The following post was written by Kelsey Franklin, our Summer Student working in the Communications Department as a Fundraising Assistant.
I went to El Salvador a couple years ago without knowing a word of Spanish. I was terrified that the language barrier would hinder my trip, so I quickly made friends with the locals. However, I soon realized that language was the least pressing border I would face. It was the unfamiliar culture, jargon and norms that were the most difficult to grasp. Though I had an amazing experience, I can only imagine what my trip would have been without my El Salvadorian friends. From translating the menu, to attempting to explain the various cultural events we attended, I realized literacy extends much further than language. Continue reading Health Literacy