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Spanish School AMAUTA in Cusco, Peru is the best place to learn Spanish in Peru. We provide in-depth Spanish lessons and a cultural immersion experience for everyone. Our students step outside of the Spanish classroom to enjoy the Peruvian culture, make Spanish-speaking friends, and travel in Peru. During or after your Spanish lesson, you can, volunteer in Peru where you will really get the chance to improve your Spanish language skills and give back to the Peruvian community.
Here at the AMAUTA blog, we aim to keep our Spanish alumni, current and future students, and anyone who is interested in Peruvian and Latin American culture, the most relevant information about what is happening in Peru. We´ll post fun articles about our Spanish School in Peru, Tips to learn Spanish, how to get the most out of your Spanish classes in Cusco, advice on how to prepare for your trip to Peru, life in Cusco, Peruvian cuisine, Peruvian festivals, what to do in Cusco, and much more.
After reading our blog, you’ll know exactly why you want to study Spanish at AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru! Hasta pronto!
Volunteer in a Peruvian Hospital in Cusco.
Meet Patricia. She is 24 and a trained nurse from Switzerland. Currently she is living in Cusco (Peru) for a five-month volunteer program in Peru, in a local hospital.
Patricia finished her studies for professional operating technique in 2013 and in order to gain more work experience in nursing she decided to further her career and advance her practical skills abroad. That’s when she received information about the Spanish and volunteer programs from AMAUTA Peru and she decided to travel to Cusco.
Before starting her job in the hospital San Juan de Dios, she took a four-week Spanish course at Amauta Peru to prepare herself linguistically and culturally for working with Peruvian patients and doctors. (more…)
Emily has been working in one of AMAUTA´s volunteer programs for 4 months as part of her studies in Social Work in Sweden. She is volunteering in Cusco in a rehabilitation center for young girls, victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Up to 20 girls around 15 years old live for about 7 months in the center and they are not allowed to leave without supervision. The objectives of the project are to restore self-esteem, improve the way they think about themselves, to teach the girls about the values of society and either reintegrate them into their families or find a way for them to be financially independent. (more…)
Meet this group of amazing volunteers here at AMAUTA Cusco, Peru. Hailey, Alex, Allison, Bill, Cayla, Chloe, Dan, Emily, Kelsey, Madalyn, all came from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the United States to participate in the AMAUTA Volunteer Program in Peru. This group of young college students spent two weeks with us here here in Cusco and made a big impact on our local after-school project that is located in the outskirts of the city in the mountains.
On the photos of this volunteer project in Cusco, you can see inside the local after-school project and what it looked like before the group of volunteers did their magic.
Annabel – one of our German participants in our Spanish & Volunteer program in Argentina – volunteered at a center of social rehabilitation in Buenos Aires. It´s a house where around 25 girls live that are not able to stay with their own parents for different reasons. Annabel arrived in Buenos Aires in the beginning of September. She lived in a guest family and took an intensive Spanish course for six weeks. Before starting the volunteer work, all volunteers receive an orientation where Annabel got general information about Buenos Aires, how to get to her volunteer project and more info as well about working in a different country with many cultural differences. Together with our volunteer coordinator, she went to the house for a first meeting with the girls where she spent some time with them, to the psychologists of the house to get a general impression of her volunteer work that would start mid-October.
AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco recently received a small group of 10 volunteers in Peru between the ages of 18 and 29 from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. They have been travelling throughout South America and they came to do a week of volunteer work in Peru. The volunteers helped out at two of our after-school programs in Cusco that needed help with both physical labor and activities for the kids. They also helped build a wall out of recycled tires and to paint a water reservoir.
All volunteers had to take a bus for about thirty minutes and then walk twenty minutes or more to get to their volunteer project. Every day they worked from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at their designated project. For lunch the students travelled back to their Peruvian host families in Cusco then went back to one of the projects in the afternoon to work with the kids from the projects.
Debbie Smets was only with us at AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, Peru for 3 weeks, but she accomplished a lot within her short time here. Debbie begin her time with us taking Spanish classes for one week along with some private, Peruvian music classes, and continued to take private Spanish lessons during her two weeks of volunteer work in Cusco to improve her speaking abilities. Debbie is from Belgium and before coming to Peru she collected a large amount of money from friends and family to give to her volunteer project. With this money she was able to buy a lot of much needed materials for this small after-school program, including: paper and books for origami, fun games like Twister and Jenga, puzzles, and wooden blocks.
The volunteer project was so grateful and they showed their appreciation by giving Debbie a cute bracelet and a very nice book about Peru. Debbie said the teacher and kids were so thankful. “The professor really appreciated my donations and also the kids are so happy because now they can play some other games.”
AMAUTA Spanish School and its volunteers in Peru had the opportunity to take part in an anniversary celebration with one of our volunteer projects in Cusco. It was a big event with lots of typical dance, great Peruvian food, and wonderful people. The AMAUTA volunteers were treated as special guest and allowed to sit in some of the best seats. This project – a school – loves its volunteers as they help out in various areas, such as, physical education, art, English, and math. The volunteers also enjoyed watching the dances up-close and learned from this new cultural experience.
Last month at AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru, some great work has been done by a group of volunteers from the Rice University in the States. While all of the students were living in our student residence at the Calle Suecia and eating lunch at the school, they participated in our free cultural activities, and volunteering program in Cusco.
Brandon from NYC tells us his story
Brandon Sloan is a 29-year-old volunteer from New York City who has come to Cusco to make something meaningful of his travels to Peru. His volunteer experience at AMAUTA Spanish School has been fun, enjoyable and interesting as he works with kids at an after-school program. Each day from 2:00 to 4:30 he helps the Peruvian children with their homework, plays with them, and answers their many questions about how to say Spanish words in English.
Volunteering in an independent theatre in Buenos Aires: that’s something different compared to the majority of the other volunteer projects AMAUTA offers to participants of the Spanish and Volunteer Program in Argentina. While most projects focus on helping the underprivileged, this volunteer project takes place in the ‘’Hollywood of Buenos Aires’’: the hip arty in-crowd of the neighborhood Palermo. Here you can volunteer in a small theatre, which expresses independent art forms. It is a cultural center with a program of art performances, theatre plays and live music. In addition to this there are acting classes for local children in the afternoons.
The place has the cozy atmosphere of a living room and a maximum of 80 spectators can enjoy watching a show or performance, while having some superbly prepared canapés by the in-house chef in the hands, compared with a good Argentinean wine. The shows are unique and the performers are encouraged to create personal interaction and let their creativity flow while on stage.