El Salvador Water Team February 2017

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is taking a team of volunteers on an exciting trip to El Salvador to help provide clean water for people in need.

Samaritan’s Purse’s water program uses a participatory approach to engage families and communities in taking responsibility for their own health.  Simple, Canadian-designed BioSand Water Filters are combined with culturally appropriate hygiene and maintenance education, as well as safe storage and sanitation initiatives to foster positive behavior changes and overall health improvements for families.  The team will be hosted by our partner organization – Agua Viva (Living Water); they are committed to the implementation and proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a holistic manner in order to achieve human transformation. You will work side by side with our national partners while living within the community that is benefiting from the filters.

Location: El Salvador 

Dates: February 18-26, 2017

Project: Constructing, Installing and Monitoring BioSand Water Filters (BSF)

Team Size: 8-10 volunteers

Participants 18 years of age and older are invited to apply; 16 and 17 year olds may apply with parental consent.  Applicants under 16 years of age will be considered if their parent/guardian is also applying.  There is no maximum age, however a general level of health and fitness is required and medical conditions will be reviewed. 

Donation Amount: $3000 (CDN) Departure from Calgary or Toronto

The per person donation amount for this trip is $3000 (CDN) and includes return international airfare from Calgary or Toronto, ground transportation, food, shared accommodation, medical/travel insurance while outside of Canada, and project costs.  It does not include meals during transit (at airports), vaccinations, and any airline baggage fees. 

Samaritan’s Purse Canada (SPC) invites team members to join in its charitable activities. SPC may only be able to undertake this mission trip if sufficient funds are raised. The cost of the trip to SPC is $3000 and trip participants are asked to donate this full amount to SPC in order to cover the costs. Tax receipts will be issued for all gifts.

Skills needed: General construction skills are an asset but not necessary.

Medical considerations: Volunteers must be in excellent health and able to work long days in hot, humid climates. We will not be able to accommodate food allergies or special dietary needs.

Accommodations and Transportation: Accommodations will be clean, safe, and basic. Teams typically stay in the same community where the filters are being installed, along with our national team. Often, this is a rented house with separate rooms for male and female participants. Transportation will be by 15 passenger van and pick-up truck.

Next Steps: If you are interested in joining us on the Samaritan’s Purse El Salvador Water Team in February 2017, please complete an online application. Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit a $300 initial donation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Phone: 403-250-6565 or 1-800-663-6500

Email: teams@samaritan.ca

Ways you can help


Please pray for Samaritan's Purse Teams as they prepare to serve the people of El Salvador. Pray that God will provide the necessary funds and resources and that they will be granted safety and health as they travel.


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