For the past few years Mesa Catholic Ministries has been partnering with the Foundation for Cultural Exchange to go to El Espino, El Salvador for immersion trips. My dear friend Mary was lucky enough to go on one of the immersion trips last Spring Break. At the time I was studying abroad in Spain, and I recall being so happy to hear that she had a profound and incredible experience. That conversation over Skype, as happiness and awe shone in her brown eyes, were in fact the very beginnings of my very own adventure.
I came back to the US after studying in Spain to finish my degree; it wasn’t more than a week into school when another friend of mine mentioned that, due to my relationship with Spanish, I should meet a lady by the name of Anna. It turns out, this mystery superwoman that I “absolutely had to get in contact with” is the President of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange. Before I knew it, I was sitting in front of two shots of steaming espresso, chatting with Anna herself.
All of that has led up to this evening.
7 p.m. I walked into my first informational meeting for the immersion trip. And the simple breakdown of my thoughts are as follows:
1.) I am going to do everything in my power to make it to El Sal in approximately 4 months.
However, all good and exciting adventures come with lots of preparation, hard-work, devotion, and love. There is a process that comes with getting accepted into the program– to my understanding– I need to fill out an application that’s due November 6th. The application can be found here if anyone is interested in applying for this epic adventure.
Then, there is a round of interviews. If accepted into the program, there will be a series of meetings and fundraising to attend to.
The personal cost breaks down to $600–meanwhile– the entire cost of the trip is about 1,600. Thus, about $1,000 of the cost is subsidized by the Mesa Catholic Ministry. And though $600 seams like a large number to swallow in this moment, I know that I have the ability to budget my money between my two paid positions and manage some of my way there. Another component to coming up with the cost that was discussed this evening was fundraising. As far as getting a hold of my $600 contribution I believe my personal fundraising strategy will be based around Kickstart (stay tuned) and getting extra hours at work while saving money.
I sit in my office, it’s almost 9 p.m. tonight, and I can feel a storm brewin’ in my soul. I look forward to the future and know in my heart that if this trip is meant to be, it will certainly find it’s way into my future.
Here’s to world Xploration, the Spanish language that I love so much, incredible people who do incredible things, opportunities— here’s to El Espino! Stay tuned for updates.