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1. Posted by jereminho (Budding Member 28 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I am interested in travelling to South America for 6 months when i finish University in July this year.

I am very interested in learning to speak spanish (i speak none at the moment- speak only intermediate french which i hear helps), and also doing volunteer work. I would like to spend most of my time in just one country to really get familiar with the culture.

Just wondering if anyone has ever done anything similar to this?

I have heard that Bolivian Spanish is clean and better to learn compared to Chilean and Argentinian Spanish for example. I'm assuming that i would have to spend some time in a language school- has anyone had a positive experience with a language school in south america?

My apologies for such a vague question, i am still brainstorming, but would love to know if anyone has any tips on both learning spanish and doing volunteering??

Thanks so much

2. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!
  • Bolivian Spanish isn't necessarily better; it's different, and somewhat closer to Spain-Spanish and Latin America - Spanish than its Argentinian and Chilean counterparts
  • It seems to me you've given it some thought already. Like your plan; as a language professional, I can only applaude your decision to spend more time in one place, as this will help you create situations in which you can practice your skills
  • One school that is particularly well known is the language laboratory of the Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA). There is a link to their programme in Buenos Aires page of TP's Travel Guide
3. Posted by Isabelbio (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am also a language pro and have lived in Peru. In fact I know all of South America (I am a Brazilian travel agent, living in Spain and working for a Peruvian tour operator)!!!
The most similar spoken Spanish in SA, to the Spanish spoken in Spain, I can assure you are in Peru and Equador (that's why I chose to live in Peru lol).
I know some great Spanish schools for foreigners in Cusco (remember Machu Picchu?), where you could also do some voluntary work!

Get in touch so I can help you out!

Best of luck,

Isabel :)