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Group Size: Varies
Trip code: PESV
Duration: 6-8 weeks
Learn Spanish and volunteer in beautiful Peru. Enjoy 20 amazing hours of Spanish lessons weekly for the first 4 weeks, plus amazing extra cultural classes in everything from cookery to salsa, singing and Latin American film. Then take on a role as a valued volunteer at a range of projects in and around the stunning South American city of Cusco. Live with a local family, learn the lingo and make a real difference on this unique Spanish & Volunteer adventure in Peru! Choose from 6 or 8 weeks.
The Volunteer and Learn Spanish in Peru programme begins on a Monday.You’ll be involved in Spanish language lessons from Monday-Friday for the first four weeks, with a total of 20 hours of lessons per week. You will have around 4 hours of lessons per day. On official holidays an alternative activity will be offered instead (this could be anything from a walk around the town to a lecture on the history and culture of Peru). You will then volunteer at a project of your choice in and around Cusco. Volunteer hours will vary depending on the project type and your Spanish abilities.
You can choose from two options:
6-week Trip: 2 weeks Learn to Speak Spanish + 2 weeks Learn Spanish (mornings) & Volunteer (afternoons) + 2 weeks Volunteering only
8-week Trip: 4 weeks Learn to Speak Spanish + 4 weeks Volunteering
Week 1 (6 & 8 week trips)
Sunday – Arrive in Cusco from Lima.
Time to settle in to your homestay, meet your host family and get the feel of Cusco before your Spanish lessons begin. At 4pm you will meet in the centre of the city for a guided orientation walk in Cusco.
Monday – Introduction to the Spanish school.
On your first day you’ll meet at the Cusco Spanish School at 8am, where you will have a briefing and be asked to take a written aptitude test consisting of multiple choice questions, along with a short oral test. Don’t worry too much about the outcome, as this test is only to ensure you are placed in the correct ability level class for your skills! On the first Monday you will enjoy a group welcome dinner at 7.30pm.
Tuesday–Friday - Language Lessons & Cultural Classes.
Continue with 4 hours a day of Spanish language lessons in either beginner, intermediate, advanced or superior classes. You will study Spanish grammar theory and practice, do exercises to extend your vocabulary and improve pronunciation, and work on developing your listening, writing and reading comprehension using newspapers, songs and local literature of Peru. Also on offer in the evenings are a range of cultural activities and classes, such as salsa, cookery and film classes!
Week 2: 4 hours of Spanish lessons daily (Monday-Friday) plus cultural activities.
Weeks 3 & 4: 4 hours of Spanish lessons during the mornings with volunteering during the afternoons (Monday-Friday).
Weeks 5 & 6: Volunteering only. Help out at a range of amazing projects, including schools, orphanages or hospitals. The daily volunteer itinerary will vary depending on the individual project.
Weeks 2-4: 4 hours of Spanish lessons daily (Monday-Friday) plus cultural activities.
Weeks 5-8: Volunteering only. Help out at a range of amazing projects, including schools, orphanages or hospitals. The daily volunteer itinerary will vary depending on the individual project.
Weekends Are Free Time!
Your weekends are yours to explore Cusco, try adventure activities or arrange independent visits to amazing sights in Peru such as Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca or the Amazon rainforest. The language school has its very own travel agency and the staff will only be too happy to assist you in planning some trips, so don’t hesitate to ask them for help and make use of their local knowledge!
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