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International Federation of Medical Students Associations - El Salvador
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El Salvador, the "Little Thumb" of Central America

Participating cities
UEES Website UJMD website UNASA Website
San Salvador Santa Tecla Santa Ana
Languages Spanish (Main)
(How much is a Bigmac?)
US dóllars.
Bigmac costs US$3.45 apox.
Time zone UTC -06:00
Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people 1.24 Doctors per 1000 people
0.7 Beds per 1000 people
Member of IFMSA since... 2001
Number of incoming students per year 30-50 aprox.
Who are our NEO's Melissa Eugenia Cuellar (NEO-Out)
Lorena Guadalupe Campos (NEO-In)
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Welcome Note

We all welcome you to the beautiful world of SCOPE (Standing Commitee on Professional Exchange) in El Salvador!! We hope you find it usefull. We are really excited to meet you!


El Salvador (Spanish: República de El Salvador) is the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America. El Salvador borders the Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and Honduras, with its eastern-most region lying on the Gulf of Fonseca across from Nicaragua.

El Salvador has a long history, with origins dating back to the Spanish conquest of the Pipil people of Cuzcatlán, which means The Place of Precious Diamonds and Jewels. The people from El Salvador are variably referred to as Salvadoran or Salvadorian, while the term Cuzcatleco is commonly used to identify someone of Salvadoran heritage. San Salvador is the both capital and largest city in the country.

National shield

Useful links regarding El Salvador

El Salvador's oficial page for turism reference
El Salvador in Wikipedia
El Salvador in Wikitravel
El Salvador's health department (You can change language to english)

El Salvador, Country information

Our health care system

In El Salvador the quality of and access to healthcare are directly tied to income levels. Adequate health care is available to those able to pay the high cost. Health care for the urban and rural poor is limited.

The Health Sector of El Salvador consists of three different sub-divisions. The sub-divisions are the public sector, social security and the private sector. The public sector of El Salvador consists of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare, the Military Health and the Teaching Welfare. The social security division of the Health Sector is made up of the Institute of Social Security and Armed Force and Salvadorian Institute of Social Security. And the third division of the Health Sector, that is Private sector, consists of the charitable and profit oriented medical facilities of the country.

Health services are not readily accessible to a majority of the population. In the more isolated regions of El Salvador, there are almost no physicians.

- Life expectancy: Male: 67.31 years, female 74.7 years (2004 est.)

- Infant mortality rate: 25.93 deaths/1,000 live births (2004 est.)

The hospitals and LC

We have 3 main hospitals where students may be able to perform their exchanges.

- Hospital San Rafael: This will be available to students that will be under the local committee ASESMED (UJMD). You can apply to Internal Medicine, Surgery, Orthopedics, Ginecology, Pediatrics and Neonatology.
- Hospital Zacamil: This will be available to students that will be under the local committee ASEMED (UEES). You can apply to Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ginecology and Pediatrics.

- Hospital San Juan de Dios de Santa Ana: This will be available to students that will be under the local committee ASEMED (UEES) and local committee ASEMEDU (UNASA). You can apply to Internal Medicine, Surgery, Ginecology, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Neonatology.
"Zacamil" Hospital
"San Juan de Dios de Santa Ana" Hospital
"San Rafael" Hospital

Our medical education

Our medical education program goes along a period of eight years, consisting in these stages:

•1st to 3rd year: basic sciences
•4th year: Pre-clinical medicine
•5th to 7th year: clinical medicine(including internship)
•8th year: social year (community work)

Medical students in El Salvador

Cultural differences

Most Salvadorian people are punctual and expect others to be so, too. Smoking is prohibited in public areas like universities, hospitals, governmental offices, most workplaces, but not in all bars and restaurants - the current rule is that the main area of the restaurant/bar must be non-smoker, other rooms must be seperated by a wall to prevent exchanging the smoke.

Working conditions

Working days are Monday to Friday. Please ask your tutor about your timetable on the first day. We know that this exchange does not only mean hard work in the hospital but it should also involve fun, so don't worry, you'll get both of them.

Students also would have nigthshifts and different activities at the hospital. Students wil receive their schedule at the beginning of exchange.

Language in hospitals

A large amount of Salvadorian people can speak English. The main language in the hospitals is Spanish though. Doctors are generally willing to explain things in English to you, but most of the time they speak Spanish with the patients. So prepare yourself, that you probably won't understand everything that's going on. Remember though that the doctors are taking you as much in account as possible, but that it is not always possible to talk in English and especially not always possible to explain everything. One of the most important things for you to remember is presenting yourself with either doctors or nurses as an exchange student from your country.

El Salvador's Culture

Accommodation & Boarding

International students may stay with a host family (most often) or have an apartment or a room arranged for them by the University.

Off-campus apartments Rent amounts depends on the location, size and condition of the apartment. As a rule, apartments offered for rent are supplied with furniture and basic household appliances (refrigerator, TV, telephone). Telephone charges are not included in the rent.

