Hastings College students hand-plant corn, serve others in Peru

Walking up a mountain to hand-plant corn in rural Peru isn’t exactly what 25 Hastings College sophomores expected when they headed to the country for a two-week study abroad experience. Yet that day in August, which involved hours in the sun handling pickaxes and seeds, was a high point of the experience for many.

“It would have taken that family a long time to plant that field, but we were able to get it done in less than a day,” said Jayda Paul, a psychology major from North Platte, Nebraska. “It’s one of those moments where you feel good, that you’ve made a difference in serving others. It puts the life we have into perspective.”

The class traveled to Peru as part of the Hastings College initiative that allows all second-year students to study abroad during a two-week block at no additional cost.

For more on this amazing experience, check out the video below.

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