Clases de español

Moises with his class

During the students’ six weeks in Lima, Spanish classes meet every afternoon at the Buen Pastor church. Our creative teachers, Moises, Ana and Gretty found multiple ways to engage students and have them practice their Spanish, including reading short texts, discussing topics related to their majors, writing short skits, interviewing Peruvians and a fun afternoon … Keep reading »

A dance workshop

Watching folk dances

Peru SST students were introduced to Peruvian folk dances in this favorite workshop with Pedro Farias, a professional dancer and dance instructor. Pedro showed the students videos of some of the many traditional dances from Peru’s three regions: costa, sierra y selva (coast, mountains and jungle) and explained the costumes and symbolism. Then it was … Keep reading »

Classes in LIma

Getting ready to leave for the day.

Weekday mornings in Lima meant gathering at la Catedral del Buen Pastor (the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd for lectures on Peru’s history and culture. Students heard from 16 guest lecturers on a wide variety of topics (they are earning credit for 5 different classes). Lecturers were Peruvians or Americans who have lived in Peru … Keep reading »

Learning about Lima’s first residents

On the way on a Miraflores street to the entrance of the Huaca Pucllana

Goshen College students got a view into Peru’s ancient past with a visit to Huaca Pucllana, a complex of adobe pyramids that was once an administrative and religious center of the ancient Lima Culture people. They dominated coastal Peru from 200 to 700 A.D. The site, located in the city’s upscale Miraflores district, includes a … Keep reading »

Creating Peruvian jewelry

Listening to Eliana

As part of their exposure to Peruvian art and culture, Goshen students explored their creativity during a jewelry workshop led by Eliana and Ricardo Mauriola Carrasco, long-time host parents and friends of the Peru Study-Service Term program. Eliana and Ricardo make jewelry as a part-time business and sell necklaces, bracelets and earrings in Peru and … Keep reading »

America’s oldest civilization

Students enjoy a quick lunch before starting the hike to Caral.

Goshen College students spent the afternoon of May 12 exploring the Sacred City of Caral-Supe, which is considered one of the earliest civilizations of the world and the oldest in the Americas. In recent years, radiocarbon dating has confirmed that urban life, complex agriculture and monumental architecture flourished in Caral 5,000 years ago – 2,000 … Keep reading »

Sports fun with host families

Holding symbols of Peru and Goshen College are Miranda and Livia Salas Achahuanco, host mother of Alejandro.

Goshen College students spent their second Saturday in Lima playing soccer and volleyball with host family members and their friends. The spirited play took place at the municipal sports complex in the San Isidro district of Lima on a warm and gray morning. After picking teams, the students played three matches of “fulbito,” a scaled … Keep reading »

Learning from the poor in Puente Piedra

Looking toward Puente Piedra while traveling north on the Pan American Highway.

On May 9, the Peru SST Summer unit visited Puente Piedra (Stone Bridge), a district of more than 230,000 people in the northern area of Lima. Although the district was founded in 1927, it also is home to tens of thousands of poor people who in recent decades have settled on rocky hillsides and live … Keep reading »

Cajón lessons from a master

Camilo Ballumbrosio led a workshop for Goshen College students.

Goshen College students participated in a truly interactive workshop earlier this month by trying out a versatile musical instrument and a unique form of dance. They also received a brief overview of Afro-Peruvian history, to put the art forms into context. Their teacher was Camilo Ballumbrosio, a phenomenal Afro-Peruvian percussionist known throughout Peru and among … Keep reading »

A visit to Lima’s historic downtown

A group photo in front of the Government Palace.

Goshen College students got a crash course in the history of Lima by touring the historic downtown district, better known as “El Centro de Lima.” The students got a top to bottom tour of the City of Kings – so named by its founder, the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro – by touring the highest point … Keep reading »