Students from Sterling College spent two weeks of Interterm traveling throughout Honduras to study social inequality under the direction of Professor of Psychology Dr. Arn Froese. Students visited San Pedro Sula, Santa Cruz de Yojoa, and Copan Ruinas on their quest to gain an understanding of the extreme economic diversity within the country.
Currently, Honduras is the second poorest country in Central America and suffers from underemployment.
Students began their journey in San Pedro Sula, where they visited a museum, market, and church to learn about the culture. They also met with Sterling College alumnus Jorge Bueso ’08 to learn about more about workplace conditions and employment in the middle class. Bueso is a professionally employed market researcher who makes less than one-third of what he could make working a similar job in the U.S. Along with the low wages, his job expects him to work many hours of overtime without additional pay.
Next, they traveled to a peasant community near Santa Cruz de Yojoa, where children begin farming as early as age 10. At the farm they witnessed extreme poverty. Froese said, “Members of one cooperati