Human Rights Volunteer in El Salvador – Summer

Human Rights Volunteer in El Salvador – Summer

Details at a Glance

SCHEDULE: Weekdays

TIME COMMITMENT: Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)

LOCATION: On-site in San Salvador, El Salvador

Cristosal is looking for people passionate about human rights who want to travel and learn with our team in El Salvador. This opportunity is opening for Summer 2022 between June and August with a one-month minimum commitment. This is a critical moment in Salvadoran democracy and a time to show that international solidarity stands with human rights defenders.


Ideal candidates have an interest in human rights, Central America, Cristosal, and solidarity. If you are both flexible and curious, willing to learn and teach as well as spread the word about human rights and the work of Cristosal- you would be perfect!


The skills you might put to use could include storytelling, photography, creating educational materials, self-care training, research, and all-around willingness to support various activities in the day-to-day work of defending human rights. Depending on your responsibilities, your time commitment would be 20-30 hours a week.


This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn alongside the leading regional human rights organization in Central America. By spending time with the Cristosal team in El Salvador you will help show that the international community stands in solidarity with human rights defenders, journalists, and social justice advocates. Your experience in Central America will help you be a better advocate for human rights wherever you live and work in the world. 


The volunteer is responsible for covering all living expenses including airfare, housing, food, and transportation. Cristosal staff can help orient you to options. Cristosal will provide you with orientation to the country, mentoring support, learning opportunities, and transportation for work-related activities.

Application Requirements

  1. Travel to El Salvador and commit to 1-3 months of service during the months of June- August 2022
  2. Financial means to cover your expenses during the time you are in El Salvador
  3. Fill out interest and application forms
  4. Send 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement of interest 
  5. Intermediate to Advanced Spanish
  6. Show you have health insurance that will cover you in El Salvador
  7. Commit to fulfilling a fundraising/awareness-raising plan during and after your time in El Salvador
  8. Commit to respecting Cristosal’s security and confidentiality policies

Virtual Course: Making the Case for Asylum (El Salvador)

Virtual Course: Making the Case for Asylum (El Salvador)

Dates: October 25 to October 29, 2021

Cost: $350

Registration Deadline: October 20, 2021

Open Course: Enrollment is open to all who are interested in learning about asylum, assuming a basic knowledge of the subject matter. Salvadorans and international participants are welcome. The principle of non-discrimination applies.


Participate in an intercultural discussion with professionals from El Salvador and the United States about requests for asylum. We will analyze the current realities on the ground that confront displaced populations and those who seek asylum in other countries. We will also reflect on the current context in El Salvador, the role of the Salvadoran state, and the national and international norms involved in this system. This course emphasizes understanding asylum in the United States through the framework of international humanitarian protection.

The objective of this course is to examine the Salvadoran context, the root causes and triggers that contribute to forced displacement and asylum-seeking in other countries through a human rights-based perspective.


  • To deepen understanding of the definition of asylum and the situations that force people to seek it.
  • To identify gaps between the laws and protections in the Northern Triangle and the United States and the international human rights standards for displaced persons, refugees, and asylum-seekers.
  • To analyze the context of violence, discrimination, and vulnerability experienced by specific populations.
  • To hear about the latest developments in El Salvador and the United States, from professionals who work directly on these issues.
  • To learn about the application of a human rights focus through Cristosal’s work.

What does my registration include?

The course tuition fee of $350 includes participation in live, virtual sessions with specialists as well as access to activities and material stored on the Moodle platform. Participants will be issued a certificate of participation. Please inquire about continuing education credits.

Duration: 5 hours of live sessions in Zoom and approximately 7 hours of self-study materials through the virtual platform Moodle.

Modality: Virtual

Schedule for Live Sessions:

Sessions Date Start Time End Time
Session 1 Mon. Oct. 25, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-6) 12:00 pm


Session 2 Tues. Oct. 26, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-6) 12:00 pm


Session 3 Wed. Oct. 27, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-6) 12:00 pm


Session 4 Thurs. Oct. 28, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-6) 12:00 pm


Session 5 Fri. Oct. 29, 2021 11:00 am (GMT-6) 12:00 pm


*Live sessions will be recorded in Zoom and shared via Moodle. Participants who are unable to attend at the scheduled times will have access to the recordings.

Steps for registration:

Fill in the course registration link:

Make a payment:

There are two payment options.

  1. Make the payment at the following link: After making the payment, take a screenshot and send an email with the subject line “Course Payment” and the screenshot attached to:
  2. Send a check for the course fee to the following address, with a note on the “memo” line that it is for a Global School Course. You can send a copy of the check or an email confirming that you have sent payment to:

Cristosal INC

PO Box 4424

Burlington, VT, 05406

About Cristosal:Cristosal is a non-governmental organization that works to advance human rights in Central America through rights-based research, learning, and programming. We support victims of violence by providing protection when they need it most, repair the persistent effects of human rights violations, and help to create the conditions where peace can be possible. We address these issues through five tools: victim accompaniment, strategic litigation, community development, original research, and strategic communication. For more information, visit: