This Study & Internship program combines a minimum 4 week Standard Group Spanish Study program followed up with a minimum 16 week Internship Work Experience placement in the community.
All internship opportunities will work in partnership with local people in a variety of community-based projects.
This unique program offers exciting hands-on work opportunities, meaningful cultural immersion, and an enriching language program.
After participating in this Study & Internship Program in Cuzco, students will gain unique cross-cultural professional experience, greatly improved foreign language abilities, personal and professional growth and confidence both nationally and internationally, and culturally sensitive yet sound communication skills.
The Study Program includes 20 hours per week of Group Spanish classes for 4 weeks minimum. Maximum number of students per class is 5, with the average being 2 students. Groups are organized in a way that each will always consist of students possessing the same level of Spanish.
The method is based on the 4 language skills: listening, grammar, oral and written comprehension. No English will be used in class.
Classes are 55 minutes in length. Students may enroll for as many weeks as desired. In order to make sufficient progress and gain the maximum benefit from the course, the following program duration ranges are recommended: Beginner (4-12 weeks), Intermediate (2-12 weeks) and advanced (2-12 weeks).
After the minimum 4 week study program, there is a 16 week minimum internship placement in a business or organization in one of the following fields:
-Gastronomy -Medical Field -Social/Legal Work -Education -Automation -Tourism -Arts & Handicrafts -Sports -Other fields may be available upon request
Internship Placement Location
15-20 minutes from the institute in Cuzco, Peru
Students stay in homestays during their Study Program and in student apartments during their Internship Program.
Homestay Students staying in a homestay will be able to practice their Spanish and be exposed to local culture. Middle class families are carefully selected and provide each student with a private room. Do not assume that you are too old for a homestay as many of our students are older than their host "parents". For many of our students, their homestay is one of the most rewarding experiences.
Student Apartments All apartments are located in residential neighborhoods in Cusco, between 20 – 30 minutes walking distance from the city center, and offer the students a maximum of security and comfort with a fully equipped kitchen, a furnished living room and bedrooms. Each apartment houses between 3 and 6 students.
* Minimum age 18 * Undergraduate, graduate students and adults with an undergraduate degree or higher. * Knowledge of Elementary Level Spanish by the time you start the internship.
The internship positions on a space available basis. These are unpaid positions.
Minimum Work Commitment
A minimum of 4 weeks preparatory Immersion language study at the school plus a minimum of 16 weeks commitment to the internship is required
U.S. citizens traveling on regular passports for tourism or business do not need a visa for a stay of 90 days or less. Those planning a longer visit must obtain a visa in advance of arrival.
• Group - 20 Hours per Week in Group of 2-5 Students per class. • Internship Placement in local Business or Organization • Lodging • Arrival Transfer from Cuzco airport • Laundry service • Placement Testing • 1-2 Organized Activities Weekly* • Access to E-mail • Access to Multimedia Learning Center • Certificate of Completion • Pre-Departure Information • Planning Guide • Medical, Accident and Sickness Coverage ** • Medivac Coverage • Other Travel Coverage (repatriation, baggage, personal effects, accidental death and dismemberment , etc.) • 24 Hour Emergency Multilingual Hotline (call collect from anywhere in the world)
* Entrance fees, transportation, etc. may be at additional cost. ** See policy for definitions and exclusions.
Arrival Transfer - From Lima to Cuzco - $302 - Includes a night in Lima and rountrip airfare Lima to Cusco.
Group Program & Internship: 20 hours per week. The Group Program consists of 4 hours per day, Monday through Friday, of Spanish language study in a group setting with a maximum of 5 students per class. Internship will start start after the 4 weeks Spanish Classes.
According to the stories passed down through the generations by the Quechuas, the mythical monarch Manco Capac founded the city of Cuzco at the beginning of the 13th century B.C. with the help of this three brothers and four sisters. Under Inca rule, the empire grew and developed, the systems of past cultures were improved upon and magnificent structures were built, such as roads and stone bridges. Crop production increased, thanks to the construction of irrigation channels and aqueducts, and huge fortresses were built.
When Francisco Pizarro began to colonize Peru, the Inca empire had already been weakened. Nevertheless, the great city of Cuzco still conserves remnants of that ancient age of splendor. These have become obligatory stops on tourist itineraries, along with the city's important buildings from the Colonial period.
