Casa Luz (House of Light) Children's Home

Cortney and Edgar are volunteering at Hogar de Niños Casa Luz (House of Light Children’s Home).  Forty-three children between the ages of one and nineteen call this place home.  Some were abandoned at birth.  Some are orphans whose parents have died.  Others know their mothers or fathers, but poverty makes it impossible for their parents … Keep reading »



Liz and Kate spend their days with little ones.   Parents are busy with work, chores and activities outside the home.  This is true all over the world, of course, in the Global North as well as the Global South.  But the pressures on parents are especially acute in the mountains of Peru, where many families … Keep reading »


Vidas Clinic in San Melchor, a humble neighborhood that sits at the edge of Huamanga, Ayacucho's capital city

Barrett is volunteering at a nonprofit organization that provides health care services to low-income patients.  The lifestyle of people who live in the Peruvian countryside is inherently healthy — fresh air, clean water and whole foods.  Medical care is not readily available, however, for the treatment of injuries and illnesses in remote villages or marginal … Keep reading »


The village of Yuraccraccay ("white wall" in Quechua) is situated in this fertile valley near the town of Huanta

Martin is spending the service portion of the Peru Study Service Term in a remote village named Yuraccraccay.  The broad valley surrounding the village is fertile and green, warm enough to produce oranges, apples and avocados as well as exotic-tasting fruits such as pacay and chirimoya.  Most of the villagers subsist on the food they … Keep reading »


Waiting at the bus station with members of his host family (from left): Betty, Grecia and Marco

The Service portion of the Study Service Term has begun.  The students are volunteering in the highlands — Ayacucho, Huanta and Tarma — as well as the rain forest — San Ramon, La Merced, Oxapampa and San Miguel de Marankiari.  They are assisting teachers at the primary and secondary school levels, assisting church staff, teaching … Keep reading »


Bivi Goto arrives by bicycle for the first day of play practice with the students

All good things must come to an end, including the study portion of the Spring semester Study Service Term in Peru.  We ended our time in Lima with a Despedida, a party to say thank you to the host families, language instructors, coordinators and others who have supported the students during their first six weeks … Keep reading »


Our Lima coordinator, Celia, introduces the students to downtown Lima

Peru has a long history of conquest.  The Incas were known for subduing neighboring peoples with generous gifts and military might, especially during the reign of its greatest leader, Pachacutec.  By the beginning of the 16th century, the Inca realm covered all of modern day Peru, as well as parts of Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile … Keep reading »


Alicia welcomes us to her home

Over the past 30 years, Lima’s population has grown dramatically.  Millions of refugees fled here to escape the ravages of war between Shining Path terrorists and the Peruvian military in the 1980s and early 90s.  In recent decades, even more families have relocated here in search of higher incomes, better schools and broader opportunities.  This … Keep reading »


Trucks like these are the only source of water in Chavin de Huantar and hundreds of similar neighborhoods that lie at the edge of metropolitan Lima

“Water is life” — these words are painted on a wall in one of the settlements far from downtown Lima.  The problem is, people living in the Chavin de Huantar neighborhood of Villa El Salvador still don’t have it.  There are no pipes bringing water to their homes. And there are no pipes taking water … Keep reading »

City Life

Our Lima program -- lectures, workshops, lunches and Spanish classes -- are held at the Catedral del Buen Pastor (Good Shepherd Anglican Cathedral)

Lima is a thriving metropolitan area situated along Peru’s central coast.  The population has swelled in recent years as families move here to find work or enroll their children in what are considered the best schools in the country.  Several decades ago people migrated here to escape the threat of violence during the bloody conflict … Keep reading »