Who will I be studying with?
The on-the-ground program provider is Maximo Nivel, with whom InterExchange has collaborated for years on offering affordable Spanish immersion and other cultural exchange programs. They will be your program provider, there to support you from the school and throughout your time in Costa Rica.
Will I have a chance to travel during the program?
Join the masses on a pilgrimage to Machu Picchu or enjoy one of the many other nearby treks. Cusco is a beautiful city in and of itself, but it’s also the perfect leaping off point for outdoor adventures including rafting, paragliding, eco-tours, bungee jumping, ziplining, and more! In other words, plan to sign up for some adventures on weekends (and maybe add some time after your immersion program).
How are the Spanish classes structured?
Spanish classes start Monday morning and you can choose group or private classes (or both!), giving you the perfect opportunity to meet friends and make rapid gains with your Spanish skills. Teachers have master’s degrees and/or certification in teaching Spanish as a foreign language and over five years of experience. They will create ample opportunities for you to practice speaking and listening. Textbooks are provided at no extra cost.
You’ll meet plenty of other Spanish students, but the school also supports local English learners, with whom you will have the option to connect for one-to-one language exchanges (to help with their English for 30 minutes and practice your Spanish for 30 minutes). If you stay with a host family you can practice with them a bit too!
Can I arrive whenever I want?
Yes, but you’ll want to be there by Sunday so that you’re ready to head to your orientation Monday morning. Weekly accommodation rates include arrival Sunday with check out on your final Saturday.
Can I stay with a friend?
Yes. Please indicate that you’re traveling together when you enroll.
I’m a vegetarian – will there be vegetarian food available?
Yes, host families have experience with vegetarians/vegans and various special diets, but please mention this in your application so we can find you the right placement.
How will I get around in Peru?
Walking is a great, free option, but buses are also very inexpensive and support staff will provide info on using public transportation or taxis.
How can I stay in touch with friends and family back home?
You’ll have access to a computer room and high-speed internet at school. We recommend bringing a tablet or other personal device, as computer access can be limited during busy hours, but wifi is available. There are also plenty of internet cafés available throughout Cusco. If you stay longer you might want to pick up a local SIM card.