Spring 2011

April 13, 2011

Heading home

And they’re off! The wake-up call was well before dawn to get to the airport on time. Eleven SSTers departed for O’Hare via Miami (three others stayed…

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April 13, 2011

After saying goodbye to their host families, friends, and service sites in Arequipa, Ayacucho, and Chimbote, the Peru SSTers reunited in Lima and boarded another bus to…

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March 30, 2011

Service in Arequipa

In 1540 Spanish conquistadors in southern Peru settled in a mostly sunny spot—shaded at times by the nearby volcano, El Misti—that, for centuries before their arrival, was…

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March 16, 2011

Service in Ayacucho

Tucked away in the Andes of south-central Peru, the city of Ayacucho has the distinction of being one of the country’s most historically significant places. The first…

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March 14, 2011

Service in Chimbote

Most travel guidebooks give minimal attention to Chimbote, highlighting the north-coastal town´s ever present fish smell. ¨This roguish port town is not a tourist destination, and there´s…

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February 28, 2011

Ready for service

On Wednesday of our last week in Lima, we had our own version of Match Day, when each SSTer learned where they would be going for service,…

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February 27, 2011

To mark the special occasion of our despedida—our host family thank you and service sendoff party—Lima was graced with a few unusual raindrops and, more significantly, a…

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February 22, 2011

Our travels around Lima took us to three interesting places in the last week: La Inmaculada is a primary and secondary school run by the Jesuits, a…

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February 21, 2011

Our week began with two lectures focusing on the indigenous peoples of Peru. First we heard from Mennonite Pastor Jose Manuel Prada Bernal on how the oppression…

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February 19, 2011

One of Lima’s more impressive features is the city’s extensive park system. After a morning of delivering water to households that lack plumbing in Villa El Salvador,…

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