San Salvador, El Salvador – Immersion Program

January 31 – February 8, 2020

Deadline for Sign Ups: October 31, 2019

Bienvenido, Bienvenida a El Salvador – Welcome to El Salvador

JFES15_0029Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) invites you to an experience centered in the radical encounter with “the other” and with God as God is expressed not only in our own traditions, but in the sacred stories, traditions, history and culture of other peoples.

As you enter the lives of the people of El Salvador, you will be accompanied by Maryknoll Lay Missioners to go beyond the boundaries of your own culture, meeting and making friends with Salvadorans and learning about solidarity. However, the road to solidarity and sharing with the poor has its risks. The life of the common people in El Salvador is a difficult reality, and you must be aware the country is in a critical and 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.

What We Will Do ThereJFES15_0019

  1. Visiting with MKLM missioners to projects including health through nutrition, Christian base communities, literacy, youth ministry, community development, HIV/AIDS outreach and support, and agricultural and environmental work.
  2. Visiting the tomb of Archbishop Romero, his home and the chapel where he was assassinated.
  3. Visiting the Maryknoll martyrs’ site and the Jesuit martyrs’ site.
  4. We’ll learn about the lives and culture of the Salvadoran people and share with Salvadorans about their faith, hopes and challenges.
  5. We’ll also experience the beauty of the Salvadoran coast on the beach in La Libertad.

Logistics and Costs

Prior to leaving, Friends Across Borders will provide an orientation which will include education about important cultural norms to follow during the trip. Our in-country guide is Becca Muder, Maryknoll Lay Missioner. You will also be accompanied on the entire trip by TBD, an experienced MKLM guide from the United States.

TOTAL COST: $ TBD (ground cost plus registration fee).

This covers the program registration fee, all lodging and meals in country, all transportation within the country, medical insurance with medical evacuation, English-Spanish speaking guides, cultural activities, and tourist fees. International airfare, taxes, and visa are not included. (Roundtrip airfare cost from Miami is approximately $ 600).

Friends Across Borders will provide information on obtaining a visa and immunizations, and will help you make the international flight arrangements. Participants are required to arrive in San Salvador on January 31 (noon time) and leave on February 8, 2020 (noon time).

To make a reservation download a Registration Form, fill it out and send it to Friends Across Borders with a copy of your passport and your $ 250 deposit.

Please make sure your passport is valid through July 2020!

We look forward to welcoming you to El Salvador!