Casa de la Solidaridad is a Jesuit study abroad and service learning program in El Salvador's capital city, San Salvador, administered by Santa Clara University. The Casa program challenges students to integrate the reality of a developing country with rigorous academic study. As part of the program, students are placed in service learning sites within marginalized communities, spending two days a week accompanying the poor through their everyday lives. The mission of the Casa de Solidaridad is justice and solidarity through direct immersion with the economically poor of El Salvador.
In addition to an array of classes, students have the option of participating in a variety of travel excursions throughout the country. Some include climbing the Izalco volcano, visiting Mayan ruins, participating in a silent spiritual retreat and visiting memorial sites of the Civil War.
You will participate in a comprehensive orientation prior to depature as well as an on-site orientation upon arrival.
The summer program focuses on health care and public health in El Salvador and provides students with a unique opportunity to integrate through direct immersion with people living in economically poor communities and academic study. This intensive program will focus on what the health problems are in El Salvador, why the country has these health issues, and how they are being handled from both a medical response to disease and public health programs, which try to reduce the frequency of disease before people need medical care.
Students participate in two academic courses:
Health Care and Public Health in El Salvador
Advanced or Conversational Spanish
These courses are designed to intentionally integrate students’ experience in their praxis site with the academic discipline.
Casa students embrace the challenge of living simply to more fully understand the lives of the Salvadoran economically poor and the reality of the large majority of the world’s population. Students live in program houses within walking distance of each other and may choose to have a roommate or live alone. Two Salvadoran Universidad de Centroamericana students also live in each house, which helps American and Salvadoran students form lasting relationships. Basic furniture and computers (without Internet access) are provided. Internet cafes, supermarkets and convenience stores are located within blocks of the Casa houses. All meals are provided.
GeoBlue International Health Insurance * $36.00
Host Program Tuition $4,000.00
Room and Board $0.00
Program Fee $1,000.00
San Salvador is the cosmopolitan center and capital city of El Salvador. The city is home to roughly 2.2 million people and is located in the valley of the San Salvador volcano. With the Pan American highway running through it, San Salvador has become a center for transportation and economic development. The city boasts numerous cultural and art museums to explore and students can always catch a soccer match at one of the many soccer stadiums.
Students live in the community in the suburb-like Antiguo Cuscatlan, a beautiful city with many parks and plazas located just outside of the capital