Student Experiences

Laura EM (Netherlands)

Bedanut voor de lessen en alles wat jullie me in de ze 2 wellen geleerd hebben over het leven hier.
Hopelyk komt er nog een dag waarop ik een colibri wel weet te  fotograferen.


Giordano Morelli (Italy)

It was funny to be here. Your school it is  not a traditional school and learning it is a pleasure. Having the kids and your cats around gave me the impression I’m learning real people’s Spanish from real people.

Really hope to meet you again.


Emily Blackburn (USA)

WOW! That was the first time I ever truly got to have long conversations in Spanish! So helpful Malena! And it was so fun to talk with you – I love your humor! It was such a nice treat to walk to the market together on my last day and learn more about peruvian foods and drinks. Pepe, I really needed all the drilling in grammar I had learned but forgotten. Thank you so much for being patient as well with all of the new tenses you taught me and I will keep practicing and get quicker!

You are not aloud to make anymore students cry from now on okay?!

Continue your hard work! This is such an amazing garden in which to learn Spanish. Best of luck with your school and also with your family.


Hugh Gordon (USA)

I had a great time learning spanish in your wonderful little garden. Pepe thanks for lending me your gloves and showing me the MMA gym. Whitout that I would have gotten slow and fat also thanks for sharing your crazy stories of Arequipa. Malena thanks for forcing me to drink the frog’s juice, maybe one day I will try it. This has been a great experience for me and I learnt a lot of spanish. I would have written this in spanish but it would take me forever,you wouldn’ t be able to read it either.


Eli + Karsten (Germany)

Lieber Pepe, Liebe Malena,

Wir sind nach Arequipa gekommen, da viele Leute von dieser Stadt geschwaermt haben, wir aber kaum Vorstellungen oder Erwartungen hatten….

Wir sind sehr begeistert von der Stadt, der Umgebung (mit den Bergen neben an)und den Leuten. Das Angebot an guenstigen peruanischen Speisen, aber auch teuren Speisen, laesst jeden gluecklich werden. Desweiteren ist Arequipa ein hervorragender Ort um bspw. einen Sprachkurs zu machen und dabei viel ueber Land, Stadt und Leute zu lernen.

Wir haben jeden einzelnen Tag genossen!

Danke euch beiden fuer die tollen Tage und die Nerven die wir euch gekostet haben. Wir behalten euch immer in Erinnerung.


Cindy Morninglight (USA)

Dear Pepe, Malena, Jose Manuel, Ariane, Fabio and Ivan.

Thank you very much for everything I learned so much espanol that it made my head hurt. It was a good hurt. I also learned a lot about your country and your family,so many kind people arehere and your family is very caring about good things, education, exercise, good food and kind conversation. I appreciated Pepe’s humor and Malena’s wisdom.

The children are fortunate to have such loving parents and I am fortunate to have you all as my teachers.

Vaya con Dios!

Tu amiga siempre.


Carolyn Burek (Canada)

Gracias Juamjo Spanish School Arequipa Perú! Thank you for the spanish and for including our family for your Halloween activities.

We have enjoyed Arequipa – the weather, the restaurants, the people and our rental apartment. We will remember our time here as a favorite part of Peru. Chao!


Vern Bolinius (Canada)

We have spent several weeks here in Arequipa, living ‘local’ . The city has been ab easy place to live.

We were invited to meetings at the Local Scouts Troop. Everyone has been extremely friendly and welcoming. Spanish lessons have been a big part of my day and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with Pepe, we will look back at our stay in Arequipa with fondness.


Cooper Bolinius (Canada)

Arequipa is really awesome. I go to spanish lessons every week day. The Plaza de Armas is really big and on one of the nights, there was a fireworks display. We went and it lasted for a whole 10 minutes straight of fireworks!! It was spectacular.

I also spent Halloween in Aqp. It was cool to see the differences from Canada. The Spanish School invited me over to do trick or treating with their kids, which was also fun. We are going to go to the Colca Canyon soon. It is over deep than Grand Canyon in the US! But our stay for a month is almost over and that also means no more Spanish School too. Then we will continue to travel the world for a year . We are going to Antarctica next!!!


Matt Jared (England)

Although my time in Arequipa was like returning school – with Spanish classes for 6 hours every day! I very much enjoyed the atmosphere of the city and the school.

Arequipa is somewhere one can easily wile away several days; eating good food, having a few local tipples and seeing the many sights it has to offer at a relaxed pace – in a veru agreeable climate.

Nothing beats a (helada) Arequipena beer in the always present sunshine, after a hearty meal at one of the small restaurants dotted around town.

