Hola! Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish Schools blog!
At our Spanish Schools in Cusco and Buenos Aires, we provide the best Spanish courses and cultural immersion experiences for our students. We encourage our students to step outside of the Spanish classroom, to enjoy the local culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru and Argentina. During or after finishing your Spanish course, we greatly encourage participation in our volunteer program in Cusco or Buenos Aires, where you will really get the chance to practice and improve your Spanish language skills and give back to local community.
Here at our AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep you posted about what is happening out our Spanish schools, as well as what´s going on in and around the cities of Cusco and Buenos Aires. We´ll also post fun articles about Peruvian and Argentinian culture, cuisine, local fiestas, what to see in Cusco, & where to go in Buenos Aires, etc.
We´ll include advice about which weekend excursions to sign up for and which free cultural activities are available. And after reading our section of student reports, you´ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA in Cusco and Buenos Aires.
This weekend AMAUTA Buenos Aires will be moving to an amazing new location in the city center of Buenos Aires.
At a stone’s throw from the famous Obelisc in the historic city center of Buenos Aires, AMAUTA Spanish School and EleBaires joined forces and expertise in order to offer the best Spanish immersion experience in Buenos Aires and to maintain our affordable rates and many inclusives. Our Spanish classes and volunteer placements will maintain the high quality and will guided by a dynamic, experienced and professional team that offers a 24/7 guidance.
From Monday 2 of December on our Spanish classes in Buenos Aires will be taught from the new school in the Barolo Palace at the Av. de Mayo, that was once an ambitious arequitectonical project and back in 1935 the highest building in Buenos Aires.
Living with a local guest family during your Spanish course in Peru is an amazing experience and an important component of most study abroad programs. AMAUTA Spanish School also offers this home stay experience in Cusco and in Buenos Aires. AMAUTA works with experienced guest families in both Peru and Argentina. We are happy to say that for 98% of the students the host family experience has been great and a valuable complement to their Spanish studies.
However, living abroad in a new country with a new culture when you do not speak the Spanish language, ican also be daunting and it requires a good deal of flexibility from both you and your host. We think the following list of Do’s and Don’t when living with a host family during your Spanish Course might be helpful.
“Argentina is very famous for his amazing meat.” That was about all I knew about Argentine food when I arrived to Buenos Aires for my Spanish course.
Soon I’d find out that, to start with, Argentine people eat four times a day, instead of three. The first meal of the day is ‘el desayuno’ (the breakfast). Breakfast in Argentina is smaller than the usual American or European breakfast. The typical Argentine breakfast is a cafe or a ‘mate’, the typical Argentine caffeine-rich kind of herb tea, with a medialuna (a croissant) or toast, served with mermelade or dulce the leche (caramel-like substance).
As I studied Spanish in Spain for almost a year before my stay in Buenos Aires, I speak Spanish with a “Spanish” accent. When choosing where to do my internship, I chose Argentina. I had always been curious about the Argentine culture and I would be immersed in good, clear and slow Spanish, that’s what I thought. The moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, I realized how wrong I was! I arrived to a country with a totally different “Spanish”, not clear, good and slow at all! As a way of surviving and out of interested – I started to analyze the Argentine Spanish most Argentine people are so proud off.
One of the major causes of the different Spanish is the history of the country: except for the Spanish immigrants, in Argentina mainly Italian immigrants arrived, millions of them. And all those immigrants created their own “Spanish”, a kind of “Spatalian”. That’s how the Spanish language of the conquistadores was turned into that new language, with that typical ‘Argentine sound’.
Molly Stark is a volunteer living at the AMAUTA School residence in the city center of Cusco, participating in the Cusco Volunteer Program. Molly spends her mornings with the young girls in the girls’ house “San Judas Chico”. Every day she takes a 70 centimos bus ride through the scenic town of Cusco to this orphanage near Velazco Astete International Airport where she spends the good part of her day just playing and helping the children with their homework.
The orphanage offers safe refuge for girls coming from impoverished families or even worse: violent homes where they were physically or even sexually abused. Some girls were just abandoned while their parents left in search of a better future for themselves, others parents have passed on already.