Spanish Language School
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FAQs
PLANNING YOUR TRIP AND ARRIVAL

1. Will I need a visa to enter to Peru? 
Visas are not required for citizens  of most countries (check with the Peruvian embassy in your home country). The tourist visa you will get when entering Peru will allow you to stay for 90 days in Peru. You can then go to the immigration department in most cities and get an extension. You are allowed a maximum of three 30-day extensions, which would give you a total of  180 days (6 months) in Peru. However, it is easier to cross a border which guarantees you 90 more days. From Arequipa you can go to Chile or Bolivia which takes about 7 hours.

2. How can I buy a flight ticket to Arequipa?
You can buy one online.  Check these web sites:
www.starperu.com.pe
www.peruvianairlines.pe
www.lan.com

3. Can you arrange a pick up service from the airport in Lima?
Yes, we have a taxi driver that works with us who can pick you up from the airport in Lima. He can also take you to a hotel in Lima, pick you the next day from the hotel and take you to the airport or bus station.  If necessary he can help you to buy a bus ticket to Arequipa.

4. How is the bus trip from Lima to Arequipa?
The trip last around 14 hours if the bus is on time. The majority of the trip is along the coast on  the Panamerican highway which is fine. There are very different levels of service depending on the price. Buses depart about every half an hour from Lima, but it is better if you take an overnight bus which leaves in the afternoon, so you will arrive in Arequipa early in the morning.  We recommend that you  choose a special service that  doesn’t make any stops on the way.  If you choose an economical class, your trip can last between 18 and 20 hours and is not much fun.

5. What can I expect in the airport in Arequipa ?
The airport in Arequipa is very small. Once you leave  the plane,  collect your luggage,  go through the  lobby and leave the building. Outside the lobby there will be a representative from our school with a sign with your name on, waiting  to take you to your accommodation. If you do not see anyone, please wait another 15 minutes and then  call 9910196 (cell phone) from a public phone (0ne Sol).

6.  Can the school pick me up if I arrive by bus?
Yes, but you have to call  us when you arrive  in Arequipa and it will take us 15 minutes to get there,  because buses are usually not on time. If you don’t want to wait, you can take a taxi inside  the bus station car park,  these taxis are safe.  They will charge you around 4.00 soles to take you to the school or your home stay.

SPANISH LESSONS

1. Are  group lessons available?
Sometimes we have group lessons, for students that come together, or who  speak the same language and have the same level in Spanish.  Group lessons are for beginners to intermediate.  For advance students we only offer one to one lessons.

2. What do you recommend,  group or one to one  lessons?
We always recommend one to one lessons, because your teacher will  focus on your specific needs and you can reach your personal goals.   
In groups normally some students progress faster than others which causes frustration in both the less able, who feel left behind, and more able students, who become impatient.
On the other hand, group lessons are great for friends that come together and support each other in learning Spanish.

3. What are the class schedules?

The normal schedule is  from  Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 01:00. 
For students who want flexible schedules, the lessons are in the afternoon from 2:00 p.m.
Also, for students who request it, we can arrange classes weekends.

4. What  if  I don`t speak any Spanish? 
Don`t worry.  We usually have students that have never had contact with  Spanish before,  our texts books are designed for complete beginners  and our teachers have lot of experience in teaching complete beginners.

5. If I a complete beginner, what can I learn in one week?
The articles, the verb to be, the most used adverbs, adjectives and nouns in Spanish, how to ask questions, how to answer them, useful information for buying tickets, booking hostels, buying clothes, etc. In terms of grammar your will learn the present tense, present perfect and going to.  In short a  survival course which is enough for travelling around

6. How much time do I need to become fluent in Spanish?
This depends on the effort that a student invests in learning Spanish. Our experience shows that a person who does not speak any Spanish, with a 40-hour course can manage basic communication in Spanish, for example he or she will be able to buy things and to request basic information in Spanish.

7. Do the teachers give homework?

Yes, they always give you homework or they request you to review what you have studied that  day.  It is important that you do this, so you can progress faster and the teacher can  teach you more.

8. What languages do your teachers speak?

Most of them speak English, some of them German and French. Bilingual teachers are available for beginners and basic levels, but for intermediate to advanced students  only Spanish is used. In any case most of the class will be  in Spanish from the beginning.

9. Do your teachers have a University Degree?
Yes,  our teachers have  University Degrees, most of them in Education and some in Language and Linguistics. Some of them have a Diploma in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. 

10.  Do I work with only one teacher for 4 hours?
No, usually when  students take 4 or more hours per day, they work with two different teachers, changing after  two hours. You will  you keep the same  teachers for the whole course unless  you request a  change.

11. Do I need to bring any study material with me?

The school will provide all your study materials, but if you could  bring a good dictionary.

12. Is there a minimum or maximum age for enrolment?

Not,  students of all  ages are welcome. We have had students from 3  to 75 years old.

