Seniors from a local Regina high school are headed south for the weekend.
But not just for fun reasons.
18 12th graders from Luther College High School departed from Regina International Airport on Friday to El Salvador to get a first hand glimpse of life in the country.
Trip leader Kris Dueck said the trip will be conducted in part with a group (El Salvadorian) called Crispaz, who’ll help guide the students through this unique learning experience.
“They take students down and they’ll visit various places around the country,” said Dueck. “Primarily focused on justice work. So, groups that are working with people in poverty, gang rehabilitation, working with environmental groups.”
Dueck says an important piece of this trip will be the students taking part in what he describes as a “homestay”, where the students journey to a remote village that is not equipped with daily pleasures they’d be typically accustomed to.
“This village is really sustinent, agricultural village,” said he. “Mud building, very little electricity, very very basic. The students go off and they’re given host families.”
“They stay with their families and they learn how that life is.”
Dueck says the central theme of this trip is for students to understand the valuable lessons offered on the journey and to find ways to apply them back home to improve their communities.