El Salvador Program - Trip during Winter Break 2013-14
Arrupe International Immersion Program
Trip Destination: El Salvador, Central America. Participants spend time in San Salvador, the capitol, and spend 2-3 nights in El Ocotillo, a rural village in Morazan, in the eastern highlands.
Trip Dates: 8, 9, or 10 days toward the end of winter break 2013-14.
Coordinating Organizations: Boston College Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Fundahmer
El Salvador Trip Itinerary
The B.C. El Salvador delegation travels to El Salvador where they collaborate with long-time in-country partner, Fundahmer, which is taken from the official name of the organization “Fundación Hermano Mercedes Ruiz,” in creating their immersion experience. Fundahmer designs the trip’s itinerary and coordinates each day’s activities, which include meetings and conversations with representatives of Catholic Church, including Jesuits affiliated with the local Jesuit university, the government, political parties, and several non-governmental organizations involved with human rights, globalization and trade, post-war transition and reconciliation, as well as health and education and other topics. While learning about macro-level social, economic, political, and religious issues from various perspectives, participants also have the opportunity to witness first-hand the joys and struggles of people who have been profoundly impacted by the 12-year civil war 1980-92, the aftermath of this war, and by policies and situations beyond their control. Participants also learn about the life, work, and death of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was martyred in 1980; the four U.S. Church-women who also were killed in 1980; and the six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter, who were murdered in 1989, among other martyrs and heroes.
Participants also travel to Morazan, in the eastern highlands, to reconnect for a few days with Salvadoran friends in the rural community of El Ocotillo, which has hosted B.C. delegations for many years.