Goshen College will return to Nicaragua as a location for its unique study abroad program, Study-Service Term (SST), after 30 years in the summer of 2008, according to Director of International Education Tom Meyers. In 1978, the college stopped sending students to the Central American country because it was experiencing great civil unrest that would result in 12 years of war and a devastated economy.
South Africans continue to pick their way through the debris of apartheid that devastated the country for half a century. During Goshen College’s May term, three students and three advisers sorted through the material they filmed during their South Africa spring break trip from Feb. 23 to March 6 choosing clips to show how churches help shape post-apartheid society.
As he started to receive information about political instability in Indonesia and when the country was placed on the list that the U.S. State Department doesn’t recommend as travel destinations for U.S. citizens, Goshen College Director of International Education Tom Meyers started to look for another host country in Southeast Asia for groups of students in the college’s Study-Service Term (SST) program.
In the annually anticipated college ranking release, the 2006 U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges,” Goshen College again placed high in the third tier of the category of Best Liberal Arts Colleges for the fifth straight year. Goshen was again recognized for its study abroad program and for being a “least debt” college, among other accolades.
When the Goshen College community of faculty, staff and students reassembled after Christmas break, an immediate call went out from Campus Ministries to respond to the tens of thousands of tsunami victims in South Asia. The campus soon committed to support Mennonite Central Committees (MCC) tsunami relief efforts with the goal of raising at least $10,000. A month later, the goal was met with many contributions and prayer.
For the past two summers, Goshen College Assistant Professor of American Sign Language Myron Yoder has taken small groups of students to Jamaica not to discover the island’s well-known beaches but to connect with a school for Deaf children and youth.
The recent natural disaster in South Asia has caused many around the world to respond, including the Goshen College campus.
It is a country known for Machu Picchu, llamas and descendants of Incan culture. Goshen College students will now have the opportunity to study Peru in-depth, and engage in service there.
In the just-released 2005 U.S.News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, Goshen College placed solidly in the third tier of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges category for the fourth straight year and was recognized for program strengths that come from the school’s commitment to global citizenship and servant leadership.