PERU – Spanish Course in Lima
Minimum Stay: 2 weeks
Start dates: All year round
Price: from 2 weeks, 430 USD
The Spanish school in Lima is located in one of the liveliest and safest areas of Lima and is only a few minutes away from the Pacific coast. You will be very close to beautiful parks, shopping centers, bars and restaurants which will provide you with the perfect opportunity to apply your newly acquired Spanish skills. Through highly developed language programs students will improve their Spanish in a short period of time and will successfully finish the course after a couple of weeks. The language school in Lima is proud of its excellent reputation. The 3 story school building has 8 classrooms, Wi-fi, a small library, a nice backyard with a barbeque area, and common areas.
All teachers are native speakers, have university degrees, and have prior experience teaching languages to foreigners. In addition to their professional credentials, they are selected for their ability to make the curriculum interesting and accessible to students. Learning Spanish should not only be tough work, it should be fun to students.
The school believes that students not only come to Lima to learn Spanish, but to be part of an exciting environment abroad. In line with this belief, our dynamic and helpful staff treat each student uniquely with very personalized services.
The Spanish lessons in Lima are high quality. All teachers have a university degree and a great deal of experience teaching Spanish to foreigners. The lessons are divided into twelve different Spanish levels (four of each beginner, intermediate and advanced levels) to ensure similar language skills in each class. On the first day of class, you will take a placement test to determine your Spanish skills and then be assigned to the class that best meets your needs.
During class, three different topics will be the focus: Studying new grammar, training conversationally, and deepening the language through exercises. You can book either group, intensive or private courses. All courses are available for any Spanish level. Classes take place from Monday to Friday and always start on Mondays. Each class lasts 50 minutes.
Group course: The group course consists of 20 lessons per week, 4 Spanish lessons each day. There is a maximum of 7 students per class to ensure individual help and fast learning (average of 4-6).
Intensive course: The intensive course is made up of the mentioned group courses in the morning and 5 additional private classes each week in the afternoons. Students can broaden their knowledge obtained in the group course and then eliminate personal weaknesses or repeat complex learning contents in the private classes.
Private course: The private course consists of 10 weekly lessons. This allows personal and focused study materials by a private teacher at the individual’s learning pace. The weekly schedule can be reduced to 10 hours or increased to 30 hours because lessons can be booked or eliminated according to your needs.
Keep in mind that the Spanish school in Lima offers free tutoring to help students work on their weaknesses and repeat important language aspects. Every day a teacher is available to assist students in specific topics where they need extra attention like in reading, homework, etc. This is an extra service that does not compare to private instruction but provides all the students with the maximum support.
Non-academic activities: Spending some time abroad is not only about learning another language, but getting to know the culture, the people, and the way of life in the country. Throughout the week you can walk around the different neighborhoods in Lima, visit a wide variety of museums and cultural highlights, and enjoy the Latin nightlife, beautiful beaches, exceptional landscapes and delicious foods and drinks. During the weekends you can go north or south and find different options to discover the country and its places of interest. To the north you can do some trekking to discover lakes and other marvelous natural beauties and cultures (Chancay and Chimu). To the northeast, you can enjoy hot springs and the spectacular Andean landscapes. To the south, in Canete and Lunahuna, you can practice different adventure sports such as canoeing, mountain biking, paragliding and trekking, and enjoy a variety of beaches, some of them ideal surfing spots. You shouldn’t miss Cusco and Machu Picchu either. Cusco is the historical heart of the Inca culture and the Machu Picchu Historic Sanctuary, also known as the “lost city of the Incas”, is by far the most well known and spectacular archaeological site on the continent.
The Spanish school organizes a lot of spare time activities for its students. You may want to participate in Peruvian cooking classes, dance lessons or visit the movies or theaters. When you arrive at the school, you will be provided with the school’s activities’ calendar
To make your stay as unforgettable as possible, we want you to enjoy your stay outside of the classroom. You can book accommodation with one of our carefully chosen host families or in shared apartments. We recommend you to take advantage of the home stay to practice Spanish and be exposed to local culture. Do not assume that you are too old for a home stay as many of our students are older than their host "parents". For many of our students, their home stay is one of the most rewarding experiences while studying abroad.
If you prefer to live in a shared apartment with other students or local young professionals, we will arrange this for you as well. Keep in mind that no meal plan is offered with the shared apartments; however, you have kitchen access to prepare your own meals. The student apartment is the best choice for those who want to combine the Spanish experience with meeting new friends. All apartments are fully furnished and equipped.
Social commitment is in great demand! In Peru the social differences are still very obvious. There is a huge gap between rich and poor people. Many families live in poverty and are dependent on external help. Sick and handicapped children are often repudiated and forced to stay at hospitals or children's homes. Many old people live in nursing homes or on the streets and many sick people do not have the money to pay for the necessary surgery or medical treatments.
In addition to our Spanish courses in Lima, we provide volunteer work positions. You can combine your Spanish course with half-day volunteer work or you can schedule the volunteer experience after the Spanish course is completed.
