Homeward Bound

Happy

The return trip to the North America began with a 3:30 a.m. departure from Home Peru. There is not much traffic at that hour so we arrived at Jorge Chávez International Airport ahead of schedule. The students got checked in quickly and we said our final goodbyes. There was joy mixed with sadness — excitement … Keep reading »

The Retreat

Fun in the sun

A semester full of learning, service and adventure closed with a three-day retreat at a beach named Kauai.  We began with final project presentations featuring research done while on service.  The topics included: Ají Peppers The Day of the Dead The Hearing Impaired in Peru The Exciting World of Ceramics Food and Culture in the … Keep reading »

Giving Thanks

Together again

How thankful we are!  This morning ten students returned to Lima after spending six weeks volunteering in the mountains and rain forest.  Tomorrow Joshua will return from Acopia and our group will be complete. The students are thankful for many things:  new direction in life, a stronger relationship with God, safety, opportunity, Lima, the United … Keep reading »

Service in Acopia

Acopia is nestled between two lakes

Acopia, a town of several thousand inhabitants, sits between two lakes in the Andes mountains.  At 3,715 meters (12,188 feet) above sea level, this is highest and most remote of the service locations this semester.  We met Luis Delgado, founder of Yachay Wasi (House of Learning in Quechua), during a visit with the whole group … Keep reading »

Service in the Rain Forest

The central rain forest lies in the foothills of the Andes -- more than 2,000 feet above sea level

Four students are serving in the Selva Central, the central section of the rain forest that lies in the eastern foothills of the Andes.  Elevations here range from 2,000 to 3,000 feet, with rolling hills and luscious green vegetation. Ashley is volunteering at a school for special needs children called San Manuelito in the small … Keep reading »

Service in Ayacucho

Ayacucho, home to 240,000 inhabitants

Just say, “Yes”!  This could be the motto for the three students serving in Ayacucho this term.  Saying yes when asked to try something new has opened doors for each student and addressed real needs for the people they work with each day. Marta is volunteering at Vidas Health Clinic and Preschool.  The clinic serves … Keep reading »

Service in Tarica and Huaraz

Huaraz is nestled between snow-capped mountains

Three students are volunteering in the city of Huaraz and the nearby village of Tarica.  At over 10,000 feet above sea level, these communities are nestled between the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains) and the Cordillera Negra (Black Mountains).  The views are magnificent, the sky is a clear blue each morning and the people are shy … Keep reading »

Farewell to Lima

Preparing for the cajon piece with their instructor, Camilo

Before leaving Lima for service, we threw a big party to thank our host families, language instructors and coordinators for all they have done for us over the last 6+ weeks.  Then we spent one more afternoon together, sharing and praying and preparing for the six weeks to come.  Check out the happy pictures!

Diversity, Drums and the Northern Cone

Eduardo Arroyo, writer and sociology professor, lectures on ethnic diversity in Peru

Eduardo Arroyo is an authority on ethnic diversity.  In a provocative lecture entitled, “The Cholification of Peru,” he described the major ethnic groups — andinos from the mountains, criollos descended from the Spanish and cholos from the mountains who have migrated to Lima.  These and many smaller groups comprise Peru’s population of 30 million people. … Keep reading »

Humor, Dance, Water and Fauna

Jane introduces Pedro Farias, an expert in traditional dances of Peru

The students have left for their six-week service assignments and are beginning work in Huaraz, La Merced, Ayacucho and Acopia.  The directors’ visits to each location will commence next week.  In the meantime, we’ll post photos of our final activities in Lima. After our return from the Andes, the students enjoyed a series of lectures, … Keep reading »