Hola! Welcome to the AMAUTA Spanish Schools blog!
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.
What Volunteering Means to local Communities in Peru
Volunteering is an incredible way to connect with the heart of local communities, while giving support to very vital aspects of everyday life, like social work, education, healthcare, animal conservation, and stimulating local economic growth. It is important to recognize the important aspects of this work. Without volunteers, some of these projects wouldn´t be able to exist. As a volunteer in Peru, you provide such a valuable service for those who cannot afford to pay others for their time.
At AMAUTA Spanish School in Cusco, another very important aspect of volunteering that you might not realize is the donation each project receives from AMAUTA for the time you spend at your project. This donation goes to critical things the organizations need, such as food, clothing, and other materials. (more…)
Help us Build a Playground as an AMAUTA Volunteer
AMAUTA Spanish School in Peru offers the unique opportunity to Volunteer and learn the Spanish language while immersed in Peruvian culture.
Taking part in the AMAUTA Volunteer Program in Cusco you have the unique opportunity to live and work in Peru! As a Volunteer you experience the rich, cultural diversity of the country while contributing to the Peruvian society and bridge the gap between foreign visitors and locals. AMAUTA partners with over 30 different projects, including schools, NGO’s, hospitals, orphanages etc in Cusco. Volunteer are welcome throughout the year and can start their Spanish course and volunteer placement any Monday throughout the year.
Volunteering, learning Spanish, traveling in Peru and living abroad: those are the ingredients of the exciting and interesting AMAUTA Volunteer Program in Cusco, Peru.
The Dutch Noah was one of the participants this Spring 2016; she was with us in Cusco for almost two months and a half. So now that she is a Cusco expert 😉 and only a few days before she’s leaving Peru and traveling home again, our volunteer coordinator talked to about her experiences in Cusco and made this short video where Noah tell us about her time in Peru.
Thinking about volunteering in Latin America? Peru offers the perfect posibilities for volunteering! Not only are there opportunities in almost every kind of work field, but you will also be able to practice your Spanish immersing into the Peruvian culture!
For many study programs it is useful if not mandatory to engage in some practical work that prepares the student for their future career. Very often this is why students decide to engage in a volunteer project in another country. But volunteering is not just working for free. You will get plenty of things out of this experience! Volunteering in Peru can accompany perfectly your Spanish Classes in Cusco helping you to first-hand practice what you have recently learnt while living in Peru! Not only will you connect to the Peruvian culture in an entirely personal way, but you will gain valuable experiences that will make you see your travel-country through different eyes. (more…)
If you have been asking yourself why so many people are heading to South America to learn Spanish – and especially to countries
such as Peru, or Ecuador – read this article.
We’ve listed the Best Seven Reasons Why is Peru the perfect place to Learn Spanish?
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Best Spanish of Latin America is spoken in Peru! According to a survey conducted by the University of Chile in 2013, Peruvians speak the best Spanish in Latin America. Apart from other measures, the study concentrated on pronunciation and use of vocabulary. (Chile itself was among the worst Spanish speaking countries in the study …) (more…)
Laura, one of the participants on our Spanish and Volunteer program in Peru, has been volunteering at an orphanage in Cusco for the past few weeks. She has grown really close to the young girls there and has been such a creative volunteer!
From doing different activities at the orphanage to taking them to the local pool, she has made the past weeks a memorable experience for the girls. (more…)
What did you like most about being a Volunteer in Peru?
We asked Simone Kuffner, who’s been volunteering at a local project in Cusco for four months!
Simone is from Austria. She arrived in late September of 2015 and is leaving us in a few days. Simone has been both an excellent volunteer and dedicated Spanish student in Peru here at AMAUTA, and we are sad to see her go. She is practically a Peru professional now! (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.
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.