Sisai Spanish School has been among the best Spanish schools in Xela Guatemala since 1989. All classes are private one-on-one lessons. The added benefit of living in Xela offers a natural total immersion experience. At SISAI  you are not a number, you are part of the SISAI family!

What makes SISAI one of the best Spanish schools in Xela Guatemala?


SISAI Spanish School has been teaching Spanish to the world since 1989. Your SISAI experience begins as soon as you walk in the door. SISAI is the among the best because of the 1-on-1 Spanish lessons provided by certified language teachers who are native Guatemala Spanish speakers.  Each with a successful history of teaching Spanish for over 15 years.

Comprehensive learning approach

While studying Spanish at SISAI, you will learn to speak, read, listen and comprehend Spanish. You will also learn about the culture, history, and political aspects of Guatemala. Our teachers are university-educated and certified in teaching Spanish.

All levels of Spanish are offered; from beginners to advanced. This includes business, medical, social work and university accredited courses, just to name a few.

Daily after school activities

The SISAI teachers and staff are serious about teaching Spanish and about sharing the rich culture, history and culinary delights of Guatemala. After school activities are conducted every afternoon and on Saturdays. It’s fun to sight see, learn about Guatemala and practice Spanish at the same time. More info on activities.

The SISAI philosophy:

We strongly believe that social change can only be accomplished through education.  That is why we believe in helping local families through our scholarship program, Educación Para Los Niños. and are devoted to the students who attend SISAI Spanish School. We are dedicated to teaching people around the world the history, politics and cultural aspects of Guatemala; using our total immersion Spanish program oriented toward students of all levels.


Total Spanish Immersion Program in Xela Guatemala

Become immersed in the Spanish language by learning with all 4 learning styles. SISAI Spanish teachers are trained to teach Spanish in all four learning styles. Visually with pictures, auditory with 1-on-1 conversations and mini-conferences, practice reading and writing in Spanish, plus hands on how-to classes in Spanish for kinesthetic learners. The daily after school activities and weekend excursions are perfect examples of using all 4 learning styles to improve your Spanish while having fun! More information about the  total immersion program at SISAI.


SISAI Gives Back To The Xela Community

Victor Ho, working as a volunteer, teaching English to one of the girls in the scholarship program at SISAI Spanish School

Another reason SISAI is one of the best Spanish schools in Xela is that it is a not-for-profit cooperative Spanish school.  That means that all the teachers share in the income and expenses.  Any money that is remaining goes to support the scholarship program called Educación Para Los Niños. Often times a family cannot afford to pay for the uniform, shoes, backpacks, or school supplies. That means the child cannot attend school. This program helps to support 75 local families by providing school uniforms, shoes, backpacks and school supplies to the children in need.

Name Change: Juan Sisay is now SISAI Spanish School

The Spanish school has been around since 1989 and has taught thousands of students throughout the world how to speak Spanish. Many students are referred to the school by word-of-mouth. Some remember the old name Juan Sisay when referring friends to the school.

In 2014 the school announced changes to the organization.  For the evolution and growth of the school, a new name and logo and was created to better identify with what the school stands for. The new design represents an effort on the school to mark a new phase in their story.

Changing the name from JUAN SISAY to SISAI; which is 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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