Academia Superior de Idiomas

Academia Superior de Idiomas

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About

We are more than just a language school: We offer different ways for you to learn Spanish and explore South America. Our multiple locations allow you to study Spanish while still being flexible with your itinerary. The possibilities are endless!

We tailor your Spanish lessons to your ability and schedule. We offer individual, group, or combination classes, or you could combine your language learning with a surfing lesson here on South America’s famous coasts.

Why not combine Spanish with a volunteer project or internship? We have different programs for you to choose either to make a difference or gain more experiences. Social work, hotel business, wildlife conservation, teaching, medicine, and psychology are just a few of the areas in which we offer volunteer and internship opportunities.

Visit our website or use our contact form for more information.

Founded
1988

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Sofia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My friends and family thought that I'm crazy when I told them I want to do Volunteering in South America without speaking Spanish. That’s why I was looking for a Program that includes a Spanish language course and the organization of a volunteer project. I'm glad that I found the Academia Superior de Idiomas in Pimentel.
Pimentel is a little village on the beach and not far from Chiclayo, one of the biggest cities in Peru. So it was the perfect mix of relaxed Pimentel and Peruvian chaos in Chiclayo.

I did a 4-weeks Spanish language course before I start volunteering in a rural primary school where I taught English. The Spanish course was a perfect start for my South America journey. On the first day we had an orientation tour to get know Pimentel and Chiclayo and the important safety rules. The group class was very small, we were just 3-4 students. The small classes were very good to learn Spanish in a short time. We had Spanish classes in the morning, but not only in a classroom because we also went to the local market, to the beach or stayed in the garden to play games. In the afternoon we had the choice to participate on daily activities like salsa dance, cooking classes or self-defense. I enjoyed also the weekly excursions to other spots or museums.

After my Spanish classes, I finally started to do Volunteering. One of the coordinators from the school accompanied me to my first class. There have been around 30 kids in the class and all were motivated to learn English words. I taught them Basic English, like the ABC, colors, the most important words, how they can introduce their selves etc. Sometimes we played games or were singing songs together. At the beginning I struggled with the size of the class. 30 kids can be very exhausting. The other teachers in the school as well as the staff from the Academia helped me out and gave me useful tips to dominate the crowd. I really enjoyed every day with the kids, they were so curious and asked me everything about my life, my family, my friends etc.

All in all it was a fantastic time in Pimentel and I already miss all of them.

What would you improve about this program?
When I arrived, I was shocked by the crowded traffic. So even when I got an introduction before I arrived, maybe they could go more in detail how is the real life in Peru to be better prepared.
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Marie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I stayed a long time at the Academia Superior in Pimentel Peru and started my Peruvian Adventure in Lima. There I was picked up from the airport and stayd 3 nights in the hostal of the Academia Superior in Lima. The place is very nice, directly in Miraflores and perfect to discover the capital. After my first three days I travelled by bus to Chiclayo where Luis the driver of the Academy picked my up and brought me to the residence of the school.

I choose a program of 4 weeks Language group course and an internship in Psychology for 16 weeks afterwards.

My first two weeks of Language classes I had with two other girls in a really small group, than even individual classes. The reason is that Academia Superior doesnt mix levels and that was really good. The teachers are young and really motivated and I had a super experience during my course. The internship was located in a social institution which is taking care of disabled children near to Pimentel where I was living.

I made a lot of experience and learned a lot about the system in Peru and how they handle things very different.

In the end I can recommend this stay abroad because it really changed my view on a lot of things, I had a lot of fun too and would always do such a trip and program again.

The coordinators and contact persons in the Academia superior have been always helpfull in everything and they were great!

