Spanish School Peru: AMAUTA

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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!

Wat te doen in Mar del Plata?

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What to do in Mar del Plata?

Wat te doen in Mar del Plata?

Zoals vele andere mooie Argentijns steden en dorpen is Mar del Plata een perfect 1, 2 of 3 daags uitje voor de studenten die Spaans studeren in Argentinie bij AMAUTA Spanish School in Buenos Aires.

Mar del Plata is een stad in het zuidoosten van de provincie Buenos Aires, gelegen aan de kunst van de Atlantische Oceaan. Het is een van de grootste vishavens van Argentinië. Het is ook de grootste badplaats van Argentinië. Naast stranden, is Mar del Plata ook de thuishaven van vele goede restaurants en bars. (more…)

Naschoolse opvang ontvangt donaties van een vrijwilliger in Cusco

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Naschoolse opvang ontvangt donaties van een vrijwilliger in Cusco

Onze vrijwilligster en ex-studente Debbie Smets verbleef slechts 3 weken in Cusco Peru, met AMAUTA Spaanse School, maar ondanks deze korte tijd heeft ze heel veel kunnen betekenen de mensen op haar project in Cusco, Peru. Debbie nam in de eerste week Spaanse lessen in Cusco, om op deze manier haar Spaans te verbeteren voordat ze als vrijwilliger in Peru aan de gang ging. Daarnaast nam ze muziekles voor een paar uur week. Ook in haar tweede week naam ze naast het vrijwilligerswerk nog privélessen Spaans om haar spreekvaardigheid te verbeteren.

Voordat Debbie uit België naar Peru kwam, heeft ze een grote hoeveelheid geld verzameld via vrienden en familie voor haar project. Hierdoor heeft ze veel belangrijke dingen kunnen kopen die de organisatie graag wilde hebben, zoals boeken, spelletjes (Twister en Jenga etc.), puzzels en houten blokken.

Het vrijwilligersproject in Cusco was ontzettend dankbaar voor de bijdrage die Debbie geleverd heeft. Als dank hiervoor heeft ze een armbandje gekregen en een leuk boek over Peru. Debbie vertelde dat de leraar en de kinderen zoveel dankbaarheid toonden, wat haar uiteraard een erg warm gevoel gaf. “De leraren waren heel dankbaar voor mijn donaties, en ook de kinderen waren erg blij met het feit dat ze nu spelletjes konden spelen.”
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Testimonial: observing Spanish Students in Cusco

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I’ve been at the Amauta Spanish School in Cusco for a few months now and observing Spanish students hasn’t gotten boring yet. I still find it fascinating how most students start at this Spanish school in Peru not speaking a word of Spanish and leaving being able to express themselves in Spanish. Old people, young people and everything in between continue their travels in Peru talking in Spanish, in the language they found impossible before.

My friend Isabelle came to visit me. She took 1 week of Spanish classes in Cusco and even in this short period of time she learned a lot. When I met her last year in Colombia she hardly spoke a word of Spanish. I had to do all the translating. She went home and I stayed in South-America.  Here in Cusco I figured I had to do the translating again. We were at a market and she wanted to buy a necklace. When the bargaining began I started translating what the salesman was saying. Even though she only studied for 1 week she didn’t need my translation. She just said: “yeah, yeah I got what he was saying”. I didn’t know she had improved that much.

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Experience the Peruvian culture and learn the Spanish language

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If you are seeking cultural enrichment, language acquisition and a place to have fun, look no further than AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru.
With Spanish teachers who have a strong passion for immersion and language learning you can depend on AMAUTA to help you become more confident in communicating in Spanish.

I personally attended the school located in the city of Cusco, surrounded by Andean mountains, at Calle Suecia. From school it was just a short walk to the ancient ruins of Sacsayhuaman as well as to the Plaza de Armas of Cusco.

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Young Volunteers Make a Big Impact in Cusco

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Young Volunteers Make a Big Impact in Cusco

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.

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New AMAUTA film shows why to choose Cusco to learn Spanish

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Considering to take Spanish classes in Peru, but not sure where yet? This video might help you decide to pick Cusco! The AMAUTA Spanish School – located at a few minutes from the main square, the Plaze de Armas – is so much more than just a place to learn Spanish. We are a social hangout, a travelspot and a place to make life long friends. Our students team up, take salsa classes, party, go to Machu Picchu, or travel to our Sacred Valley school together to take Spanish lessons there. (more…)

After School Program Cusco Receives Donations from Volunteer

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Naschoolse opvang ontvangt donaties van een vrijwilliger in Cusco

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.”
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After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

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After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

After 6 weeks of Spanish classes in Cusco

Time flies when you are having fun! It’s true! Six weeks of Spanish classes in Peru have flown by.  At the end of July I arrived in Cusco for the first time. Impressed by the amazing views, the altitude, and the number of people I had to get used to this new city. Now, weeks later, it has become a genuine home to me. I got to know so many people; my classmates, my Spanish professors, the people working at AMAUTA Spanish School and even random people in the streets of Cusco. I got to know where to find cheap places to eat out, I learned which shops will try to rip me off and therefor to avoid. I experienced Cusco’s nightlife, the events happening at Plaza de Armas at an almost daily base, but most of all I learned the Spanish language!

Last week I took an exam. Above the exam was written nivel avanzado (advanced level). I was proud to read that I apparently have an advanced level of Spanish. For years I doubted to take Spanish classes. I once took an 8 class course at home. Not much came out of that. Now years later, I decided to really go for it. I started following at AMAUTA Spanish School. Four hours every day. Now, 120 hours of classes later, I learned all the grammatical rules. Of course my Spanish is not perfect yet. I need to work on my vocabulary and practice a lot more with all the Spanish grammar. But at least I know what the rules are.
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Vrijwilligers in Cusco aanwezig bij een jubileum viering in een Peruaanse school

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The AMAUTA´s volunteer coordinator in Peru gave each individual kid his or her gift

Amauta Spanish School en haar vrijwilligers kregen de kans om deel te nemen aan de jubileum viering van een van onze vrijwilligers projecten in Cusco. Het was een groots event met typische dansen, heerlijk Peruaans eten en fantastische mensen. De Amauta vrijwilligers werden als vip behandeld en mochten op de beste plaatsen zitten. Dit project, een school, waardeert de vrijwilligers enorm voor het werk dat ze doen zoals helpen bij de lessen lichamelijke opvoeding, kunst, engels en wiskunde. De vrijwilligers genoten van de dansvoorstellingen en zijn bovendien een culturele ervaring rijker.
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Volunteers in Cusco at anniversary celebration at Peruvian school

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The AMAUTA´s volunteer coordinator in Peru gave each individual kid his or her gift

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.
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