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The Pop Wuj Spanish for Teachers Program is designed for elementary and middle school teachers, as well as students and professionals in the educational field interested in Spanish immersion and gaining teaching experience in a Spanish environment. Learn and share education methods with Guatemalan teachers and teach    
study techniques to Guatemalan children in urban schools in the highlands of Guatemala.

In the first week, participants attend conferences that cover cultural competencies including the history of Guatemalan education, the social-political history of Guatemala and Latin America, the general history of the country and of Latin America, and the current state of the Guatemalan education system in order to understand the cultural and fundamental philosophy of Guatemala. Student teaching in the public school system generally starts in the second week of the program including observation and hands-on practice in an urban classroom.

Please note that we are not always able to accommodate requests for specific age groups and subjects.  We partner with local schools and our volunteer options are based on the schools’ needs.   

The Spanish for Teachers program includes:


4h Daily - intensive One-on-One Spanish focused on technical education vocabulary with a teacher specialized in the language

4h Daily, 3-5 days/week - hands-on practice and observation in an urban classroom starting the second week

Techniques and methods of teaching, lesson planning, objectives, activities, and evaluations

Lectures targeting cultural competencies for one week that include themes about Guatemala and Latin America, issues pertaining to the culture, economy, education, and history of the country; planning and evaluation

Cultural immersion through a Homestay with a Guatemalan family in a private room with three meals a day, safe drinking water, a warm shower and constant practice of the language

Spanish School Activities (except transportation / entrance fees)


Experience in the school:

Student teaching in the public school system generally starts in the second week of the program, after the first week of cultural competency, however there can be certain exceptions:


When the level of Spanish of the student is basic and they need to concentrate more time on their language study to improve their level of communication

When, for reasons of space, the student has to wait until the school where they will work is able to offer them a position

When the student decides, for whatever reason, not to participate in the student teaching portion and decides instead only to focus on the theory of the education systems in Guatemala

The Spanish for Teachers program follows Guatemala’s school year and runs from January through September. There is a minimum time commitment of four weeks in the program.  Please note that Guatemalan schools are generally closed for one week at the end of June for their mid-year break.
Spanish for Teacher
Spanish for Class
Spanish for Educators

Interested?  Click here to read the registration info and enroll!


4h Daily - intensive One-on-One Spanish focused on technical education vocabulary with a teacher specialized in the language

4h Daily, 3-5 days/week - hands-on practice and observation in an urban classroom starting the second week

Techniques and methods of teaching, lesson planning, objectives, activities, and evaluations

Lectures targeting cultural competencies for one week that include themes about Guatemala and Latin America, issues pertaining to the culture, economy, education, and history of the country; planning and evaluation

Cultural immersion through a Homestay with a Guatemalan family in a private room with three meals a day, safe drinking water, a warm shower and constant practice of the language

Spanish School Activities (except transportation / entrance fees)

   Price:

$240 USD per Week*

One time registration fee $150 USD

The cost of the Spanish for Teachers program and its registration fee is slightly higher than that of the Spanish Immersion Course. Part of the extra money serves to offset the additional costs of cultural conferences, materials, and scheduling. The remainder is put into a fund supporting the Pop Wuj Scholarship Program.

A minimum time commitment of 4 weeks is required
*Pop Wuj will change our tuition prices and payment policies as of August 1, 2018. The new prices are currently listed on the website.  Regardless of the dates of their visit, students who registered before August 1, 2018 will pay Pop Wuj's previous prices. 

Payment will only be accepted in person at Pop Wuj in either cash (quetzales, the Guatemalan currency) or via Tab, a secure online payment service. There is a 4% service fee for Tab.  

Students who choose to pay in quetzales will receive a discount on their tuition.  

The discounted price for the Spanish for Teachers Program is $225/week.

Pop Wuj uses the daily exchange rate as published in the Prensa Libre, a national newspaper. See the 
FAQ for details about how to change US dollars to quetzales.