About the Program

Many participants travel to Guatemala to study Spanish at the Academia Antigüeña in Antigua, Guatemala and/or the Cooperativa School in San Pedro La Laguna on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlán. You'll live with host families and enjoy a wide range of cultural activities including traditional cooking classes, salsa dance lessons, volcano hikes, and village visits. Trip extensions and excursions to other parts of Guatemala and neighboring countries will be possible as will additional weeks of study and volunteerism and alternate schools and locations.

This is independent travel study so you pick the dates; classes typically begin on Mondays. You'll study for 3 or 4 hours per day either morning or afternoon and can register for 1 to 4 weeks and receive 60 Clock Hours/PDUs or 6 quarter credits (equivalent of 4 semester credits) per week.

PLEASE NOTE: The Heritage Institute courses receive Continuing Education Quarter Credits awarded by Antioch University Seattle at the 400 and 500 levels. Call 800.445.1305 or log onto The Heritage Institute’s website policies page for more information.


For information about similar programs in other Latin American countries as well as credit for volunteer and cultural learning projects, click here or on the bottom link, below. Contact information is available on the Registration Form.

To view the blog from our 2009 group trip to Guatemala, scroll to the Blog Archive (lower right) and click the 1st post you want to see (they're listed bottom to top chronologically, you may need to click the arrow by July to see the earliest ones). Click "Newer Post" at the bottom of each post to view the next one.

2nd day of class and a hike up the hill

Class again from 8 to noon, spiced up with a parade of old people that passed right by the school during break time (PHOTO 1). In the afternoon most of us hiked up the hill to Cerro de la Cruz, a huge cross and overlook on the north edge of town (PHOTO 2).

PHOTO 3 is a collection of painted wooden figures in a store in town and PHOTO 4 is Sam, Rosie, Kim, and BreAnn in front of their house.

This evening some of us gathered to celebrate Jeannie’s birthday on the terrace of the house where she, Judy, and Carla live (PHOTO 5). Happy birthday, Jeannie, and HAPPY TRAILS to the rest of you!