| Families at La Paz
To make the most of your stay in Xela and your Spanish studies,
we suggest you live in an environment where you will use your
Spanish as much as possible and participate in local culture.
For this experience, we recommend you live with one of the local
families here in Xela. La Paz Spanish School maintains a relationship
with several families who regularly host our students, and your
tuition to the school includes your room and board.
Your family provides you with your own room, 3 meals a day (2
on Sunday), drinking water, and hot (or at least warm) water
for bathing. The families can accommodate vegetarians without
a problem. The local stores carry virtually everything you may
need, so travel light. Do bring something warm, perhaps even
to sleep in since none of the families have heating. The nights
and mornings can be very cold, especially between December and
Lastly, your family is an excellent resource for practicing
your Spanish. You may be overwhelmed at first, but
do not let this keep you from conversing. You will
find that if you initiate conversations, regardless of how
basic or slow your Spanish is, you will receive a warm response.
The more you speak and actively engage yourself in the family
social setting, the more your conversation skills and listening
comprehension will improve.