Celas Maya is a very unique Spanish school and is considered one of the best in Central America. Xela is also unique and considered the best place for Spanish immersion learn because of the local Mayan culture, the surrounding volcanic mountains, and the many volunteer opportunities. It's located in the city of Quetzaltenango, commonly known as "Xela." While studying Spanish in Xela you will have many opportunities to practice your Spanish because Xela is not an expensive, English speaking tourist hotspot.
Spanish Immersion Programs
At Celas Maya, we offer customized Spanish language immersion courses at every level of Spanish proficiency: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. We believe our immersion approach is very unique and of a very high quality.
Our determination of success is based on the positive results that our students experience. Over the years we have developed an effective combination of one-on-one Spanish language classes, homestays with a local Guatemalan family and weekly activities and excursions.
Celas Maya is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala and is one of only two Spanish schools in Guatemala that is accredited by the Cervantes Institute, which allows us to teach and administer the DELE exams.
In addition to our one-on-one programs we also work with universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia hosting groups of students as part of their Spanish Abroad programs.
Immersion and Diversion in Xela
Study Spanish & Volunteer
The word "diversión" in Spanish means fun and at Celas Maya we believe that having fun is a very important part of the immersion process. Our normal class schedules run Monday – Friday, 5 hours per day, so that leaves ample time to enjoy the local culture & beauty and practice your Spanish.
Celas Maya Spanish School, through its travel and excursion agency, Icaro Tours, organizes weekly activities, excursions and tours for our students. We also offer our students the opportunity to live with a local Guatemalan family which greatly broadens your immersion experience and improves your Spanish communication ability.
Although Xela is not crowded with tourists there is a very active nightlife. There are many cafes, bars, restaurants and dance clubs that offer a wide variety of entertainment experiences at very affordable prices. As part of our weekly activities, every Wednesday night there are free Salsa lessons at one of the best Salsa clubs in Xela. There are many opportunities to socialize with the very friendly and engaging Guatemalan people of Xela. One of the best amenities that Celas Maya offers its students is total access to our full service internet café, Café Guru.
In addition to studying Spanish, volunteering is one of the reasons why travelers come to Quetzaltenango (commonly known by its Mayan name, Xela.)
At Celas Maya it is possible to combine Spanish classes with volunteer work without losing any study time. To gain even more experience with the culture and the Spanish language it is possible to live with a Guatemalan family. The combination of Spanish classes, volunteer work and living with a host family is the best opportunity to immerse oneself not only in Spanish language but also in cultural experiences that will enrich your understanding of the environment.
There are literally dozens- maybe even a hundred- organizations that are always looking for volunteers. Everyone who is interested in doing volunteer work will find an organization with social, cultural and political projects that fit their interests. Every organization is more than happy to welcome new volunteers but most of them require a level of Spanish (basic, intermediate or advanced) and an available time (morning/afternoon, days/weeks/months). Our coordinator has knowledge of the organizations and can advise the student in finding the best possible volunteer placement.
General Characteristics and Requirements