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Pop Wuj - Spanish School Guatemala
The school offers intensive One-to-One Spanish instruction by highly qualified teachers, Homestay with a local family so you can immerse yourself into the Spanish language and come to know the warmth of Guatemalan Hospitality.
The Spanish School - Who we are
The Spanish School is owned and operated as a non-profit organization by the teachers, Pop Wuj’s community spirit creates a welcoming environment for students to learn Spanish and immerse themselves in an enriching cultural experience. Practice your Spanish as you work side by side with the Guatemalan people building stoves, supporting the kids in our Family Support Center by helping with their homework or helping out at our medical clinic.
Spanish Courses - What our Spanish School has to offer
Pop Wuj -Spanish School Guatemala offers a variety of Spanish Courses to suit your personal needs and preferences:
Spanish Immersion Course - Learn Spanish with intensive one-to-one Spanish classes and homestay in a Guatemalan family to immerse yourself into the Spanish Language
Medical Spanish Program - Learn Medical Spanish through intensive One-to-One Tuition with a supplemental curriculum for Medical Spanish. The Medical Spanish Program provides health and medical education as well as clinical experience in the Pop Wuj Medical Clinic and with midwives in Guatemala. Suitable for elective rotation.
Social Work Spanish Program - Experience Spanish Immersion as a full time volunteer in the Pop Wuj community development projects incl. children volunteer work and youth community development.
Spanish for Teachers - This Immersion course is designed for elementary, middle and high school teachers, as well as students and professionals in the educational field interested in immersion and gaining teaching experience. Learn and share education methods with Guatemalan teachers and teach study techniques to Guatemalan children in urban schools in the highlands of Guatemala.
Spanish Online – This option is designed for students who cannot travel to Guatemala for the full Pop Wuj experience, students who want to jumpstart their studies before arriving at Pop Wuj, and former Pop Wuj students who would like to continue their studies.
Xela and the rural communities where Pop Wuj works are Zika free. For more details, please see our FAQ.
OCT. 7, 2013
El Centro and OA
In addition to being the Spanish teacher at The Outdoor Academy, I am the Director of El Centro Comunitario Hispano Americano in Brevard. El Centro was established 12 years ago, and its mission is to enhance the wellness and the integration of the Hispanic community in Transylvania County by:
- Encouraging education within the Hispanic Community.
- Encouraging multicultural understanding.
- Fighting for justice.
- Developing Hispanic leadership.
- Encouraging Civic participation.
I have had the opportunity to build connections between both organizations. Students and staff from The Outdoor Academy have helped El Centro in different ways. In recent years, the participation of the students and staff have helped El Centro in activities like the International Food and Film Fest, where the students greeted participants and served food. It was amazing to see the students using theirs skills to talk with participants and delight people with their conversations. Anglos and Latinos enjoyed conversation and delicious food from different parts of the world donated by restaurants and individuals. Students and staff have also helped by tutoring kids whose parents have limited English skills to improve reading, writing, and math skills. And OA students get to know a different culture and practice their Spanish skills. Semester 37 is no exception and has been involved in El Centro this semester by preparing the space for the Homework Club program. They painted walls and cleaned the installations. Everybody was impressed about how much work a small group of students accomplished during the time that they were at El Centro. Becca, one of our residents who volunteers at El Centro during her time off on Wednesdays wrote the following about her experience tutoring Cálida, a second grader from Pisgah Forest Elementary school who attends the after school program:
“’You’re here!’ the little girl clinging to my waist cries. Her dark eyes sparkle with all of the energy and enthusiasm of a second grader. I pick her up and twirl her around.
‘It’s so nice to see you again. How was your week?’ I ask. We pick out some books to read (Cinderella and The Princesses of the Diamond Palace are favorites) and head into the sitting room. Although she is antsy and gets frustrated with her slow reading, we have a fun time.
‘You are doing great,’ I continually encourage her. She sighs and gets up to go get herself more apple slices—a perfect excuse for a break.
This hour and a half that I spend at El Centro every Wednesday is a precious time for me. I am not only helping this second grader who speaks English as a second language, but I am also able to connect with a unique part of the Brevard community. When the mothers and aunts come to pick up the children, I am able to practice my Spanish, hold babies and listen to Banda music. I hear the familiar Spanish colloquialisms and popular songs from Mexico. It is a great reminder of the diversity that surrounds me at all times and the power of community connection.”
I am glad that Becca is having great time tutoring and for the continuing connections between El Centro and The Outdoor Academy.