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Spanish Language & Volunteer Programs in Cusco, Peru  


Spanish Programs Overview

Intensive Spanish courses are organization and offered at five levels: from complete beginners to advanced. Each of the earlier levels takes between 2 and 4 weeks of to work through. The more advanced levels take longer due to the added complexity of the material. Customized text books are used in the classroom and form the basis of the course. Other teaching material includes: newspapers, songs, poems, literature, cassettes and videos. Visits to typical locations such as the market, a school, a tourist site, or the university may be arranged during the conversation classes.

Courses use interactive, communicative and personal teaching methods to help the student learn the language. Classes take place in a relaxed atmosphere and are stimulating, interesting and effective in maximizing a student's ability to communicate effectively in Spanish. All teachers are native speakers and professionals.

Classes take place from Monday to Friday, except for official holidays which are not made up. All classes are 52 minutes in duration (1 class hour), and are programmed between the hours of 8:10 and 20:00. Students can give their preference for certain hours. Students are given an admission test upon arrival. Students are advised to bring a dictionary and Spanish grammar book in their own language. It is often very difficult to find Spanish grammar books or dictionaries in Cuzco.

All courses include the following:
  •   Welcome dinner & Urubamba tour (transport and guide; entrance fees not included).
  •   Study of grammar (theory and practice)
  •   Exercises to extend vocabulary and pronunciation
  •   Development of listening, writing and reading comprehension, through the use of newspapers, songs and literature
  •   Techniques of oral communication, guided conversation, debates and role plays
  •   Study of Peruvian literature, culture and society
  •   Cultural activities, such as Peruvian Cooking Workshop.
  •   Free use of e-mail (not internet)

Every Friday from 13:10 - 17:00 students have the option to participate in conversation classes. Conversation classes will be held in small groups of students of the same level instead of the One-on-One classes during the week. This common conversation class gives the students the opportunity to socialize in a learning environment and to practice their Spanish skills with other students from all over the world.

NRCSA programs will held an Orientation session locally. The orientation designed to provide students with important information about immigration, law of the countries, and the services offered by the school. The orientation program also helps you to acquaint to the educational and cultural atmosphere and provide an opportunity to meet other students.

First Day:
With regards to the program, all levels of the language are accepted, from complete beginner to advanced, and your exact level is determined by a placement test to make sure we put you in the right class. One of the unique things about the NRSCA program is the ability to combine the language classes with an extensive choice of culture classes. In addition to the language classes, we also include our culture and social events program in the afternoons for students to interact with other student and learn about the culture.

Teachers use our own course book, developed by a team of our teachers, for about half of the class, while the other half of the class is devoted to special class needs and supplements, such as selected audios, videos, and current readings.

All of our teachers are native speakers with university educations and are very experienced teaching Spanish to foreigners. Most have learned a second language themselves and understand the student's perspective. They are devoted to helping students best reach their goals and to keeping the classes enjoyable and entertaining.

Standard Spanish Program
Group 20 hours per week. The Group Program consists of 4 hours a day of Spanish lessons in a group setting of no more than 6 students per class, Monday through Friday. The program is held every Monday between January and October, and November through December. The group program tends to be a little bit more relaxed than the tutor program and students find it very stimulating to study together and socialize with other students from different parts of the world. If there is no group available at the required level, the student will receive 3 hours per day of Tutor at the same cost.

Group + Tutorial Spanish Programs
Includes 30 hours per week of Spanish classes. This program combines 20 hours of the Group course with 10 hours of Tutor one-on-one instruction weekly. It is designed for those students who want maximum language learning and/or special vocabulary in Spanish. Close attention is paid to the individual student's goals and needs. Students will have highly structured grammar lessons, interactive activities, conversation and written exercises. Specific homework assignments are given daily and every student is evaluated and tested on a weekly basis.

Private Spanish Classes
Tutor 20 hours per week. The Tutor Program consists of 4 hours a day of Spanish lessons with a Tutor one-on-one, Monday through Friday. The teachers are rotated weekly in order to give students the maximum exposure to the varieties of spoken Spanish.

Spanish Study & Volunteer Programs
All opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects.

These unique programs offers exciting hands-on volunteering opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.

Standard Study & Volunteer Program
This Study & Volunteer program combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Study program followed up with a 4 week minimum volunteer placement in the community.

Volunteer placement opportunities can include the following:

Social Services
Health Care
Language Teacher (English, French and German)
Women and Men, & Elderly
Indigenous Community
Others available upon request

Study & Volunteer Plus Programs
This Study & Volunteer program combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Study program followed up with a 12 week minimum volunteer placement in the community.

Our Volunteer Plus Program is especially suited for professionals with a stronger commitment to their field and who are interested in supporting one of our projects by working a longer period of time. Most participants have studied some Spanish before and/or have basic communication skills. Example fields of our volunteers for this program include:

Computer Programmers
Marketing Professionals
Other fields may be available upon request

For more information about these volunteer programs, contact us!

Study & Internship Program
This Study & Internship program in Cuzco combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Spanish Study program followed up with a minimum 16 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.

Internship placements in businesses or organizations are available in the following fields:
-Medical Field
-Social/Legal Work
-Arts & Handicrafts
-Other fields are available upon request

For more information about this program, contact us!


Admissions & Academic Credit

Students 17 years and older are welcomed by the center to attend programs. Students under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous knowledge of Spanish is required except where otherwise indicated.

It is recommended that prior to arrival, students should undertake a thorough medical examination and consult their physician about the necessary injections. Students should be protected against typhoid, polio, tetanus and hepatitis. There is no malaria in the Cuzco area. Vaccination against cholera is not necessary.

Students desiring credit for their study should contact their home school or request the NRCSA Credit Fact Sheet. Generally, U.S. universities consider 15 hours of study to be equal to 1 semester credit.

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The school has arranged study programs for some U.S. colleges for which undergraduate or graduate credits has been given. The number of credits granted is determined by the length of stay and number of the classroom hours. Be sure to arrange the NRCSA Credit Option at least 60 days prior to your date of departure.

For those students who have arranged with their home college or university to receive credits for Spanish study abroad, a letter will be issued stating dates of study, hours completed, progress and level of achievement. Get a letter of instructions from your home school and advise the foreign school administrators upon arrival of your credit transfer needs.



Upon request, students may receive a certificate at the end of their Spanish course that indicates number of hours studied and obtained level. Please note, this is not an official certificate.

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Standard Program
Tutor Program
Group/Tutor Program
Medical Spanish Program
Spanish for Mature Adults
Christmas Course
Admissions & Academic Credit

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