Recent Posts

July 3, 2014

Cusco classes

We broke up our time in Lima with a week-long trip to the Cusco area, including a journey through Peru’s Sacred Valley to visit historical sites from the time of the Incas and finishing with a day at the incomparable Machu Picchu. First we spent two days in the beautiful city of Cusco, ancient capital of the Inca Empire. We mixed visits to important sites in Cusco with a lecture on the Incas and a workshop on Andean music. This post shares our arrival and speakers.

June 26, 2014

Clases de español

During the students’ six weeks in Lima, Spanish classes meet every afternoon at the Buen Pastor church. Our creative teachers, Moises, Ana and Gretty found multiple ways to engage students and have them practice their Spanish, including reading short texts, discussing topics related to their majors, writing short skits, interviewing Peruvians and a fun afternoon of cooking to practice the imperative (commands such as, “add the sugar and stir.”) Students said the classes helped them with conversational Spanish, clarified their daily questions, taught them new vocabulary and were fun.

June 26, 2014

A dance workshop

Peru SST students were introduced to Peruvian folk dances in this favorite workshop with Pedro Farias, a professional dancer and dance instructor. Pedro showed the students videos of some of the many traditional dances from Peru’s three regions: costa, sierra y selva (coast, mountains and jungle) and explained the costumes and symbolism. Then it was time for hands-on learning – or rather feet-on. The workshop was a learning experience and intensive workout, all in one fun session.  

June 24, 2014

Classes in LIma

Weekday mornings in Lima meant gathering at la Catedral del Buen Pastor (the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd for lectures on Peru’s history and culture. Students heard from 16 guest lecturers on a wide variety of topics (they are earning credit for 5 different classes). Lecturers were Peruvians or Americans who have lived in Peru from three to 50 years. Peru SST directors Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver also shared on subjects such as the Catholic Church, cultural adjustment and current events. On Wednesday we met at Casa Goshen for a time of worship, socializing and reflection that we…

Read more »

June 22, 2014

Goshen College students got a view into Peru’s ancient past with a visit to Huaca Pucllana, a complex of adobe pyramids that was once an administrative and religious center of the ancient Lima Culture people. They dominated coastal Peru from 200 to 700 A.D. The site, located in the city’s upscale Miraflores district, includes a large reconstructed pyramid of clay and adobe bricks, and surrounding structures. The tour includes scenes with figures representing the people who worked and worshipped here. A small museum includes ceramics and textiles and explanations of the significance and contributions of the Lima culture. Students toured…

Read more »

June 22, 2014

Creating Peruvian jewelry

As part of their exposure to Peruvian art and culture, Goshen students explored their creativity during a jewelry workshop led by Eliana and Ricardo Mauriola Carrasco, long-time host parents and friends of the Peru Study-Service Term program. Eliana and Ricardo make jewelry as a part-time business and sell necklaces, bracelets and earrings in Peru and overseas. Eliana and Ricardo described their Peru-grown materials, which included large and small seeds, carved and polished coconut shell and seashells, dyed in many bright colors. Most of the materials come from the Amazon rain forest. Some have special meaning. For example, some Amazon people…

Read more »

June 2, 2014

America’s oldest civilization

Goshen College students spent the afternoon of May 12 exploring the Sacred City of Caral-Supe, which is considered one of the earliest civilizations of the world and the oldest in the Americas. In recent years, radiocarbon dating has confirmed that urban life, complex agriculture and monumental architecture flourished in Caral 5,000 years ago – 2,000 years earlier than anywhere in Mesoamerica or Europe. That puts Caral on par with Mesopotamia, Egypt and China as areas that first gave rise to civilization. Peruvian archeologists call it a cultura madre; a mother culture. Caral has gained growing international recognition – including being…

Read more »

June 1, 2014

Sports fun with host families

Goshen College students spent their second Saturday in Lima playing soccer and volleyball with host family members and their friends. The spirited play took place at the municipal sports complex in the San Isidro district of Lima on a warm and gray morning. After picking teams, the students played three matches of “fulbito,” a scaled down version of soccer. Although fútbol, or soccer, is Peru’s national sport, fulbito is played more frequently, especially among children and adults because it can be played on a smaller field and with fewer players. A Peruvian invention, fulbito is played on a basketball or…

Read more »

June 1, 2014

On May 9, the Peru SST Summer unit visited Puente Piedra (Stone Bridge), a district of more than 230,000 people in the northern area of Lima. Although the district was founded in 1927, it also is home to tens of thousands of poor people who in recent decades have settled on rocky hillsides and live in wooden shacks with only basic services. To learn about the lives of such people, we visited Misión San Andrés Santísima Cruz, an Anglican church mission founded and led by Pastor Benjamin Salas Aguirre and his spouse, Livia Achahuanco. Besides the difficult work clearing rocks…

Read more »

May 29, 2014

Cajón lessons from a master

Goshen College students participated in a truly interactive workshop earlier this month by trying out a versatile musical instrument and a unique form of dance. They also received a brief overview of Afro-Peruvian history, to put the art forms into context. 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,…

Read more »

Page 4 of 40« First...23456...102030...Last »