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October 9, 2013

Embracing nature and traditions

Living and studying in modern Lima, one can forget that huge portions of Peru are in agricultural production and that some traditions are as powerful as ever. So it was good to be reminded of both facts on a visit to the Instituto de Educación Superior Tecnológico Privado de Técnicas Agropecuarias in Lima’s southern agricultural district of Lurín. The institute, more commonly know by its Spanish acronym INTAP (which translates as Integrating Technology for Agricultural Production), is dedicated to improving crop and livestock production. Students come to INTAP to learn how to raise guinea pigs, rabbits, chickens, donkeys, cows and…

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October 8, 2013

First-time visitors to Lima, Peru are confronted by many stark contrasts, among them the huge disparities between the city’s richest and poorest residents and its most established and newest neighborhoods. Goshen students witnessed these contrasts when they spent time with some of the city’s poorest residents. In doing so, students experienced a range of emotions as they completed a service project, learned about the reality of life in a shantytown and ate a modest meal with people who lack running water and sewer connections and struggle to make ends meet. The day began as students left the upscale district of…

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October 7, 2013

Visitors to Peru seeking to learn about pre-Columbian civilizations usually make a beeline to Machu Picchu, an essential travel destination in South America. The 15th-century Inca refuge located high above the Sacred Valley, 50 miles northwest of Cuzco, is considered among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Although no other Peruvian site can match the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu, Lima can offer visitors a keen understanding of pre-Conquest history. As James Higgins, author of “Lima, A Cultural History,” has…

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September 22, 2013

Dancing to the rhythms of Peru

Who says Goshen College students can’t dance? Members of the Fall 2013 Peru SST unit kicked up their heels – and lifted high their legs, arms and bodies – during a spirited workshop on traditional dances of Peru. Their instructors were Pedro Farias and Lisette Alcántara, enthusiastic and talented dancers who have performed with many professional groups. Using videos, music and patient step-by-step instruction, Pedro introduced students to three traditional Peruvian dances—one from the Amazon rain forest, one from the Andes and one from the coast. Pedro provided the historical background and context about each, including the meaning behind the…

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September 22, 2013

City of Kings and Presidents

Goshen students had one of their most memorable days in Lima – called the City of Kings by its founder, Francisco Pizarro – by touring the historic downtown district. Their day was accented by visits to two historic churches and an insider’s tour of the Palacio de Gobierno – the home of Peru’s president. The day began with a bus trip from the Miraflores district to the Parque de la Muralla (Park of the Wall), which is beside the Rimac River. The park features an original section of the defensive wall that once surrounded the central city and was built…

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September 17, 2013

A Full Day of Orientation

Richard and Judy met the students at Casa Miraflores, the hostel where they spent their first night in Peru. As we set off along the Avenida Comandante Espinar, we suddenly found ourselves walking down a corridor of flag-waving, cheering school children. They were so happy to see us! We had no choice but to keep going until we got through this celebration, so we smiled and nodded. When we had a chance to ask what was going on, we learned that they were waiting to greet some North American visitors and thought we were them. So we received a warm…

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September 10, 2013

Meeting new families

Goshen students met their Lima host families after a long day of orientation, an exciting daylong tour of downtown and two nights in the Miraflores House (a hostel). The students prepared for the meetings by reviewing information about their families and studying (and practicing) such Peruvian customs as expanded greetings and farewells, which normally include hugs and air kisses. As they waited for their families in a comfortable lounge at the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd (Buen Pastor), the students all conceded that they were nervous. Some wondered what their new families and homes would be like. Some conceded…

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September 5, 2013

And so it begins! United Airlines Flight 854 arrived safely and on time from Houston, Texas, touching down at Jorge Chávez International Airport at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday night (Sept. 4). After moving through customs and immigration in 60 minutes, the seven Goshen College students appeared tired, relieved and cheerful, even when posing for the obligatory arrival photo for the folks back home. Accompanied by SST co-leaders Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver and Celia Vasquez, our study coordinator, the students stepped outside and breathed in Lima’s 59-degree temperature – not too different than Goshen this time of year. The students…

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September 4, 2013

Since arriving in Peru, we (Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) have had many fascinating experiences. We have met warm and helpful people (often in unexpected places), made ourselves at home in Casa Goshen and visited fascinating museums and historic places, including Caral, site of the oldest known civilization in the Americas. Still, we have had no greater joy than meeting the families who have hosted Goshen College Study-Service Term students in Lima since this unit was established. Without exception, they are kind, generous and gracious and they have provided protection, support, friendship and deep affection to scores of GC…

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September 3, 2013

Welcome to the Peru Study-Service Term blog for Fall 2013! Goshen College students are scheduled to arrive late Wednesday (Sept. 4), which is when the fall program officially will begin. We (co-leaders Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) have been preparing the study-service program for the past six weeks and can hardly wait for the students to arrive. We are kicking off this blog with a brief report about our preparations for the unit and what we’ve been doing – besides meeting wonderful people and eating extraordinary food. Since arriving in Lima in late July, we have focused on learning…

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