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.

San Juan del Obispo

This morning I stopped by a cafe on the way to school to check email and the resident cat jumped up on my lap and fell asleep (PHOTO 1) - good karma and probably pay back for the persistent cat in heat that yowled outside my window most of the night.

This afternoon many of us gathered at the school for another trek to the bus station, another crowded chicken bus round trip, another fascinating village near Antigua: San Juan del Obispo. The village is famous for being the base of Francisco Marroquin, the 1st bishop in Guatemala and an important historical figure. We visited the museum, preserved living quarters, and convent (PHOTO 2) and the town square with its beautiful old church (PHOTOS 3 and 4).

The tropical flowers are beautiful in Guatemala so I've included a sample (PHOTO 5). HAPPY TRAILS!