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.
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Summer 2016 is approaching quickly and you are looking for the best offers now, deciding where to spend your summer holidays. If you like to learn Spanish, if you love travel, adventure and culture, come to Peru!
With our Study Abroad Programs, you will not only learn about Peru but you will LIVE Peru and make Peruvian (and international) friends while traveling, living your adventure and having fun. Our programs are for all ages, no limits.
It is tradition in Cusco to have a feast of 12 plates either on Thursday or Friday of Holy Week or Semana Santa as it’s called in Spanish. Traditionally, it was done on Thursday, the day before Christ was crucified, in accordance with Jesus´s Last Supper with his disciples. However, some families celebrate the feast of the 12 plates of Friday Viernes Santo so that the whole family can attend. Families in Peru congregate to remember Christ´s sacrifice and gather around the table to fellowship together.
The 12 plates are diverse, but meat is not allowed because most people are doing a red meat fast in honor of Christ. Usually there are 6 salty dishes and 6 sweet dishes, and these dishes vary among families depending on their preferences.
One thing you will notice during the first days of your Spanish course in Buenos Aires: you see many, many people drinking from beautifully shaped “tea cup” through a metal straw. This is the typical Argentine mate you might have heard of.
Mate is a hot drink prepared by steeping dried leaves of yerba mate and hot water. It is served in a gourd, a mate or a “guampa” in (Argentine) Spanish, and they drink it with a metal straw, a ‘bombilla’.
Mate is a powerful antioxidant that contains many vitamins (A, B, C, E) and it has cholesterol-lowering properties.
The first time I tried it I thought it was very strong and bitter! Like when you are preparing tea but you left the teabag too long in your cup. However, after a few days I started to like actually like it. And the good thing is that it contains a lot of caffeine! Perfect! (more…)
Sinds ik aangekomen ben in Cusco voor mijn Spaanse programma in Peru, is er een aantal vragen die ik mijzelf in gedachten maar blijf stellen. Wil je weten welke?
Lees mijn verhaal!
Meike Zimmermann, Cusco, March 2016
Mijn geheime plekje in Cusco
Hoeveel artikelen heb je gelezen met de “Top 10 Spots in Cusco”, toen je jezelf aan het voorbereiden was voor je Peruaanse avontuur en Spaanse cursus in Cusco? De meeste laten een lijst zien met de meest bekende ruines, kerken of musea die je, “zeker niet mag missen!”.En dat is ook zeker waar. Maar heb je al van deze geheime plek gehoord?
Hoewel je voor de meeste ruines het “Boleto Turistico” (toeristen ticket) nodig hebt om naar binnen te mogen gaan, is deze plek gratis en het is ook nog eens heel dichtbij het centrum van Cusco! De Templo de La Luna (Tempel van de maan) is ongeveer op 45 minuten loopafstand verwijderd van het Plaza de Armas, en toch lijkt het heel goed verborgen. Als je zin hebt in wat beweging en wilt genieten van een mooie dag in de omgeving van Cusco dan moet je echt deze tempel bezoeken!
Many people, mostly in the United States and Europe, have something known as Celiac Disease, which is an allergy to gluten. Some people are also gluten-intolerant, which also requires the elimination of gluten from the diet. Traveling with this kind of dietary restriction can be very tricky, especially in countries such as Peru, where a gluten allergy is not well-known. Also for our Spanish students in Cusco, living in Cusco can be a bit of a challenges when they have gluten allergy. Therefore, we have prepared this short article with tips and tricks to live and learn Spanish in Cusco with a gluten allergy.
Most websites and doctors might suggest bringing a ´´cheat sheet´´ when eating out in restaurants so that the waiter can read exactly what you can and cannot eat. However, the problem is that most people in Peru have never heard the words ´´gluten´´ and ´´Celiac.´´ Furthermore, when you say the word ´´allergy,´´ people in your home country would probably take that very seriously, whereas here in Peru, many people do not have a lot of experience with it yet and don´t think it´s a big deal. (more…)
Shoppen in Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is de perfecte plek om je droom te leven als shopaholic, want er zijn tal van winkelcentra om te bezoeken. De term “shop till you drop” is misschien wel hier uitgevonden in Argentinië.
Ben jij een van die studenten op onze school hier in Buenos Aires die van winkelen houd? Hier zijn een aantal opties, voor een leuk shopweekend of een shopmiddag na je Spaanse les in Buenos Aires.
Bekijk de lijst hieronder om de beste winkelcentra te ontdekken om te bezoeken terwijl je in Buenos Aires bent.
Thinking about volunteering in Latin America? Peru offers the perfect posibilities for volunteering! Not only are there opportunities in almost every kind of work field, but you will also be able to practice your Spanish immersing into the Peruvian culture!
For many study programs it is useful if not mandatory to engage in some practical work that prepares the student for their future career. Very often this is why students decide to engage in a volunteer project in another country. But volunteering is not just working for free. You will get plenty of things out of this experience! Volunteering in Peru can accompany perfectly your Spanish Classes in Cusco helping you to first-hand practice what you have recently learnt while living in Peru! Not only will you connect to the Peruvian culture in an entirely personal way, but you will gain valuable experiences that will make you see your travel-country through different eyes. (more…)
Why not come to learn Spanish in Peru in March or April? From the 20th to the 27th of March 2016 you will be able to witness a fascinating festival in the city of Cusco that combines Andean and Christian traditions: Semana Santa. The Holy Week in the ancient centre of the Inca Empire is considered one of the most important weeks of the year and gives us an exciting insight into Peruvian culture: the perfect setting for a Spanish immersion course in Cusco. Don’t miss this unique experience and don’t miss the special discount! (see below)
Taking us back to the events of 1650, the procession of Holy Monday marks the beginning of the festivities. On this day, the black figure of Christ is carried out into the public and is followed by crowds of sightseers hoping to get a glimpse of the significant statue. (more…)
Laura, een van onze studenten Spaans en vrijwilligers in Peru, heeft de afgelopen paar weken vrijwilligerswerk gedaan bij een weeshuis in Cusco. Ze is erg betrokken geraakt bij de jonge meisjes en ze was een erg creatieve vrijwilliger!
Ze heeft ervoor gezorgd dat de afgelopen paar weken memorabele ervaringen zijn geweest voor de meisjes. Ze deed verschillende activiteiten met hen bij het weeshuis, maar nam hen ook mee naar het lokale zwembad! (more…)