Orbita Spanish School

Orbita Spanish School, San Pedro La Laguna: Hours, Address, Orbita Spanish School Reviews: 5/5

Orbita Spanish School
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Learn Spanish in San Pedro, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala through our Spanish immersion Program Atitlan is truly amongst the most beautiful and impressive lakes in the world. San Pedro La Laguna, a small town on its shores in the Guatemalan Highlands, is a popular destination for many travelers in Central America. This is an experience that cannot be replaced by any other. At Orbita Spanish School, our program provides a professional curriculum that is adjustable to your level of knowledge in an enjoyable yet challenging atmosphere. We excel in all of the four language learning aspects: writing, reading, speaking and comprehension. Plan your trip today. you will enjoy this experience!
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Shin
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Couples
My experience at Orbita was everything I could’ve wished for! My boyfriend and I were beginners and we were worried it would be too difficult, but our teacher Joss was incredibly helpful. She spoke English really well and was so patient with us the whole time. Lake atitlan, especially San Pedro, have some really good Spanish schools and I researched before I chose Orbita, even though it was on the ‘higher’ price (I think this price is completely fair and reasonable) compared to some other schools, I promise you won’t regret choosing Orbita. It has a perfect view of the lake, it’s the best classroom setting you could ask for! They provide you with some food and tea in the break, everyone was so friendly. They also offer free activities such as going to visit the chocolate factory in San Juan, cooking lessons, salsa classes etc. Their service is the best! Everyone was so friendly. It was lovely talking to Rene too; I had some issues with payment and he remained so patient with me until we sorted it out even though I had accidentally put him in a difficult situation! I stayed with a host family too, ‘Casa Imelda’ and they were absolutely delightful. I really liked the food they made us, it was very traditional Guatemalan food. I was sad we could only do it for a week, if I had more time I would’ve loved to do it for longer, especially as my Spanish improved so much in a short space of time! I found that in a week I could communicate my basic wants/needs/plans and I could definitely understand more than I could before. All in all a great experience and I would love to do it again!
Written June 2, 2022
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Rosie McKelvie
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Going to Orbita Spanish School in Lake Atitlan was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, I simply can’t sing its praises enough. The school is so full of love and laughter and the lake is one of the most beautiful places on earth, full of things to do. René, his family, and the teachers are all incredibly kind people who go above and beyond to ensure the students enjoy themselves and reach their potential. I really appreciated how René welcomed me into his family with open arms, inviting me to have lunch with them everyday and taking me with them to their friends' homes and birthday celebrations.

The teachers in the school are fantastic, I just can’t believe how much Spanish I learnt in 6 weeks, having started completely from scratch. Gracias a Cheo (mi maestro)!

Staying with a host family was also incredibly special, a definite highlight of my trip...gracias a Santos y Elena! I would recommend to everybody who visits to do it because the families are so full of love and kindness and make lots of delicious Guatemalan food every day!

Thank you for making Orbita my 2nd home and teaching me so much Spanish, I look forward to returning soon <3
Written January 28, 2022
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Sharon Burgess
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I cannot express how fortunate I feel to have had the opportunity to study Spanish at Orbita Spanish School for 2 weeks in July 2021.
If you are wondering if they are up and running post-Covid, rest assured that they are, and that it is a wonderful time to come.
I felt welcome from the moment I arrived. I was met at the school by the owner, René, and the son of my host family, Felix. Felix walked me to his home where I met the lovely and welcoming Francela, his mother. If you have a chance to stay with this wonderful host family, I highly recommend it. They provided a room with a gorgeous sunrise view of the lake. My room had a private bath as well. The meals were wonderful, and Felix makes an amazing Limonada!
The school itself is absolutely wonderful. My teacher, Vicenta, taught me so much in a patient and caring manner. She very soon became a friend, and I am very grateful for all she taught me. We learned in the most beautiful open-air classroom with stunning views of Lake Atitilán . We also took two field trips, where she helped me practice my Spanish in real-life situations.
As an educator myself, I really appreciated the organization of the curriculum, complete with a series of books that take you very logically from one concept to the next. I was able to make an amazing amount of progress in a short time.
San Pedro is a beautiful town along the shores of Lake .Atitilán If you get a chance, I recommend that you visit some of the other towns around the lake. I especially enjoyed San Juan La Laguna and San Marcos.
If you are considering traveling to Guatemala to study Spanish, look no further than Orbita Spanish School! You will not regret it!
Written August 8, 2021
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Heather L
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
I attended this Spanish School for 2 weeks and when I started I could only count to 3. Now I can say full sentences and understand when people are speaking. My teacher Daphny was wonderful! She was patient and funny. We played a lot of games to help me learn.
The view at this place is also very nice. Although San Pedro is busy so sometimes it was hard to focus with construction going on.
The owner, Rene, is very helpful and nice. We stayed on-site at the school and he was always around to help when we needed it. He even re-arranged a kitchen so we could have better access to cook.
We took part in a few activities arranged by the school. The Mayan Ceremony, and the Indian Nose hike. Both very good! Would highly recommend this place and I plan to return in the future :)
Gracias Orbita!
Written March 6, 2022
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ktsmurf
Tywyn, UK75 contributions
Couples
My partner and I had great lessons with Dafne. They were really well structured, we learnt so much in 6 half days. She was a fun and patient teacher.

