Our methodology facilitate the learning of the language.


Who we are and what we do?

GSS teaches Spanish Language as a tool of communication and educates about the Guatemalan culture. Our program is developed for all levels of Spanish Language, from beginners to very advanced students and is based on the fundamentals of 31 years of experience and on rules of the Spanish Royal Academy of the Language.

At Guatemalensis Spanish School you will find a friendly atmosphere and all the ideal conditions for learn the spanish language in the best way.

Best team, best results!


Guatemalensis is hosted in a specially designed and built building for your comfort and security.

Guatemalensis Spanish School is more than a simple spanish school, we are an original, innovative, honest and consistent school and program, other programs talk about Spanish, at GSS you will learn and speak it from the first day of your immersion. 

Guatemalensis Spanish School, is a  Spanish Language School of University well trained teachers who provide an intensive Spanish language immersion program in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala including outdoor activities at high level of safety.


GSS is an educational year round school centrally located in the historic center of the amazing and beautiful Quetzaltenango, the second most important city of Guatemala in Central America, at 19 Avenida 2-14 Zona 1, in the safest neighborhood of the city at seven blocks from the Central Park of the City (5 - 10 minutes walking).

It was founded, authorized and registered in 1990. It is located in a three floors building specially designed and built to house the school; so, you will study in a clean and comfortable atmosphere and not piled at any rented dirty house, apartment or comercial place.

     *As a result of its high Quality of Teaching, Programs, Methodology, Activities and Excursions, GSS was the FIRST School in Quetzaltenango to be fully Authorized and Registered by the Ministry of Education and the Tourist Commission of Guatemala (Verifiable).

Note: All Spanish Schools in Quetzaltenango (Xela) began to be approved, authorized and Registered in 1990.

     GSS was founded and is managed by Guatemalans, and is a founding member of the Quetzaltenango's Spanish Schools Association.


 GSS is the first school in create, develop and use the outdoors and mountaineering concepts into the Total Immersion Spanish Language Program.

     Through the School you learn to speak, read, understand, write and translate the Spanish language and acquire new experiences and understanding of the life of this country, Guatemala.

     Our main objective is to provide fast and quality learning of an essential tool -foreign language acquisition- for a wide range of interests and professions.  Our methods are modern and are continuously updated. Our system, which was developed by experienced professionals, has proven to be effective with more than 29,000 students. Many students who have lived this Spanish learning experience have satisfied their yearning for successfully communicating in Spanish in a relatively short time.

     We consider the cost of your time and money to learn a language when you are traveling. In GSS you won't waste your time or money, because of our effective teaching methods.

     More than ninety percent of our students first heard about GSS from our graduates. This is the best indication of how our students value their GSS experience. The other ten percent know GSS through Universities, Organizations, Guide Books, Articles, Travel Agencies, Embassies, and Friends. We don't obtain students through contractors!. 




What does the word "Guatemalensis" mean?

The “Guatemalensis” word is a castilianization of the Latin word “Coactemalensis”. Concept for “Guatemala”. The “Guatemalensis” word describes other several meanings associated with plants and animals, but especially we have taken the word Guatemalensis from “Abies guatemalensis” as  the name of a species of conifer in the family Pinaceae. Natural of Central America, the southern Mexico, Guatemala, the northern Honduras and southern El Salvador. Due to loss of its habitat is a species in endangered. The “Guatemalensis” word describes us as a school environmentally responsible, handling ethical behavior to the environment. 

A motivated team of instructors help you to learn more in less time.

Fast & Easy Learning

     "Here at Guatemalensis Spanish School we not discriminate on the basis of nationality, religion, color, creed, race, sex, gender or fitness condition.  At GSS we do our best to prevent unsafe and/or risky activities and situations, and to match you with the best possible instructors and host homes.  Our feelings and thoughts for our students and teachers are: Honesty, Sincerity and Integrity."


School Hours, Monday to Friday

 7:00 - 8:00        Breakfast with the host family

 8:00 -10:00       Classes (one to one)

10:00 -10:30       Break

10:30 -13:00       Classes (one to one)

13:00 -14:00       Lunch at the host family

14:00 - 18:00      Activities

18:00 - 20:00      Dinner with the host family


Activities into the spanish program 

A "sample week" of extra curricular afternoon activities, is as follows:



THURSDAY:  Free for personal time and relaxation.
FRIDAY: Cooking class and dinner
SATURDAY:  Long Tour, Hike, Trek or Excursion.
SUNDAY:   Free for personal time and relaxation.


7:00 - 16:00         Excursion  and/or Outdoor Activity.



There are no classes and activities during Guatemalan and International Holidays. The students must pay the complete week tuition.

Jan. 1st.            New Year's Day

March or April   Holy Thursday (mid-day), Holy Friday and Saturday

Sept.15th.          Independence Day of Guatemala

Dec. 24th.          Christmas Eve (mid-day)

Dec. 25th.          Christmas Day

Dec. 31st.           New Year's Eve (mid-day)


In our Total Immersion Program you will be speaking spanish from the first day of classes and you will quickly improve your language and communication skills.

We promote a Language, a Culture and a Country!

 I could not have dreamed of a better experience studying Spanish and traveling throughout Guatemala than the one I had while at Guatemalensis! Excellent one-on-one language instruction, daily activities with members of the community, guided weekend excursions, strong friendships formed with lovely staff and fellow students!  You cannot find a more professional yet family-like environment in which to study Spanish in Guatemala.  There are many schools out there that will charge you much higher prices and not even come close to the quality of this school.  You will enjoy every facet of your experience at Guatemalensis and will have an instant community to call your "home" in Guatemala.  Hayley Ellis. U.S.A.

     I had a fantastic experience at Guatemalensis Spanish School in Xela! Rolando and Nora make you feel a part of their family. It's a smaller school, got to know the other students and teachers really well and made some connections to hold onto. Living with a local family was a great way to learn the! In just 6 weeks I went from no spanish to earning my intermediate certificate. I was able to travel the country "sola" without problems. The one-on-one teaching made for a very personalized learning experience. I was able to do some health education work in the school's social project. If you have something to share, they are more than willing to have you come in and help out. Xela is an interesting area to get to know, lots of culture to appreciate. Unlike Antigua or Panajachel, Xela isn't busting at the seams with other students, I met a lot of locals all willing to help out with my spanish progress. If are looking for the whole package spanish experience, study with Nora and Rolando. I will back. Leeane (Vancouver, Canada)



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