Housing is in guest houses and dormitory style housing throughout the program. As you will be traveling through many different places, housing will vary in style and available amenities. Some housing arrangements could also be in a Homestay with a local family.


We will spend the first three night at Hotel y Villas Jabel Tinamit – nearby the language school where you will be taking your Spanish course. Bedrooms and bathrooms will be shared between two students. At the end of the first week, you will move on to a homestay with a local family, where you will spend the remainder of your time in Guatemala. For excursions and additional visits around Guatemala (such as Antigua), we will stay in a mix of hotels and guest houses

Costa Rica

Classes are held, and housing is offered, at the Biblical Latinamerican University ("UBL"). This is a spacious and lovely campus with representative Latin American and Caribbean architecture, reminiscent of past and present local traditions and history. 


All program excursions are an integral part of the experience and are thus included in the program fee. The philosophy behind CGEE programming is highly experiential. You can expect excursions in all three program locations. Here are some examples:


  • In Panajachel, you will live with a local host family and take a Spanish language course in this town on Lake Atitlán.
  • An extended stay in a UNESCO world heritage site Antigua includes time in hotels as well as with local families. Antigua will be the home base city from which you will travel to nearby communities to visit local historical sites.


  • Weekend stay with La Carpio community— delve into issues around environmental racism and justice
  • Three-day stay in Longo Mai—a community that has experienced different waves of refugees from Nicaragua and El Salvador
  • Day travel to Cartago, and visit to Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles

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