Ollantaytambo is a small but bustling town whose rich history and ruins have made it a very popular tourist destination. Our homestay families are mostly middle-class Ollantinos who work as artisans, teachers, drivers, chefs, etc. Typically, families will include guests in routine activities like visiting their chakra (farm plot), preparing meals, and joining in birthday or other celebrations. Ollanta homestays have most modern conveniences (running water, flushing toilets, and electricity), although some do not have hot water (but all will heat up water for a bucket bath!)
For those in search of an immersive language experience, homestays are an excellent way to improve your conversational Spanish while learning pertinent vocabulary and local dialect. Don’t be apprehensive if you don’t speak any Spanish! Homestay families are extremely patient and are accustomed to accommodating tourists and volunteers with all levels of Spanish.
Awamaki’s homestay program is one of our most successful endeavors, allowing visitors and locals to connect in a meaningful way through intercultural and linguistic exchange, while providing families with a direct and sustainable income from tourism.
We work with families to prepare them to host visitors, training them in simple hospitality and hygiene. Homestay placements are fully supported: families are screened, interviewed, registered, and required to attend regular meetings with us to ensure quality standards. We look for loving, open, kind families. We also look for families that have a home life, maintain a clean kitchen and bathroom, and don’t have problems with alcohol. If we don’t know a family directly, we rely on recommendations from our other families with whom we have developed a relationship over time.
Depending on the household, room size and capacity vary. Some homes have three beds in one room, and others have matrimonial beds available. And others have multiple rooms and beds.
To inquire further about our homestay program email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +51 973 540 413.
Tourist and Volunteer Comments
“I really enjoyed spending time with my family. Susana & Antonio love helping me with my Spanish and teaching me all about Peruvian culture.”
“A plus-size cultural experience invaluable in developing Spanish language skills…”
“My homestay owned a restaurant – there was a little chair next to the stove – just right for a guest to get warm by the stove, learn about Peruvian cooking, and practice their Spanish food vocabulary!”
“Our homestay family was very warm and always made me feel welcome despite the language barrier.”
“I had the most interesting conversations with my host-father, I called my host-mother “mama” within the first week, and had great nights out with my host-sisters. Literally, a home away from home.”
“It is great living with my family and experiencing Peruvian culture first-hand. Ruth and Valentin are always extremely warm and accommodating, especially when it comes to practicing my Spanish.”
“Loved the experience! Great food, great company, great people. An experience not to be missed.”
“My host family has become my real family. I have loved living with them so much that I continued to live with them for 6 months!”
“Living with my homestay family has been one of the best experiences of my life! It’s a great way to improve your Spanish as well as build relationships with people in the community.”