Darin E. Bontrager, AHS ‘08, is participating in the Goshen (Ind.) College Study- Service Term (SST) in Peru, along with 20 other students.
The son of Philip and Lori, Archbold, he is majoring in interdisciplinary.
He left for Peru on April 25 and returns on July 23.
Located in South America along the Pacific Ocean, just south of the equator, Peru is home to the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest, a desert blanketing the coast and a wealthy capital surrounded by shantytowns.
Indigenous people– the Quechua, descendents of the ancient Incas– make up 60 percent of the population.
It is a country of contrasts, making it very appealing as an SST location.
Students can anticipate studying for the first six weeks with private language teachers, as they live with families in Lima, a modern, growing city with as many as 10 million people.
During daily seminars, students will explore the vibrant Incan and pre-Incan history and the 1980s civil war, as well as hear lectures on the success of the women’s movement in Peru.
The group will also take a field trip to the famous Machu Picchu, the lost city of the Incas and one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
During the second half of their three-month stay, students will spread out across the country to live with families and volunteer at service assignments.