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  • The 2011 Campeonato Sudamericano, la Copa América,is the highlight of Latin American football. The tournament is held one every 4 years, and this year it will take place in Argentina from July 1 to July 24. It is the continents longest standing championship, founded in 1916 by the South American Football confederation. Traditionally 12 teams battle it out for the cup – South America has just 10 country teams so 2 countries from outside the continent are invited to participate. For 2011 the two invited countries will be Mexico and Japan. The last championship was held in 2007 in Venezuela and was won by Brazil.

    La Copa America, the  highlight of Latin American Football,in Buenos Aires
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    The AMAUTA Volunteer Program provides the unique opportunity to live and work in Cusco, Peru. Spanish students and volunteers will experience first-hand its rich cultural diversity while cultivating a superior level of Spanish proficiency. Through the Volunteer Program, AMAUTA and the volunteers are able to make contributions to Peruvian society and to help bridge the gap between foreign visitors and native Cusqueños.

    AMAUTA Volunteers donate to volunteer Project in Cusco

    One of the ways volunteers support our projects, is through donations. Last month, two Dutch volunteers, who worked for 4 weeks in an after school project in Cusco, brought donations from their home country. Together with the AMAUTA Volunteer coordinator, we decided to use the money for two different projects in Cusco: an organization of blind people and a clinic of disabled children. (más…)

    Indigenous Languages

    Indigenous Languages With approximately 350 spoken languages, South America is one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the world. Before the first Europeans arrived in Latin America, there even were an estimated 1,500 languages spoken.The mayor native tongues are Quechua, with 7 million speakers in Peru and Bolivia and Guaraní with 4 million speakers in Paraguay and the north of Argentina. For example: the name of the waterfalls Iguazu comes from the Guaraní word ‘y ûasú’, which means ‘big water’. And in Quechua, an Incan language, the city name Cusco means The Navel of the World.

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  • Beef eating in Argentina

    Beef eating in Argentina Argentina has the world’s highest beef eating consumption rate in the world, at 65 kilogram per capita annually.The people from the United States eat 40 kilogram per year and those in Europe only 17 kilogram. Argentina is the third largest exporter of beef in the world after Australia and Brazil. The Pampas region,due to the humid and hot climate, is the most important and best-known cattle-producing area, as it has vast and open pastures. It’s a tradition in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil to eat beef on a grill (parilla).This form of barbequing is called asado, which is a preparing technique, as well as a social event.

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  • For 18 days, the highland town of Puno, close to Lake Titicaca at an altitude of 3,870 meters above sea level, is the Folk Capital of the Americas. The festival gathers more than 200 groups of musicians and dancers to celebrate the “La Fiesta de la Candelaria”. For the first nine days the churches are decorated and there are banquets and fireworks displays. On the main day, February 2, the virgin is led through the city of Puno in an impressive procession, when the troupes of musicians and dancers take the scene, performing and dancing throughout the city.

    Come with Amauta to fiesta de la Candelaria in Puno
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