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El Salvador 2020


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Welcome to the 2020 El Salvador Mission Trip site!

 
On February 14-21, 2020, we will be taking our 5th 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 each year and are looking forward to growing the number of folks from the Northeast Region. Last year we had the first group from the North ShoreYoung Life join us and they it looks like they wilol be joinng us again this year- maybe with some extended family members. Altogether, we will take between 200-250 students and adult leaders on what has been a long-standing, annual trip to these areas for over 14 years. The other groups have been at this a lot longer and have contributed significantly to the health and self-sufficiency of the neighboring communities (Rancho Grande, Taura, Monte Christo and Los Naranjos). We have been forging ahead to expand the trip's impact into the Puerto Nuevo and La Pita communities over the last 4 years. I feel blessed and excited that we are able to partner with these areas and provide kidsand adults with what will be a life changing experience. 
 
On this trip, we will continue to have projects and health services 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 new wells and personal filtration systems for clean drinking water, bikes and trucks for transportation, medical and school supplies, community center construction projects, fences and latrines - as well as new Young Life Clubs for kids in these communities - that continue each week after we leave! Last year we constructed our first home in the Los Naranjos community! We are looking forward to providing some of these things for our communities again this year. 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 2019 trip Bajo Lempa 2019
 
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_Questionnaire 2020.docxEl_Salvador_Questionnaire 2020.docx

You can also download the fundraising letter here:

El Salvador Fundraising Letter.docx
 
 

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

Here are some dates to keep in mind now that we are quickly approaching our meetings for planning this trip. Our initial meeting will be on October 14th for the Chelmsford/Westford area and on November 7th for the North Shore team. We will add any other dates and times if necessary...

Monday, July 8th [7:00pm] - Parent​s Info & Awareness Meeting - (Location: Grace Community Church, 275 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA)
Sunday?, End of July [7:00pm] - Parents Info & AwarenessMeeting - (Location: Grace Community Church, 17 Pleasant Street, Marblehead, MA)

 
ACTUAL DATES WILL BE POSTED FOR THE FOLLOW ON MEETINGS AND PACKING DAY ONCE DETERMINED 

 
Sunday, October 14th [5:30pm] - Paren​​ts Info & Awareness Meeting - (Location: Paneras, Westford)
Sunday, November 4th [5:30pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location:
Paneras, Westford)  APPLICATIONS & $300 DEPOSIT DUE!! 
Sunday, December 2nd [4pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location: Paneras, Westford)
Sunday, January 13th [4pm] - Planning Meeting - (Location:
Paneras, Westford)
Sunday, February 8th [2pm] - PACKING DAY - (TBD)

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

Friday, February 14th - DEPARTURE
Friday, February 21nd - ARRIVAL BACK IN U.S.

The total cost for the trip is $1,700. 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 me directly should you have a question that you can't find an answer to on this website.

Steve Abbey​

meeting #1  2020 Planning trip​

This presentation has most of the relevamt content, but is somewhat dated with the trip amount and various deadlines...basic information still helpful on the trip...
 

Follow up information from meeting:

  • You can download a few pictures of the school we will be staying at here: school.zipschool.zip

MEETING #2

​MEETING #3

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

Phone: (978) 729-9456

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