Rachael Bouwma, a junior majoring in Social Work, travelled to El Salvador with the Study Abroad Program from May 17 through 30, 2014. Students participated in tours of the area, learning opportunities, and also had the opportunity to hear personal testimonies from survivors of El Salvador’s civil war. Any Honors student in good standing is eligible to apply for an Honors Funded Travel Scholarship to help offset travel expenses for Study Abroad experiences such as this. Rachael shared a few of her photos from her journey with us.
Ferris students at a pupusa dinner. ‘Pupusas’ are El Salvador’s version of the tortilla, only thicker. It is usually stuffed with cheese, beans or meat. The pupusa originated in El Salvador but is also very popular in Honduras. The dinner also served as a debriefing session.
Rachael Bouwma and Stacie Zagurny looking down at the San Salvador volcano.
Group photo of students at the San Salvador volcano.
La Divina Providencia where Archbishop, Oscar Romero was assassinated while giving mass in 1980. Father Romero spoke out against poverty, social injustice and torture, making him a target during the El Salvador Civil War which lasted from 1979 through 1992.
Rachael and Nicole learning spanish so they can better communicate with the locals from El Salvador.
Rachael and her group members giving a presentation on masculinity in El Salvador.
The area where the San Salvador volcano had erupted years earlier. Students were interested in seeing the effects of a volcanic eruption.
Rachael, Nicole and Angie, all in the Honors Program, hiking in El Salvador. The border with Honduras was visible at times during this hike.
The Jabali Coffee Cooperative: Organic, free-trade coffee is sold here.