PEACE CORPS | EL SAVADOR WELCOME BOOK1
A WELCOME LETTER
Bienvenidos a El Salvador!Congratulations on being given the privilege to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador. This is a greatcountry and, as you will discover early in your training, the people of El Salvador are what makes the Volunteerexperience truly worthwhile and memorable.Our program seeks to assist the people here to increase their capacity to work and learn while they attempt to solvedevelopmental challenges. It is a task that is seldom easy, but always rewarding. When people ask me whyVolunteers generally seem to enjoy their experience in Peace Corps/El Salvador, I say the answer is easy
they enjoythe challenges of living and working here; and getting to know the people and culture, not to mention sampling thedelicious pupusas.This is not to say that service in El Salvador will be easy. It is a small country with large challenges. Scars from thecivil war that ended in 1992 remain fresh, although Salvadorans are pragmatic and universally they want to move pastthose memories. Earthquakes, droughts, mudslides, and hurricanes occur and Peace Corps Volunteers have been partof the recovery from each. Gangs and high crime, mostly in the big cities, have forced us to rethink and ultimatelyrestructure the way we operate our program. Safety and security is a big concern in El Salvador
and we will teachyou proven ways to stay safe
your safety ultimately depends on personal responsibility.Our staff and currently serving Volunteers are ready to welcome you into our family, so come on down! We hope the
rest of this book will begin to answer the questions you have. We’re ready to assist you in any way possible.
James "Jaime" KuklinskiPeace Corps/El Salvador country director