Mei Lin McElhill ’20 reflects on the ISP trip to El Salvador and how it challenged her to be immersed in another culture and to be open to learning.

“I am ruined!”

On May 31, I – along with 13 amazing people from the University – had the privilege of traveling to El Salvador for a journey that would leave me speechless and ruined (in a good way). El Salvador is one of the immersion-based International Service Trips sponsored by Campus Ministries in partnership with a faith-based organization called Christians for Peace in El Salvador (CRISPAZ).

CRISPAZ focuses on building solidarity with marginalized communities whose values are reflected in foundational words such as justice, empowerment, accompaniment and solidarity. This immersion-based trip challenged me to completely immerse myself into another culture and to be open to learning.

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