Hike the Inca Trail through the Andes Mountains to the ruins of Machu Picchu or learn to speak a little Quechua, as you encounter indigenous peoples deep in the Amazon — this is Peru SST.
Located in South America along the Pacific Ocean, just south of the Equator, Peru is home to the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, a desert blanketing the coast and a wealthy capital surrounded by shantytowns. It is a country of contrasts – making it very appealing as an SST location.
Sixty percent of the country’s population is made up of indigenous people – the Quechua, descendents of the ancient Incas. Students who go to Peru will experience some of the best of Spanish culture, but tempered with a strong indigenous flavor.
Students can anticipate the cuisine they will encounter includes a lot of seafood. The food is a combination of influences from the indigenous people in the Andes and the Amazon, the Spanish and Africans.
Students can anticipate studying for the first six weeks as they live with families in Lima – a modern, growing city of eight to 10 million people. During daily seminars students will explore the vibrant Incan and pre-Incan history, the 1980s civil war, as well as lectures on the success of the women’s movement in Peru and the mass migration to urban centers in the Third World.
During the second half of their three month stay, students will spread out across the country to live with families and volunteer at service assignments, which might include working with clinics and hospitals in the Amazon, volunteering at a Quechua women’s weaving cooperative or working with a nonprofit such as Eastern Mennonite Missions, World Vision or Habitat for Humanity.
Latest Blog Posts
- November 29, 2016 - Doug and Maria just said goodbye to the students at the Lima airport, as we sent them on their journey back to the campus. Below are before/after pictures bookending their time in Peru on SST. We were blessed to have had them for almost 3 months here, and it was inspiring to see how they faced ... Keep reading »
- November 27, 2016 - November 27, Sunday We are all on retreat outside Lima until we leave for the airport tomorrow night. The students have been giving presentations on their projects and service assignments, with a worship service this morning and free time for fellowship scattered throughout the day. Everyone has marveled on all that has happened since they ... Keep reading »
- November 25, 2016 - Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24-25 All the students have safely returned from their service assignments back to Casa Goshen in Lima. Each group warmly welcomed the other groups, with many accumulated stories of trials and tribulations being shared. Although Thanksgiving was actually on Thursday, we waited to celebrate until Friday evening when everyone was here. ... Keep reading »