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Language school Antigua – Don Quijote
A very intimate town to study in, with just under 35 thousand inhabitants and nestled in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. Your Don Quijote Partner school is situated near the city centre and within walking distance of your accommodation – which guarantees a rather scenic stroll to school past Antigua’s well-preserved baroque architecture. Within the building, you can find 8 class rooms, a substantial courtyard and garden as well as a social room for activities in the afternoon.
Antigua – info
Antigua was Guatemalas capital until 1773, when an earthquake destroyed major parts of the city, so the capital was relocated to Guatemala city. Following those dramatic changes, lots of Antigua’s inhabitants decided to abandon their lives in this town which subsequently turned much more provincial and received its name “the old Guatemala”.
Despite the damage, Antigua’s locals managed to preserve a substantial amount of the famous historical architecture & keep the very special colonial charm of this UNESCO world heritage site. It is very pleasant to take in the bucketloads of character this place is offering away from the hustle & bustle of Latin Americas metropoles. All major sights can be reached within a 15 minute stroll across the centre of town: A magical corner for those who seek to travel off the beaten path.
Things to do in Antigua:
La Catedral de Santiago: Walk through the splendidly renovated frontage of this church & witness how history & nature has really treated this building over the last 4 centuries.
Chocolate Museum: Check out how chocolate is being made & give it a go yourself.
Convento de Capuchinos: The well restored former convent, orphanage & women’s hospital gives you insights into its colonial past.
Cerro de la Cruz: Hilltop Chapel 30 min. walk north of the centre, boasting great views of Antigua and the surrounding volcanoes.
Coffee farm tour: Antigua is surrounded by coffee plantations of all sizes – a great way to find out how this native fruit is being turned into the popular brew.
Other activities: Zip lining in the lush forest, hike to Pacaya volcano, Artisan workshops & Nim Po’t crafts market, Easter week special celebrations…
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: Prerequisite is joining a minimum of 4 week Intensive Course… more information on Don Quijote volunteer programs
OTHER ACTIVITIES: 3-4 organized activities weekly, joined by the school’s staff, e.g. sporting activities, trips to nearby villages, excursions to a cultural centres or museums, culture lessons at the school, traditional local festivals.
The school organises a “Pub Night” once a week where students can get to know each other. Also on offer are Salsa lessons for students and teachers on Tuesdays at the school’s new dance studio.