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El Salvador

Saturday, December 9 - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Cost: $1,500


This immersion into the reality of El Salvador will support a deep and intensive consideration of the country’s history of violence as well as the current challenges facing developing nations in Latin America and around the globe. The SCU delegation will spend 11 days collaborating with Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ). CRISPAZ builds bridges of solidarity between communities in El Salvador and those in our country with the goal of advancing the causes of peace, justice, and human liberation. During the first part of the trip, the SCU students will stay in the capital city of San Salvador. This introductory period will include meetings with professors, social workers, educators, politicians, clergy, and other experts who will describe both the history and the current national reality of El Salvador. These initial days in San Salvador also include a visit to the University of Central America (UCA), the Jesuit University in El Salvador where 6 Jesuits and their 2 colleagues were martyred in 1989 for their efforts to bring peace to the country’s civil war. Time will be spent in prayer and reflection about the example of their lives. During the second portion of the trip, the SCU students will spend several days in a rural community living with and accompanying the families in all aspects of their lives. They will visit and work in the corn fields, learn to make tortillas by hand, share meals, play soccer, and engage in conversation and relationship-building during the week.

Application Process 

  • The application for Winter Break 2017 trips is closed.
  • The application for the Spring Break 2018 trips are open until January 24th at 3:00pm.
  • The application for the Class of 2022 Summer San Jose Immersion will open in July 2018.
  • The application for the Jean Donovan Fellowship can be found here.

Selected participants will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.