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September 3, 2014

Well, we’re off and running! The first days here in Lima have been so full it’s been hard to stop long enough to post a blog. That said, we do want to share a bit about orientation and give you a glimpse of the adventures we’ve been having as we explore a new part of the world together. Students spent their first two nights in Lima at Albergue Miraflores House in the Miraflores section of the city, about halfway between our apartment (“Casa Goshen”) and El Buen Pastor, where classes will be held. Since the hostel served breakfast, our first…

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August 30, 2014

Goshen students met their Lima host families on Friday after a day spent touring downtown Lima. The students prepared to meet their host parents and siblings by reviewing information about their families, including the locations of their homes, and studying (and practicing) Peruvian greetings and farewells. Celia, our study coordinator, served as the expert in residence, instructing students in how women greet women (kiss alongside the cheek), women greet men (kiss alongside the cheek) and men greet men (handshake) — and in all cases, hugs may be part of the greeting as well. Parents began arriving soon after the bus…

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August 28, 2014

The 15 students who will spend the fall semester on SST in Peru left early and arrived early. The trip started around 4 a.m. , when they left Goshen by bus to catch a flight from Chicago.  They landed at the Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima at 9:19 p.m., 16 minutes ahead of their scheduled arrival. The 15 students moved through customs and immigration in less than an hour and were greeted by SST co-leaders, Duane and Karen Stoltzfus, and Celia Vasquez, the Lima study coordinator. They boarded a bus for the final leg of the trip, a 45-minute ride…

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August 22, 2014

Six years ago this month we flew from Peru back to the States, having finished our yearlong term as SST directors. In our final blog post, we wrote: “We return to Goshen with a deeper appreciation for the educational value of SST and for the gifts that Goshen College students have to offer the world. We will forever remember our Peruvian friends and experiences, and hope to return before long. Whatever we have given, we have received more.” While we honestly hoped to return one day, we also knew that this would be a long shot. . .  and yet,…

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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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