playing with preschoolers

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Our most recent service trip took us to the rural village of Quebrada Verde, about a 70-minute drive south from Lima. There we spent a day and a half at Santa Rosa de Lima Montessori School, where we got a chance to meet the young students and help with many projects, including moving the library … Keep reading »

taking a break from city life

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On Thursday a 70-minute bus ride delivered us from the concrete and noise of Lima to the small, rural village of Quebrada Verde in the coastal mountains in the district of Pachacamac. During the humid winter months, the “verde” in the village’s name rings true. In early fall, however, the landscape is still mostly brown. … Keep reading »

hands-on learning

Camilo introduces us to the cajón

We were able to enjoy two uniquely Peruvian cultural delights this week: the cajón and cebiche. Drummer extraordinaire Camilo Ballumbrosio introduced us to the cajón during a very loud, hands-on workshop. The cajón, or Peruvian box drum, has its roots in the Afro-Peruvian community and is appreciated by music lovers worldwide (our guest percussionist has … Keep reading »

Spanish study

Moises, Irene, and Anita

This semester our meeting place is the Anglican Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in the Miraflores district of Lima. In a city with so much noise, we are fortunate be in a quiet place for language classes, workshops, and lectures from local experts. The students study Castellano (as Spanish is called here in Peru) most … Keep reading »

Getting to know Villa Maria

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We spent Thursday and Friday getting to know the district of Villa Maria on Lima’s sprawling, populous “South Side,” which is known as the city’s cono sur (southern cone). In addition to working in the community gardens (see the recent post), SSTers enjoyed meeting some of the locals in a friendly-but-humbling fútbol match—even our three … Keep reading »

Digging in

With Senora Gregoria, biohuerto supervisor

We spent Thursday and Friday in Villa Maria del Triunfo, a district on the southern edge of Lima in what is called the “Southern Cone.” (Lima also has a Northern Cone and an Eastern Cone, and all three areas developed rapidly over the last 50 years when people migrated from the provinces.) Villa Maria itself … Keep reading »

finding our way around town

on the bus

More than 8.5 million people call Lima home. To get a better sense of this huge, sprawling city, we headed to central Lima. Our first stop was Cerro San Cristobal, a hill that provides an excellent view of the city some 1,300 feet below. From San Cristobal we saw the city stretching out in all … Keep reading »

first fruits—and first taxi rides

outside the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our meeting place

The students spent their first full day in Peru getting their “Lima legs”—they walked the mile and a half from their hostel to Goshen Tambo, the directors’ home and the students’ meeting place every Wednesday. Along the way they stopped to change their U.S. dollars into Peruvian nuevo soles and visited the Anglican Cathedral of … Keep reading »

¡Hola, hijo!

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We’ve had a busy few days! We’ll be posting more updates and many photos soon, but here are pictures of the SSTers and some of their Lima host family members. They met for the first time Friday evening, just after we wrapped up our orientation. The greetings included hugs, smiles, and luggage help. We snapped … Keep reading »

an on-time arrival

At Lima's Jorge Chavez International Airport

The Peru SST group made it to Lima a little after 9:30 this evening. All is well and we’re looking forward to starting our orientation bright and early Thursday morning.