While helping people in need, volunteering allows you to practice your Spanish in real life situations and you can train your newly acquired skills. In cooperation with different social institutions and non-profit organizations we offer various volunteer work projects in Lima. You will meet people in special situations who will be very thankful for your help, and will enjoy your company while learning about your home country.
This learning and cultural experience will be unforgettable!
Help to protect the fragile ecosystem and preserve the biodiversity! Volunteers provide education and support rural communities through hygiene awareness, disease prevention and medical care programs!
Cusco and surroundings
The best way to get to know a country is to immerse in its society, the language and culture! Our volunteer work programs in Peru are specially designed for travellers who want to experience this multifaceted country first-hand.
Help the indigenous and socially ostracized members of the Peruvian society who cannot afford comprehensive medical treatment! In this project volunteers work with handicapped children and elderly people!
Cusco and surroundings
|2 weeks||430.-||630.-|| 630.-
|3 weeks||645.-||945.-||945.-||615.-|| 495.-
| Additional week
The school is closed due to public holidays on the following days. 2013: Jan 01, Mar 29, May 01, Nov 01, Dec 25. Classes can not be rescheduled.
School will be closed on the following days and classes will be made up by means of a conversation club. 2013: Mar 28, Aug 30, Oct 08.
|Additional service||in USD|
- Orientation kit
- Local support
- 24h-Emergency Number
- Free internet access at school
- Airport pick-up
- Quality Spanish Course
- Teaching material
- Evaluation test
- Free tutorial lessons
- Refreshments, coffee and tea at school
- Lunch once a week at school
- Activity calendar
- Language Certificate
- Accommodation as booked
- Airport pick-up (if booked)
What’s not included:
- Medical Insurance
- Local Travels
Located on the country’s central Pacific coast, the Peruvian capital has approximately 8.5 million inhabitants. Today it is still known as Ciudad de los Reyes (the City of the Kings) which was its official name in 1535 when the city was founded. The city has managed to hold onto its traditions, fashion and religious celebrations from Pre-Inca and Inca times. Walking through the streets and squares of the historic centre of Lima is like traveling to the past. Discover Lima’s Colonial Architecture, for which it was declared World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. When you come to Lima, you will be absolutely amazed by the wide range of opportunities to enjoy life: endless historical monuments and museums, numerous restaurants with typical Peruvian food such as Ceviche, and a range of bars and clubs where you can experience Lima’s great nightlife. And since Lima is the financial center of the country, almost all of the country’s economic and financial activities take place in the modern and sophisticated capital. The Museo de la Nación, one of South America’s largest museums, is definitely worth a visit to discover and explore the city’s past and present and even take a look at how people imagine it will be in the future. As the capital of Peru, Lima offers the most vivid nightlife. Whether you are a fan of jazz, rock, Latin pop or Caribbean rhythms, you will find the right place to dance and have fun all night long! Even athletic people can enjoy Lima’s coastline which offers surfers the opportunity to catch Pacific waves while the beaches are a fantastic place to do other sports or relax if you are feeling less energetic.
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Country Information Peru
|Peru sits in the vicinity of many countries. To the north is Ecuador and Colombia, Brazil to the east, Bolivia to the southeast, Chile to the south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. The Andes mountain range runs parallel to the Pacific Ocean, dividing the country into three geographic regions of coastline, Andes highlands and Amazonian jungle. About 60% of the countries territory is rainforest area, which qualifies Peru as the fourth country of great tropical forest expansion after Brazil, Congo and Indonesia.
Peru contains over 20,000 years of cultural reflection. Throughout the country exists historical evidence and traditional ways of life that are still alive today. Visitors often report their amazement of the abundant remains of former cultures, mystic tribes and Inca Empire deposits. A place like Chavín, a former pilgrim center, is where the culture of the Paracas and Pucarás and the gigantic Nazca lines are still all part of the rich culture. Last but not least, Peru is home to both the World Heritage city of Cusco, as well as the world famous Machu Picchu (one of the Seven Wonders of the World). Peru invites travelers to enjoy the country outside of the world of history as well with wonderful beaches, impervious jungles, fascinating Peruvian culture, and traditional Peruvian food and drink.
The three climatic zones of Peru entail three ideal times to visit this country. The average daily temperature of the Andes region is around 50°F with freezing nightly temperatures. Early June through August is the dry season of the mountainous region. Still, during the rainiest months of December through March the rainfall is minimal. The hot months of the highlands are December through March with extreme dry air; this coastal strip sees little rain year round. In the tropical regions, April through November entails humid weather and many picture perfect foggy mornings. The all-around peak season of travel to Peru is between June and August with drier weather and warm beach days! Lastly, the elevation of Peru makes all of these norms unpredictable as you explore higher into the Andes.
The Peruvians in general, are rather reserved and timid, but once you take steps to ¨break the ice,¨ you will discover that they are very warm and friendly people.