In San Salvador’s Blvd de los Héroes area, Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad offers Spanish classes to tourists and English classes to low-income and activist Salvadorans, always with a strong emphasis on progressive politics. A friendly place to visit, the CIS has positions for volunteer English teachers (10-week minimum), and information about NGOs working on various issues, including community development, gang intervention, the environment and more. CIS cannot arrange an actual volunteer position, but can point you in the right direction. During national elections you can volunteer with CIS’s well-respected international election-observer mission.
Global Platform is a Danish NGO based in Suchitoto that offers Spanish lessons and lodging in return for assistance on community projects in the surrounding area. A month costs roughly US$400 all-inclusive.
There are no publicized working opportunities in El Salvador for travelers, though teaching English or surfing is sometimes done on an ad hoc basis. Those looking to stay longer term are invariably involved in volunteer community projects.
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