Explore and Spanish
The former capital of Guatemala, Antigua, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – an immaculately preserved colonial city with cobbled streets and ringed by spectacular volcanoes. Antigua is also the tourism center and party town of Guatemala. Cool bars and cafes boasting craft beers and single origin coffees plus lots to enjoy outside the city; adventure activities including trips to the picturesque Mayan villages around Lake Atitlan and day and overnight hikes to explore spectacular volcanoes.
Just an hour from Guatemala City Airport, you’ll start and end the program with a few days in Antigua. Here we’ve linked up with a wonderful organisation called Cambio/Nino’s de Guatemala (NDG). NDG run a 'not for profit' commercial enterprises across the world and put all the money into funding schools for kids in Guatemala who would otherwise lack adequate education.
You time in Antigua is all about getting to know Guatemalan culture and way of life. Every morning you’ll have Spanish lessons with our trained tutors and spend the afternoons exploring the city and getting involved in cultural activities. You’ll also have access to a ‘Social Enterprise Hub’ operated by NDG which provides full support and lots of ideas on how to spend your free time.
This is the perfect way to brush up on your Spanish before heading down to the coast. On your first Sunday you’ll head down to Monterrico to start the next phase of the adventure.
Homestays. You'll live with a local family, minumum two volunteers per family.
3 meals a day cooked by your homestay family. Expect traditional food.