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In the village of Challabamba, a 2,5 hour drive from Cusco, live around 30 local families without a home. There was a big collection organised with urgent goods for these families and the students at our school helped out as well. The Cusco fire brigade made sure all the goods arrived safetly at the village.

A big thank you to all our students in Cusco for their generosity!

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico between October 28th and November 2nd. During this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members. They also make decorated altars in their homes to welcome the spirits.

If you are studying Spanish at our school in Guanajuato these weeks, you are lucky! There are lots of celebrations in the city and at school you will learn how to create an altare together with your teacher and fellow students. Read about it in our interview with student Sheree from Canada who was at our school during Día de los Muertos.

 

Did you know… that the largest indigenous festival in the Americas, Quyllur Rit’i takes place this Sunday the 27th until Wednesday the 30th of May. The centuries-old festival celebrates the stars, the start of the harvest season, honors Jesus Christ, and also honors the local glacier, which is held to be sacred.

The festival gathers more than 10,000 pilgrims each year. Each pilgrim carries with him an image of Christ to the sanctuary, and there they honor the Lord of Quyllur Rit’i in one of the greatest religious activities that takes place in Peru. This celebration unites Catholic rites with indigenous history in the most remote Andean valley.

Dancers in multi-layered skirts and musicians with drums and flutes perform. Ukukus (men dressed as mythical half-man, half-bear creatures) used to cut blocks of ice from the glacier to share with the community, believing the melted water had healing powers, but have now stopped because of a decline in the size of the glaciers because of warming trends.

The Sinakara Valley is a 2,5 drive from our Spanish language school in Cusco. There are trekking companies in Cusco to offer you the opportunity to do a 4 day Qollor Riti Pilgrimage.

Carnival is known all over the world as an annual feast filled with color and tradition. It is celebrated by everyone…children, youth and adults join in the play.

Indeed in Cusco it is the raining season, but it doesn’t stop the people to celebrate it and have fun in the streets.

The day of the compadres opens the festivities.  On this special day the compadres visit each other to bring a warm greeting.  They all get together to share a lunch and celebrate their ties.

Following tradition, from early in the morning, you can discover rag dolls hanging on light posts.  These dolls represent the compadres.  The same custom is celebrated on the day of Comadres, the following Thursday.

Then…comes the main day of Carnival.  This feast takes place the first Sunday after Comadres Day.

From the early morning the streets of Cuzco is full of people celebrating.  They prepare buckets of water and lots of water balloons ready to soak anyone who crosses their path. They also have trees decorated with gifts, where the couples and singles can dance and can join to cut the tree.

The celebration is held amidst laughter, water, colored talcum powder, foams, and of course a lot of noise and pleasure.

Last week, our students of our school in Buenos Aires, went to visit the exposition ‘Les Visitants’  in the CCK.

This prestigeous exposition presents a variety of selected artworks by Guillermo Kuitca of the Fondation Cartier  like the contemporary artworks of David Lynch, Patti Smith, Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Adriana Varejão y Tony Oursler.

We sat in ‘David’s Living Room Revisited’.  inspired by the drawnings of David Lunch.  

The history of that room started in 2007 when David Lynch imagined this space inspired by his own paintings and drawning ‘The Air is on Fire’.

In this room you can listen to the voice of Patti Smith reading a text written by David Lynch.

 

We walked through the Mirror Maze (Dead Eyes Live).

This artwork was created in 2003 by Tony Oursler, an American multimedia and installation artist.

A room full of eyes closing and opening. He began developing the Eyes series in 1996.

 

We also could admire a gallery of photos of various artists.

It was an intruiging and full of suprises visit.

Linguaschools Cusco offers the unique opportunity to study and learn the Spanish language while immersed in Latin American culture. Our experienced teachers utilize the most innovative pedagogic and emphasize interactive way to study Spanish, a proven methodology for foreign language learning.

Our Spanish language school in Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the legendary Inca Empire in Peru is very conveniently located. From group classes to individual lessons, from the rain forest to the Sacred Valley of the Incas, Linguaschools offers you the flexibility to study how and where YOU want. We understand that life is more than sitting in a classroom, so we have worked hard to offer you a plethora of choices to allow you to make the most of your time in South America. Our school also offers additional free cultural classes, such as Salsa and Tango lessons, traditional music instruction, and cooking tutorials. These complementary courses make our school in Cusco a distinct educational destination in South America.

Cusco is very well connected and you can travel safely to the most important places of the ancient Inca Empire with ease: Puno and Lake Titicaca, the Peruvian Amazon, the beautiful colonial city of Arequipa, elegant Lima and the impressive “Lost City of the Incas”, the ruins of Machu Picchu. Within a few blocks of the Central Plaza, Cusco remains very much a city of indigenous people and the markets are filled with bright colors and local products


Breathtaking views of the Andes greet you from the school’s doorstep. The school is only one block away from the main square, the Plaza de Armas, in an independent building with offices, multimedia classrooms, an internet café, a small kitchen, a leisure space and a lovely sunny terrace. The building also incorporates the Student Residence.The school is located in stunning Cusco, the former capital of the legendary Inca Empire, close to the world famous lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. Our Spanish programs in Peru run in two locations: start with your Spanish lessons in the city of Cusco, and continue in the Spanish in Sacred Valley of the Incas or in the Amazon rainforest of Tambopata. The Inca civilization lectures are field trips and videos that enable you to learn more about this incredible civilization. You can study the origins of the Peruvian culture and the development they achieved in areas such as agriculture, medicine, ceramics and architecture. The highlight of this course is, undoubtedly, the ceremony offered by an Andean priest (shaman), at the famous Inca Ruins of Sacsahuaman, close to school. This is a homage to the earth and all natural elements that co-exist with the earth.

