TEFL in La Antigua / TESOL in La Antigua (Guatemala)
International TEFL Training Institute’s center in Antigua Guatemala is in the center of town. It is accommodated in a recently remodeled, historical building. The school offers Internet access, modern classrooms and a snack bar for refreshments during breaks.
The students for teaching practice are locals from Antigua. They come to the center daily to receive their English instruction.
Go on a volcano exploration tour.
Guatemala is located on the boundary of two tectonic plates, which makes it a geologically very active area. More than 30 active, dormant and extinct volcanoes can be found in Guatemala. Some volcanoes are in remote areas and hard to access, while others, such as the Pacaya volcano, are close to major population centers and easy to climb. Take an adventure tour to Guatemala’s most fascinating volcanoes. All tours include transportation and a professional guide who will take you to the best spots and always keep your safety in mind.
Fishing trips on the Pacific Ocean off the Guatemalan coast are becoming more and more popular as the abundance of sailfish, dorado, gallo fish, bonito and other species provides a great sports fishing opportunity. Fishing companies offer fishing trips on a 30- foot catamaran, which is more stable than traditional “V” hull boats. The boat is equipped with a VHF, life jackets, GPS and radar. The fishing equipment is new and top of the line Shimano equipment.
120-HOUR ON-SITE TESOL CERTIFICATION
(100% on-site training)
COURSE DATES in 2017
- • 20 February – 17 March
- • 24 April – 19 May
- • 24 July – 18 August
- • 25 September – 20 October
• Total course fee: $1,995
- • Deposit: US $495 (due at the time of registration)
- • Balance payment: US $1,500 (due 30 days before the first course day)
If you do decide to teach English in Guatemala, there are three major cities where you can find work:
The capital of Guatemala is probably the least attractive option for many people, due to the high crime rate and a general lack of cultural charm. Expect to see lots of American-owned franchises, from Marriott to Hooter’s, in the well-to-do areas. On the other hand, plenty of neighborhoods are dangerous, and some are terribly run down. On the bright side, there is a large number of universities and schools which might be potential employers for an English teacher. Here you can probably find the best schools and the highest pay.
This small colonial mountain city (more like a large town) is exceedingly charming, with lots of 16th century churches, nice restaurants, and indigenous markets, all surrounded by three towering volcanoes. It is one of the prime tourist attractions in Central America, which can be either good or bad, depending on how you look at it. It’s certainly easy to find English speakers and meet travelers there. Lots of people go there to study Spanish in Antigua.
This city better known by its pre-colonial name Xela (pronounced SHAY-la), this is Guatemala’s 2nd largest city, and it’s a popular destination for travelers and social workers looking to volunteer, as well as for people who want to study Spanish the full-immersion way (often including a home-stay with a Guatemalan family). It’s a little grittier and definitely cheaper than Antigua, and it attracts a generally younger traveler scene.
Pay and Expenses
As you might have already guessed, you’re not going to get rich teaching in Guatemala. Just as it’s very cheap to study Spanish here, the money you make in Guatemala won’t go far in the US. The range is anywhere from about $1.75 an hour to about $14 an hour. Fortunately, the cost of living is also very low, and you should have no problem finding a room to rent for $100 a month or less.
If you decide to go to Guatemala, you will do so in order to have a good time, to visit historical sites, to enjoy gorgeous lakes and beaches of two oceans or to fall in love with the beautiful countryside. Teaching in Guatemala will also enable you to help others improve their life.
Upon start of the course, our student services coordinator will provide you with lists of schools in Guatemala.
Miles and miles of lush tropical rainforest, white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, majestic mountain ranges, active volcanoes, pristine mountain lakes, ancient Mayan ruins, Spanish colonial monuments, quaint indigenous villages, Guatemala offers its visitors a number and diversity of attractions that few other countries can match.
Antigua is a growing tourist destination in Guatemala, as it is close to Guatemala City; however, it is much calmer and safer, with more tourist-oriented activities. It is possible to take buses from Antigua to many parts of Guatemala; many travel agencies offer shuttles to the main tourist attractions: Monterrico beach, Atitlan Lake, Coban, Lanquin (Semuc Champey), Tikal or even Copan in Honduras, though the transportation is more central in Guatemala City.
Antigua is also famous for its chocolate makers: At the Choco Museo Antigua (Chocolate Museum & Workshop), visitors can learn how the Mayas used cacao and make one’s own chocolate inside the artisanal factory. Other places such as Chocolalala, Fernando’s Koffee and Chocolarti make and sell chocolate on the premises.
Large parts of Guatemala are covered by mountains, and the climate depends much more on altitude than on latitude. While there are, in fact, areas with a tropical climate, there are others where nighttime temperatures can drop below the freezing point. Guatemala can be divided into three climate zones:
The tropical climate zone encompasses areas between sea level and roughly 1,000 m (3,300 ft) of altitude. The climate of the lowlands is indeed tropical, i.e. hot and humid day and night, year round. Daytime temperatures can go as high as 40° C (100° F) and nighttime temperatures rarely drop below 20° C (70° F). The entire coastal plain on the Pacific coast with popular destinations such as Monterrico, Puerto San Jose and Retalhuleu is part of the tropical climate zone, as well as eastern Guatemala, Rio Dulce, and the northern department of El Peten, where Tikal and Flores are located.
The temperate zone extends from approximately 1,000 m (3,300 ft) to 2,000 m (6,600 ft) above sea level. Daytime temperatures rarely exceed 30° C (85° F) and nights are pleasantly cool. Guatemala City and many of Guatemala’s most popular tourist destinations, like Antigua Guatemala, Lake Atitlan, Coban and Semuc Champey, are in the temperate zone.
Areas above 2,000 m (6,600 ft) are in the cool zone. Daytime temperatures are only slightly lower than in the temperate zone, but the nights are fairly cold and temperatures drop below freezing at times. Quetzaltenango in the northwestern highlands is the only major city in this climate zone.
In the tropics, temperatures are fairly uniform year round and seasonal changes are not nearly as pronounced as farther north or south of the equator. Instead of temperature, precipitation defines the seasons, and there are only two of them: the dry season, which locals often call summer, and the rainy season, which is often called winter. The rainy season begins around mid-May and lasts until October or November, interrupted by a short, dry period of about two weeks in late July or early August.
Travelers often ask what the best time to visit Guatemala is. There is no “best” time. The weather is agreeable year round, temperature variation is small compared to other parts of the world, and the rainy season imposes very few restrictions on the tours and activities you can do.
Whenever you come, you will have a great time in Guatemala!