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January 24, 2014

Seven of 15 students will have birthdays while in Peru during the Study-Service Term for Spring 2014.  Since we will be taking a field trip Friday, we celebrated the first of those birthdays a day early. We sang “Happy Birthday” to Malaina in both English and Spanish. She blew out a candle and then followed Peruvian tradition by cutting the cake – in this case, a cheesecake topped with deep-purple sauco (elderberry), a Peruvian speciality. It was delicious. Malaina said she appreciated the pre-birthday cheer and well wishes. Students in this SST unit truly enjoy opportunities for celebrations and savor…

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January 20, 2014

Goshen College students participated in a truly interactive workshop last week by trying out a versatile musical instrument and a unique form of dance while also learning about the history and culture of Afro-Peruvians. Their teacher was Camilo Ballumbrosio, a phenomenal Afro-Peruvian percussionist known throughout Peru and among world music fans in the Europe and the United States. Ballumbrosio’s ancestors were brought to Peru as slaves from Africa to work on cotton and sugar plantations on the Peruvian coast. His family is from El Carmen in the coastal Chincha Province and his father, Amador, was a well-known zapateo (tap) dancer…

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January 14, 2014

Goshen College students got a crash course in the history of Lima on Friday by touring the historic downtown district, better known as “El Centro de Lima.” The students got a top to bottom tour of the City of Kings – so named by its founder, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro – by touring the highest point downtown as well as underground catacombs that house the remains of thousands of Limeños. They also toured a riverfront park, watched the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace, had lunch at a downtown landmark, visited a monastery and a cathedral and…

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January 12, 2014

Day One in Peru: Orientation

When the Goshen College students arrived in Lima and emerged from the airport about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, they were greeted with exceedingly rare summertime raindrops. It almost never rains in Lima, where the average yearly rainfall is less than 2 inches (and what moisture accumulates comes mostly from fog). Friday afternoon, we had a few more sprinkles and we even saw a rainbow as the host families were picking up the students – another rare sight in Lima. We’ll take those as signs our students will have a very special time in Peru! On their first full day in Peru,…

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January 11, 2014

Goshen students met their Lima host families Friday after a full day of orientation, an enjoyable tour of downtown and two nights in the Miraflores House (a hostel). The students prepared for the important meetings by reviewing information about their families, including the locations of their homes, and studying (and practicing) Peruvian greetings and farewells. Some parents were waiting when the bus arrived from downtown Lima, so the corresponding students quickly gathered their belongings, posed for quick photos and then departed into the cool late afternoon. As the remaining students waited for their families in the main hall of Anglican…

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January 9, 2014

They are here – tired, excited and somewhat overwhelmed. United Airlines Flight 1095 arrived safely and early from Newark, N.J.; it touched down at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima at 10:02 p.m. Wednesday night (Jan. 8). The students were delayed in customs and immigration because the luggage of two students (Derek and Jackson) was left behind in the United States (it’s due to be delivered in the next day or two). Eventually the 15 Goshen College students made it out and gathered for the traditional group photo. Accompanied by SST co-leaders Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver and Celia…

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January 8, 2014

Host parents for the Peru Study-Service Term students met Monday night with SST Co-Directors Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver and SST Lima Study Coordinator Celia Vasquez. The meeting at the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (Buen Pastor) was designed to give the parents an overview of the Spring 2014 program and to highlight the important roles and responsibilities of the host families. Judy and Celia provided key dates for the coming weeks and answered questions about ways to orient the students to Lima and make them feel welcome. Richard thanked the parents for their participation and for opening…

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January 6, 2014

Welcome to the Peru Study-Service Term blog for Spring 2014! Goshen College students are scheduled to arrive late Wednesday (Jan. 8), which is when the spring program officially will begin. We (co-leaders Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) have been preparing the study-service program since even before our last group of students departed Lima on Dec. 2. So we can hardly wait for the next group of students to arrive. Goshen College was closed today, Jan. 6, 2014, because of the snow emergency declared in Elkhart County. However, in Lima, Peru, temperatures were in the 70s and people were walking…

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December 15, 2013

The seven students who made up the Peru Study-Service Term unit for Fall 2013-2014 hailed from Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Oregon. Their majors included biochemistry, communication, mathematics, nursing, physics, sociology and Spanish and they had a wide range of interests. They left Goshen on Sept. 5, during the heat of summer, and arrived back on campus Dec. 2, after snow had already fallen. For Peru, however, the students arrived in coastal Lima amidst the coldest weather in 30 years and left just as the clouds and fog were finally lifting, bringing warmer temperatures with spring about to turn…

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December 3, 2013

Back home again in Indiana

Members of Goshen College’s Peru Study-Service Term unit for Fall 2013 arrived back in Goshen Monday afternoon and enjoyed a joyous welcome from family friends and members of the college community. Becca Augsburger, Alan Leichty, Rudy Litwiller, Joshua Schlabach, Landon Slabaugh and Lauren Weaver  arrived at the Newcomer Center by bus about 4 p.m. Jacob Putnam, our seventh student, ended his journey in Chicago, where he lives. The flight from Lima to Houston, Texas left at 1:47 a.m. Monday – 47 minutes later than the scheduled departure. However, the flight arrived at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston with about…

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