Unlike other schools, our aim has never been just to teach you Spanish. Through our history, Amigos has been a pillar of the local community, providing the crossroads where visitors to Cuzco and the local people meet. That has meant a number of different things. We began with a skeleton crew and a Youth Foundation to support local children suffering in silent poverty, and now we have become a thriving school, full of love and life.
Amigos is and will always be about symbiosis: that is, two distinct groups of people helping and growing from each other. You learn Spanish, and as a result, we will support the local community in Cusco. We are working in future projects for the local community.
While working as a Spanish teacher in Cuzco, Jesús Napancca often saw many children working on the streets. He was sad to see that life was just the same for these children as it was for him as a child. He realized that a lack of skills, especially in English, was severely limiting these children's opportunities. In 1998, Jesús befriended two children (Sergio & John) and began to teach them English for free. Seeing how helpful these classes were to Sergio and John, Jesús began to make plans to create a school through a foundation to help more children. This foundation would be financed through the proceeds of a Spanish School, which would provide Spanish classes to foreigners.
Amigos has grown from this humble dream to become an established Cuzco learning institution, and world-renowned Spanish School, and is often a highlight for many travellers spending time in Cuzco. While we can no longer operate the original foundation and Youth Program to the same degree, Amigos has not forgotten our roots, and we strive to continue supporting the local community while delivering world-class education in the casual, friendly, and welcoming setting of our school. Please read about our history if you want to get to know Amigos a little more.
Unlike other schools, our aim was not just to teach you Spanish. We were also here to provide a future for disadvantaged children and young people in Cusco; Children and young people who otherwise would only have access to limited education and career opportunities.