What I Learned in El Salvador
By Ryan D’Silva
I always knew I wanted to go to El Salvador after my brother went to El Salvador 4 years ago and came back and told me about all the friends and the community he visited and all the great food he ate while he was there. I was in 8th grade at that time and could not wait to go and have the experience for myself.
During my junior year at Shawnee Mission Northwest high school, my mom asked me if I would be interested in going in the summer of 2015. I knew I was ready for the experience and I heard that there were four teens from my high school going along, so I jumped at the opportunity. But sadly, I knew very little about the relationship between our church and El Buen Pastor. Luckily for me, our leader and guide, Teresa Aley spent many hours with us before our trip. She brought us up to speed on the history of El Salvador, she asked us what we were interested in doing while we were there. We wanted to meet the President of El Salvador, we wanted to eat pupusas and we wanted to visit El Mozote, and she said yes to it all!