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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hola, qué tal?
That was basically all my spanish when I arrived in Peru last year. But that, a big smile on my face and a thirst for adventure were enough for the beginning of what would be a fantastic journey. Right out of highschool I knew I want to travel the world and Latin America was my dream destination! Originally my plan was to just get there and backpack around. My mum was not so keen on the idea of me travelling alone in countries I don’t even speak the language of. To comfort her I agreed to learn the language first somewhere and then start travelling after that. And in hindsight this ‘compromise’ was the best decision ever.
I ended up in Pimentel, Peru, a beautiful little villlage at the ocean, for a three month stay to learn the language properly and do some volunteering work.
Firstly, learning the language in a school was really good for a total beginner like me. The classes are super small. In a group of three or four people everybody got special attention. And the young peruan teachers were always there to give advise and to help out with your weekendtrips.
Secondly: Volunteering. I tought English at a local elementary school. Even though English is not my first language it was good enough to teach some kids the basics. In the beginning it was hard because my spanish was not really great and the kids didn’t know any english. But it was awesome to see how after a couple of weeks we were able to communicate. Teaching in general was a great experience and I learned a lot myself, I could practice my spanish and working with kids was fun (and as fun as it was, I knew after, that I don’t want to do it for the rest of my life, which I was a seriously considering before going there).
Besides working and learning there was enough time to discover the city and area with friends.
Pimentel has a couple of nice cafés and a bar and of course most importantly the ocean. If you want to get some city life, you can always take the Combi to Chiclayo. Peruans are super open and friendly and I met a lot of great people, some at the school I was teaching at, some at the surf school and the beach and of course the other volunteers at language school became friends as well.
Pimentel became a second home for me. It’s the place I learned surfing and dancing Salsa, it’s where I met the most amazing people and where I’ll always come back to when the ‘Fernweh’ is getting too strong.
I met so many amazing people here, that when I eventually started travelling for half a year I was basically just visiting friends I met during my three month in Pimentel. I can encourage everybody to combine learning the language with some volunteering work and Peru and especially Pimentel is a great place to do that, you’ll learn a lot and make friends for life. I would always do it again.
One last tip: Don’t forget sunscreen, it’s ALWAYS sunny in Pimentel ;) And take as much mosquito repellend as you can. Those little things can disturb a beautiful night at the beach quite fast!!

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Nadine
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I took my Spanish lessons some years ago in Pimentel. I am still very glad I did that and would say my Spanish is still useable :-) When I arrived I only spoke a few words and common sentences but within the 3 weeks lessons I almost got to know the whole gramma and a bunch of vocabulary. Besides the lessons we also had a lot of funny leisure offers like cooking classes, salsa classes or trips on the weekend to nice places nearby. Sometimes we also took some lessons right at beach which I enjoyed a lot. Also I made a lot of german and peruvian friends :)

I just got back to visit all of my friends and the school and I have to say that I would love to do it again right now as they have a new very beautiful house and it seems that everything is a bit more organized than five years ago, but unfortunately I had to go back to work.

Nevertheless the time I spent there in 2012 is still unforgettable for me and I would not want to miss this experience.

Saludos

What would you improve about this program?
I don´t know what to say... Keep an eye on the teachers' choice because this is very important but I guess there can be always black sheep :D.
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Claas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learned Spanish in Pimentel with Academia Superior and had a really great time! Afterwards worked 2 months in a social project taking care of children - my coordinator and the kids have been amazing. If you get into the friendly but very different latin american or peruvian culture you will have a great experience.
One of the highlights for me have been the different beaches and great waves on the northern peruvian coastline! I heard from some folks that the beaches are the best in the world to surf and this might be true. Pimentel is nice for beginners and advanced surfers, but you have extremely much to visit in the near. Pacasmayo, Puerto Chicama and Malabrigo where you can find the longest lefthanders worldwide. I can also recommedn Lobitos, Cabo Blanco or Órganos. Really didnt like so much Mancora. Anyway you can reach surfing hotspots easily from Pimentel, rent boards or take surfing classes also for advanced people and tours over Academia Superior.

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What would you improve about this program?
When i started meals provided by the school have not always be on time. This changed during my stay. Anyway guess you have to try to get into latin american culture and everything there is simply speaking very relaxed ;-)

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Claas Bultmann

Claas was born in Germany, loves Tex/Mex food, South America - especially Peru - and is a surf fanatic.

Why did you choose this program?

I choose the program because the location seemed to be the best for learning Spanish and volunteering in Peru while staying onshore and directly at the beach.

I heard from a lot of people that the region of Chiclayo, Pimentel and the beaches in the North of Peru include some of the best surf spots and word class waves. I didn't want to be in Cusco which seemed to be far away from the beach and lacked a nice, average temperature.

