Andean Culture and Reality

Herbert and Jesica demonstrate a folkloric dance

There are many ways to gain understanding of a culture — lectures, workshops, service projects and learning tours. Juan Carlos returned for a second time to teach us more about Andean spirituality.  Catarina, an agronomy professor at San Antonio Abad National University in Cusco, described the political, social and environmental realities of mining. Jesica and … Keep reading »

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother’s Day!  Feliz Dia de La Madre! Mother’s Day is an important holiday in Latin America and the students surprised each host mother with a rose and hand-made card to celebrate the occasion. Our Peruvian host mothers want to say thank you to all the North American mothers who brought these students into the … Keep reading »

Food and Clothing

On the road with our guide, Oswaldo Palomino

Every culture must find a way to feed and clothe its members.  During our time in the Andes we have tasted many dishes and observed how people protect themselves from the elements.  To learn more, we took a day-trip to the town of Chinchero and a nearby archaeological site named Moray. Chinchero is home to … Keep reading »

Life in the Andes

Our classes are held at the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Huacarpay

We began our first full week in Peru with lectures, workshops and language classes.  Pastor Celestino welcomed us to the church where our classes are held and spoke about the history of the Mennonite Church in Peru.  He recounted the experiences of missionaries in the 1980s as they overcame language barriers, initial distrust, persecution and … Keep reading »

Orientation — The Andes

The dormitories at San Jeronimo Albergue

Our second day of orientation took place in the city of San Jeronimo, nestled high in the Andes Mountains.  We first flew to Cusco, then took a bus to the San Jeronimo Albergue, a retreat center owned by the Peruvian teachers’ union that hosts educational groups such as ours.  At 3,244 meters (10,643 feet) above sea level, … Keep reading »

Orientation — Lima

Time to explore

So much to see, so much to learn, so much to experience… The students spent their first day in Peru strolling through Lima’ San Isidro district, seeing their first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean and getting acquainted with each other.  We made a stop at the San Miguel Arcangel monument in the center of the … Keep reading »



All is well. Delta Airlines Flight #0151 landed as scheduled at Lima’s Jorge Chavez Airport and 21 students set foot on South American soil. We loaded two buses, one with luggage and the other with passengers, and headed directly to the Miraflores House for some rest. Tomorrow we’ll take a walk to Casa Goshen, the … Keep reading »

Mind, Body and Soul — Getting Ready

A carrot from our patio garden in Lima

We spent this break between SST groups bringing closure to the previous semester while making plans for the next.  We read papers, finished grades and met with language instructors.  We developed a program of lectures, workshops and field trips and worked out the logistics with our coordinators.  Our children worked double time on their math, … Keep reading »