Students are learning about Salvadoran history and working on a Habitat for Humanity home-building project in the town of Suchitoto during the University’s seventh annual service-learning trip to El Salvador.

“It's great to see another group of Suffolk students embark in a journey of learning, serving and following Suffolk alumni connections beyond our campus, our city and our country,” said Director of Service Learning Carolina Garcia.

Students will meet former guerrilla fighters as well as the government officials they opposed during the Salvadoran civil war that raged for a dozen years, ending in 1992.

Salvadoran murals recall the internecine struggle of the '80s and early '90s.They will retrace the steps of the late Congressman Joe Moakley, whose investigation of the murders of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter opened the door to Salvadoran peace.

“The importance of international study and service was best summed up by Mark Twain, who famously said ‘travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness,’” said University Archivist and Moakley Institute Director Julia Collins Howington, who often has accompanied the delegation to El Salvador.

“After two weeks traveling and working in El Salvador, our students come back with a nuanced understanding of the impact of U.S. foreign policy abroad, what it takes for a nation to recover from civil war and a sense of their role in the global community,” she said.

The service-learning journey is co-sponsored by the Moakley Institute at Suffolk University and Suffolk’s Organization for Uplifting Lives through Service, or S.O.U.L.S.