San Salvador, El Salvador – Immersion Programs
Bienvenido, Bienvenida a El Salvador – Welcome to El Salvador
Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) invites you to visit and enjoy the beauty of El Salvador – its natural wonders, its people and culture. You are invited to commemorate the lives of the many martyrs, who are an integral part of the Salvadoran people and their history.
A 12 year civil war left tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children dead or missing. Those who survived now struggle with the emotional and physical problems of stress-induced trauma. An unforgiving climate of earthquakes, floods and drought and an economy where about 50 percent of the people live in poverty bring additional challenges.
Today, Maryknoll Lay Missioners continue their ministries in the spirit of Archbishop Romero, the four Churchwomen, and the many other martyrs of El Salvador. However, the road to solidarity and sharing with the poor continues with risks. The life of the common people in El Salvador is a difficult reality, and you must be aware the country is once again in a very conflictive moment in it its history. The fact that El Salvador had the highest murder rate in the world for countries not at war in 2015, with the same level continuing in 2016, and the fact that the Zika virus is prevalent here must be taken into consideration. We take all precautions to keep you safe, and US citizens are not targeted in any way, yet you may experience vicarious trauma, such as witnessing extreme poverty or seeing a body, from gang violence or from motor vehicle accidents, along the highway. To join this trip, you must seriously read all materials FAB provides before committing to making the trip to El Salvador.
Requirements for any trip to El Salvador:
In order to have a great time please consider these guidelines:
- Doing the visits to the different ministries and enjoying tourist sites requires ability to walk, unassisted, up to 45 minutes without stopping and ability to remain standing for up to 30 minutes.
- Ability to climb up and down stairs – getting in and out of transportation, accommodation sites, and from airplanes without walkways.
- Ability to acclimate well to tropical weather.
- Ability to eat a variety of foods, vegetarian diets can be handled.
- Ability to not be severely impacted by high level of air pollution, dust and noise associated with San Salvador.
- Willingness to be different; due to physical traits such as skin complexion, language, clothing and other individual characteristics.
- If you are taking any prescribed medicine, please bring all the amount you need to cover your ten day experience in El Salvador.
- An open mind and the awareness United States involvement and history in El Salvador will be shared from many perspectives and angles, some of which may be discomforting and, or, challenging.