13. Can I change my program after enrollment?
This depends on the  kind of change.  For example, if you wish to take more hours we can usually arrange that. However, if you wish  to reduce your number of hours, you will only be able to do this after the first week, because teachers’ schedules  are planned for the whole week bearing in mind your booking.

14. Can I study for a few weeks, then take a break, and then continue for another couple of weeks?
Yes, this is possible, but when you return you might not have the same teachers, you will work with the teachers that are available at the moment.

15. When can I start my course?
 
You can start one to one Spanish lessons any day of the week, not necessarily on a Monday, but you should book in  advance to ensure that teachers are available.

16. Do your teachers work on  public holidays? 
Yes, but we don’t work at Christmas and New Year.  If you miss lessons because of these holidays we will reschedule them.

ACCOMMODATION

1. How far from the school do the host families live?
The host families live in different areas of  Arequipa. Most of them are located in the Cayma district near the school,  the  walking distance from the school is from 10 to 20 minutes, others are located  a little more further  in the Miraflores or Cercado district,  which take from 30 to 35 minutes. There is a lot of cheap pubic transport available to the city center and  the school. A taxi fare costs S/. 3.50 (around US$ 1.11). and a bus fare S/. 0.60 (US$ 0.19)

2. Can I get details about my host family in advance?
Yes, we usually assign the host family to each student  two weeks before their arrival, we send the student the address of the family with  information about the family members and a picture of the family.
Upon request, we can send the student   details of the  host family earlier, but placements can change at the last minute.

3. What meals are included in the half-board option?
Breakfast and one meal, either lunch or dinner.  Some families are willing to prepare you lunch one day or dinner another day depending on your schedule.  But it is better if you choose lunch, because you can join the other students for dinner downtown.

4. Can we share a double room as a couple?

Yes, you can book a double room with a host family.   Please, check our web site for details.

5.  Can I share a double room with a student from the school?
No, double rooms are available only for couples or for two students that come together.

6. Can a whole family stay with a local family?
It depends on the size of the family, we have space for a family of 4 in two double rooms

7. If  I arrive in Arequipa  during the week , where can I stay?
You can stay with the family from  the day that you arrive, you don´t need to wait until Sunday and you can stay there as many days as you want, but it is important to inform the school how many days you will probably stay there so we know when the homestay will be available for new students.

8. I am a vegetarian, is that a problem if I want to stay with a host family?
This  isn`t a problem , our host families have experience with the preparation of vegetarian meals. Also, if you have other dietary restrictions or allergies, just let us know in advance.

9. Can I use the kitchen if I stay with a family? 
Only  some families will allow  students to use their kitchen to prepare their own meals paying extra money. You can choose another option for example sharing an apartment with local people or renting a whole apartment  For more information check  our web site : http://www.ceica-peru.com/accommodation.htm.

10.  Does the accommodation include hot water?
Yes, all provide hot water. 
The host family will show how to use the shower. They will indicate when hot water is available. If there is any problem the student should inform the school.

11. Can I change my homestay if I am dissatisfied?
Yes, you can change the homestay immediately. You don`t need to spend  a whole week in the homestay, if you want you can go to another family or move into a hostal.

12. Should I pay directly to the host family?

No, all the payments are made through the school.  The families and the school have an agreement that all the payments including extra days are made through the school even if you have already finished your Spanish lessons.

13.  If I miss meals will I get a refund?
No, you don’t get a refund if you miss meals.

14. If I travel for some days do I get a refund for the days that  I don’t spend in the house?
No,  you don’t get a refund if you don’t spend any days in the house.  But if you leave the house for more than 7 days, you can keep the room paying only for the room, not for the meals.  If you don’t want to pay for the room you can leave your things in the school or isomewhere else and after you return we can find another family for you if the  previous family isn´t available.

15. Shall I take a gift for my host family?

You do not have to but it is a nice idea to bring a souvenir from your city.  Also, wine and chocolates are greatly appreciated.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT

1.  How do I book a Spanish course and accommodation?
You only need to send us the enrolment form plus the enrolment fee, when we receive this you will get a reply from us.  If you don’t hear for us, please let us know maybe our mail didn’t  reach your mailbox.

2. Are there any other fees apart from the costs for the Spanish lessons  and accommodation?
Yes, you have to pay 20 Euros registration fee  when you send us your enrolment form via paypal.

3. How can I pay the Spanish lessons and the accommodation?

You must pay the first week of lessons during the first two course days at the school and the next weeks at the beginning of each week. We only accept cash and the payments must be in American dollars or soles.

4. Are there ATM machines in Arequipa? 
There are several ATM machines in Arequipa, more of them in the city center and there is one near the school. 

5. Can I extend my course and accommodation? 
Of course you can. Only let us know in advance, so we can make all the necessary arrangements.

6. How far in advance should I book my course and/or accommodation? 
We prefer at least two weeks in advance, but also you can often come to the school and fix a date for your lessons and find  accommodation only  a couple of days in advance.

 

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