El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America, but it’s the most densely populated. It’s currently a country under development, and is recovering from a civil war in which an estimated seventy-five thousand people perished.
The official language of the country is Castilian. Due to increasing industrialization, it’s important for residents to speak English for communication within the business world. It’s a popular missionary destination and often attracts tourists, which is another reason it’s important for citizens to become bilingual.
Teachers may be drawn to the country of El Salvador for its tropical climate and beautiful landscaping. The area is rich in scenery, including beaches and lakes surrounded by beautiful mountains. The area even contains volcanoes. An interesting fact, and possible deterrent from living in the country, is that it lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an active tectonic plate. Because of this, the country often experiences frequent earthquakes and volcano activity. The country is rich in endangered species and wildlife, making it a great experience for someone who’s interested in nature.
Unfortunately, El Salvador and Central America have been identified as one of the most dangerous regions in the world, where extortion, murder, and kidnapping have become a way of life. At least thirteen U.S. citizens have been murdered since 2010, and countless others mugged, maimed, and kidnapped. The State Department cosiders El Salvador a critical-crime-threat country.
Fortunately, the Salvadorian government is making progress towards peace, and last Saturday El Salvador heralded its first murder-free day in nearly three years The U.S. embassy in El Salvador has also donated computer equipment to strengthen the language skills of students attending the University of El Salvador.