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PRESENTS OUR COPAN RUINAS VILLAGE SCHOOL IN COPAN RUINAS

GUACAMAYA SPANISH LANGUAGE IMMERSION SCHOOL
COPAN RUINAS, HONDURAS


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1:1 Instruction in all classes for students of all ages and levels

Hi Charley (Aventuras Languages), We loved Copan Ruinas. It was so safe for both Erin and me. I took daily runs along the highway, and never worried about personal safety. Erin walked all over town by herself, and that was fine. The Spanish school and the teachers were very warm. The best teacher we experienced was Erika...Erin did really enjoy Belkys, because they went to her house a few times to paint their nails. The excursions were nice. With the Spanish school in La Ceiba, we took an excursion to Sambo Creek, a garifuna village on the beach...We also took a school-organized nature walk near the Rio Condregal, which ended in a swim. That was spectacular. On the Sunday before we started classes, Erin and I went to the Jungle River Lodge and did both the zipline and river rafting, also on the Rio Condregal. Those were really great experiences. The river is unbelievably beautiful, and the rafting was so much more exhilarating than any river rafting I have done in the States. Our host families in both locations were lovely. Of course you may pass my e-mail address on to anyone who wants to learn about the Honduras schools. Our family has moved to Brussels, so e-mail is the best way to contact me. We plan to study French while we are here, but I hope to find some local resources for maintaining our Spanish as well. Of course, Erin and I have to make our yearly trip to a Spanish-speaking country. So please keep your eyes open for a suitable school in Spain! ~Sincerely, Anne Kelly, 2006. Anne and her daughter returned to Nerja, Spain  to Quorum in summer 2007 and again this summer of 2008. In March of 2008, they enjoyed studies at our International House Madrid Spanish school. As return clients of AVENTURAS LANGUAGES they enjoy discounts each trip.
 

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Welcome to Guacamaya Spanish Language School

~The oldest and most prestigious Spanish language immersion school in Honduras
~True Spanish immersion in both the classroom and the culture
~Professionally trained staff

~One-on-one student/teacher ratio for ALL students
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~Unique cultural access to world famous ruins of Copán
~Live with a local family in private accommodations
~Exciting eco-activities in the beautiful Copán Valley
~Reasonable rates



To reserve your place with
GUACAMAYA SCHOOL, please contact AVENTURAS LANGUAGES 1-2 months in advance.


Some late registrations are possible.






Our roomy, attractive campus can accommodate up to 30 students at a time, and is located right in the heart of downtown Copan Ruinas. Just half a mile away is the famous Mayan ruin site of Copán, renowned for its monumental archeological structures and sculptures. Experience the rich historical legacy of the ruins, which marvelously express the high stage of development reached by Mayan empire, 700 years before the arrival of the Spaniards.

"The experience and enthusiasm of the instructors was great! Every day my teacher found an entertaining way to improve my Spanish and have fun at the same time."
- Katie, Santa Barbara, California

Our teaching philosophy is thoroughly modern and effective: full interactive immersion from the moment you enter our building. Your creative participation is the key to learning --and mastering-- the Spanish language. Upon arrival you'll take a brief entrance exam to determine exactly what areas you need to improve. We typically provide one teacher for each student, ensuring that your unique developmental needs will be met. We will occasionally increase the number of students per class for specific high school or university groups, where the students share the same levels of ability.
The daily schedule consists of 4 hours of class, with a brief break in the middle of each session, for a total of 20 hours of classtime each week. We strongly emphasize practicing -individually, or in small groups- the Spanish words and grammar learned that day. Whether your class takes place in a classroom, or on our flowered patio, or out on the streets of Copán Ruinas, our goal is to get you speaking Spanish. Some classes will discuss various aspects of Latin American culture and society, so that you're learning the language in the context of its culture. At other times we'll organize your class around themes or subjects you personally find interesting.

Our expert staff is specialized in drawing upon diverse teaching resources and tools to achieve the full participation - and maximum improvement - of the students. You will live with friendly and dynamic families that will facilitate a bond between the students and the diverse social and cultural activities that take place in our environment. The families are all middle class by Honduran standards, and are required to provide:
[Image] * A room solely for the student that locks with a key
* Sheets for the bed and toilet paper
* Purified water
* Daily cleaning of the room and three meals per day
* A fan, a reading lamp, a table and a chair
* Screened window
* Laundry service.
* Spanish practice.


Here are some of our families:
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Tuition Costs

Although we strongly recommend living with a local family in order to maximize the benefits of total immersion, we would be happy to arrange a stay in one of the many comfortable hotels in town. Please contact AVENTURAS LANGUAGES for hotel options.

REGISTRATION: Please note that ALL classes are 'mano a mano' or 1:1. This allows you to specifically work on what you need to work on in consultation with your instructor

TUITION AND HOMESTAY PRICING 2015:
For those living with a family, each week includes 5 days of private classes a 7 days of private room and board  plus laundry service with a Honduran homestay family.

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20 HOURS / ONE ON ONE

$260

2

20 HOURS / ONE ON ONE

$520

3

20 HOURS / ONE ON ONE

$780

4

20 HOURS / ONE ON ONE

$1,040

Additional week

20 HOURS / ONE ON ONE

$260

REGISTRATION

Please contact AVENTURAS LANGUAGES directly for information about for group discounts for high school or college students, or for classes-only pricing (without family stay). NOTE: We recommend arriving in Copan by Saturday in order to start your class week on a Monday. Your flight will be either into San Pedro Sula, Honduras or into Guatemala City, Guatemala. There are more flight choices into Guatemala City. Hedman-Alas (www.HedmanAlas.com) bus company runs the service from either location. The ONLY bus from Guatemala City leaves each morning at 5am and takes 5 hours to Copan Ruinas. There are more frequent buses from San Pedro Sula and the bus trip to Copan Ruinas is 3 hours long. We will provide you consultation about decisions of where to fly into and advantages of both, other than the above notations.