Another reason was the pricing of the school, which was one of the best I could find in South America.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

I didn't have assistance from my university, but the school (as a program provider) organized everything. I took surfing classes through the school, but they also assisted me in organizing trips to other surf spots, and gave me cool pointers where to rent boards in other beaches and cities. The overall experience was very good.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

In general I would suggest that you have to be ready to get into the culture. It doesn't matter where you are staying abroad outside Europe! If you are motivated to have a great experience, you will!

If you're wondering how much time to spend in South America, don't make it too short! Everybody I met there was annoyed when it came time to leave. This amazing continent and the country of Peru have so much to offer - I think I could have stayed there two years without getting to know it all.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

On an average I was studying Spanish in the morning, volunteering afterwards, and spent my afternoons surfing, hanging out with friends and traveling around the weekends. Travel is very easy, and by the way also very cheap, in comparison to other destinations.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it and/or how did your views on the issue change?

I was thinking that I was prepared for my first experience abroad in South America, but I recognized that I needed to be relaxed and accept the new experience. As it was my first time coming to a third world country in South America, I had some difficulties managing "culture shock". Overcoming it is easy, you just have to relax and accept that things are different in other countries.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Bernhard Gessler

Job Title
Co-Founder and COO
Bernhard, currently enrolled in a Masters degree in Business Informatics got into traveling when he was 20 years old. After backpacking Europe he got to Latin America in 2011 where besides traveling he co-founded Academia Superior de Idiomas. Since then he dedicates his time to improve Peruvian people's lives, with the help of international volunteers. At the moment he dreams of setting up free English classes for everybody in Northern Peru.
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What position do you hold at ASI? What has been your career path so far?

Bernhard: I wouldn't call it career path. During school and university I worked in a small software company to pay for living and to safe money for travels. First time I got to Peru I had the chance to co-found ASI and took it.

By now, 3 years later, I'm COO, leading a team of 30-40 employees, pushing social work and doing my best to enable our students to have a fun time. My family would like me to finish my Masters degree but currently I just don't have time for that.

Did YOU intern abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Bernhard: Actually yes. Initially I came to Peru to study Spanish and do an internship. Initially I wanted to go the US and do an IT related internship. After realizing how much money and time I would invest I decided that such a stay abroad should not only benefit my career but especially me as a person.

So I came to the final candidates South America and China. By then I met a guy at university who had done an internship in China for six months and didn't speak a single word Chinese. As languages never were my strength, I decided for a Spanish speaking environment and headed for South America. This is how I came to ASI.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Bernhard: I'd say it was never a specific country, rather a place. Since I was little I had dreamed of tropical islands with nothing but palm trees and coconuts on them. And although I'm far from having seen the whole world I made that dream true when sailing from Columbia to Panama. Unexpected as I hadn't planned to to travel there, so it was even better.

San Cristobal, Galapagos

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Bernhard: Because it opens our mind and our way of thinking I've had a few unforgettable experiences while traveling either with nationals or other travelers I met on my way.

And after a while I just forgot the whole concept of nationality. When I saw travelers I didn't see Germans, Americans, French and Italians anymore, I just saw people. All of us young, all of us trying to have a good time.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Bernhard: Nearly impossible to tell as I saw so many natural wonders, beautiful places and fascinating animals. But if I had to nail it down, there is that one moment in Costa Rica that always keeps me thinking: I was leaving the coast in the late afternoon.

I had asked several people for which busses to take and felt prepared. While being on the first bus, it started raining heavily and the night begun. I got off at a crossing in the middle of nowhere to wait for the other bus which never showed up. knew I had no chance to walk to next 100km, but as I had nothing else to do I started walking to at least keep me busy.

Tiredness and anger slowed me down and my backpack felt heavy. A taxi passed by and offered to take me to the next town for "only" 100 USD what I declined right away. It was late already when I passed by a restaurant that had rooms for rent. I stopped excited and felt relieved until they told me they just got booked out today.

Puerto Lopez, Ecuador

Close to desperation I sat down and this guy sitting at the other end of the table approached me. He told me that he came from France to do an internship in a fish factory somewhere here. He just had arrived today and occupied the last room.

I somehow disliked him. After some talking he suddenly suggested that his room had 2 beds anyway and I should stay there for the night.

I felt like the happiest person on earth and in this very moment I got rid of all the German-French-dislike feelings that had been part of my like and thinking, made up by society. And to top it off, the owner, a very nice lady, got me some warm food on the house.