Hello to all my loyal travel bloggers! I am one week from departing on my next trip. As I have talked to people in the last few weeks, I realized that there are still a lot of you who don't know about my travel plans this summer. A little background on my trip to Peru...
I am traveling to Cusco, Peru to study Spanish for 4 weeks. I leave June 25th and return July 30th. After studying for 4 weeks, I will spend the final week traveling to Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. I decided that I want to become fluent in Spanish after my February trip to Guatemala. I was able to communicate on a very basic level with the Guatemalans. It made for a more enriching experience being able to talk with the locals in their language. I studied Spanish in middle school, high school and college. I am far from fluent and I would like to advance in the language. Throughout my travels around the world, I am constantly humbled by the people I meet. Most people in countries outside of the US can speak at least 2 languages. Also, there is a growing population of Hispanic families who are coming to live in the United States. I saw a news story that predicts that in the year 2025, 1 in 4 students in our schools will be Hispanic. I had 2 Hispanic families that I worked with this year. I needed to use an interpreter for meetings. It would be great to speak with the families without an interpreter.
While in Cusco, I will be living with a Peruvian family. I don't know anything about the family yet except that they live about a 1/2 hour walk outside of central Cusco. The name of the school I will be attending is Amauta Spanish School. http://www.amautaspanish.com/amautaspanish/english/index.asp
They offer the opportunity to attend another one of their school sights located in the Sacred Valley. I hope to study there for one of my weeks in Peru.
That's all for now. I will write again from Peru!