• Spending the Night in a Town Made From Stone

    October 24, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    If one had to pick a town in which to spend the night en route to Machu Picchu, Ollantaytambo would be among the best places anywhere in the highlands. More than 500 years ago, Ollantaytambo served as... [read more]

  • Between Study and Service, a Time for Centering

    October 20, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    The morning after thanking our Lima host families and saying goodbye at the despedida, we left for Cusco, the capital of the Incan empire and gateway to the Sacred Valley, a valley that we would soon follow... [read more]

  • La Despedida: Saying Good-Bye

    October 16, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    For one night anyway, Goshen students did the serving. At the end of five weeks of living and studying in Lima, and on the eve of leaving for a week in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and then moving on to... [read more]

  • Eyes Wide Open to the Colors of Peru

    October 15, 2014 - from Peru Study-Service Term

    Mariah shares a journal essay: I have never really seen the world in color. I have never wanted to distinguish between black people, brown people, white people. I view people as equals. Race, class and... [read more]

  • Final weekend — and Goodbye to/from Nicaragua!

    July 28, 2014 - from Nicaragua Study-Service Term

    The final two days together have been a whirlwind of activity, from stories of service to project presentations to decompressing and getting ready to depart. Saturday morning we all gathered one last time... [read more]

  • Returning Retreat

    July 26, 2014 - from Senegal Study-Service Term

    On Thursday SSTers returned to Thies. They visited with Study Term host families and spent the night in the C.A.F.E. where they took classes. On Friday morning we traveled to Saly where we are staying... [read more]

  • Back from Service!

    July 26, 2014 - from Nicaragua Study-Service Term

    What an exciting day we had, as the students returned from six weeks at their service locations. They began arriving about noon, and by 6:00 p.m. all 22 were back at Casa Goshen in Jinotepe. There were... [read more]

  • Service Visit: Alma

    July 21, 2014 - from Nicaragua Study-Service Term

    Alma is working at Libros Para Niños [Books for Children] in Jinotepe. In a country with few lending libraries (neither school nor public), the work of this nonprofit organization is critical in helping... [read more]

  • Service Visit Report: Jacob

    July 20, 2014 - from Nicaragua Study-Service Term

    Jacob is in the department of Boaco, a sparsely-populated central region known for its hilly terrain, cattle, and agriculture. The municipality where he lives, Laguna de San Onofre, is remote and difficult... [read more]

  • Pire Goureye and Beer-Sheba

    July 20, 2014 - from Senegal Study-Service Term

    Grace, Justine, and Naomi have been spending their service in Pire Goureye, one of the new GC service sites this year. Pire Goureye is a village located approximately 40 kilometers north of Thiès, just... [read more]

  • Dakar, Gorom, and Thiès

    July 19, 2014 - from Senegal Study-Service Term

    Micah is our lone representative in the capital city, Dakar. Dakar is a busy metropolis with over one million inhabitants and Micah has had to learn to navigate bus routes and busy streets to make it to... [read more]

  • Ndem, Niakhar, Baback

    July 18, 2014 - from Senegal Study-Service Term

    We spent a week visiting students in the south central peanut basin, a hot, sandy region that has felt the powerful strains of intensive peanut production for export since the time of colonialism. This... [read more]

  • The final blog

    May 25, 2014 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    Wednesday May 21st, 2014 After many hours of hard work, fun times, and great experiences, our journey together has reached it’s end. Today was the last day of class and it started out with some early... [read more]

  • Final Research Presentations

    May 21, 2014 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    Tuesday May 20th, 2014 We woke up at 7:30 a.m. for our breakfast and after it we went to our various projects groups for data analysis. Tonight we shall be presenting our projects and so every group is... [read more]

  • Connecting with the Lekiji School

    May 21, 2014 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    Monday May 19th, 2014 Today was a day to work on our research projects, discuss readings, and perhaps most notably, to revisit the school in Lekiji (a pastoralist community located on a plot of land nearby... [read more]

  • The final weekend

    May 20, 2014 - from Blogs » Kenya Field Course

    Saturday May 17, 2014 After two full days of traveling to different ranches it was nice to have a more relaxed morning today. However, there was still work to be done. After breakfast we were working hard... [read more]

  • Seeing Behind the Wall

    May 15, 2014 - from Blogs » Communications in Kenya

    “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – Secret Life of Walter Mitty This quote... [read more]

  • Peru and Kenya: Parallel Worlds, Worlds Apart

    May 10, 2014 - from Blogs » Communications in Kenya

    I have now been out of the United States for about 15 out of the last 18 weeks. And I’ve been a full-time college student the entire time. Amazingly, I haven’t felt like I have been missing... [read more]

  • Growing Up Maasai

    May 10, 2014 - from Blogs » Communications in Kenya

    It’s been a few days since our last update. This was not from a lack of attention on our part but merely the lack of internet. For the last few days we traveled north of Nairobi to a town called Ngong... [read more]

  • Seeing the World Through a Viewfinder

    May 5, 2014 - from Blogs » Communications in Kenya

    Today was our 2nd production day on location of the communities we are visiting. After a full weekend of more “tourist” type activities everyone in the class was anxious to get back to the... [read more]