THE SPANISH LANGUAGE
is the second most spoken language in the world due to the number of speakers who claim it as their native tongue (after Mandarin Chinese). It is spoken as a first and second language amongst 450 and 500 million people. It is the third most spoken language as a first or second language after Mandarin Chinese and English combined, and is the mother tongue to 400 million people worldwide... Read more
Spanish School in Copan, HONDURAS
Our school is located in the western highlands of Honduras, near the border of Guatemala. Set in the heart of the quiet, scenic town of Copán Ruinas, we are just two blocks from the central park, and less than a mile from the world-renowned Maya archeological ruins. Our school is locally-owned with experienced and enthusiastic teachers dedicated to providing high quality Spanish classes that will greatly assist your learing. We offer individuals and families one-on-one instruction in a comfortable, productive learning environment.
Our school offers an intensive Spanish immersion experience in a comfortable, productive learning environment. We offer private or small group tuition with group sizes being a minimum of 2 students and a maximum of 5. Classes begin on each Monday of the year and new students take a placement test to help us to place you in a class appropriate to your level. All classes last for four hours per day and run from Monday to Friday.
LEVELS AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
There are 3 levels of classes; beginners, intermediate and advanced. Your placement will ascertain your level and you will soon find that learning with others at your level is a great way to enhance your learning experience.
We have a minimum of 4 to 5 teachers in low season, rising to around 15 in high season and all our teachers have a minimum of 5 years experience so can be sure you are receiving high quality tuition.
Our school offers accommodation with local families. Living with a family offers the opportunity to speak Spanish outside of class and to gain a better understanding of Copán´s culture. Families are middle class, and are chosen for their kindness and welcoming nature. Each homestay school week includes: Lodging for seven nights/seven days, three meals per day (vegetarian meals are available), optional regional excursions to reinforce class learning, and a private room. Please let the school know of your requirements in advance so that we can arrange your accommodation prior to your arrival.
Honduras covers 112,492 km2 and is the second largest country in Central America. It shares borders with Guatemala (256 km), El Salvador (342 km) and Nicaragua (922 km). The Caribbean coast (in the north) is 750 km long, whilst the Pacific coast in the south is only 153 km. Its climate ranges between tropical and temperate but generally, the areas in the south are warmer and less humid than those in the north. It is largely mountainous and covered with forest and untouched jungle though there are narrow bands of patchy vegetation in the lowland coastal regions. Because of its high density jungle, Honduras has vast plant/animal/bird diversity and is known as one of the worlds ‘biodiversity hotspots’.
Government: Republic. The Honduran government is democratically elected and is based on the traditional division of powers: the Executive Branch, which contains the office of the President; the Legislative Branch, which contains the National Congress; and the Judicial Branch, which contains the Supreme Court of Justice.
Currency: The Lempira.
Language: The official language is Spanish, although English has a strong presence (Bay Islands). There are also several different indigenous languages, such as Garifuna, Pech, Tawahka and Lenca.
Religion: The official religion is Roman Catholic, but the country enjoys freedom of religion.
Population: Estimated at 8 million.
Capital City: Tegucigalpa.
Honduras has a great deal to offer and tourism is becoming an important part of the economy. It has some magnificent sandy beaches, great snorkelling and scuba diving, and at Lago de Yojoa in the Honduras' lake region, it boasts world-class bird-watching, waterfalls and national parks. There is an increasing choice of good accommodation depending on budget and an international airport means easy access to the country for visitors.
This beautiful ancient town is situated in the west of Honduras, 7 miles from the border of Guatamala. It is an intriguing mix of history, culture and nature. The town is a designated World Heritage Site, renowned for its magnificent Maya Ruins and according to archaeologists is the cultural centre of the Maya world. It is bursting with historical evidence and has so much to offer from music, traditional cuisine, nature, wildlife, and unrivalled scenery. This place draws you into its peace, tranquillity and sheer charm.
Copan Ruinas Archaeological Park
This magnificent park, located in the Copan Valley, has been a major source of information regarding the ancient Maya civilization. Although the park itself is enclosed, the legacy of the Maya can be found throughout the valley. The principal attractions are the main park, "Las Sepulturas", "Los Sapos" , “The Stelae” surrounding the valley and the two museums: the Museum of Archaeology, located in the town and the Museum of Maya Sculpture, located within the Visitors Centre area of the Park.
The park has five basic areas of interest: The Ball Court, The Great Plaza, The Hieroglyphic Stairway, The Acropolis and The Tunnels. The Park holds a wealth of intriguing facts and information about this incredible civilization and is strong recommendation to those visiting the town.
Best international airport: Airport Ramon Villeda Moralesin San Pedro Sula. Best international airlines: Delta, Continental. The school offers private transportation from and to the airport, if this is required, please advise us prior to your arrival.
The town of Copán Ruinas is reasonably prosperous due to eco-tourism and tourists visiting the Maya ruins. However, the area surrounding Copán is one of the poorest places in the Western Hemisphere. As a result, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. For many years our school has been arranging volunteer work for our students. For students living in Copán for longer periods, rewarding volunteer positions are available in a variety of fields. For example, past students have worked on reforestation projects, in day care centres, or on drinking water projects. The need for volunteer assistance is greatest in the following areas: environment, health, education, agriculture and social work. There is no minimum time commitment for volunteer work, and more information is available upon request.
WE RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE:
- It takes on a very interactive approach to learning.
- The teaching methodology focuses on conversation and increasing individual confidence.
- The teachers have extensive experience and aim to make the learning process a fun and successful one.
- The school offers wide selection of additional activities to enhance your learning.
- The unique location of the school enables students to experience activities and cultural learning that is not possible elsewhere.
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