Home Stay at our School - Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

All inclusive Package - Spanish Classes - 3meals per day - Private Room

Homestay in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, Santa Cruz Spanish School has been supporting Mayan families form Santa Cruz la Laguna, through accommodating our students and solo travelers at local Mayan families in Santa Cruz la Laguna.

The homestay program began five years ago, not only assists families with an income but also serves as a culture exchange.

Homestaying is not tourism, but a mutual “cultural” exchange in which the visitor participate in the family daily activities. It is to exchange experiences; learn from each other.

Why home staying?

A homestay program provides you an excellent way to be part of a Guatemala Spanish speaking families to get to know the food, the culture and the Guatemala customs.

Home stay is the most ideal option for language learning and improving your communication skills. It is an awesome opportunity not only to improve your Spanish but also to live first-hand the Guatemalan’s people life.

How do we treat our visitors?

The visitor is treated as an extended family, an aunt, cousin uncle and etc.. not as anyone ‘special’. The visitor has a nice and clean private room and sleeps in a foam mattress. The visitor bathes where the family bathes some of them have a newer shower but we know that a bath in one of those TEMASCALES that they have, you will love it!.

What about food?

Meals are not special but what the family eats every day, which is corn tortillas with eggs, beans and hot pepper and occasionally game meat or local chicken also some of the ladies have learn new dishes from our last visitor and now they can prepare them to you as well.

How do you get involved?

Visitors are expected to participate in family activities including making tortillas, accompanying them to their small working places or help at home – if you do not want to spend the whole day with the family; there are many activities that you can chose from our tours menu.

Comunicating with your family?

You must know some spanish or you can come and have an intensive spanish immersion course at our Language School. Most of the host families are bilingual Spanish and Kaqchiquel. Some of them, especially the kids at the family have been learning some English at school.

Contribution to your host family:
. $30 per day minimum 3 days
. $175 one week / $560 4 weeks 20% discount

It includes:

. Three meals per day
. Accommodation with the family

Note. If you want to use the sauna or TEMASCAL you must make sure to contribute with a small 20 Quetzales fee in order to buy wood.

Note. If you do not speak any spanish and do not want to take any spanish immersion course, we also have homestaying where members of the family can comunicate in English very well and make of your vist memorable.

lake atitlan hotel

Also you can book a nice bungalows at our Lake Front Hotel, all rooms are with private bathrooms, hot showers and great vistas of the lake. Room cost based on 2pax. $50 per night and for our students we offer them 15% discount Book this room now!

Try our new packages

$95 week! minimum 2 weeks...

  • 20hrs Intensive Spanish classes
  • One on One Spanish instruction
  • 4hrs per day
  • Free WIFI
  • Self-learning materials
  • Affordable accomodation
  • Home Staying Optional
  • Laundry service available
  • Discounts on tours

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 Activities to choose from so you can build a holiday that is just right for you: click here!

NEW: Our school offers a new room for our spanish students at the school. The room includes, private bathroom, eco-shower, nice patio with hamoock, confortable bed for two. If you want to take this option the room cost: $50 a week for two students. Book this room now!