Planning your trip and arrival
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.
How can I buy a flight ticket to Arequipa?
You can buy one online. Check these web sites:
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.
How is the bus trip from Lima to Arequipa?
The trip last around 16 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 like Cruz del Sur or Oltursa. If you choose an economical class, your trip can last between 18 and 20 hours and is not much fun.
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 to the school 959910196.
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 30 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 12 - 15 soles to take you to the school or your home stay.
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.
What do you recommend, group or one on 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.
What are the class schedules?
The normal schedule is from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 12.30 or from 9:00 to 01:00 during the rainy season.
For students who want flexible schedules, the lessons are in the afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m.
Also, for students who request it, we can arrange classes weekends.
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.
If I'm 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
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. To become fluent maybe you need to study at least 6 months if you don´t have any knowledge of the language.
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.
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.
Do your teachers have university degrees?
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.
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.
Do I need to bring any study materials with me?
The school will provide all your study materials, but if you could bring a good dictionary, a notebook and a pen.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for enrollment?
No - students of all ages are welcome. We have had students from 3 to 75 years old.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Booking and Payment
How do I book a Spanish course and accommodation?
You only need to send us the enrollment form plus the enrollment 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.
Are there any other fees apart from the costs for the Spanish lessons and accommodation?
Yes, you have to pay 20 dollars registration fee when you send us your enrolment form via paypal.
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.
Are there ATM machines in Arequipa?
There are several ATM machines in Arequipa, there are plenty in the shopping centers and banks located few blocks from the school.
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.
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.