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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!
When you volunteer in Buenos Aires (Argentina), the experience impacts your life forever. So is the case with Evelyn Hombrink. She is a 23 year old who works as an intensive care attendant in the Netherlands. She graduated last year and is currently doing volunteer work in Buenos Aires, in a shelter for teenagers and adolescents who have social or psychological problems and are therefore unable to care for themselves or live with their family. Evelyn is one of the participants of our Volunteer Program in Argentina; she first took four weeks of Spanish classes in Buenos Aires and after that she started to volunteer the shelter.
“I had always wanted to do volunteer work outside of my country. It thought it would be really interesting to see how people work and live, and I also wanted to get to know another country in a different way. I choose Argentina and I wanted to spend time in Buenos Aires as a resident and not only as a tourist or Spanish student only. Moreover, I wanted to have new experiences and try to help other people that need support in their life. AMAUTA/Elebaires in Buenos Aires gave me this opportunity and offered me a placement at an organization where I would be volunteering for six months. Not all students and volunteers here in Buenos Aires stay that long, there are also short term volunteer placements in Argentina.
I worked at a home for women with children that live in the street in the neighborhood of Nuñez in Buenos Aires. Approximately twenty women and forty children live there with a few nuns that take care of the mothers. The women stay for a year while looking for a job and a place to live. The home looks like a convent, it is spacious and there is a patio with a small kids´ park. Next to the home, there is a kids´ garden, that also forms part of the shelter.
One of our volunteers in Peru, William T. Mautz, took time away from his busy life to participate in the AMAUTA volunteer Program in Cusco. Mautz has a Ph.D. in Child Clinical Psychology and founded a center of neuropsychological evaluations for children from the Boston area. He went to Peru with his daughter Grace, 15 years old, to volunteer for a week in a clinic for disabled children in Cusco.
For Grace this is a great opportunity to build on her Spanish skills and to volunteer on a short time basis, which is the only option for a high school student. Also, Williams motivation as a dad was for his daughter to get more knowledge on goodness. AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru was the only place where it was possible to take part on a volunteering program for just one week.
Being in charge of the AMAUTA Volunteer Program, our volunteer coordinator visits the projects we work with on a regular base. This to ensure the evaluate the participation of the AMAUTA volunteers in the different projects and to keep up with the developments at our volunteer projects in Peru.
A few days ago, she visited the community of Tankarpata where one of the projects we work with takes place. This is an NGO created four years ago to support the development of this community.
The NGO focusses on three main areas: education, health and development. At the moment, one of the most important projects carried out by their team is the reconstruction/renovation of the hydraulic system of the village, situated 40mn outside of Cusco by motorized vehicle.
The objective of this project is to provide the 900 persons of the community with drinking water. Why is this so important? Nowadays, 95% of the children of the community are infected with parasites because of the water. As we know children are our future and the development of the community becomes reality though their education. Yet, how could this happens when all children are sick?
Also, the parasites touch everyone, of any age, and make affected people’s immune system more vulnerable in front of any kind of disease.
The volunteer work of Lawrence Goun (United States) is almost coming to an end. Lawrence – a student of Labor Relations back home – has been doing volunteer work in Peru for a total duration of 8 weeks, at a clinic in Cusco. This clinic – run by a religious order – offers free treatment to mentally and/or physically disabled children.
Before arriving to Peru Lawrence (21 years) already knew he wanted to work with disabled children. He used to volunteer with those children at home and he was interested on getting a chance to work in a totally different culture. At first hesitating between Peru and Vietnam, he finally chose Peru because the project would be attending volunteers over Christmas and New Year. It is always sad and hard for kids to be separated from their families, but even more at Christmas time. For this reason, it was very important for Lawrence to be able to volunteer during that time of the year. Moreover, Lawrence has been learning Spanish since the age of 8. Coming to Peru was the perfect opportunity to practice his Spanish skills!
Pablo Neruda stated that “volunteering has the property of bringing people together in fraternal and cooperative work “. This fraternal and cooperative work, the Chilean poet refers to, we saw through a group of 9 young students (3 boys and 6 girls) that arrived in Cusco on January 3 and supported several volunteer projects of AMAUTA Spanish School in the city of Cusco.
The first organization that got support from these young people was a clinic that provides medical and rehabilitation services, which is under the direction of a religious order. In this clinic the volunteers helped with different activities such as feeding children, assist them in personal hygiene, to help them with their activities of painting and drawing, take a walk, and finally engage in recreational leisure activities.
Last Thursday, December 12 the donation of our volunteer Judith Eigeman became effective in the Gerontological Center “San Franciso de Asis” in Cusco. Judith, after having done volunteer work at this project earlier this year, had sent a donation of 100 euros. The AMAUTA Volunteer coordinator, in charge of all volunteer placements that also coordinates the support AMAUTA and the AMAUTA Volunteers give to the project, happily went to buy a blood pressure monitor together with the director of the Center. With a bit of extra money that was left, the Director could also buy “mazamorra” for all the people attending the center: mazamorra is one of Peru’s favorites maize-based desserts.
“Helping people and making a difference in their lives is something that’s very important and inspiring to me which is why I participate in the AMAUTA Volunteer Program in Buenos Aires.” – says volunteer Cassandra Lord
Most people are motivated by the same reasons when asked why they come to volunteer and learn Spanish in Argentina. The beautiful city of Buenos Aires offers different options for people who are interested in spending time volunteering, from social to cultural, to ecological or educational projects.
First of all there is the motivation to give something back to society, to make a difference in the lives of people that need you at that particular moment. They have a need to make the world a better place, even on a small scale. Doing volunteer work in Argentina is also a great opportunity to immerse in the culture by living and working in Buenos Aires; also a great way to practice your Spanish while socializing simultaneously. Last but not least, you can gain important working experience abroad and add value to your Curricula Vitae.
“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa
If you are looking for volunteer options in Cusco Peru, it’s definitely worth to considering doing volunteer work at the Clinica San Juan de Dios, just a few minutes out of the city center of Cusco. AMAUTA Spanish School can organize a placement for you at this clinic for students with different backgrounds.
Since opening in 1982 San Juan de Dios Clinic in Cusco has been providing an abundance of love for several disabled boys and girls in the surroundings of Cusco. The Clinic has given them an opportunity for education and socialization at the school on the property. The Clinic also offers a number of health care services from general medicine to many more specialized services such as; Neurology, Orthodontics, Cardiology, Urology, Psychology, Neurosurgery also Physical and Speech Therapy. While some children visit the clinic during the weekdays, others live there.