Leah Arnold Hemme 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, USA 

“Throughout my internship, I had been doing a lot of reading on the political violence that was in Peru because there were a lot of people in the Apurimac region where I worked who were affected by the internal armed conflict.  One day, I went with the Paz y Esperanza team out about four hours to this little town called Huancas.  There, we met one of the community leaders who had been a victim of the political violence in Peru.  He and his father had been wrongfully imprisoned.  We spent the day walking around the community and listening to his life story.  It was very powerful to hear and see first-hand what I had read about in books.  It was even more powerful to see how he has given back to his community by leading a movement with the help of Paz y Esperanza to get running water in their town.  He is helping the community to move forward from the violent past.   Later, he invited us to his home, and we shared a meal and talked about life and family, which reminded me how much we have common, despite our differences.  Going out of the office and meeting the people with whom Paz y Esperanza works was very transformational for me, and I will remember them always.” 

Abby Anderson

WHEATON COLLEGE, USA

“Volunteering with Paz y Esperanza for six months deeply changed me.  I was challenged and motivated by my time with Paz y Esperanza, and their work is a good example for me to follow.  Even though I was young, inexperienced, and not the best Spanish speaker, Paz y Esperanza Ecuador accepted me as part of their team.  I am forever grateful for the time I served with Paz y Esperanza because I know it will shape the rest of my life.” 

Daniel Hemme

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, USA 

“These past two months volunteering with Paz y Esperanza in Andahuaylas have fortified in my mind that we serve a God who loves justice.  To have seen God's Justice first-hand in the context of the work and the theology behind the work, has really fortified the idea of justice in my walk with God.  On another level, being that this was my first time outside of the United States, I was so challenged by living within a culture that is so opposite of the time and results culture that we have in United States.  Having your worldview challenged is always a growing experience.  I’ve really enjoyed being able to be a part of the culture and a part of the community and not merely someone who watches from a distance.” 

Thank you to all of our volunteers in 2010!

JENNIFER OTTERBEIN
Alliance Theological Seminary, USA
[San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru]
LAUREN ROBB
Boulder First Presbyterian Church, USA
[Casa del Buen Trato Hovde, Peru] 
ITZEL MORALES GUTIERREZ
Universidad del Mar Huatulco, Mexico
[Guayaquil, Ecuador]
MARIA MULLER
Yale University, USA
[Huánuco, Peru]
NATHALIE IÑIGUEZ
School of Law, Pepperdine University, USA
[Ayacucho, Peru]
SAVANNAH EAVES
Wheaton College, USA
[San Martín, Peru]
PEPPERDINE TEAM 
California, USA 
[San Juan de Lurigancho, Peru]
JUDSON UNIVERSITY TEAM 
Illinois, USA
[Casa del Buen Trato Hovde, Peru]