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Peru: Spanish Service Adventure

Peru: Spanish Service Adventure

Where ancient civilization and vibrant modern culture combine, your language skills will soar.

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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

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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, cobblestone streets—and absorb the language. While you volunteer on various projects to improve the lives of indigenous residents in the regions surrounding Cuzco, practice your Spanish with patient and 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 Cuzco, besides being culturally stimulating, also 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 the children and 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 speaking 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 cultural learning experiences, including participating in Andean music and dance workshops, listening to talks about cosmology, and meeting traditional healers. Experience local culture through soccer game, meetings with farming communities, and engaging discussions with non-profit organizations.

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Adventure

Peru’s diverse natural landscape creates the perfect playground for outdoor adventures like whitewater rafting and biking. These roads and 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 a trek to epic Machu Picchu—retrace the footsteps of countless Quechuan natives, and even bathe like they did in the nearby natural hot springs!

Lodging

Home Base is located in one of the picturesque villages of the Sacred Valley, one hour outside the city of Cuzco at an elevation of 9,850 feet. You’ll live in a family atmosphere among high mountains, snowcapped peaks and fields of crops. Students stay in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and have access to showers and Western-style toilets.

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Dates & Tuition

Peru: Spanish Service Adventure 21-Day Program (2017) Flagship
2017 Dates
Jun 27 - Jul 17, 2017
Jul 21 - Aug 10, 2017
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: 40
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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
Peru: Spanish Service Adventure 21-Day Program (2018) Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 20 - Jul 10, 2018
Jul 14 - Aug 3, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $4,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: 40
See What's Included
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.

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I went to Peru this summer with GLA, and I can honestly say it changed my life. The trip had three aspects - language, service, and adventure. I learned a ton of Spanish! We worked with Spanish professors in small groups, and also had opportunities to practice our Spanish out and about in Cusco or our home base town. Overall the trip was great - I learned a lot and had the time of my life!

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