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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.
Cusco is full of Inca ruins – but there is so much more! And if you live in Cusco for a while to learn Spanish in Peru or for your volunteer work in Cusco, you definitely want more. Continue to read this blog and learn about 8 Fun Things to Do in Cusco while learning Spanish in Cusco. Do you know more? Please post at the end of this blog.
Emily has been working in one of AMAUTA´s volunteer programs for 4 months as part of her studies in Social Work in Sweden. She is volunteering in Cusco in a rehabilitation center for young girls, victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Up to 20 girls around 15 years old live for about 7 months in the center and they are not allowed to leave without supervision. The objectives of the project are to restore self-esteem, improve the way they think about themselves, to teach the girls about the values of society and either reintegrate them into their families or find a way for them to be financially independent. (more…)
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.”
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.
“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.
Since opening in 1982 San Juan de Dios Clinic in Cusco has been providing an abundance of love for several disabled boys and girls. 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.