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.
One of our volunteers in Peru, William T. Mautz, took time away from his busy life to participate in the AMAUTA volunteer Program in Cusco. Mautz has a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology and founded a center of neuropsychological evaluations for children from the Boston area. He went to Peru with his daughter Grace, 15 years old, to volunteer for a week in a clinic for disabled children in Cusco.
For Grace this is a great opportunity to build on her Spanish skills and to volunteer on a short time basis, which is the only option for a high school student. Also, Williams motivation as a dad was for his daughter to get more knowledge on goodness. AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru was the only place where it was possible to take part on a volunteering program for just one week.
If you are European, and you would like to go to Argentina to begin a cultural adventure and study Spanish in Buenos Aires, here is some interesting information for you about choosing the best airline to Buenos Aires.
How to get to Buenos Aires?
When you are living in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy or Spain you are lucky, because the airlines listed below fly directly from all the capitals directly to Buenos Aires! Don’t worry if you live in another country, because all these airlines also offer connecting flights to the seven cities.
Often, departing from the South of Europe is cheaper than taking a direct flight and the winner is the Spanish airline Air Europa offering the cheapest tickets. With a 3-star rating Air Europa is no first class airline, but most of the clients seem to be happy
Being in charge of the AMAUTA Volunteer Program, our volunteer coordinator visits the projects we work with on a regular base. This to ensure the evaluate the participation of the AMAUTA volunteers in the different projects and to keep up with the developments at our volunteer projects in Peru.
A few days ago, she visited the community of Tankarpata where one of the projects we work with takes place. This is an NGO created four years ago to support the development of this community.
The NGO focusses on three main areas: education, health and development. At the moment, one of the most important projects carried out by their team is the reconstruction/renovation of the hydraulic system of the village, situated 40mn outside of Cusco by motorized vehicle.
The objective of this project is to provide the 900 persons of the community with drinking water. Why is this so important? Nowadays, 95% of the children of the community are infected with parasites because of the water. As we know children are our future and the development of the community becomes reality though their education. Yet, how could this happens when all children are sick?
Also, the parasites touch everyone, of any age, and make affected people’s immune system more vulnerable in front of any kind of disease.
While visiting Cusco you’ll see plenty of shops all around the city and vendors scattered all around the streets; many offering handcrafts, jewelry, art and different kinds of food as well. If you’re looking for shopping and you’re on a budget, you’ve come to the perfect place. Haggling in Peru is not only accepted, it’s expected and it earns their respect. While most items may already appear inexpensive they are marked up because of the expectations of price reductions and let’s face it, tourists mean money for the locals here in Peru. It is possible to save more money here while simultaneously practicing your Spanish language skills.
The San Pedro market located just two blocks north of the Plaza de Armas is one of the earliest markets in Cusco. Formerly known as Central Market, San Pedro is full of culture and good treats to eat. With tons of fresh produce, bread, meat, eggs, cheese and other grocery items many locals and tourists alike frequent this particular market. There are several small juice, donut and lunch cafés through out the market as well. San Pedro also offers many hand craft vendors to check out as well.