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Matthews On Study- Service Term In Egypt

Clayton Matthews, PHS ‘07, is participating in the Goshen (Ind.) College Study- Service Term (SST) in Egypt during this fall semester, along with 18 other students.

They are the first group to go to Egypt, and it is the first time that Arabic is the language studied by students on SST.

Matthews, son of Mark and Ruth, Pettisville, is an interdisciplinary major. He left for Egypt on Sept. 2 and returns Dec. 1.

Bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, Egypt is in North Africa and Western Asia. Like other SST locations, the program is designed to help students understand the complexities of the cultures that they live in.

Since approximately 90 percent of Egyptians are Muslim, students will have opportunities to talk and relate with Muslims and learn from them.

Students will spend seven weeks in Cairo, a center of learning, culture and commerce. They will stay at Eman (Faith) Hostel in Helwan, which is a southern suburb of Cairo, and will commute daily by the Metro (subway) to the ETC language center in Hadayek El Maadi for Arabic and cultural classes.

During the second part of the semester, students will have the opportunity to do service. ——

It is very useful to struggle with the habit of giving immediate expression to all of one’s unpleasant emotions.– Georges Gurdjieff

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