Volunteering in El Salvador is something that many selfless individuals like to do. Every year, many people from different countries and different ages, venture into El Salvador to do work helping others. These volunteers range from young high schoolers to experienced professionals such as doctors, teachers, nurses, etc.
Why people volunteer?
Why people volunteer is a question that is not easy to answer; each individual volunteering in El Salvador has their own personal reason for doing so.
Some of the most common answers as to why people volunteer are as follow; for religious reasons, to get extra school credit for high school or college, to spend time with friends who also volunteer, to visit and explore the country, or to simply help others.
In any event, the reasons as to why people do volunteer work in El Salvador varies from person to person.
My kid’s yearly trip volunteering in El Salvador.
On a personal note, I would like to share the following, related to my kid’s volunteering trip to El Salvador, something that makes me really proud.
My kid is a first-generation Salvadoran American, he was born in the US to Salvadoran parents. Since 2016, when he was a high school junior, he and a group of friends from the same high school have been taking a yearly trip to El Salvador and do volunteer work.
Even though the individuals in the original 2016 group are now in college or working, most of them still take the yearly trip and do volunteer work.
They spend from 7 to 10 days doing work such as building homes for families, volunteering at orphanages, or doing whatever work the organization needs them to do.
They see volunteering in El Salvador as a fun way to help others, give back to the community, and take a vacation from either work or school.
Doing volunteer work in El Salvador.
When it comes to volunteering, there are plenty of options available all over the world; anyone looking for a volunteering opportunity will have plenty to choose from.
If you are looking for a country to volunteer, look at El Salvador. It is a small country; therefore, getting to the volunteering location will not be hard, even if the place is in a remote rural area.
Also, El Salvador is easy to get to from the US; within four hours from El Salvador, you can be at a major US city.
Lastly, El Salvador has plenty of touristic and cultural locations that you can explore while volunteering; these spots are a great way to disengage from volunteering work.
Volunteering opportunities in El Salvador.
The following are some volunteering opportunities in El Salvador. As always, before choosing a location or organization to do volunteer work at. Make sure you do your research and find out everything about the area where the work will be taking place and information about the organization.
CIS El Salvador
The CIS organization was founded in 1993, after the end of the armed conflict in El Salvador. Groups of individuals from Europe, Canada, and the US got together with Salvadoran organizations to create a center to promote better relationships between people after the war.
According to information found at their website, CSI is always looking for dynamic people to volunteer as English teachers, grassroots community organizers, and election volunteers.
Reto Juvenil International.
Reto Juvenil International is an organization based in Costa Rica. This organization is present in El Salvador and focuses on educational programs to create better education conditions for the children of the country.
Volunteers and Reto Juvenil staff work collectively to meet all the needs that the specific community might have; also, they look to improve the social and economic welfare of the country as a whole.
Teaching you is an organization focused on teaching English at public schools in the Santa Tecla area; which is near San Salvador.
According to its website, the organization was founded by a group of former volunteers from different nations who wanted to continue to help El Salvador.
The teaching you volunteering program allows you to teach English at primary or secondary public schools.
The CINDE Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports comprehensive educational programs for children and young people from excluded social sectors of the country.
Additionally, they have a socio-economic program for women working in the informal sector in El Salvador.
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador.
Habitat for Humanity El Salvador’s goal is to have a world where everyone has a suitable place to live, they help build homes, communities, and hope.
The non-profit organization was founded in the country in 1992; over this time, Habitat for Humanity El Salvador has benefited more than 160 thousand Salvadorans. Habitat El Salvador is part of the global organization Habitat for Humanity International.
Project RED works with the families of children who have been living in orphanages and have been placed in the homes of members of their biological families as a result of a law in El Salvador.
If you know of an organization that should be added to this list, please let me know by emailing me at [email protected].
All of the organizations listed here do a fantastic job helping Salvadorans; if volunteering is not for you, you can always make a donation and help them help others.
Volunteering in El Salvador.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience that you will most likely remember for the rest of your life. If you ever feel the need to help others by doing volunteering work, look into volunteering in El Salvador.
In El Salvador, you will find structured organizations with free or low-cost volunteer opportunities. Institutions such as international and local charities, NGOs, non-profit organizations, and animal sanctuaries offer excellent opportunities to do volunteer work in El Salvador.