Is El Salvador Safe
Violence directed towards tourists is very rare. However, El Salvador has been classified as one of the most violent countries in Latin America. Levels of violence in large cities is high, particularly among young people who have few opportunities for employment and are drawn into local gangs. We only allow teams to work in places that we are familiar with and that we feel are safe. It is still a good idea, as it is whenever you are in an unfamiliar place, to stay aware of your surroundings and be discreet when out and about. Your safety is our top priority and while we cannot make any promises or guarantees, we will do our very best to make sure that while you are in El Salvador that your work team is as safe and comfortable as possible
What does it Cost
The cost to bring a team to El Salvador will vary depending on the project(s) that your team will be participating in while here and where you choose to stay. Likewise the location of the project will also have some varying impact on the costs.
If you team works in Ahuachapan the cost for food, lodging, and transportation will be between $47 and $60 per person, per day. In addition we request that each team also bring $400 for coordination consideration to cover expenses associated with hosting your team. The costs for each project is as follows:
Home Building Project $5300 (includes materials and local professional labor)
Church Construction $4200 (includes materials and local professional labor)
Food Distribution (100 bags) $1000
Teams doing Bible School have no in country costs but teams are responsible for bringing their own materials. Teams wanting to do medical missions need to contact us so when can discuss the particulars of a medical team.
Additionally if your team needs translators for your projects the cost is $20 per translator per day. If your team is working in San Salvador we can provide a couple options to try to work within your budget.
Each mission team’s cost will vary depending on projects, location, team size, plane tickets, and the number of team members. Once we know you are coming, what you will be doing and staying we can give you a better idea of the cost.
Where Do We Stay
The church in El Salvador owns a home in which we use to host teams called the Mission Residence and we can accommodate most sized teams there. The cost for staying here is $47 per day per person (including the day you arrive and leave) which covers food lodging and transportation. Additionally your team has the option to stay at a local hotel that we have a relationship with. El Altillo located in Ahuachapan is $55 per day per person. Once we have you on the calendar we can discuss your team’s lodging.
Like many other Latin American countries, El Salvador has a history of political and social unrest. In just the last few decades El Salvador has experienced civil war, natural disasters, economic downfalls and mass migration to the US and other countries. High levels of unemployment and the privatization of many public services such as health and education have contributed to economic and social hardships. While, in general, Salvadorans are a culture of kind, humble and hard working people, the uneven distribution of wealth has created an atmosphere where nearly 40% of Salvadorans live below the poverty line.
Why Mission Work In El Salvador
You can find an abundance of scriptures concerning missions and serving those in need. At the center of this is of course is the great commission found in the final chapter of the gospel of Matthew. One of my favorite verses is from Paul’s letter to Philippi, the second chapter verses 1-4 (MSG):
“If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care - then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front, don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting you own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.”
As a member of a short term mission group we feel that it is important that before you come you spend time praying and studying your personal meaning of Christian service. We think this will make a significant difference in your mission experience here in El Salvador as well as your faith walk in general.
Why El Salvador
Scheduling A Team
If you are ready to talk about bringing a team to work with SMP and the Methodist Church in El Salvador contact us and we can get your team on our calendar. If you are not ready to commit just yet and still have some questions send us an email and we will be happy to address any questions that you might have.