Universities around the United States have begun to make El Salvador a regular destination for Alternative Spring and Winter Break service trips. College students have a unique ability to bring enormous energy and fresh excitement back to a long project. College can be an ideal time for people to travel and experience the world. Those that see the world through the eyes of the poor and sacrifice their time before and during breaks from school to benefit the world in some way consistently reap a lifetime of rewards and have unforgettable experiences.
Go Beyond Building
Students have unique access to the latest in educational resources. Projects in El Salvador often provide an ideal location to implement classroom knowledge toward real life applications and skills development. Opportunities for students to work with water resources, business development, education, graphic design, and community spaces are just some ways that student have and can get involved. However, the greatest contributions of many students are initiative, creativity, energy, and a fresh perspective which allows them to come up with their own ways to contribute.
Partnerships with Universities also presents a multitude of opportunities to work with professors doing research, experimenting, or who want to provide a real world application to classroom studies. We are always open to ideas that student and professors have to try things out and get their hands dirty. Check out this idea from professors at Ball State University in Indiana.