get in the groove of things.
I stayed with a host family, which was okay. Quetzeltenango is a city known for its Spanish schools which means most local families take in students. Some families are better than others. Mine was okay, they treated me more like a boarder than a student there for immersion (they didn't eat with the 2 other students and I) but that was a more rare situation. i think it's worth rooming with a family in the beginning because if you decide you don't like it, you can always move into a hostel but it's harder to move from a hostel into a homestay. But because there are so many schools in the same area, it allows you to go to one school then another to try out different things.
The school is medium sized, they have half a dozen teachers and probably 20 students or so at a time. The classes are individual for 4-5 hours a day 1 on 1 talking but if you go with a friend who is at your same level, you can take class together.
Sept / Oct would be a great time, I think that it'd be considered the 'off season' so a lot less crowded. But the schools are open year round. I went July though and it was pretty cold (low 60s) so Guatemala isn't really a warm place.
thank you for the information. It is very helpful. I hope you find a good one in Mexico.
Amigos del Sol near Oaxaca is really good - I went there in February of this year and stayed in an apartment with friends. There are a lot of tourists that time of year and it can be hard to find a place to stay, so you may want to have the school help you find a family to stay with.