Each year since 2002, a group of VASJ seniors travel to El Salvador where they spend eight days with the Salvadoran citizens as they rebuild their country. The purpose of the trip is to give students an appreciation for the different ways that God and the Church act in other areas of the world.

The group volunteers at COAR (Community of Oscar A. Romero) Children’s Village where they serve as English tutors and interact with the resident children.

The El Salvador Encounter builds upon 3 ½ years of religion classes and applies Catholic Social Teaching to contemporary issues in our world. The trip is both academic and religious. It is part pilgrimage, part retreat and part service learning. VASJ students return from El Salvador with a deeper understanding of a culture far different from their own.