The school is well organised and out on optimal activities during the week. Highly recommend sunrise hike to the Indian nose.

We stayed with The Santos family. They were very welcoming, spoke slowly so we could learn more and the food was great.
Written March 16, 2022
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Gabriel
Isla Mujeres, Mexico1 contribution
Solo
It has been a pleasure to stay at such an amazing school. I initially only planed to stay for 2-3 weeks which quickly resulted into a 7 week long stay full of activities, joy and fun.
From the 1 to 1 teaching system all the way to the kindness of all people involved (teacher, owner(s), students etc.) was simply astonishing. The school tries to make your stay as convinent as possible and they offer a lot of fun group activities, which are nice to connect to other students from movie nights to little trips to hidden places around the lake. Additionally to that, I have nothing left except praise for all the teachers who are making a great job teaching and improving your Spanish as well as making the lessons as fun as possible. Let alone the amazing view of the lake.
A great place if you want to improve your Spanish whilst having fun in the meantime. I would give 6 stars if possible.
Written February 11, 2020
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Emilie P
3 contributions
Solo
My experience with Orbita surprised me in so many positive ways - I spent 5 weeks at the school and with my lovely host family and I could have stayed there for way longer! There is a very special atmosphere at the school and you really feel like a part of a community. The owners, Milca and Rene,
are always smiling and they know your name from day 1. The teachers are the same: positive, smiling and really engaged in YOUR learning. Furthermore there are exciting activities every week that you can join, there is a lot that you see and do in San Pedro in your free time and of course the stunning view of the lake from your "classroom" is worth to mention!

I improved my Spanish a lot during these weeks and I would love to come back one day!
Written February 23, 2020
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Nick E
Crouch End, UK71 contributions
Business
This is my 5th time at Orbita in 4 years . I spoke no Spanish when I first came here to the school and stayed with a host family .

I am a slow learner and I love how patient the teachers are and how structured the lessons are . The open air class rooms are so healthy and have amazing views over the lake .
The weekly class prices for a 1 on 1 class is the best I have seen . Stay with a family or stay at orbita or in any of the many hotels and hostels there are in San Pedro !

Whatever your level of Spanish you need Orbita Spanish school !
Written December 21, 2021
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Renae S
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Solo
I highly recommend Orbita. I’ve studied at several different Spanish schools and Orbita surpasses them all. The curriculum is unique and effective, the view is amazing (outdoor classes overlooking the lake/mountains), snacks and coffee at break time provided, an overall friendly and very welcoming vibe, 1:1 classes with a lot of back and forth conversation, after school activities (salsa classes, movies, tours, etc) and my teacher, Roxana was really, really GREAT (patient, smart, could add English words when necessary, etc.) Also, my homestay family was really nice and the food was delicious. Thanks again, Orbita. Maybe I’ll be back again soon.
Written February 22, 2020
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espaustx
Austin, Texas86 contributions
Reading these reviews may make you feel like you're listening to a broken record, but there's a reason--the quality, structure, location, and "feel" of the school are just that good. I did a week-long course to improve my Spanish (already spoke some) and enjoyed every minute. My teacher, Susana, was excellent and employed a variety of techniques (e.g., conversation, reading comprehension, grammar exercises) to flesh out concepts. The proprietary materials they have developed are extensive and really good. I know that the other students enjoyed their classes and teachers as well. And to be clear: these are qualified teachers who know and can explain rules of grammar, not just native speakers who do this as a hobby.
Rene and his wife Milka were also fantastic. From start to finish, communication was seamless and they were always available for advice or recommendations. I chose not to stay with a family but to rent one of the rooms at the school. The room was very comfortable and worked well for me, but I hear that the home stays are also well organized and enjoyable.
As for the location . . . well, the photos everyone else has posted are real and accurate. It's simply a beautiful place to be.
I hope to be able to return someday. This is a fantastic community and wonderful place.
Written January 29, 2020
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Orbita Spanish School is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM