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CIS El Salvador

Scholarship and Youth Formation Assistant

San Salvador, El Salvador

Volunteer with our scholarship program, translating participant profiles, documenting successes, developing workshops, organizing events.

The general objective of the Youth Formation and Scholarship Program is:

To ensure that economically disadvantaged youth from organized communities have access to a formal education (High School and University) and reach a level of social awareness in order to contribute to the development and transformation of their communities and El Salvador.

The volunteer program can be flexible depending on each volunteers skills and interests, but it often involves translating profiles for scholarship students, visiting communities, participating in meetings for the scholarship committees, preparing information in both English and Spanish about student progress, and the situation in each community/program.  Volunteers can also participate in the planning of events, forums, workshops, and training sessions given to scholarship recipients.  On any given week, you may spend a couple days planning a workshop in the office, one or two days out making visits and doing the workshops and then spend the following days in the office reporting on those visits, recording in both English and Spanish what happened and looking for ways to improve the program or experience for scholarship students.  

The work will be based out of our San Salvador office, but volunteers must be prepared to travel to small rural communities all over El Salvador in trucks together with other employees to visit scholarship students. You will work under the supervision of the the Scholarship coordinator and the Director of CIS.  The material produced by volunteers is usually either sent to sister organizations who donate the financial support for scholarships or is used as part of the formation

8 afternoon outings are also provided with our PPC program, which provides a bilingual guide who can take you around the San Salvador area to share Salvadoran history, culture and current reality.  This is done to provide context to your work.


Free-time activities

El Salvador is a beautiful country with many attractions close by. The CIS employees and homestay families are both happy to help you find things to do in your spare time that interest you most.
Some of the highlights include:
The 'Ruta de las Flores' or the flower route, which is located in a mountainous coffee area and is known for hikes, waterfalls and crafts.
The beaches of La Libertad: A string of beaches about an hour away from San Salvador, known for surfing and tourism. El Tunco beach specifically is a hotspot for nightlife and surf lessons
El Boqueron is a volcano on the edge of San Salvador with a place to walk near the top of the crater and has great views. On the way up the volcano, there are many beautiful restaurants with great views and also an eco-park for nature walks.
Volcanoes Santa Ana and Izalco are great hikes. They are in the same area and hikes leave from the same park. Izalco is a steep uphill climb on gravel, and Santa Ana has a breathtaking view of a turquoise sulfur lake from the top.
In addition to these, there are many beautiful other places. Some people even zip over to Guatemala for the weekend!

Water Sports
Swimming
Hiking
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s).
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level) and Spanish (intermediate level)
Required Documents
CV, letter of reference and letter of interest
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 17:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

Any questions? Just ask. We at CIS El Salvador are happy to help you.

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100$ cover the administration in our program. This will include a two week political cultural program for orientation as well as training, support, coffee and smiles.

We also offer optional accommodation in a guest family for 80$ per week in a guest family's home.
This would include two meals per day as well as a humble but comfortable room which can vary in size and furnishing.

Accommodation

You can request a homestay with the Family network for a volunteer price of $80.00/week.

This includes breakfast and supper. Luxury items such as Internet or use of a washing machine may cost extra.

Families not only provide shelter, but also help orientate people in their new surroundings. They will help you find your way around and suggest places to go and things to see.
Accommodations are humble but comfortable.

Guest Family
Food & Beverages

If you choose our homestay option you will get two meals per day, breakfast and supper.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is El Salvador International Airport (SAL) in San Salvador. We assist you to find cheap flights to El Salvador.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for El Salvador provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in El Salvador you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for El Salvador.
Costs (Prices in USD)
12 weeks (min. stay)
$1,060.00
13 weeks
$1,140.00
14 weeks
$1,220.00
15 weeks
$1,300.00
19 weeks
$1,620.00
27 weeks
$2,260.00
50 weeks (max. stay)
$4,100.00
Average fees
$85.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in San Salvador/El Salvador between 12 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CIS El Salvador will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with CIS El Salvador during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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