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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.  

What do our volunteers in Peru say about their experience?

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Tuesday January 02, 2018 - Posted by
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What do our volunteers in Peru say about their experience?

What do our volunteers in Peru say about their experience?

“Volunteering in Peru and learning Spanish at AMAUTA in Cusco was a great experience. There are lots of Spanish schools here in Cusco, that’s true. But no Spanish school in Cusco is like AMAUTA!

The whole AMAUTA Team, including the teachers, the administrative staff, and the housekeeping, are extremely nice and help you with anything! After six weeks of living with a host family, I moved to the apartments of the school. The rooms in the student residence are very nice and clean. I felt safe and at home. The volunteering was amazing. I felt welcome, and that I could truly do something for the kids. It was very nice.“

This is what Hendrik Schmid from Germany says about this experience learning Spanish in Peru and volunteering in Cusco. Hendrik worked at an after-school program on the outskirts of Cusco. We caught up with him to ask about his experience volunteering here with the kids in a poorer district of Cusco. (more…)

Volunteering in Peru is life changing

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Tuesday September 26, 2017 - Posted by
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Volunteering in Peru: life changing!

Volunteering in Peru is life changing!

Did you know AMAUTA Spanish School organizes interesting volunteer placements in Peru for Spanish Students? We think this is a great way to give back to Peruvian society. For the volunteers, working in Peru, Cusco, gives them the opportunity to meet the local Peruvian people and to have an extraordinary living and working experience while improving their Spanish abilities. AMAUTA selects the projects that we work with carefully. Combine this with all you will experience during your travels in Peru, and you will easily understand why Volunteering in Peru is a once in a lifetime experience!

In this blog, we happily introduce you to Amandine. As many others, Amandine choose AMAUTA Spanish School for their Spanish-language experience and for volunteering in Peru, thanks to our over 20 years of experience working with volunteer projects in Cusco, Peru. If you’d like to know what it is like to be a volunteer in Peru, in Cusco, read about the work our Spanish student Amandine did volunteering in Cusco! (more…)

Volunteer in Peru

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Tuesday June 13, 2017 - Posted by
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Volunteering in Peru

Volunteer in Peru

Did you know AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco organizes interesting opportunities for those who want to volunteer in Peru, especially for our Spanish Students? We think this is an excellent way to give back to Peruvian society and our volunteer coordinator selects the projects we work with carefully.

For the volunteers, being a Volunteer in Peru, Cusco, gives the opportunity to meet the local Peruvian people and to have an extraordinary living and working experience while speaking Spanish. Combine this with all you will learn and see during your travels in Peru, and you will easily understand why Volunteering in Peru is a once in a lifetime experience.

20 years of Experience: Volunteer in Peru

Many people choose AMAUTA Spanish School for Spanish Immersion Programs and volunteering in Peru, thanks to our over 20 years experience working with volunteer projects in Cusco.

Do you want to know what it is like to be a volunteer in Peru, in Cusco? Read about the work our volunteer Julius did while in Cusco! Julius is from Croatia originally, but has been living and working and the Czech Republic for many years. Right after his Spanish classes in Cusco, Julius volunteered at a local primary school in Cusco in the morning and an after-school program in the afternoon for around 2 and a half months. (more…)

Back to School Party at Volunteer Project Cusco

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Friday March 17, 2017 - Posted by
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Back to School Party at Volunteer Project Cusco

What Volunteering Means to local Communities in Peru

Volunteering is an incredible way to connect with the heart of local communities, while giving support to very vital aspects of everyday life, like social work, education, healthcare, animal conservation, and stimulating local economic growth. It is important to recognize the important aspects of this work. Without volunteers, some of these projects wouldn´t be able to exist. As a volunteer in Peru, you provide such a valuable service for those who cannot afford to pay others for their time.

At AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, another very important aspect of volunteering that you might not realize is the donation each project receives from AMAUTA for the time you spend at your project. This donation goes to critical things the organizations need, such as food, clothing, and other materials. (more…)

Volunteer in orphanage in Peru

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Thursday March 02, 2017 - Posted by
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Volunteer in orphanage in Peru

Volunteer in orphanage in Peru

Volunteer projects in Cusco can be found all over the country. AMAUTA is proud to work closely with over 20 different volunteer projects in the region of Cusco.

Cusco is home to amazing archeological ruins in the world, of which Machu Picchu is the most famous one. One of the projects we work with is an orphanage in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Only committed and engaged volunteers get the opportunity to live and work here, together with the Peruvian staff of the project.
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Why Volunteering in Cusco, Peru

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Wednesday February 01, 2017 - Posted by
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Why Volunteering in Cusco, Peru

Why Volunteering in Cusco, Peru

Did you know AMAUTA organizes interesting volunteer placements in Peru for Spanish Students? We think this is a great way to give back to Peruvian society and our volunteer coordinator selects the projects we work with carefully.

For the volunteers, being a Volunteer in Peru, Cusco, gives the opportunity to meet the local Peruvian people and to have an extraordinary living and working experience while speaking Spanish.

Combine this with all you will experience during your travels in Peru, and you will easily understand why Volunteering in Peru is a once in a lifetime experience.

Many people choose AMAUTA Spanish School for their experience and volunteering in Peru, thanks to our over 20 years experience working with volunteer projects in Cusco, Peru. (more…)

5 Things to be Aware when Volunteering in Peru

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Tuesday November 15, 2016 - Posted by
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5 Things to be Aware when Volunteering in Peru

5 Things to be Aware when Volunteering in Peru,

or, elsewhere in Latin America…
 

  1. A Different Volunteering Perspective
     
    One of the most difficult realities about volunteering in Latin America – and Peru is no exception – is this: organizations do not often provide structure for their volunteers. This means that volunteers are sometimes required to take more initiative and look for things that need to be done. Although this can be difficult at times, it is a great opportunity to practice taking initiative and to apply your unique ideas to the place you are volunteering.
     
  2. The (Spanish) Language Barrier: speaking Spanish
     
    Don´t forget that you will be living and volunteering in Peru among people who don´t speak your native language. They speak Spanish! This means that communication can often be difficult, but not impossible. In fact, volunteering is a great way to practice your Spanish in real situations, rather than in the controlled environment of a classroom. (more…)

Spanish and Volunteer in Peru

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Saturday October 22, 2016 - Posted by
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Spanish and Volunteer in Peru

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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Teaching English in Peru

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Friday September 02, 2016 - Posted by
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Teaching English in Peru: the Ideal Volunteer Experience

Do you wonder how you can make a difference as a volunteer in Peru? We have the answer for you! Teaching English in Peru is a great way to impact the lives of Peruvians, especially Peruvian children.

Most of the better paying jobs in Peru for locals are in the tourism industry, and it is necessary to speak English to work in tourism. Therefore, teaching English to Peruvians will give them the opportunity to get a better job and, ultimately, have a better life.

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Volunteering in Peru

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Friday August 19, 2016 - Posted by
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Volunteering in Peru

Volunteering in Peru is an amazing experience. One of our many volunteers, Lynn, did her volunteering in Peru at one of our after school projects in Cusco. Lynn did a great job, and she even prepared a ´´Luxemburg Day´´ to teach the children about her home country. The kids loved it! We asked her a few questions about her time here in Cusco and about volunteering in Peru!

  • Where did you do your volunteering and what did you do there?

    I was in after school project within the city of Cusco, during the afternoons. The activities that I did varied; I played with the kids outside and inside, I taught them English, I helped out with Bible class, and sometimes we cooked together.
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