Olivia and Joshua are two of the four students doing their service assignments in Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru. Situated on a plateau at about 8,000 feet above sea level it enjoys year-around comfortable temperatures, and every day it sees some blue sky. At the north end of the city sit three majestic snow-capped volcanos rising to more than 18,000 feet above sea level.
Olivia and Joshua, both biochemistry majors, are working in medical laboratories in Arequipa. Olivia’s first work assignment had not turned out as hoped, so during our visit Maria took Olivia to a local hospital to start work in its lab. Although this made it impossible to get pictures of Olivia at work that day, the new service assignment has worked out well since then. During our visit to the small community clinic where Joshua works, within a minute of entering we found him peering into a microscope analyzing a stool sample for parasites. With the assistance of his helpful supervisor Willy, Joshua has learned a variety of basic lab tests. After two weeks in the lab they will rotate him through some other departments at the clinic so he gets some broader experiences.