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CELAS Maya Spanish Teacher Scholarship

Founded in 1999, Celas Maya is a private institution with an intercultural vision, ever conscious of the economic, social and political oppression of the Mayan population within Guatemala.  We offer intensive, one-on-one Spanish or K'iche' language classes with a member of our excellent teaching staff who all are certified with diplomas in the teaching of Spanish as a second language.

In addition to one-on-one language classes, our school also offers students a wide variety of cultural and educational activities that provide them with the opportunity to learn about Guatemalan culture and society, visit areas outside of Quetzaltenango, practice their language skills, and get to know other students, teachers, and local people. CELAS Maya Spanish School offers one (1) scholarship through ACTFL for Summer 2020. The scholarship recipient can choose to study during any two consecutive weeks during the summer but the study program must be completed by August 31, 2020.

The course is geared to Spanish teachers and includes 5 hours per day (25 hours per week) of one-to-one Spanish instruction using materials that focus on the history and culture of Guatemala that will develop language proficiency and critical thinking skills. Afternoon and weekend excursions help students experience the culture, traditions, lifestyle and history of the region, with an emphasis on ancient Mayan culture.

The scholarship includes:

  • Tuition and learning materials
  • Home stay accommodations and meals

Scholarship winner is responsible for all travel to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, excursions and any personal expenses or optional activities while here.

To be eligible an applicant must be:

  • Current ACTFL member (membership must be paid through March 2020 to be eligible)
  • Able to demonstrate high level of interest and motivation for the course of study offered by scholarship
  • Able to show institutional support
  • Willing to share the experience gained with colleagues and others
  • A non-native Spanish speaker

ACTFL has the right to provide your name and contact information to the scholarship provider.

Additional information about Celas Maya Spanish School:

Please note: you must be logged in and an ACTFL member to access the application form, please contact if you cannot remember your login information.

Two letters of support must be submitted on your behalf. Please share the link below with a colleague or supervisor to complete by the application deadline.


Application Form     Recommendation Form


The deadline to apply for this award is February 28, 2020. Applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of March 2020.

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The programs described on this page are provided solely for the information of ACTFL members. These are not ACTFL programs, and they have not been subjected to any review or vetting by ACTFL. Their presence here does not constitute an endorsement by ACTFL. One can apply for multiple scholarships. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Previous winners of a scholarship are not eligible to apply for the same scholarship.