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Activities

At Linguaschools, we are like a big family. Our students tend to spend a significant period of time with us – from a few weeks up to a few months – and so our staff gets to know the students well and the students get to know the staff well. In addition, the students become very close with one another. They spend every day studying Spanish together, eating together, and sharing experiences together. The sense of community at Linguaschools Cusco is very strong, and we invite you to become a part of it.

The culture program provides a comprehensive view of the cultural area you choose to study, but we also have a range of complementary culture activities that run every evening. All free activities give you the opportunity to learn Spanish in a fun and dynamic environment while you deepen your understanding of Latin American culture.

In Cusco, many of our students live on campus while others stay with guest families and spend the day at our school. Each morning, students begin the day at the breakfast table before hurrying off to morning classes. Lunchtime is quite a social event, as well. Tables are spread over the terrace in the sunshine, and students catch up with each other’s volunteer activities and classes.

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Throughout the year, we partake in local festivals, and we love being part of these customs and traditions in South America. During special times of the year, such as Christmas and Easter, our school reaches out to the community and helps those less fortunate. Past efforts have included providing gifts to local children and making special chocolate items and bread with them.


Spanish courses

Linguaschools Cusco offers a range of Spanish courses for all ages and levels. Not only do we create customized Spanish instruction at the level and pace that best suits you, our school conducts its Spanish courses using interactive, clear and personal teaching methods.

We believe the success of our interactive method relies on the personal attention our teachers are able to give you. Therefore, all of our Spanish group courses are small and are formed according to students’ abilities. The first day of the Spanish course begins with an oral and written placement test so we can assess your level as accurately as possible. This allows us to place you with other students at the same level.

 

We have founded Linguaschools in Buenos Aires in the belief that we have a special service to offer to our foreign students. All of us have worked with foreign students before, either as teachers, host families, or guides. None of us has found the kind of professional teaching, high-quality housing, and rich social life that we offer anywhere else in Buenos Aires. We believe that as a professional service provider, we must understand the particular needs of our guests from all over the world and meet their high demands.

The school is located in downtown Buenos Aires, 50 yards off the historic Plaza de Mayo in the famous San Telmo district. We have excellent transport connections to all parts of town. It is close to major tourist attractions, theaters, cinemas and nightlife attractions as well as the beach.

 

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Linguaschools occupies the top floor of the building with access to the rooftop terrace. There are 10-12 classrooms available for teaching at any time. Add to that 7 PCs with internet access (plus wifi all over the school), a small library with books and DVDs, a movie room, the teachers’ room and, of course, the area where students spend their breaks (with student computers and kitchen corner with microwave oven).

 


Why study Spanish with us?

Our school uses a full-immersion, integrated learning method. This means that you will learn Spanish 24 hours a day, in professionally conducted classes, informally at home with your host family (if you choose this option) and during extra-curricular activities. Our approach is based on the idea that participating in a mix of different language situations is the most efficient way to learn a foreign language.

All of our staff are professional Spanish teachers with relevant university degrees from top universities in Argentina (or in their last year of study). All of them are native speakers, of course. Most of them speak at least two other languages and have extensive experience in working with students from abroad. As obvious as this may sound, our teachers are a key ingredient of our service offering and they heavily contribute to making your stay a productive and an enjoyable one.

Our teaching staff has been carefully selected. Academic credentials are a prerequisite for teachers in most schools. At our school, we also guarantee open-minded, motivated teachers who can bring across the necessary teaching content. Some of our teachers also teach literature at the prestigious Universidad de Buenos Aires.

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Our school in Buenos Aires is a language school accepted by SEA, Argentina’s language school association.

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Spanish courses in Buenos Aires

We offer many different options for Spanish courses in Buenos Aires. All courses run Monday to Friday and are taught in different levels, from absolute beginner to advanced. You can either learn Spanish in a group, individually or a combination of the two, the so called intensive 20+5 or 20+10.  If you are into Tango, you can take Tango lessons while learning Spanish at a discounted rate.

 


Activities

It would be a shame if we “only” taught you the Spanish language and neglected Argentina’s and Latin-America’s artistic, historic and literary legacy. At our school, we believe that language and culture go hand in hand. This is why we have designed programs rich in cultural content, the degree of which varies according to the duration of your specific program and skill level. These activities form an integral part of our teaching methodology to ensure that our students gain true insights and get answers about our history and culture.

Every Monday we propose our students a list of at least four daily events, including academic activities and upcoming city programs. The programs we organize and recommend share three characteristics.

  • Insider’s view: Experienced local experts will guide our students through the dynamic and real cultural context of Buenos Aires and Argentina to provide the insider’s view.
  • Customized options for all ages, interests and budgets: Our activities are planned to match interests and goals: most of them are free for our students (e.g.: language workshops, movie nights, guided city tours) and organized solely for them.
  • Variety (in theme, location and duration): In addition to the complimentary programs our students can choose from various excursions, tango shows and classes, day and weekend trips, estancia visits, theater pieces and more, which we charge at cost.

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