This SST unit
is over...The students returned August 5, and this site is no longer
being updated, but we'll leave it posted for friends of the Dominican
Republic, and of SST.
It's been fascinating
and amazing! Many thanks to our host families and many friends in
the Dominican Republic, and also in Haiti!
Join Paul and Kathy Meyer Reimer and seventeen college students
as they meet the Dominican Republic this summer (1998) on Goshen
College's SST program.
SST, not the Super Sonic Transport, but the Study Service Term
is the highlight of college, for many students at Goshen College.
Goshen believes that becoming familiar with a culture significantly
different from that of the United States is a crucial part of a
liberal arts education, and requires a semester of International
Education for graduation.
Most students satisfy the International Education requirement by
spending a semester on SST in a foreign country. Goshen faculty
leaders living on location organize language study, cultural input,
and service opportunities for a group of about 20 students.
The first seven weeks, students all live in the same city, studying
language and culture. But life with a family from the host country
and fieldtrips, key experiental parts of SST, are also very important.
The last seven weeks, students disperse to usually rural locations
where they work with local schools, clinics, or social service agencies,
and complete individual projects of country study.
Leaders of the SST program in 1998 in the Dominican Republic
are Kathy Meyer Reimer, Associate Professor of Education,
and Paul Meyer Reimer, Adjunct Professor of Physics. Also living
with them will be their two boys, Peter age 4, and one-year-old
Together, Paul and Kathy have lived abroad often, most recently
spending a year and a half in Japan. Paul spent two of his growing
up years in high school, in Costa Rica, but this term will be their
first time living in the Caribbean, and their first time leading
an SST unit.
Paul and Kathy left for Santo Domingo on April 6. The students
will arrive in early May and stay until early August.
Come back to this site again! We hope to share our reflections
in a kind of group web journal about one term of SST in the Dominican
Benjamin and Paul Meyer Reimer
Kathy and Peter