Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Goshen College’s pioneering program in international education, the Study-Service Term, Pinchpenny Press is publishing an intercultural guidebook, drawing on the experiences of faculty, staff and students who have participated in SST.A release party for the book, “The Goshen College Guide to Studying and Serving Abroad: Essays on Intercultural Learning,” will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12 in the Koinonia Room of the Church-Chapel.
The 18 essays address subjects like learning languages, serving as a form of accompaniment, tracking time, framing stories, giving and receiving resources and money, dealing with death, and becoming better specialists through study abroad.
Goshen College will celebrate the 50th anniversary of SST in 2018. The program began in the fall of 1968, when students departed for three months to Costa Rica, Guadeloupe and Jamaica.
In the opening essay, Tom Meyers, director of international education, notes that nearly 8,000 students have participated in the program, going to 24 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
The book includes essays that represent all five countries to which Goshen College currently sends students on SST: Cambodia, China, Peru, Senegal and Tanzania.
Pinchpenny Press, which is sponsored by the English department, publishes chapter books for students, faculty and friends of Goshen College. “The Goshen College Guide to Studying and Serving Abroad” is the 17th volume in the Horsell Anthology series.