In the second week of June, friends of CoCoDA from across the US traveled to El Salvador. The trip focused on historical and cultural understanding, the ethics of international volunteering, meeting CoCoDA partner organizations and communities, living with a host family, working on an organic farm and hearing stories of local people. Beyond this, our delegation also had a fair share of sight seeing and tasting Salvadoran food,
In the first two days of the trip, the group visited museums, the site of Romero's assassination and the memorial to the UCA massacre. Throughout the rest of the week, the delegation heard the individual and community stories of civil war survivors. These accounts illuminated the strength and resilience of the Salvadoran people, and helped the delegation understand the impact of the war.
The delegation also visited organizations and communities with which CoCoDA has partnered. The group visited CoCoDA supported scholarship students; an organization - ADES - focused on community development; the Santa Marta High School; a local community building organization - CRC - in Suchitoto; an ongoing solar powered water project in El Rodeo; and worked on an organic farm in Santa Marta.
During the trip, stops were also made at volcanoes and waterfalls to experience the beauty of El Salvador and, throughout the week, delegates were able to taste many of the different foods and drinks of El Salvador.
The Friends of CoCoDA trip is an annual event. Next year, the group will be visiting different projects and communities in El Salvador during the week of June 9-16. Those interested in this experience should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information