Delegation to El Salvador
“Reflecting on Their Witness”
June 23-July 1, 2019
San Salvador, El Salvador
The experience will include the opportunity to visit important sites related to the lives of the Jesuits and their companions, stay with Salvadoran families in countryside communities, and explore issues of injustice through presentations and activities. Issues include migration, labor rights, environmental sustainability, access to water, etc. Delegates will meet with a wide array of individuals while in El Salvador including community members, NGO leaders, Jesuits, etc. Reflection and prayer opportunities will be daily components of the experience.
ISN will partner with Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ) to facilitate the delegation. Founded in the mid-1980’s, CRISPAZ is a faith-based organization dedicated to building bridges of solidarity between the Church of the poor and marginalized communities in El Salvador and communities in the US and other countries through mutual accompaniment, striving together for peace, justice, sustainability, and human liberation.
A key goal of the experience will be for participants to develop and implement methods of engaging their local communities in the experience upon their return, as well as the larger Ignatian family through online reflections and the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Participants will be asked to share a pre-trip plan for how they will bring their experience with their local community. Throughout the delegation, there will be time for reflection and opportunities for participants to discuss ideas. Participants will also be strongly encouraged to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 2019 in Washington, DC, where there will be a number of ways for these participants to share their experiences with the larger group.
The delegation is open to religious and lay individuals from North American Jesuit/Ignatian institutions including parish members, faculty, administrators, institutional leaders, college/university students, and alumni. Institutions may utilize this delegation as a formational opportunity for mission & identity staff (ie. ministry, service, mission offices). Delegates will represent Jesuit/Ignatian parishes, high schools, universities, social ministries, and other works. The total group size will be approximately 40 people. To allow for a diversity of institutions to participate, we ask that institutional groups be limited to three participants. The delegation is not open to individuals under the age of 18.
Participants will take part in a few online preparation meetings during the Spring of 2019.
The majority of the time in-country the delegation will stay at Centro Loyola, the Jesuit retreat center located near the University of Central America (UCA). Centro Loyola offers accommodations similar to a U.S. retreat center including shared rooms with a bathroom, spaces for reflection and prayer, community dining, etc. Two nights will be spent in rural homestays with families in communities where the Jesuit martyrs had ministered. Accommodations in family homes will offer participants a first-hand experience of rural life in Central America. Throughout the trip, participants will have the opportunity to experience many typical Central American dishes.
On July 18, 2018, the U.S. State Department released a Level 3 Travel Advisory to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in El Salvador. ISN will continue to monitor State Department releases and be in conversation with CRISPAZ regarding the safety and security in El Salvador. CRISPAZ engages in careful safety evaluation and planning to continue to host groups, including those from Jesuit institutions across the U.S.
No immunizations are required for participation in the delegation or for entrance into El Salvador. However, the U.S. Center for Disease Control does provide recommendations for those traveling to El Salvador to consider in preparation for the delegation. Immunizations are not included in the registration fee because they are the personal choice an individual participant. However, we encourage every participant to seriously consider a consultation with a travel clinic physician before departing on the delegation.
Participants will be asked to complete a health form that provides ISN and CRISPAZ with information that would be vital for emergency medical treatment. This form will be shared with other pre-trip documents upon completion of final payment. We also require that participants provide documentation of a medical insurance policy that provides coverage in El Salvador. In most cases, a personal or family medical insurance policy will include international coverage. However, an individual might consider purchasing a one-time travel insurance policy that covers both travel and medical incidents.
Until January 17, 2018:
ISN 2018-2019 Member Institution Rate – $1,250.00
Non-Member Institution Rate – $1,300.00
After January 17, 2018 until March 1, 2019:
ISN 2018-2019 Member Institution Rate – $1,350.00
Non-Member Institution Rate – $1,400.00
*** A $300 deposit non-refundable deposit is due upon registration. Final payment is due March 1, 2019.
*** A limited number of scholarships are available—please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
At this time, ISN does not have financial funds available. However, ISN will assist participants in fundraising by providing resources and serving as a legal tax-exempt entity for the intake of donations to support the delegation.
Questions about the trip program, payment, or registering multiple delegates from one institution can be directed to Kim Miller at email@example.com or 216-397-2080.
For many people traveling to El Salvador is not an option. However, you can still be an important part of the delegation through your prayers and financial support. If you would like to make a donation to support of individuals participating in the 30th Anniversary Delegation, you can do so via our secure online donation page. Questions about making a donation can be directed to Lena Chapin, ISN Director of Development and Networking at 216-397-2082 or firstname.lastname@example.org.