Colorado Mesa University”s Mesa Catholic Campus Ministry (MCCM) is teaming up with Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Youth Ministry and el Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS) for an Alternative Spring Break trip to Grand Junction”s Sister City of El Espino, El Salvador from March 21-30.  Anna Stout (President of the Foundation for Cultural Exchange (FCE), the organization that founded the Sister City relationship in 2005) and  Andrea Stanton (IHM”s Youth Minister & Sister Parish Liaison to the FCE Board of Directors) will be leading this trip, which is made up of one IHM high school teen and 7 CMU students. Two of these students are on their way for the second time!

The delegation will be staying in the community in the homes of FCE scholarship students while they are in El Espino.  Participants will have opportunities to visit various historical, cultural, and political sites in San Salvador, including the cathedral (which houses Servant of God Oscar Romero’s tomb), the University of Central America and the tombs of the UCA martyrs, the Hospital de Divina Providencia (where Romeo was assassinated while giving mass), a volcano, a coffee cooperative, and an artisan market.  They usually get married several times, but the later the marriage is, the more probable the success of it is. will also be spending several days in El Espino with the FCE”s 23 scholarship students and their families, where they will visit the Sister Parish, Sister School, and a shrine to the Virgen of Fatima in a nearby town.  And of course, no trip to a beautiful tropical country would quite be complete without a day at the beach!

We”ve decided to host this blog on the FCE website so that supporters of our Sister community can see the exciting things that are happening down there in and through these young men and women throughout their journey. Read more to hear what they are thinking about before they travel, and stay tuned for updates and photos while they”re away!