There is a maximum of 6 students per class. However, the average number of students per group between 3 to 5. If you are the only student at your level, we will offer you 2 hours of individual lessons instead of the group lessons.
Your classes will be Monday to Friday, either in the morning from 8:30 till 12:30, or in the afternoon, from 2:30 till 6:30. You can request extra private lessons at lunchtime, after 6:30pm or in the weekends. Class schedules are subject to change on holidays and during the high season. Class schedules in the Sacred Valley and Tambopata are different to allow more day time to see the amazing surroundings.
This depends a lot on the person. Our experience shows that a person who does not speak any Spanish, can achieve a high beginner level in four weeks of intensive group lessons. This is enough for traveling around or for starting your volunteer work. It means you can understand easy, slowly spoken sentences and that you can make yourself understood at a basic level. Of course this is all subject to your own efforts as well.
Our goal is that a beginner in his/her first week will learn to have a basic conversation including basic speaking and understanding. You will review the present tense (regular verbs) and learn a few irregular verbs such as "ser", "estar", "tener". You will be able to understand easy, slowly spoken sentences.
For beginners, we recommend you start with group lessons, as it is more fun and there is more interaction during class. Of course it is also possible to take individual classes, which will give you more opportunity to talk and to adapt the classes to your specific needs. We recommend this option especially for older students and students with specific learning goals. For more advanced students, who want to focus on a specific area or who need to learn Spanish quickly, we recommend you take individual lessons, although we offer group classes at all levels, from basic to very advanced. If you want to combine group classes with Spanish classes we recommend you our Best of Both Program.
The idea is that almost all the work is done in class. However, especially at the beginner levels, your teacher may ask you to do some exercises at home or to memorize some vocabulary to help you progress the following day.
Yes, the AMAUTA school is located at only one block from the Plaza de Armas, the main square where all the restaurants, clubs, bars and shops are. From here it is a five minute walk to the neighborhood of San Blas, where most of the artists and artisans are located.
Every Monday, at 8am, all new students come together for the placement test. This test, both oral and written, will give us an exact idea of what your level is. We place you in a group of your level accordingly. Please address your needs to our head of studies.
Included in the course price are 20 hours of Spanish classes, education materials, five hours of cultural classes (lectures, cooking, dancing, movie), free airport pick up in Cusco, free internet, welcome dinner, student discount card, visit to a clinic for disabled children, placement test, certificate of completion, farewell gathering and orientation meeting.
All of our teachers speak some English, however all classes will be held in Spanish for faster learning.
You are not the only one! Every week we start with groups of complete beginners, people who haven´t studied any Spanish before arriving to Cusco, just like you.
The minimum age for enrollment is 18. However, younger students are welcome if accompanied by an official representative. Families are also welcome - children will be placed in special classes.
On Sunday at 4pm we hold a welcome meeting and a walking city tour, about 2 hours long. This is a good chance to meet other new students. On Monday morning at 8am all students begin with a placement test. Around 9am our academic coordinator will inform you regarding your class times (either morning or afternoon). At 6:30pm there is a lecture in Spanglish regarding tourist sites. After that, all student head off to the restaurant for the welcome dinner. A nice opportunity to try some Peruvian food and to get to know your fellow students as well as the AMAUTA staff.
This depends on the change you want to make. If you want to change from group to individual classes, you just pay the difference without any additional charge. If you are uncertain about what is the best for you, please consult and we can give you advice. Other changes such as shortening your stay and cancelling part of your booking are not possible once the program has started except in emergency cases (see our booking politics).
Any Monday throughout the year for group classes, and any day for private classes.
Jr. Jose Carlos Mariategui K-4
Casa "Villa Betty"
Urb. Santa Monica, Cusco, Peru
Phone. +(51) 84 241914
+(51) 941 468 871
Av. De Mayo 1370
Barolo Palace 3 floor, “10”
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone. +(54) 11 43837706
Emergency. +(54) 911 41894878