May term offers students unique off-campus study experiences.
Lost Empires of Perú
May 2004May term provides opportunities for Goshen College professors to offer concentrated studies in particular subjects - or cultures - of interest, often up close. Dean Rhodes, assistant professor of Spanish, first lived in Perú in the 1970s while serving a term with Mennonite Central Committee.
Rhodes led Goshen College students during May in a class titled Lost Empires of Perú. Over the course of three weeks, 25 students lived with host families in Lima, explored the jungle of the Amazon basin, wandered the ancient streets of Cusco and trekked 26 miles to see the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu. Along the way, students encountered Peruvians representing the impressive diversity of this South American country: wealthy limeños (persons from Lima), children living in poverty, educated guides and Quechua porters. Every interaction taught the group to be flexible, aware of their surroundings and appreciate the sharp contrasts of Perú.
Student reflection: A sip of Incan culture
Rebecca Allen, an April 2004 graduate in history from Seattle, WA., reflects on her experience over May term in Peru.