Antigua is famous for its abundance of language schools. I was lucky enough to come to Guatemala knowing a lot about these schools and what I wanted from one: intensive instruction, value, a home stay with a local family, and extra activities to back up my language learning. I chose the Instituto because it presented all of these things. The school itself is located at 1a Calle Poniente #10, very near the La Merced church.
For about $130/week, my lessons, room, and board were covered. I enjoyed private lessons with a different instructor each week, free field trips in the afternoons, a nearby home stay with wonderful people (a great way to reinforce my Spanish study), and the welcome hot coffee or tea each morning on the school patio with other students. I made fast friends, but it didn't take away from my classes.
What I really liked about the school was how much work they did to accommodate the students. I asked for lots of homework to practice with, so my maestro made sure each day to have handouts and activities ready for me.
Each afternoon, there were trips and activities at the school —all for free—and the best part was that, through the school, I ended up seeing all that I wanted to in and around Antigua: the Butterfly Enclosure near Jocotenango, the Valhalla Macadamia Nut Farm (where I got a macadamia nut oil facial!) outside of town, the evil saint Maximon in San Andres Ixtapa, and a climb to the Cerro de la Cruz overlook of Antigua! When we weren't exploring, there was music, dancing, and movies at the school.
It was an overall good experience, I must say. Attending a language school is a fabulous and affordable way to spend a few weeks in the lovely town of Antigua.