Serving – and learning from – Lima’s poor people

A view of the Chavín de Huántar neighborhood in the Villa El Salvador district of Lima, Peru.

First-time visitors to Lima, Peru are confronted by many stark contrasts, among them the huge disparities between the city’s richest and poorest residents and its most established and newest neighborhoods. Goshen students witnessed these contrasts when they spent time with some of the city’s poorest residents. In doing so, students experienced a range of emotions … Keep reading »

Ancient ruins amid modern high-rise buildings

Lauren, Jacob and Alan descend the great pyramid at Huaca Pucllana.

Visitors to Peru seeking to learn about pre-Columbian civilizations usually make a beeline to Machu Picchu, an essential travel destination in South America. The 15th-century Inca refuge located high above the Sacred Valley, 50 miles northwest of Cuzco, is considered among the greatest artistic, architectural and land use achievements anywhere and has been designated as … Keep reading »

Dancing to the rhythms of Peru

Lisette Alcantara and Pedro Farias begin instructing students about traditional Peruvian dances.

Who says Goshen College students can’t dance? Members of the Fall 2013 Peru SST unit kicked up their heels – and lifted high their legs, arms and bodies – during a spirited workshop on traditional dances of Peru. Their instructors were Pedro Farias and Lisette Alcántara, enthusiastic and talented dancers who have performed with many … Keep reading »

City of Kings and Presidents

Celia Vasquez, Goshen College’s study coordinator in Peru, gives students an overview of her beloved city.

Goshen students had one of their most memorable days in Lima – called the City of Kings by its founder, Francisco Pizarro – by touring the historic downtown district. Their day was accented by visits to two historic churches and an insider’s tour of the Palacio de Gobierno – the home of Peru’s president. The … Keep reading »

A Full Day of Orientation

Students received an unexpected greeting on their first morning in Lima – a greeting that was intended for other North American visitors.

Richard and Judy met the students at Casa Miraflores, the hostel where they spent their first night in Peru. As we set off along the Avenida Comandante Espinar, we suddenly found ourselves walking down a corridor of flag-waving, cheering school children. They were so happy to see us! We had no choice but to keep … Keep reading »

Meeting new families

Alan with Cecelia, who lives in San Borja.

Goshen students met their Lima host families after a long day of orientation, an exciting daylong tour of downtown and two nights in the Miraflores House (a hostel). The students prepared for the meetings by reviewing information about their families and studying (and practicing) such Peruvian customs as expanded greetings and farewells, which normally include … Keep reading »

Goshen College students arrive safely in Peru

Goshen College students (front row) Rudy, Josh, Alan and (back row) Landon, Becca and Lauren arrived in Lima, Peru at 10:20 p.m. on Sept. 4, 2013 – tired, relieved and cheerful to be starting their learning and service adventure.

And so it begins! United Airlines Flight 854 arrived safely and on time from Houston, Texas, touching down at Jorge Chávez International Airport at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday night (Sept. 4). After moving through customs and immigration in 60 minutes, the seven Goshen College students appeared tired, relieved and cheerful, even when posing for the obligatory … Keep reading »

Meeting Goshen’s host families

Members of the Acosta family from the San Martin de Porras district.

Since arriving in Peru, we (Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) have had many fascinating experiences. We have met warm and helpful people (often in unexpected places), made ourselves at home in Casa Goshen and visited fascinating museums and historic places, including Caral, site of the oldest known civilization in the Americas. Still, we have … Keep reading »

Preparing for an adventure of learning and service

Judy Weaver and Richard Aguirre take a quick break in Ovalo Gutierrez, considered by some to be the vibrant heart of the San Isidro district of Lima, Peru.

Welcome to the Peru Study-Service Term blog for Fall 2013! Goshen College students are scheduled to arrive late Wednesday (Sept. 4), which is when the fall program officially will begin. We (co-leaders Richard R. Aguirre and Judy Weaver) have been preparing the study-service program for the past six weeks and can hardly wait for the … Keep reading »