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Copán Ruinas

Copán Ruinas is the perfect balance of educational excellence and cultural opportunity. Yes, there are large cities (Antigua, Oaxaca) where you can also study Spanish. And , of course, a city of 500,000 people will have more attractions -and, distractions!- than a town of 6,000. Still, if your goal is to learn Spanish in a cultural context, we feel very strongly that a small town with a world-class cultural heritage is far better suited to achieving that goal. Antigua, for example, has 97 language schools, all within a few blocks of the town center. Assume at any given time that each school has ten students, and you'll see that your "immersion experience" will be shared with a thousand other students speaking English, French, German, Swedish or Italian, but when they meet each other, they are definitely not speaking Spanish! In Copán Ruinas, by contrast, the 20-30 students in town will be truly immersed in a non-cosmopolitan population of unjaded, friendly villagers who ONLY speak Spanish.

It's also important to consider the quality of the family-living experience. According to the renowned Lonely Planet Guide for Guatemala, in Antigua, for example, "too often there are several foreigners staying with the same family at once. In this case, it's more like a hotel, than a family atmosphere. Also, often there are separate mealtimes for the students and the family." Such a situation is inconceivable in Copán Ruinas. Here the families truly delight in 'adopting' someone from another culture for a week or two. You really become part of the family. In this environment, your Spanish skills will soar.

Here's what Lonely Planet recommends: "Antigua is not for everyone who wants to study Spanish; there are so many foreigners about, it takes some real discipline to converse in Spanish rather than in your native tongue. If you think this will bother you, consider studying where there are fewer foreign students and more opportunities to dive headfirst into learning Spanish."

The way we see it, Spanish schools in a large city are an industry. In Copán Ruinas, it's an opportunity.

Weather

Copán Ruinas is located in the western highlands of Honduras, more the 1,800 feet above sea level. This altitude is known as tierra templada, or temperate land, and it is therefore comfortable year-round. The visitor will experience neither the swelter of the coastal jungles, nor the night-time chill found at higher elevations to the west and in Guatemala. Like other tropical countries, Honduras has two seasons - wet and dry. The dry season usually lasts from December to May, the wet season from June to November. During the wet season, mornings are typically clear, then thunderstorms build through the afternoon into a refreshing shower, then the clouds dissipate in time for a lovely sunset. The coolest months are January and February, while March and April are the warmest. Still, this is the tropics, so average temperatures tend not to vary more than 10 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius).

Is it easy to communicate with home?

It's very easy in Copán Ruinas to keep in touch with family, friends, or business associates. The national telephone company, Hondutel, has an office a minute's walk from the school, where you can place long-distance calls. Or, you could use the phone at your family's home. It's generally much cheaper to arrange in advance to receive a call from abroad, rather than to dial from Honduras.

There are five internet cafes in town, offering very inexpensive and reliable access to the World Wide Web.

Safety in Copán Ruinas, Honduras

In marked contrast to its neighbors Guatemala, El Salvador, and Nicaragua (which have been ravaged by war and civil unrest for much of their modern history), Honduras has been remarkably peaceful. The new president is Western-educated, and committed to improving the Honduran economy, which continues to suffer the effects of the devastating Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The president has made very clear that he views the sustainable development of eco-tourism to be the key to revitalizing the Honduran economy. In fact, his inaugaration was held at the ruins of Copán, in order to underscore the importance of eco-tourism - and Copán Ruinas - to the future of Honduras. We believe the best way for outsiders to help a poor country like Honduras is to visit it, meet the people, and spend some time and money immersing yourself in another culture.

The town of Copán Ruinas is, in fact, very safe, and very welcoming to visitors. This is what the respected Moon travel guide has to say about Copán Ruinas: "It's hard not to be charmed by the relaxed friendliness of the place. In contrast to many Guatemalan mountain towns, Copán Ruinas evinces an overwhelming sense of safeness and a lack of resentful, tense vibes between locals and foreign visitors. Any afternoon and evening in the square, one can watch schoolchildren playing, elders liesurely passing the time of day, and a young man plucking a tune on his guitar under the admiring gaze of his girl."

Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers are welcome. We've had many families study here, and have developed a kids-friendly curriculum to keep the youngsters engaged and happy. Most of the families who house our students have children of their own, who, like all kids, are quick to make friends. Also, we can arrange visits for your kids to local schools, an experience that will prove unforgettable. We think studying Spanish for a week or two in a safe and friendly Central American town is a wonderful way to encourage in a child an adventurous spirit of travel and a lifelong respect for other cultures. By the way, yes, there's a pizza parlor, and several ice cream shops in town~. FAMILIES: Families coming with children and teens to study are able to stay in the same homestay family or we can make other arrangements. Sometimes teens prefer to be with their own family for better integration of the language, so we can also arrange this. Be sure to note that we receive many families each year where one of the family members, usually one parent, already knows that language or just prefers to not study. This is fine with us!

Medical care or a pharmacy

There are four pharmacies and an English-speaking doctor in town, as well as ambulance service to the hospital, 1.5 hours away. We recommend that visitors carry with them all the prescription medicines they will need during their stay.

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