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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.
This month, the Argentine Mafalda celebrates her 50th birthday. Even after so many years she still looks like a 6 year old child. No, Mafalda is not a person with some rare genetic disease, she is a cartoon character.
Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Mafalda is one of the most emblematic figures of Argentine culture. The comic strip ran from 1964 to 1973 and still she is a well known character in Argentina. Up till today you will find short cartoons of her in the Clarín newspaper. Malfalda represents the Argentinian middle class and she cynically reflects on society and everyday life. The 6 year old girl is intelligent and a bit of a smartass at times. She hates eating soup but loves discussing complex matters. Even to a point that her parents don’t know how to answer her difficult questions. Often she uses her intelligence to manipulate her parents into letting her do what she wants. But always she is righteous and wants to help her friends and family.
Arriving in Buenos Aires as a Spanish student you might feel a bit lost and overwhelmed by this big city. Of course the AMAUTA Student Service Coordinator can help you out. No question is crazy enough for our staff in Argentina. Also the host mum of your host family can tell you more about the ins and outs of Buenos Aires. Or, if you are not living with a host family but in the student residence in Buenos Aires, your fellow students are always willing to answer your questions. Getting prepared also involves a lot of reading about Buenos Aires. This link: http://www.dosmanosargentina.com/travelargentina/travel-tips/ Once ready to get your volunteer project or Spanish classes in Buenos Aires started and explore the city on your own, there are a number of apps that will help you making your stay in Buenos Aires as pleasant as possible.
* BA Cómo llego:
This application shows how you can move from a to b with every possible way of transportation: train, bus, subway, car, bicycle and walking. Recommended!
* Buenos Aires City Guide (TripAdvisor)
This is an application that will guide you through Buenos Aires. You will find restaurants, attractions, hotels and more in this app. A great thing about this app is that it can also be used offline. It shows exactly where you are and if you are close to a good restaurant for instance.