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  • Locations: Santa Marta, El Salvador
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
WT Program Focus: Community Engagement
Program Description:
PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Oberlin in Solidarity with El Salvador (OSES) is an organization that works both on and off-campus. Our Winter Term program involves spending several weeks in the community of Santa Marta, operating on a "solidarity not charity" model. Rather than doing "service," OSES has been going to Santa Marta for over ten years to learn about Santa Marta's history of organizing and resistance. Santa Marta is a repopulated community; the community was forced to evacuate in 1981. Many of the people living in Santa Marta today remember crossing the Lempa River, under army fire from both sides, to get to Honduras, where they stayed as refugees for six years, until returning in 1987. While in Santa Marta, the student-led group of about 8-12 participants will live with host families, be placed in various organized areas of the community (a greenhouse, a community radio station, a health clinic, and an organization that works with LGBTQ and HIV-positive people). Through interviews with community members and visits to historical sites and museums, we will learn about state terrorism during the civil war of the 1980s, the impacts of U.S. military and economic imperialism, and the continuing ways in which community members have politically organized for human rights struggles. We go to Santa Marta to continue a decade-long relationship with the people, to learn about the people's fight for dignity, and to understand the ways that they are impacted by capitalism and the U.S. empire. Along the way, we form strong relationships with Santamarteña/os and one another which can then serve as a foundation for solidarity work back on campus.

PROJECT LEARNING GOALS:
  • Cultivate habits that support healthy and sustainable living, responsible and empathetic interactions with others, a capacity for self-reflection and contemplation
  • Communicate with diverse audiences, employing a variety of approaches, media, languages
  • Develop a critical understanding of the historical and cultural factors that underlie difference and inequality in U.S. and global societies
  • Collaborate to solve problems, generate fresh questions, create new knowledge, advance community goals
  • Develop an enduring commitment to acting in the world to further social justice, deepen democracy, build a sustainable future

ESTIMATED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:
  • 10

PROJECT FEE:
  • TBD
  • Will not include airfare
  • Please note, that some additional need-based funding may be available to support students with the project fee. Please contact the student leaders listed below for more info.

PROJECT DATES:
  • Departure: January 2, 2020
  • Return: January 27, 2020

PROJECT LOCATIONS:
  • Santa Marta, Cabañas, El Salvador
  • Victoria, Cabañas, El Salvador
  • San Salvador, El Salvador,
  • Suchitoto, Cuscatlán, El Salvador

STUDENTS LEADER:
El Salvador

Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.