touring cusco


We donned our hiking shoes, grabbed our cameras, and headed out to some fantastic archaeological sites during our trip to Cusco and the nearby Sacred Valley. Of course one stop was Machu Picchu, the magnificent “lost city” that was (re)discovered by American Hiram Bingham nearly 100 years ago (it was never lost to the locals). … Keep reading »

service in cusco


We recently spent a week in the Andean city of Cusco, a short flight and a world away from our base in Lima. Most tourists visit Cusco to explore its archaeological sites—the city was the capital of the Incan empire and is gateway to Peru’s most famous tourist site, Machu Picchu. While we did our … Keep reading »

The art(s) of Peru

Eduardo Arroyo talks about ethnicity and culture in Peru

Peru has more than its fair share of beauty, from the mountains to the ocean to Peruvians themselves. Last week the SSTers paid special attention to beauty found in the arts, first with a workshop on joyeria (jewelry) presented by Mike’s host parents, Ricardo Mauriola and Eliana Carrasco. The two artisans create and sell items … Keep reading »

We've got rhythm (and paintbrushes)

Camilo Ballumbrosio shows us how it's done

We’ve been busy here in Lima. In the last week we tried our hand(s) at the cajon, a wooden box-type drum that originated in Peru. Our instructor, Camilo Ballumbrosio, comes from a family of cajon players. Our other guest speakers included Father David Farrell, a Massachusetts native who’s done social justice work throughout Central and … Keep reading »

Getting settled–and unsettled

Happy to have made it to the top of Cerro San Cristobal (409 meters)

It’s hard to believe only a week has passed since our last update. The last seven days have been filled with a little bit of everything: Spanish classes, sightseeing, presentations on Peruvian politics and traditional medicine, mountain hikes, an overnight service visit to an orphanage, and chifa, the local version of Chinese food. The Peru … Keep reading »


Outside of the building where we'll be attending lectures and classes

Our two days of orientation covered the basics of life in Lima—transportation, communication, money, health, and safety, among other topics—as well as some long walks, short bus rides, and exciting taxi rides. The students got their first look at Goshen Tambo (the directors’ home and heart of Peru SST operations, where the group will gather … Keep reading »

The students have landed

The first two out of the gate

After a long day of travel the Peru SSTers landed safely in Lima. Director Kevin Gary and coordinator Celia Vasquez met the group of travelers at Jorge Chavez International Airport and escorted them to Home Peru, their lodging for the night. Since Lima is only one hour behind Goshen, jet lag shouldn’t be a problem. … Keep reading »

Lima, Peru

Heather & Kevin

Tucked between the Pacific Ocean on the west and the foothills of the Andes on the east, Peru’s capital city, Lima, has nearly 9 million residents—almost a third of the country’s entire population. On September 2, 11 more people will call it home: the Goshen College Fall 2010 Peru SST group. Program directors Kevin and … Keep reading »