San Salvador, El Salvador 2018

San Salvador, El Salvador

El Salvador is located in the beautiful mountains of Central America. With coffee plantations everywhere, the capital of San Salvador is located in a green valley that has so many amazing views. World-class beaches are less than an hour away, and the culture is full of people who love to interact with visitors to their country.

In spite of all its natural beauty, unfortunately, El Salvador is still suffering the effects of a 15-year civil war. After the conclusion of the war, many people emigrated to North America, and the economy in El Salvador weakened and became dependent on money being sent back to home by their family. Many young men who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children by their parents, have been deported back to El Salvador after becoming involved in gangs in the U.S. This has created a gang ridden culture in El Salvador.

This is where you come in! You will support efforts by local ministries as we come alongside them to work towards restoring hope in the lives of the young people who are the future of this beautiful country. During your week serving in El Salvador, you will have the opportunity to work with at-risk students who have grown up in poverty and who are being targeted as potential recruits by gangs. You may spend time at a local orphanage or at an urban ministry led by U.S. missionaries and locals, where you and your group might engage in Vacation Bible School projects or community service projects. Your group may also participate in small construction projects at the orphanage and surrounding churches.

When you serve in El Salvador with Group International Mission Trips, you’ll have the chance to serve alongside a group of people who are providing Salvadorians every opportunity to rise above the circumstances they were born into. This global experience will grow your faith and expand your understanding of the complexity of poverty.

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Date Age Availability Register
Mar 17 2018 to Mar 24 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 16 2018 to Jun 23 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 23 2018 to Jun 30 2018 All Ages Open
Jun 30 2018 to Jul 07 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 07 2018 to Jul 14 2018 All Ages Please Call 1-800-747-2157
Jul 14 2018 to Jul 21 2018 All Ages Open
Jul 21 2018 to Jul 28 2018 All Ages Open
Oct 13 2018 to Oct 20 2018 All Ages Open

How You'll Serve

Here are examples of the types of projects you might be involved with:

  • Teaching children conversational English at a local school
  • Playing with children in the orphanage
  • Assist with sports camps and VBS through local churches
  • Light construction projects

Our Partners

Our work in El Salvador is coordinated through local churches and orphanages. The long-term vision is to create a community center where vulnerable people will learn English, business, and important life skills. We are supporting the locals in their efforts to reach their neighbors and give impoverished people opportunities to have a different life.

Sample Itinerary

Saturday – Arrive at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL); transport to hotel
Sunday – Attend a local church; have lunch hosted by local congregation
Monday-Thursday – Project rotations in the Mejicanos community; evening devotions and God Sightings
Friday – Free day at the beach
Saturday – Depart for SAL airport; fly home

Need to Know

  • A passport is required to travel to El Salvador.
  • Be up to date on all standard vaccines, such as Tetanus, Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. Typhoid vaccine and Hepatitis A vaccine are also recommended. Be sure to bring bug spray (at least 25% DEET) as there are mosquito-borne illnesses present in El Salvador, including Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and the Zika virus.
  • Fly into the Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador (SAL). Average flight cost is $500.
  • Lodging will be in a hotel (with hot water and A/C) a few miles from your project location.
  • Currency and electricity are the same as the U.S.
  • Spanish is the primary language.
  • Bring additional money for souvenirs.
Price: $899 per person
Deposit: $100 per person

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Yes! Lifetree Adventures! We have created faith-based trips to many destinations where you stay in a comfortable hotel, serve those in need, and see the local sights and culture. They’re designed for the individual, family, or group that wants to make an impact with their vacation.

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Call our expert International Mission Trip advisors at 800-747-2157.

Prices do not include airfare from North America. However, in Peru, our price includes the airfare from Lima to Pucallpa.

To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 deposit is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please visit our website for complete details of our cancellation policy.

All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Puerto Rico and Alaska. Visas are not required for most trips. For full information, please ask your mission trip planner at time of booking.

Our international trips are family-friendly, so, in most cases, kids can serve along with adults. Contact Robin at 866-595-4906 for more location-specific age requirements. You must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. If you have both males and females in your group, you must have at least one adult volunteer of each gender.

Most meals are covered as part of your registration, except for free days if you're serving in Alaska or Puerto Rico. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for any exceptions.

Most meals will be provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well.

Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff if you stay in a hotel during your trip are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.

While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most international trips will include at least four 8-hour service days in hot and humid environments. Your group can work at the level of physical exertion with which they’re comfortable.

The safety of your group is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you or your group is as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that are safe and reliable. Your mission trip advisor is glad to answer further safety questions.

Probably. If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we may be able to accommodate that for you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at, or call 1-800-747-2157 for more information.

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