Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to El Salvador

Greetings from San Salvador, El Salvador, the site of our first service immersion experience. Students from all over the country will be arriving in San Salvador this afternoon for a week of service and cultural immersion. We arrived late last night to lay the foundation for the week, and I wanted to share a bit of information about our upcoming work with you! For the rest of the week, the student participants will be blogging about their experiences, so be sure to follow along all week!

Tomorrow (Sunday) we will be doing some immersion in San Salvador visiting the tomb of Romero, Mass at the National Cathedral, and shopping in the Mercado Quartel. Tomorrow afternoon we head out to an orphanage in Santa Ana. We'll spend the afternoon playing and doing activities with the childern in the orphange.

Monday through Friday we will be working in two communities here in El Salvador. The first is Las Delicias, where Project FIAT has been doing work since their arrival in El Salvador. We'll be helping with the construction of a day care center in Las Delicias, as well as working with the children in the before and after school program and doing home visits with the district nurse. To learn more about Las Delicias (en espanol), click here.

The other community where we will be working is Ilobasco, which is a new community for Project FIAT. We will be assisting with the construction of a house for a family in need in the community. This family lives just down the hill from Don Luis, one of the vigilantes at the Volunteer House, and he pushed for the project when volunteers asked what they could do for him and his family. Read more about Ilobasco here.

Look for student blogs the rest of the week! Thansk for your virtual participation in our experience!

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