A Eastern Canada student is participating in the Goshen (Ind.) College Study-Service Term (SST) in Senegal during this summer, along with 21 other students. Goshen established an SST unit in the French-speaking West African country in 2004 and this is the fifth unit to go to the country.
Karin V. Fast, daughter of John Fast and Esther Falk Fast of Waterloo, is majoring in elementary education/special education. She is a 2008 graduate of Rockway Mennonite Collegiate and attends Erb Street Mennonite Church. She left for Senegal on April 25 and will return to the United States on July 23. David Lind and Kendra Yoder, along with their children Desmond, Amari and Adele, are leading the unit. David is assistant professor of sociology at Goshen College.
Students will live in Thiès, east of the country's capital, for the first half of the 13-week term, and then move into other areas of the country for service assignments. The students will study the history, art, literature, religion and other features of the Senegal society as they interact with Senegalese host families, a special aspect of SST that fosters deeper understanding of the country and culture. Students will also visit Goree Island, which was once one of the major embarking points for slave ships.
Web updates and photos from the group are available from Goshen College's SST website at: www.goshen.edu/sst. Letters can be directed to: Boite Postale 1055, Thiés, Senegal.
--May 5, 2012