Explorations: Understanding Human Behavior, Flags: Engaged Learning, Integrations: Faith and Reason
Casa de la Solidaridad offers you an opportunity to immerse yourself in "la realidad" of El Salvador. The program is rooted in four components, or pillars: accompaniment, academics, community, and spirituality. Beginning with sustained accompaniment of the poor, Casa de la Solidaridad integrates praxis experience into rigorous academic reflection, and then supports this reflection through a carefully structured web of spiritual and communal support. These four aspects facilitate the transformation needed to develop a “well-educated solidarity.”
A significant aspect of your Casa experience will include field placement or what we refer to as praxis site. In the praxis site, you will be placed within a small community where you will accompany and develop unique relationships with the local Salvadoran people. Learning amidst the gritty reality of these poor communities will be one of the most important aspects of your immersion experience.
The program is located in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Manuel Fernando Velasco INTL 130: Salvadoran Literature
Knut Walter INTL 131: The Sociology of Development in El Salvador
Gene Palumbo INTL 132: Perspectives on El Salvador's Civil War
Kevin Yonkers-Talz INTL 139: Praxis Seminar
Pedro Martin Garcia POLI 136A: Political Structures and Processes in El Salvador and Central America
Peggy O'Neill, SC, EdD RSOC 96: Latin American Theology
Marina de Najarro SPAN 100: Advanced Spanish I
Cruz Antonio Portal SPAN 110: Advanced Spanish Conversation
Virginia Rodriguez PHSC 170: Health Care and Public Health in El Salvador
You must complete the LMU Study Abroad Application as well as the Case de la Solidaridad Application by the LMU Study Abroad Deadline Date. Visit the host institution site for their application details.
HOUSING AND MEALS
As part of the living and learning community which will be formed, all students will live together in community near the University of Central America (the UCA) in San Salvador. You will be provided with a room, bed, pillow, desk, fan, and bed linens.
Meals will be simple and healthy. Breakfast, lunch, and dinners will be served at the Casa. Please let Santa Clara know if you have special dietary needs before your arrival. Remember, all meals during the week are included in the price of the program, however you will want to budget money for weekend meals and snacks, as they are not provided at the Casa. Bottled water is available at all times at the Casa.
After Santa Clara communicates with you about your academic background, personal interests, and professional goals, they will pair you up with a fellow classmate and give you a praxis site in a local Salvadoran community. You will accompany this community two full days each week for the entire semester. Through this learning environment, you will become more aware of and sensitive to the realities of those who are struggling to end social injustices while working to promote human dignity. You will become part of this Salvadoran community not as a volunteer, but as a learner.