PAUR met this past Wednesday for an informational meeting on the fast-approaching trip to El Salvador, graciously hosted by our incoming President Richard Schoelerman. Doctors William Grindley and Jerry Torrance discussed the history of PAUR and our role and accomplishments in the El Salvador area. They also shared the trip itinerary, which will tentatively include visiting a medical/dental clinic, visiting the 10 students we are enabling to attend high school, and the opportunity to help mentor 8 entrepreneurs in Las Trincheras identified by ESNA that would like to establish a business.

One afternoon of the trip would be spent working in groups to assist the entrepreneurs in developing their business plans for sustainability. At least one bilingual person from ESNA would be on each team to assist with translational needs. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to bring the magic and ingenuity from the Silicon Valley mindset into entrepreneurial mentoring in a worthy area. This is a great hands-on opportunity to leave your mark on a developing area.

The trip will likely be a Friday through Sunday in late January/ early February of 2015. It will be in the all-inclusive beachside resort, Royal Decameron, and is not only a great time to bond with your fellow Rotarians in a relaxing beachside environment, but also an opportunity to see PAUR’s impact in the rural community of Caluco. Thank you Richard Schoelerman for hosting such an informative event, and we hope to see a lot of PAUR members embark on this exciting journey!