El Salvador MAGIS Program
The MAGIS Program offers the opportunity to travel to our partner site in El Salvador; encountering the people where they are, learning about global social justice issues by accompanying others, and reflecting on our experiences in the light of faith.
While there, the delegations work with the SHARE Foundation and our sister organization, CRIPDES San Vincente, to develop solidarity with the people of El Salvador by learning about their history and present situation, as well as by meeting and accompanying them in their daily lives. Members will also meet with organizations working on development and human rights issues.
A major part of the El Salvador program is a home-stay in the village of Santa Monica in the San Vicente province. Participants will also visit the sacred sites of the Salvadoran Martyrs.
MAGIS El Salvador is open to students of all religious traditions.
Application Deadline Friday, November 9. Bring to Leavey 1314 (across from Uncommon Grounds).
About El Salvador
About the El Salvador Trip
Through our partnership with the SHARE Foundation and CRIPDES San Vicente, we commit to:
- Solidarity with the people of El Salvador, through visits, prayer, and telling their story.
- Advocacy and awareness raising about social justice issues in El Salvador.
- Raising funds to support the work of CRIPDES San Vicente in rural areas (grassroots organizing, youth leadership development, women’s empowerment, and more)
Our 2013 trip to El Salvador will include:
- Visits to the sacred sites of the Salvadoran Martyrs (including Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Jesuits and laywomen of the Universidad Centroamericana)
- Conversations with Salvadorans who lack access to potable water, education, and sufficient housing
- Interactions with organizations working on justice and human rights issues in El Salvador, including our sister organization, CRIPDES San Vicente
- Opportunities to pray with and learn from religious organizations
- Two-night homestay in the rural village of Santa Monica
- Morning prayer and evening reflection
A "Sample" Day in El Salvador
- 7:30am Breakfast at the guesthouse
- 8:00am Morning Prayer
- 8:15am Depart for morning activities
- 9:00am Visit Maria Madre de los Pobres parish in La Chacra slum and see health clinics, school, and social service programs
- 10:30 Guided walk through La Chacra with visits to families
- 12:00pm Lunch & conversation with Maria Madre staff
- 1:30pm Leave for the Central American University (UCA)
- 2:00pm Meeting with a theologian at the UCA
- 3:30pm Tour the museum and rose garden commemorating the 6 Jesuit priests and 2 women who were martyred at the UCA in 1989
- 6:00pm Dinner
- 7:00pm Group reflection
- 8:30 Free time
To do now:
- Get a passport, or renew yours if it will expire in the next year. Click here for information.
- Begin thinking about fundraising. Possible sources of funds: extended family members, your home parish, businesses at home.
- Check with your health-insurance provider about coverage overseas.
- Check the CDC website for information about recommended immunizations.
- Check to see if you need a visa to enter El Salvador (U.S. Citizens do not need a visa as long as they purchase a $10 tourist card at the airport, which is included in your fee). Citizens of other countries may need a visa. Click here to see what your El Salvador visa requirements are.