All Centro Maya Xela families are carefully selected to ensure they meet our and therefore your requirements. Before being invited to join our program all families are visited by the staff to ensure these standards will be met.
We work with middle class families who live in the city of Quetzaltenango. These families offer the comforts of their own home, create a pleasant family atmosphere, and provide the student with the opportunity to practice his or her Spanish through friendly family interactions. The walking distance from the family’s home to school is usually from 5 to 15 minutes.
For those students who are learning a Mayan language, we can offer them the opportunity to live with a family that speaks the language they are studying, but the standard of living may be different than those of the families that live in the city.
Most Mayan families live in rural areas 45 minutes away from the city by bus.
Usually a student will not have an individual room, but instead will share his or her living space with the family, and outside latrines and water.
If you are traveling as a couple or as a family you can be placed with the same family if you wish or we can arrange for each individual to be placed in separate families who live near each other, please specify which you would prefer on your reservation form.
We will not know who your family is until a few days before you arrive, because students often stay longer than initially planned. If you wish to bring gifts for your family considers small inexpensive gifts that can be enjoyed by everyone. Traditionally Guatemalan families are large with many extended members grandparents etc.
Centro Maya Xela is not just another online language school, but a real one located in Xela. Learn more about Quetzaltenango in Guatemala, our homeland.
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