The Amigos Spanish SchoolUsing the tuition fees of Spanish students such as yourself, we're able to provide education, food, and moral support to a group of underprivileged local children. These children are part of the school. This means that when you come here, you'll be learning and studying under the same roof as them. We don't just do this to save money by having one building. We do it to make our school one community. One family. At Amigos, you will have the unique opportunity to meet, to observe, and even to become friends with the children and young people that you support.
HistoryWhen we opened our doors, all we had was only few teachers, one cook, 16 local children, barely enough money to feed and to educate our flock, and no guarantee of a future. But we had our faith, we had our dedication, and we had our dream. And so, against the odds, Amigos was born. We began with an initial donation from a private company in Holland, but it was only sufficient to cover the initial two months of the Youth Program.
Our first foreign students were two people from Germany, Simon and Anne. On the first day of class, they were very enthusiastic and excited about their lessons. They felt very happy that their Spanish lessons were supporting the education and food of our 16 local boys and girls. They also saw that we were giving our children something that they sorely missed at home: love. After six weeks of intensive Spanish lessons, living with a Peruvian family, sharing the school with our children, they left with a good working knowledge of Spanish to continue in their Latin American travels. When they left, they said something unforgettable: "Amigos es realmente Amigos" ("Amigos truly is Amigos").
After a while, the amount of students started growing little by little, even though there were few times during which the school was full. Our students were not only happy with the noticeable improvement of their Spanish, they were also very satisfied that they were helping the community in Cusco. Today, we have an enviable reputation in Cusco, and people the world over have spread many good sentiments about Amigos.
Now, the Amigos Spanish School has many Spanish teachers and employees, working to help our children and young people. We are an amazing team that believes in the school, we all give our best to the foreigners who attend our school, and we all care deeply about the welfare and the future of our children and young people. Our children and young people are very motivated, and they have said many times that this school is the best thing in their lives.
The Amigos Spanish School itself has been financing 100% of the youth program, and we are very proud of this achievement. We believe that this year will also be a great year.
PhilosophyAn integral factor in implementing our philosophy is that: our foreign Spanish-language students and our local English-language students are together, learning in the same physical location. The two groups fuel each other with energy, inspiration, admiration, and mutual respect. By being at Amigos, our foreign students are gaining much more than a mere improvement in their Spanish ability. Learning a language is the gateway to understanding different people and different cultures, and for our students we want to open that gateway as wide as we can.
Many of today's global problems stem from mutual ignorance and intolerance of different people and their cultures. At Amigos, we believe strongly that one way to further communication and understanding in our world is to learn about each other, in a deeper and more profound way. Learning a language of another culture is the first step to do this.