FAQ’s

Studying Spanish in Ulew Tinimit

Ulew Tinimit was founded in 1992 with the vision of contributing to the development of our country through our own efforts and in collaboration with the participants in our programs. All of our teachers have a professional background and are university-educated with a wide range of specialties, such as education, economics, social work and politics. The teaching is personalized: for each student one teacher – which allows the pace and the material studied to be tailored to the needs of each student. Read more about our intensive Spanish Programs.

Don’t worry! Our staff has years of experience working with all levels of Spanish. Additionally, our bilingual student coordinator, Mike, is here to help you with anything you might need to settle in.

We are open year round except on official Guatemalan holidays, including New Years Day (January 1st), Good Friday (varies), Guatemalan Independence Day (September 15th), All Saints Day (November 1st) and Christmas Day (December 25th). If the Monday of your first week is a holiday, your classes will start on Tuesday instead. Your homestay still begins on Sunday and the tuition is still the same (you will make up the lost Monday class on a later date).

Yes, we offer both study abroad options and school credit at the university and high school levels. We recommend contacting your school administrator or counselor first to ensure that you receive the proper documentation before coming to Ulew Tinimit. Our study abroad program spans the course of a standard semester. The first three months are dedicated toward the principles and structure of the language. In addition, students participate in a broad range of social activities focused on Guatemalan life and culture, past and present. The following three months students work on application of the language as well as social involvement. Students carry out a community investigation on a topic of their choice and present an essay to the school on their discoveries and conclusions. Many students have earned university credit for this individualized program.

Absolutely. Please feel free to contact any of our past students, contact us to provide you the information in the following link https://www.spanishguatemala.com/contact-us/.

Homestay with Guatemalan Family

Most students choose to live with a Guatemalan family during their studies. Our families are hospitable and out-going and dedicated to making your stay truly memorable. By staying with a host family, you’ll have the opportunity to continue practicing your Spanish at home (families do not speak English) and will be able to join family activities like birthday celebrations, graduations, market trips and so forth. Your host family will provide you with a private room that includes a bed, desk and chair and bathroom with hot water. They will also provide you with purified water and will make sure you have clean linens and towels. We ask you questions about your preferences when you register to make sure you get placed with the best family for you. View homestay photos.

Your family will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week. The food will generally be typical Guatemalan food though other cuisines (pizza, pasta, fried chicken) are often mixed in as well. If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, no problem! We ask you to let us know of your dietary restrictions when you register though you can let us or your host family know at any point and we’ll make sure to accommodate them.

Though we think the homestay is a great way to further your Spanish proficiency, you can also choose to arrange your own lodging. We can help you find hostels, hotels or apartments (un-affiliated with the school) if you’d like.

Absolutely. Let us know in the comments section when you register and we’ll place you together in the same family.

Registration and Payment

We understand that your plans may change so we remain flexible! Please let us know up to 48 hours in advance of your start date if you’d like to revise your arrival and there will be no penalty. Additionally, you can change your end date at any time. If, unfortunately, you have to cancel your studies with us, you may do so up to 1 week in advance without penalty though your $50 registration fee is non-refundable. If you cancel after that time we will charge your credit card for the first week’s of tuition only because your teacher and family will be anticipating your arrival.

You can pay through our Payment page. We use PayPal’s secure payment system for all of our transactions.

Traveling to Xela and throughout Guatemala

Absolutely! Many students choose to take weekend trips to nearby sites and cities like Tikal, Semuc Champey, Lago Atitlan and Antigua. We’re happy to help you plan a trip or evaluate your travel options during your time here. Additionally, some longer term students decide to take a break in their studies to travel for longer periods of time. This is not a problem at all as long as you inform us at least 1 week in advance.