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El Salvador 2018


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Welcome to the 2018 El Salvador Mission Trip site!

 
On February 16-23, 2018, we will be taking our 3rd annual El Salvador Mission Trip. We will be going to Los Naranjos. We are so excited to join other YL areas in building relationships with the people of this town and the neighboring communities of Puerto Nuevo and La Pita. We will be doing work projects, running medical clinics, pursuing clean water and running Young Life clubs in these towns.  
 
We will be joining up with Syracuse East, Rochester East, and Buffalo North, Buffalo South Young Life. We have had 6-8 kids/leaders from our area going in the last two years and are looking forward to growing the number of folks from the "Boston" area. Altogether, we will take between 150-200 students and adult leaders on what has been a long-standing, annual trip to these areas for over 12 years. I feel blessed and excited that we are able to partner with these areas and provide kids with what will be a life changing experience. 
 
On this trip, we will have a great deal to offer the people who live in Los Naranjos, Puerto Nuevo and La Pita, rural towns in El Salvador. Over the past few years, this trip has provided two new wells for clean drinking water, bikes and trucks for transportation, medical and school supplies, community center construction projects, as well as a new Young Life ministry for kids in El SalvadorWe are looking forward to providing some of these things for our town. The scope of this trip goes well beyond what we have to offer the people of Los Naranjos. Our kids and leaders will experience first hand what living in a third-world community is like. I can honestly say that what we give is very small when compared to what we are given. We are given a new perspective on health, money, poverty, friendship, family, faith, thankfulness, and in reality a new perspective on life.

If you would like to partner with us in anyway, please email me, Steve Abbey, at
slabbey@gmail.com.
 
VIDEO LINKS: We encourage you to watch a video about missions in El Salvador Here....
And highlights of our 2017 trip HERE
 
Meet our friends and share our experience below!
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Very Helpful Downloads:
 
You can download a copy of the application form here:
El Salvador Application.pdf

You can also download the fundraising letter here:

El Salvador Fundraising Letter.pdf​
 
 

Health information

When traveling to any location outside of the US, there are steps that you must take in order to stay healthy. The link below is for the official website that shows which immunizations you should have when traveling to El Salvador.
 
 
Most of these are routine vaccines and you may already have them, but it is also important to have a flu shot because we don't want to bring the flu into El Salvador either.
 
We also have access to a 'travel' doctor who can answer any health related questions, so if you have any concerns please contact us and we can put you in touch with him or ask on your behalf.

Dr. Scott F. Paparello, D.O.
Acton Medical
321 Main Street
Acton, Massachusetts 01720
(978) 635-8915

passport information

Having a valid passport will be a requirement for traveling to El Salvador. There is a link below that should have all the information to get started on this process if you do not have a passport yet or you have an expired passport:

 
Please keep in mind that getting a passport can take some time, so once you have been approved to go on the trip, please start that process as soon as possible.

Dates & Details

There are some dates to keep in mind now that we are approaching the first of our meetings for planning this trip. Our initial meeting will be on June 4th and the dates below will change to reflect our 2017 meeting times.

Sunday, June 4th [4pm] -
Initial Parents Info & Awareness Meeting at United Methodist Church in Westford
Sunday, September 17th [4pm] -
Parents Info & Awareness Meeting - (Location: TBD)
Sunday, October 15th [4pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location TBD) APPLICATIONS & $300 DEPOSIT DUE!!
Sunday, November 5th [4pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location TBD)
Sunday, December 3rd [4pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location TBD)
Sunday, January 14th [4pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location TBD)
Sunday, February 11th [4pm] - PACKING DAY - (TBD)

** Note that the Packing Day cannot be missed for any reason due to its importance **

Friday, February 16th - DEPARTURE
Friday, February 23rd - ARRIVAL BACK IN U.S.

The total cost for the trip is $1,500. Once the application has been completed there is a $300 deposit due so the flights can be secured.

We hope to cover the cost of the trip to El Salvador through fundraising efforts. This includes:

- Letter-writing for support
- Selling fund-raiser items
- Group jobs such as yard clean-ups

CONTACT

We will put together a phone list for the parents closer to the travel date, so there are ways to keep in touch and get updates. Remember, the e-mail addresses that you can enter into the application will help for staying up to date with information and reminders.

You may also contact one of us directly should you have a question that you can't find an answer to on this website.

Ruth Crocker
Steve Abbey​

meeting #1 from 2018 Planning trip​

We just had the first meeting for the upcoming trip to El Salvador. If you were not able to make it we have included a link below to download the slides from the PowerPoint presentation. Also, if there is a group that couldn't make the meeting and would like to go through the presentation again, please feel free to contact us about it.
 
El Salvador Presentation.pptx

Bulk of the time was spent on:
  • safety in the region we are going to
  • why we want to go to El Salvador
  • work in Los Naranjos (50 miles west of San Salvador)
  • partnering with Nathan's group because they have done this trip many times and will be bringing doctors with them
  • cost of trip
  • fundraising the money for the trip
  • time difference in El Salvador (2 hours)
  • answering questions

Follow up information from meeting:

  • You can download a few pictures of the school we will be staying at here: school.zipschool.zip
  • information and pictures of resort and longboats that we will be using coming soon


Please send us an e-mail using the links in the "Contact" section if you need anything else or you would like to go through the presentation if you were unable to make it.

MEETING #2

Coming September 17th, 2017

Address

Young Life Chelmsford/Westford | PO Box 777 Westford, MA 01886-0024

Phone: (978) 729-9456

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