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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.  

A few days of Volunteering in Buenos Aires with “TECHO”

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Wednesday December 30, 2015 - Posted by
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A few days of Volunteering in Buenos Aires with “TECHO”

Are you looking for a volunteer experience in Argentina but you do not have the time to participate in our Spanish and Volunteer Program?Here is an alternative for those who want to do a few days of volunteering in between Spanish classes in Buenos Aires: a weekend of volunteer work with “TECHO”.

TECHO (also known as Un Techo para mi Pais), is a worldwide non-profit organisation that fights extreme poverty in Latin America by constructing transitional housing. TECHO works with over 72,000 volunteers who constructed houses for over 100,000 families in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. (more…)

What you did not know about Celebrating Christmas in Buenos Aires

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Saturday December 19, 2015 - Posted by
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What you did not know about Celebrating Christmas in Buenos Aires

In the southern hemisphere, Christmas falls in the summer, so traditions as real pine trees, telling stories around the fire or playing in the snow do not translate temperature wise. For most of our Spanish students, it will be quite a different Christmas this year, when they are now learning Spanish in Buenos Aires. Christmas is here is a mash up of the European traditions and summertime partying with friends and family.

Christmas in Argentina starts with Fiesta de la Virgen (a Catholic holiday revering Mary) on the 8th of December. This is the day on which the Argentine families put out the Christmas decorations and Christmas trees. (more…)

What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

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Saturday December 19, 2015 - Posted by
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What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

What to do on a typical day at the AMAUTA Sacred Valley Campus?

Settled just off the road that wanders between Urubamba and Ollantaytambo, AMAUTA’s campus or Spanish School  in the Sacred Valley, allows students to spend a week away from the hustle and cool temperatures of Cusco. The climate in the Sacred Valley is generally quite temperate, there are several famous and gorgeous tourist sites quite close, and students get to spend a week getting to know the area, their professors and each other, and practicing Spanish in every-day activities.

A typical group from AMAUTA Spanish School includes students from the US, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and Canada.. many times there are students as well from Turkey, from France, or Belgium, Japan or Brazil… (more…)

Christmas at AMAUTA Peru

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Tuesday December 15, 2015 - Posted by
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Christmas at Amauta Peru

Christmas at AMAUTA Peru

Here are AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, the whole team is a-buzz with preparations. Christmas is coming!

First on the agenda is getting into the Christmas spirit: getting together as a school – professors, students, staff, and administration – to cook, eat, and enjoy each other’s company.

Second on the agenda is decorating: every day a new decoration appears in the school, seemingly out of nowhere… We have Santa’s, reindeer headbands, a count-down to Christmas, a donation Santa for our chocolatada, a tree with decorations and lights, and every other cheery notion reminding us that the happiest time of the year is upon us. (more…)

Lo que Wikipedia no te puede decir sobre bailar en Cusco

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Thursday December 03, 2015 - Posted by
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What Wikipedia cannot tell you about Dancing in Cusco

Una gran cantidad de personas – viajeros, estudiantes de español, voluntarios, turistas vienen a Cusco pensando “no puedo bailar”. Afortunadamente, muchos de ellos también piensan, “Estoy en un nuevo país – ¿por qué no probar algo nuevo?”

Bailar en Perú no es sólo una cosa para turistas, es una parte integral de la cultura peruana y sudamericana. No es sólo para profesionales o para aquellos bendecidos con “talento” – es una forma de ejercicio, expresión y celebración en la que casi todos los peruanos participan en algún momento de sus vidas. Pero, por suerte, no es sólo para los peruanos – a la gente local en todo el Perú y en Cusco le encanta compartir sus bailes con extranjeros, ¡talentosos o no! (more…)

Why Volunteering in Cusco Should be on Your Bucket List

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Thursday December 03, 2015 - Posted by
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Why Volunteering in Cusco Should be on Your Bucket List

Why Volunteering in Cusco Should be on Your Bucket List

At the reference of a former student, Frank and Jaqueline Kuijpers decided to contact AMAUTA Spanish School, to have us organizer their volunteer work in Cusco at a clinic for mentally and physically disabled children in Cusco. There came looking for a way to help others and learn more about how Peruvian society works. Together with our volunteer coordinator, they indeed came to understand more about the Peruvian health care system, and how it functions within the society. But more important, they also had many opportunities to help the children within the clinic and the system. (more…)

Wat te doen in Mar del Plata?

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Tuesday December 01, 2015 - Posted by
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What to do in Mar del Plata?

Wat te doen in Mar del Plata?

Zoals vele andere mooie Argentijns steden en dorpen is Mar del Plata een perfect 1, 2 of 3 daags uitje voor de studenten die Spaans studeren in Argentinie bij AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires.

Mar del Plata is een stad in het zuidoosten van de provincie Buenos Aires, gelegen aan de kunst van de Atlantische Oceaan. Het is een van de grootste vishavens van Argentinië. Het is ook de grootste badplaats van Argentinië. Naast stranden, is Mar del Plata ook de thuishaven van vele goede restaurants en bars. (more…)

What to do in Mar del Plata?

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Tuesday December 01, 2015 - Posted by
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What to do in Mar del Plata?

What to do in Mar del Plata?

As so many beautiful cities and locations in Argentina, Mar del Plata is a great weekend get-away for the Spanish students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires at AMAUTA Spanish School, especially in spring and summer.

You can find Mar del Plata in the southeast area of the province of Buenos Aires, located on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of the major fishing ports of Argentina. It’s also Argentina’s biggest seaside beach resort. Besides the beaches, Mar del Plata is the home to many good restaurants and bars. (more…)