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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!
The days before All Saints ’Day and All Souls’ Day (November 1st and November 2nd) are full of traditions and travelers to Peru. Our Spanish students attending AMAUTA these days, will feel a magic atmoshere in Peru, especially in Cusco and the surrounding Andean communities.
The celebrations are all rooted in the belief that the souls of deceased relatives come back to visit earth these days. The colorful traditions, mixed with the celebrations of the Anglo-American Halloween, make it a week full of celebrations to live and to experience. On top of that, in Peru October 31st is also the Day of the Cancion Criolla.
Both All Saints’ Day (Todos los Santos) and All Souls’ Day (Dia de los Muertos), are dedicated to the memory of the dead. The worship of the dead was a common and respected custom during pre-Hispanic times in Peru. The Incas had a strong connection with their deceased so when the Spaniards arrived, the Inca traditions combined easily with the Christian elements brought by the Spaniards. And that’s why still today, those days of honor to the death full of traditions are still very lively in Peru and other Latinamerican countries.
“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.
Scientist believe the potato began it’s career in food culture between 2000 and 3000 BC and continues today with many different colors, flavors, sizes and textures. Scientists also think all potatoes have originated from the Andes in Peru; well over 100 cultivators can be found in just one valley. Some of the oldest archeological finds were located around Lake Titicaca.
The Papa Perricholi (white potato) is now one of the more popular potatoes sold in Peruvian markets. As this particular potato doesn’t turn brown after peeling, it’s ideal uses are for commercial kitchens and restaurants. If you choose Peru for your Spanish immersion program, you’ll learn more about and try lovely recipes based on the Peruvian potato.
Argentina is a fascinating destination to take a Spanish course. It’s a large and beautiful country; unique in many ways. If you are about to travel to Argentina for your study abroad trip, we have prepared this checklist for you. We hope it will help you planning en packing for your trip to get the most out of your Spanish studies in Buenos Aires and your Argentina experience!
When to go: the climate in Argentina
Argentina is a big, long country so the weather in the north is completely different from the weather in the south. In Argentina you can find it all: from steamy rainforest climates to arid deserts, to mild climates, to the perfect location for skiing!
The city of Buenos Aires has a friendly climate with the mild fall (April) and spring (October) and relatively hot summer (January and February)). The south of Argentina is way colder then the north. Overall the nicest time to visit the country is between the months of November and March. This is also high season, so the prices for tours and hotels will be a bit higher than during mid and low season; the prices for Spanish courses in Buenos Aires will remain the same during one calendar year.
Cusco in Peru is a big city still connected to the village root; not far from Machu Picchu it’s also a huge attraction for tourists traveling and a perfect destination for Spanish studies in Peru.
There are several nice places to eat at in Cusco, Peru; International cuisine, food for the meat lovers and vegetarians or vegans along with the sweets coinsurer. During my first week of Spanish studies at AMAUTA Cusco, I have put together a list of 3 of the best places in town all of which are a short stroll from AMAUTA at Calle San Agustin and the Plaza de Armas, which is the heart of the city.
Some may think football (soccer) is a sport, but for the residents of Buenos Aires (Argentina), it is so much more than just a sport: it’s more of a religion!
Coming from a different country and just having arrived to Buenos Aires to start my Spanish courses at AMAUTA, I was taken to football game. All on a sudden I found myself in the middle of the die hard fans, being the only guy in the whole stadium not wearing the T-shirt of the Club! I have seen many football matches in my life, in different countries, but this experience was totally new. In Argentina the die-hard fans – called the Barra Brava – sang and partied for the entire 90 minutes of the game!
Of course not all people attend the games in the stadiums; many people watch from the television with the entire family. Throughout the week you can always find football games running on many channels.
Especially on Sundays millions of people enjoy the games happening. My local friends here told me that if a family member switches teams, this can cause rifts in the family, possibly even leading to divorce! And be careful not to make jokes about a team in front of a supporter; this could land you in some serious trouble as it’s likely to be taken seriously.
Before arriving to Buenos Aires for your Spanish course in Argentina, you might not even have realized how BIG Buenos Aires actually is. So here we come with a helping hand: our updated public transportation guide!
Our first tip for all students in Buenos Aires is to get a SUBE card. This makes travelling around Buenos Aires much easier and cheaper. Your SUBE card will give you access to the bus, train, and subway systems.
There are two ways you can buy a SUBE card: the official way, or the non-official way: on the friendly called “blue market” in Argentina. If you do it the official way, go to the post office (correo Argentino) with your passport, so this will be your personal card. You will be asked to fill in a form and then you will receive a SUBE card, which is registered in your name. The second way to buy a SUBE card is by going to one of the many kiosks around the city, where you will be able to purchase a SUBE card without filling in a form.
“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.
Don’t wait any longer if you are interested in taking a Spanish course in Buenos Aires: below you will find 6 wonderful reasons to study Spanish in Buenos Aires and make the most out of your experience in this electric city full of history, passion, culture, nightlife Spanish language.
Why study Spanish in Buenos Aires?
Buenos Aires is a vibrant and intriguing capital city, and an absolute joy to visit. The city is perfect for a truly cultural experience. It is a great lcoation for studying Spanish in Argentina at one of the many professional language institutes such as AMAUTA Spanish School; and also for volunteering, or for just hanging out and enjoying the atmosphere for a while. The opportunities are endless, and here we give you a few of the many important reasons to plan a visit to this exciting city!
Cusco’s Street Food! How do you feel about giving it a try? So many people warned you not to, but living in Cusco as a Spanish student, we think you should go for it! It´s a very cheap and quick way to sample local fare, with no commitment to a full plate! Lots of people are wary of eating food prepared by a street vendor, but believe me, it’s the norm here in Cusco, and in most cases perfectly safe. Trust your gut…if it looks bad…don’t try it! And trust the crowd…if the people are gathered around waiting to eat it, it’s probably got a good reputation and there´s a reason for that! If it’s deserted, there’s likely a reason for that too, and I’m not interested in finding out what it is!
Following is a list of some popular street bites in Cusco…by no means is this list complete…explore the local fare and let us know what you enjoyed most! Buen provecho!