The InterExchange Spanish Immersion Peru program in Cusco is an opportunity to improve your language proficiency in leaps and bounds. You will take 4-6 hours of Spanish per day, have the option to join free English-Spanish exchanges with locals and practice with your host family members while enjoying home cooked meals!
Programs begin every Sunday with pickup at the Cusco Airport (CUZ) and transfer to your host family's home. Your family will help you navigate to the language school Monday morning for an orientation meeting and placement exam to determine your class level. Your class will start on the same day and will take place each day Monday through Friday.
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). We can help!
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 5+ 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). Also, your host family will provide breakfast and dinner, which often create additional opportunities for language practice.
Standard accommodation is a shared room with 1-2 other students/volunteers of the same sex, in the home of screened, middle-class host family (private rooms available for an additional $25/week). You will receive a key to the home and can come and go as you please, provided you respect the space and routines of your hosts. Your host family's home will either be within a 10- to 25-minute walk or a short taxi/bus ride from the school where InterExchange's partner offices are situated.
All families must partake in a formal application, vetting and interview process before becoming hosts. You'll receive your specific host family information with your arrival packet.
Hostel stays can also be arranged, or apartments for placements four weeks or longer. Please inquire for details.
English-speaking program staff work from the Cusco school location 7 days/week and maintain a 24-hour emergency phone, so support is always available. The staff can assist you with logistical questions, or give you tips for exploring the area before and after class and during weekends.
The school has space to study, computers and free wifi, free coffee and tea, and great hang-out space for meeting friends. Weekly free activities like salsa or cooking lessons are also available, and you can check our monthly activities calendar for ideas on connecting with students and travelers.
Support from InterExchange begins the moment you inquire and continues beyond your program when you become a part of our alumni community! Have questions now? Ask away!
Programs begin every week with accommodation starting from Sunday. If you'd like to arrive a day or two early we can also organize this. Please apply at least four weeks prior to your desired program dates and contact us if you're hoping to start on short notice.
All prices include host family accommodation with breakfast and dinner, airport pickup and support throughout your program.
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Small Group and Private courses are four hours/day Monday - Friday. The 6-hour Combo includes four hours group lessons plus two hours private lessons. In the unlikely event that you are the only student at your level, any two hours of group lessons will be replaced with one hour of private lessons. This is rare.
Above pricing includes standard host family accommodation in a shared room. For private room with a host family, or accommodation in a hostel or apartment, please give us a call at 1.800.597.3675 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With just a few web forms and uploads our sign-up process is simple, and we're always here if you have any questions. Sign up by signing up now.
Once you complete your application and make a $250 partial payment (refundable if you cancel before your program is confirmed) we'll reach out to address any lingering questions, review a few key points, and get the ball rolling with your placement!
If you're hoping to earn credit for your program we will need to know in advance. Please note this will incur additional fees, which go to the accrediting school. Most of our participants have done the program without seeking credit but we are happy to arrange this!
Yes. Please let us know in advance and we'll get you placed with the same host family.
Yes, host families have experience with vegetarians, but please let us know in your application so we can find you the right placement.
Walking is a great, free option, but buses are also very inexpensive and support staff will provide info on using public transportation or taxis. Your host family can help you with this as well.
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. Please note that you may not have wifi at your host family's home, though many homes do. Getting on a local phone plan is also an option and we're happy to help with this.
InterExchange was very helpful! They helped me set up my trip with just a few week's notice. I was very happy with my Spanish class. The office staff were very friendly and flexible, and my teachers were great. Jane
I know if I need anything I can send a quick email and be assisted right away. I feel secure with [InterExchange] staff and am grateful for the extensive information that has been provided. Keirsten
Explore Cusco and beyond while improving your Spanish proficiency!