San Salvador , El Salvador – SERVICE LEARNING Program
Ohio Dominican University
March 1 – 10, 2013
Bienvenido, Bienvenida a El Salvador- Welcome to El Salvador
Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) invites Ohio Dominican University students, faculty, staff and alumni to visit and join our mission efforts in El Salvador. The country's name means "The Savior" and El Salvador is the only country in the world named in honor of Jesus. Here you will learn about the rich culture and Catholic history of El Salvador.
Even when El Salvador is the smallest country in the Americas (8,260 square miles / 21,040 square kilometers) it has a wide variety of geographic beauty: big mountains a wide coast, central valleys and plateaus. These regions have created slight cultural variations because of the different people and cultures that live in each one. This country has fertile land that produces among other crops, coffee, cotton, sugar cane, and corn. You will meet indigenous communities, will visit Coffee plantations, Christian Basic Communities and several community leaders.
Your time in El Salvador will be focused on meeting and making friends with Salvadorans and learning about their culture, faith and history. Your Service experience will take place at one or two of the ministry sites of Maryknoll Lay Missioners in and around San Salvador.
What Will You Do?
- Visit the tomb of Mons. Romero in the Cathedral; Divina Providencia Hospital, Mons. Romero's home; and the chapel where he was assassinated.
- Visit the UCA (Jesuit Central American University) and Romero Center.
- Onsite visits to MKLM's ministries enhancing the dignity of Salvadorans.
- Learn about the lives, culture and traditions of the indigenous Nahuat people.
- Sit down with common Salvadoran people to share about their lives, their faith, and their hopes and challenges and participate in their local liturgical celebrations.
- Visit with Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative workers.
- Participate in events where traditional food, music and dances will be presented.
- Experience the beauty of the beach at Costa del Sol.
Logistics and Costs
Please contact Ohio Dominican University for the total program cost. Program fees cover all lodging and meals, all transportation within the country, English-Spanish speaking guides, cultural activities, and tourist fees. Friends Across Borders will provide information a brief orientation via conference call. Our in-country guide will be Erica Olson, current Maryknoll Lay Missioner.
Please Download the Friends Across Borders Registration Form as well as the liability form, it is required a month prior the trip with a copy of your passport.
Please make sure your passport is valid through August 2013!
We look forward to welcoming you to El Salvador!