Any journey through this beautiful city should begin in the Plaza de Armas, the heart of Cuzco, where you'll find the venerable Cathedral. Its construction was begun in 1556, but design changes and the earthquake of 1650 delayed its completion. It was finally in 1654. The imposing temple was designed in the Renaissance style and laid out in the form of a Latin cross. Some of its most important chapels include the Señor de los Temblores, the Virgen de lo Remedios and the Capilla de la Inmaculada Concepción, also known as La Linda.
The city sits perched amidst the clouds and the lush Andean greenery 11.000 feet above sea level, an everlasting legacy to Peru´s rich history. Many international tourists are drawn to Cuzco for its proximity to the famous Machu Picchu ruins and the Inca Trail. Due to the high elevation, it is cool at night and sunny but cool during the day year-round. Day temperatures ranges from high the 60s to 70s Fahrenheit. April to September is the coldest time, with high 60s during the day and 30s at night. Rainy season is from October to April.
The NRCSA Center in Cuzco was founded in 1995 and offers the exceptional opportunity to study Spanish while immersed in Peruvian culture. Other activities such as Quechua language courses, workshops on Latin American Culture, and daily student activities, make it a distinctive educational destination in the former capital of the majestic Inca Empire. Whether a complete beginner or an advanced speaker, a recent student or returning to study, students can receive customized programs at the level and pace especially suited to each individual's personal goals.
All teachers are native speakers, and participate in continuing education throughout their employment to advance their knowledge and skills of teaching Spanish and Quechua as a foreign language. The instructors are committed to giving students the richest possible experience of Peruvian culture and customs and have proficiency in at least one foreign language, either English, German or French.
Classes are in a colonial building one block from the main square, the Plaza de Armas. The building also incorporates the Student House in a lovely setting with a sunny terrace. The other residence, Hostel "Casa de Campo", has a majestic view over Cuzco. In addition to that, there are local guest families, who offer a welcoming environment. The café linked to the school, is a famous meeting point for travelers from all over the world, and the school's travel agency offers an excellent and fairly priced service.
Excursions, Cultural & Social Activities
Cultural & Social Activities Programs include a dynamic, interesting and fun leisure program that is complementary to the process of learning the Spanish language. All activities are directed towards socializing in a learning environment and increasing the student's knowledge of Peruvian Culture.
Free activities included in all programs:
* City Tour (transport and guide; entrance fees not included). * Welcome Dinner for all new students * Peruvian Cooking Class * Game Night (in Spanish) * Salsa Class * Farewell Gathering * Weekly orientation meeting for new students on the Volunteer Work Program.
Cultural Workshops The following Cultural Workshops with local teachers are available, and can be booked at additional cost in blocks of separate hours, either during the week or in the weekend. If several students are interested in the same course, there are good discount options. A great opportunity to learn about real Peruvian traditional culture and a good complement to the Spanish Course.
* Peruvian Music: In this workshop is include different options: guitar, charango (Peruvian guitar), zampoña (panflute) and/or quena (flute). There is no need to have experience playing an instrument nor to be able to read music. Participants will quickly learn to play a few well-know songs. This is a "must" for people who are interested in Peruvian folklore!
* Peruvian Cooking: For people who want to learn more about traditional Peruvian cuisine! One free cooking class is included in the Student Activities, but there's so much more! Learn about the endless different kinds of "papas" (potatoes), about the traditional "quinoa" and the use of native herbs!
* Peruvian Dance: Traditional Peruvian dance is an important component of the native folklore. Try salsa and cumbia, but as well the typical "huayno", the valls, carnaval Cusqueño, huayllas, la diabla, majeño ....... Great fun!
* Pottery: Together with a local institution, the school organizes pottery workshops. For this course, students are required to sign up for a minimum of 10 hours. Learn about techniques and traditional Inca figures and styles.
* Cultural Exchange Program: The center organizes a cultural exchange program in collaboration with university students of Cuzco. A perfect way to practice your Spanish and to know more about what the local people do, feel and think!
Excursions Many options for excursions, trips and hikes are available. Bus and train tickets and air fares for are available through the school for very competitive prices. The travel agency linked to the center can organize students' free time, without having to worry about price and quality in the jungle of agencies in Cuzco.
• To apply for Spanish and Internship Program, fill out the Registration Form by clicking the register link and submit on-line or mail including the deposit of $140 US.
• Also, you will have to send your Curriculum Vitae/Resume in Spanish OR English, typewritten by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 414-271-8884.