Spring Break: March 4-11, 2023

The Busch School of Business, in collaboration with Campus Ministry at Catholic University, will offer a Business Immersion Trip to El Salvador. El Salvador is a small yet vibrant country on the Pacific coast of Central America. It has a rich and beautiful culture and history, but one that has also been plagued by poverty and violence in the recent past. Its history has also been closely intertwined with the economics, politics and people of the United States. El Salvador is also the first country in the world to adopt Bitcoin as a legal currency. The Catholic Church has been a great force for good in the country, and through the vibrant faith of its people and leaders, has fought for the rights of the poor and marginalized.

Through this experiential learning opportunity, students will discover what it means to create bridges of solidarity between our campus and other communities, near and far. There will be visits to martyr sites, grassroots organizations, small businesses, micro-loan lenders, as well as meetings with experts on history, economics, and current events. Students will experience meaningful encounters and explore ethically-minded business through a global lens, illuminated by the light of faith. There will also be several days spent in a rural community outside of the capital, being in home stays, and spending time with the community members.

We will be working with the organization CRISPAZ, based in San Salvador. To learn more about them visit their website here and here for more immersion FAQs. You can also visit Campus Ministry's FAQ page for more information to address any safety and security concerns. 

Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply, though it is not required.

Trip Highlights

  • Spending several days in San Salvador, the political and business capital
  • Staying with a host family in a rural community for several days
  • Visiting multiple Catholic Churches and holy sites of modern-day martyrs
  • Pilgrimage to Monsignor Oscar Romero's Crypt
  • Meeting with Catholic Relief Services 
  • Meeting with small business and nonprofit business owners who address the following topics
    • Development, Economy, and Politics
    • Rights of Workers in Sweatshops
    • Businesses run by people with disabilities
    • Fair Trade Businesses
    • Women's Empowerment and Working Rights 
    • Environmental Issues
    • Craft Artisans 
    • Migration and Refugee Aid

Trip Details

  • Who

    10-12 Undergraduate Students; space is limited!
  • What

    Immersion Business Trip
  • When

    Spring Break: March 4-11, 2023
  • Where

    El Salvador
  • Cost

  • Timeline

    Late October: Applications Due
    Early November: Interviews
    December: Initial Orientation Meeting
    January-March: Six Immersion Preparation Meetings
    February: Overnight Retreat (with other campus ministry immersion trips)
    March 4: Depart 
    March 5-8: Learn about business, development, and social justice in San Salvador
    March 9-10: Stay in rural homestay, learning about how issues affect rural communities
    March 11: Return