Language & Culture in the Highlands – Xela
We’ll then travel by chicken bus through the Western Highlands to the city of Quetzaltenango, popularly known as Xela (pronounced Shay-la). Here in Guatemala’s ladino and indigenous metropolis, we’ll immerse ourselves with five days of intensive language and cultural learning. We will take one-on-one Spanish lessons (tailored to your experience level) and work with local activists on a host of socio-economic issues.
We’ll also meet revolutionary-turned-reformer, Willie, and learn how our partners Café Red and DESGUA are trying to create a “Guatemalan dream”. We’ll meet fair trade handy-craft retailer Y’abal and learn how urban farming is responding to the country’s food crisis. But when night falls, we’ll learn about another part of Guatemalan culture…salsa dancing!