WHAT do I NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ONLINE SPANISH PROGRAM?
You will need a reliable internet connection and Skype. You will not need any additional textbooks. Our teachers will provide you with other resources as necessary.
Is the program meant for beginners or advanced speakers?
Our personalized teaching sessions cater to students of all levels of Spanish. Our instructors take the time needed to evaluate your fluency level on the first session. They then tailor a curriculum according to your needs.
How can i pay for my online spanish lessons?
We are currently only able to accept payment through Guatepay and TAB. We recommend TAB because it offers a lower fee (4%) when compared with Guatepay (10%). If you have more questions regarding tuition payments, contact us via email or phone.
Where does my money go?
When you pay for a Spanish lesson, almost 40% goes to your teacher. The rest is divided among some of our community projects. Read about them here.
Medical Spanish Program
What is the difference between the Medical spanish program and regular spanish program?
The Regular Spanish Program and Medical Spanish Program both offer students intensive Spanish lessons, cultural competency instruction, field trips, the ability to participate in the Safe Stove Project and Nutrition Project, and the opportunity to reside with a homestay family. The Medical Spanish Program, however, also permits students to volunteer in the free medical clinic, receive extra instruction in Medical Spanish, participate in Medical conferences, and present an interesting healthcare topic during the end of the program.
Why is the medical spanish program more expensive?
The Medical Spanish Program fee includes money used towards medications for patients and the doctor's salary.
What will i be able to do in the clinic?
Responsibilities will be assigned according to degree level. Those in medical/nursing/PA school can expect to take histories, perform physical exams, and present their assessment and plans to the attending physician. Resident physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants will be given more autonomy over patient-care decisions in collaboration with the attending physician. Other healthcare professionals in fields of pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and nutrition can apply their strengths to provide a more holistic experience for patients.
If my spanish is at a basic level, how will i get the most out of my time in clinic when dealing with patients in the clinic?
Beginner students are always paired with more advanced speakers, especially during their first week in Guatemala. Additionally, each week, you will receive intensive Spanish instruction designed to drastically improve your conversational skills with the hopes that by the end of a month-long program, you can feel more comfortable in settings with Spanish-speaking patients.
When will pop wuj begin accepting students?
At this time, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding when our school will open. The worldwide pandemic has caused travel restrictions, business closures, and a situation that is not safe for our visiting students. We do plan to reopen Pop Wuj's immersion program soon and will ensure our website is kept up to date with the latest plans. For now, feel free to check out our online Spanish courses where we truly believe we can bring Guatemala to you! Please also consider donating to us to help us get through this difficult time here.
What impact has covid-19 had on pop wuj?
As you know, Pop Wuj has a strong involvement in community service projects like the medical clinic, Safe Stove Project, and Nutrition project. Without our regular students visiting us in Guatemala and with all of the cancellations due to travel advisories, Pop Wuj has lost most of its funding sources to keep these projects running. Additionally, Pop Wuj hires its instructors from the rural communities that surround the city of Xela. Many of these instructors are now without jobs. We have recently improved our Online Spanish offerings in hopes of continuing to support these locals. If you would like to support us, please consider taking a class or making a small contribution!
What impact has COVID-19 had on guatemala?
The virus has directly impacted Guatemala by causing around 700 cases of Coronavirus with about 20 deaths as of 05/01/2020. Though this number may seem small compared to other countries, the virus has incited a lockdown which has put many middle-class and lower-class families at significant risk without a sense of economic, food, or housing security. Many of our teachers and patients represent this struggling population. For this reason, we ask that you support us by spreading the word, making a donation, or taking an online Spanish class (What better way to spend time in quarantine than to learn some Spanish?).