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TEFL La Antigua | TEFL Guatemala
La Antigua is the most popular destination in the country for both tourists and Guatemalans alike, and is famous for its well preserved colonial architecture and spectacular ruins—so much so that the entire city has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guatemala is a portal to another world – timeless architecture, cobblestone streets, archaeological ruins, and volcanoes looming overhead. Located in the central highlands of Guatemala 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) above sea level, La Antigua is the perfect launching point for trips to the Pacific coast, Lake Atitlan, Tikal and the jungle, all of which are just a few hours away. As if that isn’t enough, once your course is finished, we will provide you with lifetime assistance finding employment. Our TEFL course in La Antigua offers excellent value for money with high quality training and rigorous academic standards, all in a thriving city with a perfect climate.
There is an abundance of excellent restaurants, a number of little shops and boutiques as well as small, locally owned stores where souvenirs, traditional textiles, ceramics, antiques and other products can be purchased. The city centre and the surrounding villages are also famous for their handicraft markets, as well as their open-air markets. Take a weekend to hike active volcanoes, tour a coffee plantation, or go zip lining. Our TEFL course in Guatemala is your passport to job opportunities in exotic and culturally fascinating locations the world over. However, after gaining tefl certification in La Antigua, you may never want to leave this earthly paradise again.
Take our TEFL course in La Antigua and you will be training in well-equipped classrooms with real Spanish-speaking students. Our school benefits from modern and updated facilities while being located in a Spanish colonial building with the charm and pristine gardens of the past. Just the walk to the institute each day will bring you past several breathtaking ruins and historic buildings, not to mention the impressive conical volcano that looms over the town.
The ITTT training centre is located in beautiful La Antigua. The school building is a historic colonial building with classrooms overlooking a central garden and updated modern amenities. The main TEFL classroom is on the second floor with a covered patio overlooking the town with a gorgeous view of Agua Volcano. The institute includes a small cafe, large common areas, free Wi-Fi, and a computer lounge with internet. There are also a variety of restaurants and banks nearby. Wireless internet access and the computer lounge are available at the school seven days per week.Apply Now!
We have a number of accommodation options available for students taking our TEFL course in Guatemala, including home stays, private apartments and hostels. If notified in advance, our centre in Guatemala can arrange a home stay for you in La Antigua, which will include a private bedroom in the home of a local family, as well as breakfast and dinner seven days per week. This option provides an opportunity to practice your Spanish skills, as well as giving you an authentic experience of the Guatemalan culture. Please note that home stay accommodation should be secured at least one month prior to the course start date.
Our other accommodation options include local hotels, hostels, and private apartments. When your place has been confirmed on the TEFL course, we will send you additional information on the options available to help you choose the option that best suits your personal requirements.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Deposits for the course must be paid directly to our administrative centre. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest ways to pay, but payments via Western Union, PayPal and bank transfer are also accepted. While there is not a deadline for making your deposit payment, courses can fill up quickly and your place on the course will only be reserved once the deposit has been paid.
After the deposit has been paid, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Guatemala itself. The balance of your course fees is payable in cash, by credit/debit card or via PayPal and is due before your course begins. Once you have been in touch with the Guatemala centre and have made your accommodation and course package selections, an invoice will be emailed to you with additional payment instructions.
Please read through the welcome information that will be sent to you from the Guatemala centre carefully so you are aware of what materials you will need to bring with you and what services may or may not be available at our overseas centre.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Our recommended accommodation option for the course is to stay with a local family. The home stay option provides you with an authentic experience of life in Guatemala with a friendly local family. You will have a private room in the family home and delicious meals will be served for breakfast and dinner daily. The families have all been chosen for their warmth and desire to host foreign students and are located within a 10-25 minute walk or a 5-15 minute taxi ride away from the TEFL school. The cost of this option is US$ 545.
Our second accommodation option is a private apartment which can be rented at a cost of US$ 600 in 2015, or US$ 695 in 2016.
Course accommodation is available starting the day before the first day of the course through to the day after the last day of the course. If you choose to arrive before or stay after the course, you may do so based on availability and at an extra cost of US$ 25 per night in 2015 or US$ 30 per night in 2016.
Students are also welcome to arrange their own accommodation within the La Antigua area.
What travel documents will I need for Guatemala?Expand
Visitors to Guatemala from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the European Union nations can enter the country without a visa. All visitors to Guatemala are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date and can remain in the country for 90 days.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Guatemalan consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The course is run full time over a period of four weeks. The course either starts on a Monday and ends on a Friday or starts on a Wednesday and ends on a Tuesday depending on your chosen month. The first two weeks comprise of classroom based study for six hour each day, with two 15 minute breaks and one hour for lunch. The final two weeks are focused on lesson planning and teaching practice. On the first day of your course you should arrive for orientation at 9:00 AM. At this time you will be given a detailed course timetable. On the last day of the course, there will be a graduation party, so you should plan your departure from La Antigua around this if possible.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
We invite local Guatemalan students for your teaching practice. Guatemalan students are very keen and enthusiastic and because we don’t charge them to attend, all students come to classes purely because they want to!
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Typically we have around 5-15 trainees. If course numbers exceed 18, the trainees are divided into two classes that are taught simultaneously. Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian, or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
Trainees are allowed to dress casually for their lessons but the dress code for teaching practice sessions is more formal. During teaching practice, you will need to dress in trousers/skirts and closed-toe shoes. Men need to wear collared shirts, while women need to wear conservative tops that cover their shoulders. Men also need to shave or keep facial hair neatly trimmed. No visible tattoos or facial piercings are allowed while teaching local students.
When packing for a trip to Guatemala you should aim to pack for both the cooler, highland climate of La Antigua as well as more tropical climates in other areas. Weather in the interior highlands and around La Antigua is spring-like with warm days and cool nights, whereas the coasts tend to be hot and humid. In all cases, you should be prepared for rain, which is common throughout Guatemala.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We strongly recommend you also bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training centre.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Of course, you will need your passport. When you secure work you may also be asked to provide copies of your birth certificate, college degrees and transcripts. You might also consider obtaining an international driving permit if you want to drive in Guatemala.