Peru: Spanish Service Adventure

Your language skills will soar where ancient civilization and vibrant modern culture collide

Highlights

  • Improve your Spanish through language immersion
  • Volunteer on various projects for the local community
  • Hike to famous Machu Picchu
  • Shop at an indigenous craft market
  • Go whitewater rafting through the Andes mountains

Overview

Spanish class will never be the same! Discover Cuzco, the cultural heart of the Inca Empire, as you immerse yourself in its sights and sounds—ancient flutes, traditional clothes, and surrounding Andean peaks. While you volunteer on various projects to improve the lives of indigenous residents in the regions surrounding Cuzco, practice your Spanish with friendly native speakers. On the weekends, explore the Sacred Valley and hike through the Andes mountains to visit Machu Picchu. The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ integrates Spanish language learning into all aspects of the experience, allowing students to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. From community service to excursions and cultural events, language is given a new context. Spanish class will never be the same.

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Community Service

Living and volunteering in the Sacred Valley provides an excellent opportunity to practice speaking Spanish in working situations. In spite of the city’s success in tourism, poverty and classism continue to thrive in Cuzco’s rural areas. Depending on community needs at the time of your arrival, your service may include various community development projects or making infrastructure improvements that ease the difficulty of daily life. Interact with families you’re serving, and experience locals’ generosity and charm as they help you improve your speaking skills.

Hands-On Learning

Take advantage of a unique language immersion curriculum that combines classroom time with practicing Spanish in everyday conversation with locals: during service, participating in cultural activities and even on excursions. All levels are welcome, and you’ll be placed with peers at a similar level of speaking and comprehension ability. Improving your Spanish communication skills will also deepen your cultural learning experiences - like participating in Andean music workshops, listening to talks about cosmology and meeting farming communities and local artisans.

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Adventure

Peru’s diverse natural landscape creates the perfect playground for outdoor adventures, like a thrilling whitewater rafting expedition. These rivers are the same transport routes that Andean people have been taking for thousands of years, so you’ll see ancient ruins and historic relics along the way. No trip to Cuzco is complete without visiting epic Machu Picchu—take a picturesque train ride to this world-famous site and explore this lost-in-time icon of South America.

Lodging

Home Base is located in one of the picturesque villages of the Sacred Valley, outside the city of Cuzco. You’ll live in a family atmosphere among high mountains, snow-capped peaks and fields of crops. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

Dates & Tuition

Spanish Service Adventure
Duration:
Tuition: $0
Student/Staff Ratio: -
Max Capacity: Please Inquire (Minimum Group Size: 12)
Community Service Hours:
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.