One-to-one Spanish classes to fit your goals

One-to-one Spanish classes to fit your goals

                      Sistema Académico Intercultural SISAI

Sistema Académico Intercultural SISAI

Formally registered and recognized Spanish school by the Ministry of Education of Guatemala (MINEDUC) and the Institute of Tourism (INGUAT)

Welcome to the SISAI Spanish School

We are a total immersion not-for-profit Spanish school that offers 25-hours a week of custom tailored one-on-one Spanish classes for beginners to advanced, business, medical, social work and university accredited courses, SISAI Spanish School has been providing Spanish language instruction and total immersion experiences to people from around the world since 1989. We are located in the historic district of Quetzaltenango (Xela) which is nestled in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. While studying Spanish at SISAI, you will learn to speak, read, listen and comprehend Spanish. You will also learn about the cultural, history, and political aspects of Guatemala. Our teachers are university-educated and certified in teaching Spanish. SISAI is a legitimate registered school by the Guatemala government.


Estimados amigos:
Anunciamos cambios en nuestra organización por la evolución y crecimiento de nuestra escuela, tenemos un nuevo logotipo y nombre que nos identifican más a nuestro campo. Buscamos la calidad máxima en la enseñanza del Idioma Español.
El nuevo diseño representa un esfuerzo por parte de todos para marcar una nueva etapa en nuestra historia.
El nuevo nombre es: SISAI acrónimo de Sistema Académico Intercultural.
El nuevo logo: Representa el árbol sagrado de los mayas siendo La Ceiba. En la imagen se concibe el pensamiento maya sobre el inframundo, el mundo y el supra mundo.

Dear friends,
We’d like to announce some changes in our organization. For the evolution and growth of our school, we have a new logo and name that identify more with what we stand for. The new design represents an effort on our part to mark a new phase in our story.

He have changed the name from JUAN SISAY to SISAI, an acronym for Intercultural Academic System. (Sistema Académico Intercultural)

The new logo represents the tree sacred to the mayans, the Cieba. The image conveys the Mayan belief of the underworld, the world and the heavens.

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Fannie Nadeau opinó sobre SISAI Spanish School: 5 estrellas

19 de agosto

My experience with SISAI spanish school was incredible. So incredible that I would have stay much longer if I could have ! The teachers are very thoughful, smart, energetic, smily and funny ! The school itself is very pretty and well-located (3 minutes by foot from the central parque!) My host family was perfect. I really have nothing bad to say about my experience. Two thumbs up !

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Caryn Shebowich


I’m from the United States, and I studied for four weeks at Sisai, spent a week traveling around Guatemala, and came back to Sisai for another week because I couldn’t stay away. When I arrived, I immediately felt that everyone there would support me during my time in Xela. Coming to a new country is very difficult, and it’s especially difficult when you don’t speak the language. Sisai made my entire trip easy. All of the sudden upon arriving,

Rachael Cheslok


My time at SISAI was much more than a Spanish education experience, though I did learn a lot of Spanish. It went beyond grammar and vocabulary into the unique and beautiful culture and beliefs of the Mayan community that make up the majority of the population in Guatemala. It was a lesson in respect and understanding and I have grown not only in my education of the Spanish language, but in my spiritual growth as a human. If you want to go beyond just learning Spanish and want to experience and learn about the culture – then I strongly recommend SISAI Spanish School.