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Volunteer for Service in El Salvador

At this time you may volunteer in El Salvador as part of a group only. Groups of more than 12 can be accommodated at a nearby retreat center. In addition, you may join a group led by Epilogos Charities Inc. Board Members who organize several trips each year. We make every effort to meet your scheduling needs. Please provide more than one date preference for your trip. Applications are processed in the order received.

Guidelines for Individuals

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to volunteer as an individual.
  • In addition to completing an application, you will be interviewed by representatives of Epilogos Charities Inc.
  • Some ability to speak Spanish is desired, but not a must.

Guidelines for Groups

  • Your group leaders must take initiative and responsibility for your group, unless your trip is led by members of the Epilogos Charities Inc. board. Epilogos Charities Inc. has no one that will lead your group on a daily basis.
  • Epilogos Charities Inc. will connect you with projects. There is always plenty for volunteers to do. However, you’ll need to remain flexible and open to schedule and project changes.
  • All members of your group must be at least 14 years old. Those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian throughout the trip.

Cost of Your Trip

Cost related to traveling to El Salvador to volunteer with Epilogos Charities Inc. includes:

  • Plane Fare: You are responsible for making your own plane reservations and paying the round-trip fare to San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • Meals and Shelter (Payment in Advance):  $50 USD per day covers a) lodging at the volunteer house or a nearby retreat center in San Jose Villanueva, b) three meals daily (meals eaten out not included), and water, c) transportation to and from the airport plus 1 other group excursion is $50 USD. At least two weeks prior to your scheduled departure time, send checks to Epilogos Charities Inc., P.O. Box 22, Nashua, NH 03061. If you are part of a group, please send either one check for the group or send all the individual checks together.
  • $30 USD is suggested for various tips (cash only), which includes a tip for the house administrator at the rate of $10 USD per week.
  • Airport fees: a) There is a $10 USD Tourism Visa Fee to be paid on arrival at the San Salvador airport (cash only); and b) a $29 USD exit fee when flying out of the San Salvador airport (cash only).
  • Donation for project(s): Epilogos Charities Inc. requires that you raise at least $500 USD in your community to help sustain future Epilogos Charities Inc. projects and to spread awareness of the many needs of the people of El Salvador. Contact us for suggestions on how you can raise funds.

Etiquette for Volunteers with Respect to Villagers

The people of San Jose Villanueva who receive project assistance from Epilogos Charities Inc. must contribute either manual labor, a percentage of the cost of the project, or both. We ask all volunteers to refrain from helping individuals outside of specified Epilogos Charities Inc. projects. Cash or other donations directly to individuals is a sensitive issue, given the enormous unmet needs in El Salvador. Please ask us about appropriate ways you can help.
We are happy to advise!

If You are Considering a Mission Trip to Salvador

Epilogos Charities Inc. is a group of people dedicated to improving the lives of El Salvador’s residents. We ask our volunteers to make a serious commitment and to work under difficult and challenging conditions. Therefore, please consider these questions before committing to volunteering.

  • Am I ready to stay in a place with only cold water for showering/bathing?
  • Am I ready to live in a place that only has running water a few hours a day?
  • Am I ready to live in a place in which the only potable water is purchased in a bottle?
  • Can I sleep on a bed or a cot in a space with four other people?
  • Am I comfortable living and working alongside people who do not speak English?
  • Am I ready for long days of hard work?
  • Am I committed to serving others and following a program that is prearranged?
  • Am I healthy enough to participate in a program that may be physically demanding?
  • Am I ready to merge into another culture by being flexible and patient in dealing with unexpected inconveniences?
  • Do I understand, as with any travel, especially in developing countries, that there are potential risks and that I will assume all liability for my trip?

If you answered YES… to all of these, then please print ALL THREE of these documents, the New Volunteer Agreement, or the Returning Volunteer Agreement, and the Volunteer Liability Release, and the Epilogos Charities Inc. Safety Protocol. Then read, sign and return them to:

Epilogos Charities Inc.
PO Box 22
Nashua, NH 03061 USA

Once we receive your application we’ll contact you with further details. We hope that you’ll find working in San Jose Villanueva, El Salvador, to be as enriching to you as it is to the people we serve.