CoCoDA delegations are NOT one size fits all.
Water and Sanitation
With your help, we can begin to eradicate the diseases caused by tainted water sources and poor sanitation systems. Join us in bringing potable water to homes in some of Central America's most rural areas. You'll visit past projects and see your impact. Many delegations get a chance to lay pipe, build a pila, construct a composting latrine or a gray water cistern.
While washing at the pila may seem primitive, compared to the two or three hours of travel back and forth from the spring, this pila is a life changer.
We see health as an economic asset that is critical to the development of any nation. Learn about and engage in efforts related to preventative care and medical treatment of common conditions. Work with our clinical partners to create sustainable health solutions. Work in a hospital, travel into the countryside with a medical team, assist in a clinic, or teach public health.
CoCoDA supports the La Mora Clinic, which sees over 12,000 patients a year.
Education and Youth
Education is the backbone of social change and the route to economic prosperity and technological advancement. Learn about the educational systems in Central America and what is being done in-country to increase literacy and make higher education more accessible. Help build a school, create a computer lab, provide scholarships or co-sponsor a workshop.
Delegates from River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Washington DC make concrete for the El Roble School construction project
Environmental concerns know no borders, and maintaining and managing natural resources are global issues. Learn how mining, pollution, deforestation, and other environmental matters affect Central America and your own nation. Help clean a stream, teach conservation, or reforest a mountainside.
A farmer carrying pesticide on his back with no protection. Central Americans have some of the highest rates of kidney failure in the world. This may be linked to using pesticides banned in the US.
Arts and Culture
Take a journey through the evolution of Central American art, food, music, dance, architecture, and revolutionary history. Learn to indigo dye, weave a basket, throw a pot or dance a native dance. Enjoy a homestay with a Central American family ready to teach you their customs, language and recipes.
Indigo workshop and store. Indigo was brought to El Salvador when it was a Spanish Colony and replaced indiginous agriculture to raise exports for Europe before synthetic blue dyes were invented. The craft has remained, however, and is as beautiful as ever.
Photography and Design
Central American colors are a photographer's paradise.
Photography and design find incredible opportunities in a tropical setting in a new culture. Opportunities for narrative, story-telling, form, texture and color abound. Designers can work with other disciplines and with communities to attract attention to the needs, the beauty, the possibilities for positive change.
Millions of Central Americans live in the United States. Learn about immigration from the opposite perspective, that of those who find it necessary to travel illegally to the US. Hear their stories and rationales. Explore how drugs, youth violence, family reunification and remittances play a role in this symbiotic relationship between Central America and the United States.
Public Policy and Economics
From women's empowerment to labor issues, from health to education, from land rights to global competitiveness, meet some of the individuals and groups at the forefront of Central American public policy and economic development efforts. Learn how to take this knowledge home and use it to influence global policy.
Due to their expanded roles during the Civil War, women now make up a greater percentage of the delegates to the Salvadoran General Assembly than do women in the US Congress.