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August 1, 2014

By Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver Peru Study-Service Term Co-Directors, 2013-2014 Today, Aug. 1, 2014, is a significant day for the Peru Study-Service Term program and for us. Our formal responsibilities end today as directors of the program from 2013 to 2014, and Duane Stoltzfus and Karen Sherer Stoltzfus assume leadership for 2014-2015. In addition, today we celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. And in five days, we are scheduled to leave Peru and return to our home in Goshen and to the Goshen College community. Since arriving in Peru on July 21, 2013 we have received many blessings, chief among…

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July 31, 2014

The 18 students who made up the Peru Study-Service Term unit for Summer 2014 came from Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Their majors included biochemistry, biology, education, environmental science, informatics, mathematics, music, nursing, physical education, physics and sociology. The students departed the United States for SST on April 30, after what turned out to be Goshen’s snowiest winter in recorded history. They arrived back on campus July 28, on an unseasonably cool day, with temperatures in the mid-60s. In Peru, the students arrived during a pleasant fall and left during a winter in Lima which brought overcast skies and damp,…

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July 30, 2014

By Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver Peru Study-Service Term Co-Directors Members of Goshen College’s Peru Study-Service Term unit for Summer 2014 arrived back in the United States on Monday afternoon. One student, Leah, left the group in Lima on Sunday night and traveled to Paraguay to visit relatives. Matt left the group in Chicago to travel to Florida for a family vacation. The other 16 students arrived in Goshen on Monday evening – about 20 hours after starting their journey home in Lima. Students enjoyed a joyous welcome from family members and friends. Alejandro, Andrew, Brian, Brody, Derek Peter,…

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July 30, 2014

Playing in Peru one last time

During their concluding retreat, Goshen College students in the Peru Study-Service-Term summer program reflected on the past three months. They discussed the highlights and challenges of service, presented their final academic projects and pondered what it might be like to return to the United States. They also played, enjoyed each other’s company and rested. Our gathering was held at a Christian retreat center called Kawai, which is located on the beach about a 90-minute drive south of Lima. Facilities at Kawai consist of a large collection of spacious buildings amid well-landscaped grounds, just a few hundred yards from the Pacific…

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July 30, 2014

While students were performing service in Peru’s provinces, they worked on their final projects. The assignment required interviewing Peruvians and conducting field observation on topics of their choosing.                         Students turned in papers when they returned to Lima and then, at the final retreat, presented their findings. The presentations took most of the day on Saturday, with students taking turns to present in 15-minute blocks.                       Michael took the first slot, presenting on the music of the Asháninka people…

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July 29, 2014

By Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver After nearly three months of study and service in Peru, Goshen College students reflected on their experiences and on the joys and potential challenges of returning to the United States. Our concluding gathering was held at a Christian retreat center called Kawai, located on the beach about a 90-minute drive south of Lima on the Pan American Highway. The retreat center consists of a collection of clean and comfortable buildings amid well-landscaped grounds, just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Ocean. It has wide lawns and a broad beach, perfect for long…

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July 28, 2014

After spending an afternoon and evening visiting with their Lima host families, shopping and relaxing with friends, Goshen College students spent the night at the Cirque Hostel in the Miraflores district of Lima, a short walk from Casa Goshen. The students – who had taken overnight buses from their service assignments – said they had a wonderful night of sleep in comfortable beds and especially enjoyed warm showers, in some cases for the first time in six weeks. They next morning, on Friday, July 25, they walked to the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (Buen Pastor) for some final…

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July 28, 2014

Goshen College students returned from their concluding retreat at the beach south of Lima late Sunday afternoon (more about that in upcoming posts) and arrived back at Casa Goshen for two hours of final preparations. They discarded unwanted items, repacked their belongings – and made sure their suitcases weighed less than 50 pounds (the airline limit). They then had some precious moments to relax and have fun before their overnight flight to the United States. First, though, they had a delicious meal of vegetable soup, Peruvian aji de gallina (shredded chicken in a mild chili sauce over rice and potatoes)…

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July 25, 2014

Together again in Lima

Our 18 Goshen College students returned safety to Lima on July 24 from Ayacucho, Chiclayo, La Merced, Oxapampa, San Miguel, San Ramon and Tarma. They never looked so good and we (Peru SST Co-Directors Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) were thrilled to see them! And as pleased as they may have been to see us, they were ecstatic to see each other. It had been almost six long weeks since they were together. Our summer group of students grew close after arriving in Peru on April 30. Alejandro, Andrew, Brian, Brody, Derek Peter, Derek William, Edith, Emma, Jaime, Joel,…

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July 24, 2014

Alejandro, Andrew, Edith and Leah provided significant service in Ayacucho, a city of about 151,000 residents in the south-central Andes of Peru. Ayacucho is famous for its 33 Catholic churches, which are said to represent one for each year of Jesus Christ’s life. Because of its overwhelming Catholic population, Ayacucho has large religious celebrations, most importantly during Semana Santa (Holy Week of Easter); it draws tens of thousands of visitors from throughout the world. Ayacucho occupies a scenic valley about 2,761 meters, or 9,058 feet, above sea level in and has a splendid climate. This time of year, the days…

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