Michael Ruth, son of Daniel and Karen, Archbold, is participating in the second Goshen (Ind.) College Study- Service Term (SST) unit to Cambodia this spring.
The group includes 19 students.
A junior sociology major, he is a 2007 Archbold High School graduate. He left for Cambodia on Wednesday, Jan. 6 and returns on April 6.
The students will spend the first six weeks in the capital, Phnom Penh, studying the national language of Khmer and the country’s culture at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Students will then be placed in service assignments around the country.
The capital is a mix of developed and developing areas, and though the country has a dollar economy, it is one of the poorest countries in the region.
Students live with host families, many of whom will be Buddhist, since 95 percent of the population follows that religion. Groups from Goshen College go to Cambodia every three years.