Although we didn’t explore the countryside outside the city, I feel for the allure of Chachani and booked a trek one weekend to scale the taller of two mountains/volcanoes standing proud over the city. It was a great experience and I’d recommend it to anyone of sound fitness and health (who has had time to acclimatize). The challenge is worth it on its own but the views and the landscape at the top are other –  wordly.

In the city itself are dozens of lovely Churches and Colonial – era buildings and if you can spare 2-3 hours one afternoon, there is a guided tour hosted by local students (on a volunteer basis).As well as the big ticket sights you will be shown some other interesting sights and given all sorts of information to give you more of a taste of the city.

Adefinite highlight is having some ceviche at La Casita but there are so many other places to eat… some at unbelievable prices.

I would definitely recommend Arequipa to anyone visiting Peru, it is the perfect counter – weight to Lima!


Dyana Mardon and Andrew Green (USA)

Thank you for everything!! We loved seeing you again and hanging out thanks for making our experience in Peru so great and memorable, come visit us in US some day! lots of love for you and your family.

Dyana and Andy (Andres de los Sanchez Garcia III)



Jhanelle Nobbles (England)

The Juanjo Spanish School is a great place to learn the language. I participated in the 4 hours a day classes which was split between 2 hrs. of grammar and 2 hrs. of conversation. Malena and Pepe were fantastic teachers and they assisted with many things outside classes.

I wish I could stay longer.

Muchas gracias por todo!



Katie Donne (England)

Since our arrival in the besutiful city of Arequipa, we have been living at the house of Tula, she is a vivacious and fun loving house mother, as is her father, who has breakfast with us most days.

Since being here we have made some wonderful friends, Edwin, Sara and Fin in particular, who have shown us the sights and many excellent Picanterias We have also been learning Spanish with Pepe and Malena, who are excellent teachers Not only have we learned Spanish, we have had lots of fun along the journey!

We will both miss Arequipa and our new friends Very Much!


Junis Rajab (Germany)

After staying in a fairly anonymous hostal where guests stick to greeting each other rather than talking much, I was really happy about the warm and lively family-life. I had a lovely week. I enjoyed the lessons in wich your teachingstyles complement each other as much as the food, talks and stories you shared wiht me.


Barbara Hagg (Germany)

Ich habe die Zeit in eurem Garten sehr genossen. Es ist ein schoener Ort um Spanisch zu lernen. Leider hatte ich nur 3 Tage Zeit, weil ich noch mehr von Peru sehen will.

Naechstes Mal muss ich laenger kommen, um auch richtig spanisch zu lernen.

Ich danke euch fuer die vielen hilfreichen und interessanten Informationen ueber das Leben und die Kultur in Peru.

Alles Gute!!!!!



Jenny Sterzaj (Canada)

Studying Spanish in Peru while living with a family is the best way to learn the language. Malena and Pepe are very helpful and knowledgeable about Arequipa and can help you get settled into the city. For instance, they helped me get a local cell phone and phone number, advise me of my travel options from Lima to Arequipa, told me which places are interesting to visit on the weekend and helped me find good deals on jewellery and alpaca products. My host family is great. I got the chance to speak to them in Spanish everyday and try home made traditional meals. Everyone is so friendly and helpful here. Peru is also a beautiful country. It is worth coming here to see MacchuPicchu, Colca Cannyon, Cusco and Lima, and visit various ruins from Inca Civilization.


Megan Slavish (USA)

Thank you/Merci/ke a Ieboga/muchisimas gracias.

for the wonderful experience in beautiful Arequipa!My love for Arequipa would not have been as strong without my great experience at Juanjo. I enjoyed my lessons with Claudia, Virginia and Pepe and especially appreciate the jaunts to the market/restaurants! Never I will forget drinking papaya, pineapple and guava with an egg and dark beer! Thank you for this experiences and others.

Megan S.



Margo Regier (USA)

Arequipa is a beautiful city full of wonderful people, beautyful scenery, and delicious alfajores. I wish I had much more tie to spend here, but I`m excited to explore the areas around the city. The teachers here are great and very easy to talk to! I wish this school all the best an hopefully I`ll see you again soon!


Dough Baker (USA)

Arequipa is one of the most frienly cities, filled with wonderful people.

The blending of modernity with the traditional culture is fascinating. I only wish I ha time to explore it all!.

Thank you Pepe, Malena, Josè, Ariane, Fabio and Ivan for sharing your home with us!.

Much love.

Hope Baker (USA)

Arequipa is BEAUTIFUL. There is so much culture and family! Speaked of I loved the family.I felt at home an loved.(I also loved the food). I hope I can visit again some day!.

Lots of love,