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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.
Studying Spanish in Peru during Day of the Dead
The “Day of the Dead” is a Latin American holiday, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd, though the official holiday is November 2nd. It originated in Mexico, but is celebrated throughout Latin America and the United States.
Studying Spanish in Peru during this time of year is a special experience. Students will experience and live the rich Peruvian culture directly. There is typical Peruvian food, music and many cultural traditions! Most of the cemeteries throughout the country fill with color, vendors, street musicians, flowers, food and fun in lively celebrations.
Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!
In Argentina, Halloween is called “Noche de Brujas” and even though the country is not known for extravagant Halloween celebrantions, people are still dressing up in Vampire and Zombie costumes. The capital city of Buenos Aires hosts many Halloween parties and events that are all about enjoying and celebrating this scary thrill. Buenos Aires holds a large number of foreigners residents – among them students learning Spanish in Buenos Aires, volunteers and expats – and travellers! Most of them are more than interested in celebrating this international day and having some fun. We made a list of a few parties on this freaky Friday (and Thursday)!! Halloween in Buenos Aires: let’s get your horror on!
Halloween and Cancion Criolla: celebrating October 31 in Peru!
So, do you celebrate Halloween in Peru? Yes and No! On the 31st of October, our students learning Spanish in Peru, can take part in two different kinds of celebrations in Peru: the typical Halloween celebration, as we know it from North America, and the ¨Día de la Canción Criolla¨.
Halloween, as it is celebrated in the US, is becoming more and more popular in Peru. We call it “Noche de Brujas”. It has not yet risen to this special kind of enthusiasm, where people plan out their night and even more importantly their costumes for weeks and decorate their houses with all kinds of creepy creatures – but we celebrate two crucial elements of US Halloween in Peru: Trick or Treating and of course: parties!
Spanish and Volunteer in Peru
Recently we had a great group of students from Canada come to Peru, to take Spanish classes and do volunteer work in Cusco. The students participated during their first week in our Spanish in the Sacred Valley Program, where the all lived together with our Spanish teachers in our beautiful campus school. The group volunteered for two weeks at an orphanage in the Sacred Valley. After that, they returned to Cusco for a week to volunteer at a local school in Cusco, where their help was needed.
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Superintensive Spanish course
If you need to learn Spanish very quicky, the AMAUTA Super Intensive Total Immersion Program is your best choice. Many participants of this Spanish course need to learn Spanish fast, mainly for employment reasons. Our Super Intensive Spanish course in Peru is tailor-made based on a total immersion model. You will study Spanish with a private teacher in the morning (for four hours) followed by lunch with your teacher (one hour) to practice conversation skills. After lunch, the afternoon will be spent visiting places of interest in the city of Cusco (three hours). You will continue your Spanish learning and you will practise language, nor only with your teachers but with many local people as well. Plus, you will learn about many aspects of Peruvian culture and history. Talking to and living with native speakers if the best language training you can possibly get and if you make Spanish part of your daily life – as this program does for you – success will be guarenteed. (more…)
Buenos Aires: The Capital of Ice Cream
All our Spanish students know it, from their first day in the Argentine capital on: Buenos Aires is the capital of Ice Cream and a Haven for a Sweet Tooth!
Buenos Aires is famous for its gastronomy in general, and specially for the desserts, sweets and ice creams. And thus you will find loads of cafés, pastry shops and ice cream shops (heladerías) in this city. At most of these places, you will encounter the most delicious flavors. Buenos Aires is known for its high quality ice cream and it forms an important aspect of Argentine culture, since the Italian immigration during the 19th century. One of the favorite, typical Argentine flavors of many Spanish students at our school, is the famous “Dulce de leche”! This typical, (very) sweet ingredient is used in many cakes, pies, cookies and whatever sweet dish you can find in Argentina.