Join Samaritan’s Purse in El Salvador!

Samaritan’s Purse Canada is taking a team of volunteers on an exciting trip to El Salvador to participate in water projects activities and in the ministry of Operation Christmas Child. The team will have the unique opportunity to help provide clean water for people in need and distribute gift-filled shoeboxes to children in the same trip.

Project: Canadian volunteers on this team will spend their first few days serving alongside national ministry partners, Agua Viva (Living Water), as they construct, install, and monitor BioSand Water Filters (BSFs). Our water program uses a participatory approach to engage families and communities in taking responsibility for their own health. Simple, Canadian-designed BSFs 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. Agua Viva is 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.

The remainder of the team’s time in El Salvador will be spent serving in Operation Christmas Child (OCC) shoebox distributions and The Greatest Journey program. OCC is a fun and simple project to offer hope and love to children living in desperate situations around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed more than 100 million shoebox gifts to children in over 130 countries. In addition to shoebox gifts, children may receive a colorful booklet that is printed in their own language, titled The Greatest Gift, which explains the Good News of Jesus Christ. Many children who receive a shoebox gift are offered the opportunity to participate in a follow-up discipleship program (called The Greatest Journey). This 12-part program helps children to know Jesus, follow Him every day and share their faith with others. Participants will also have the chance to assist with shoebox distributions, children’s ministry and other outreach opportunities in the local community. 

Location: El Salvador

Dates: March 12-21, 2017

Donation amount: $3400 Departure options are from Calgary or Toronto. (Flights from other cities in Canada can also be arranged for you to join the team departing from Calgary or Toronto. Your donation amount would be adjusted accordingly.)

The per person donation amount for this trip is $3400 (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 $3400 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.

Number of Volunteers needed: 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. 

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 Water/Operation Christmas Child El Salvador Team, 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.

Deadline to apply: October 28, 2016
Trips fill up fast, so please submit your application soon! All applications will be reviewed after the submission deadline, and those who have been accepted to join the team will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

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


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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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