Program Details

The objective of the course is to understand the complex factors that have contributed to centuries of poverty, limited educational opportunity, caused a civil war, and forced hundreds of Salvadorans to risk migration to the U.S. each day. You will learn
Location:
San Salvador, El Salvador
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
What's the scoop? Most of this two-week service-learning experience will take place in a small, rural village, one to two hours from San Salvador. You will live with campesinos (poor, rural families), learn about their culture, and work alongside them to carry out a project that promotes education and social opportunity. We will focus on factors that expose children, youth and families to intergenerational poverty and force many to risk migration to the United States. In addition, we will tour the capital of San Salvador, make side trips to urban schools, and talk with NGO leaders and public officials. We will also visit the colonial, lakeside town of Suchitoto and visit areas impacted by the civil war during the 1980s. Students will have the opportunity to hike the mountain of Guazapa, a stronghold for guerilla forces during the war, visiting caves that were used as hiding places, and enjoying the beautiful views of the mountains and lake.

The objective of the course is to understand the complex factors that have contributed to centuries of poverty, limited educational opportunity, caused a civil war, and forced hundreds of Salvadorans to risk migration to the U.S. each day. You will learn about popular education, and how it promotes literacy and social consciousness. By understanding the social and cultural context, you will also better understand how to serve a growing population of Latino children and families now living in the United States.

Setting Description:
Students will live with campesinos (poor, rural families) for the duration of the program.

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