Boarding: We provide students with 2-3 meals per day.

Boarding and lodging is free on bilateral agreement. Unilateral students will be asked to pay 350 dollars for the exchange

Social program

We always offer a national social program, most of the times during weekends, in which everyone gets to know our little but beautiful country. Some of the places we visit are:

- El boqueron:If you want to find a tourist route that combines ecology and adrenaline, head to the Parque El Boqueron. It is located 20 minutes from the capital, on the volcano of San Salvador. If you need a break from the bustle outside, enjoy a favorable climate to more than 700 thousand meters. The park offers a walk through marked trails where you can appreciate the beauty of the flora grown in the place that harmonize with the pine forests that stage breathtaking views of the crater. Among the flora species identified are ornamentals such as cartridges, hydrangeas, torches, wild begonias and sultanas. Also find wildlife like armadillos, raccoons, deer, foxes, among others.
"El Boqueron"
Metropolitan Cathedral of El Salvador
- Metropolitan Cathedral of El Salvador: It is said that at the end of the sixteenth century, rose a church dedicated to the Divine Savior of the World in the mystery of his Transfiguration, but did not allow the constant earthquakes larger or keep it.

Known as the "Parish of San Salvador" or as "El Sagrario Parish" had as its guiding priests and Jose Matias Delgado Nicolas Aguilar in 1808, who historically are known as the independence heroes. According to records, was elevated to cathedral in 1842.

The Cathedral provides an outline of the Roman type, a single nave crossed by two sides forming a rectangular cross proportions ending in a circular altar. His art was forged by Fernando Llort who performed a mix of Western culture with other indigenous roots, inclusive representing the cultural reality of the Salvadoran people.
- National theater: The jewel in the Salvadoran culture and one of the most beautiful buildings in Central. It was built in 1866 during the administration of Dr. Dueñas and destroyed by fire in 1889. Its reconstruction was completed in 1905, built in the same place with the similarity of the old building, under the direction of engineers Salvadorans. Maintains its main facade, the colonnade of the center and combines neoclassical details, Gothic and Renaissance. 650 seats for spectators and some of his finest details are the presidential box, located on the second level, and the dome decorated with a painting by Salvador Carlos Cañas. It was declared a National Monument in 1979.
National theater
National Palace
- National Palace: The current structure supplanted other National Palace built during the years 1866-1870, which suffered a fire on December 19, 1889. To meet its construction, through a legislative decree, it was stipulated that for every quintal of coffee exported, a colon would be used to lift the work. The materials used were imported from different European countries like Germany, Italy and Belgium. Its facilities were occupied by government offices in much of the twentieth century. Inside there are 101 secondary bedrooms and highlights four main rooms with distinctive colors: Red, Yellow, Pink and especially the Blue Room, which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. In this room highlight the details Ionians, Corinthians and Romans, and there he gathered the local Legislative Assembly since 1906. The name of this stay was for posterity, for the current meeting room of the Salvadoran parliament is called so.
- Cemetery of the illustrious: Located near the historic center of San Salvador, The Illustrious Cemetery contains the graves of important people of all ages Salvadorans, like former presidents Gerardo Barrios, Manuel Enrique Araujo, Isidro Menendez and Francisco Morazán, as well as some of the most prominent country artists such as writers Salarrué, Arturo Ambrogi, Claudia Lars and Alfredo Espino, and the contemporary political as the founder of ARENA Roberto d'Aubuisson, and the FMLN leader Shafik Handal.
Cemetery of the illustrious
"Punta roca" Beach
- "Punta roca" Beach: Located 25 minutes from the capital, and forty from the Comalapa International Airport, the Hotel Restaurant Punta Roca Surf Resort is located in Playa El Cocal, in the department of La Libertad. This site has been characterized by offering a variety of dining options in seafood and meat, in a tropical environment and family in front of the sea.
- "El Tunco" Beach:Located at only 37 kilometers from San Salvador, El Tunco Beach has become one of the favorite destinations of the Sun and Beach Road, especially those who enjoy the nightlife and the best waves for surfing. May arrogate to "Surfers", shop and surfboard shop in the area. You can get surfing lessons from $ 10 an hour and $ 5 for table rental. This particular site offers special discounted rates for surfers who want to practice more than 5 times between weeks.
"El Tunco" Beach
The devil's door
- "Panchimalco" and the devil's door: (spanish) La Puerta del Diablo is a tourist site located in the municipality of Panchimalco, El Salvador. Its main attraction is the crevice formed by two rocks nestled on the hill El Chulo, whose peaks can be observed in a wide panorama of the surrounding territory. Located a mile from Balboa Park. Kanopi can practice here.
- National Museum of Anthropology David J. Guzman: The most comprehensive museum in the country with 5 permanent exhibition halls and one for time.

It was founded in 1883 by initiative of Dr. David Joaquín Guzmán, a passion for geology and history and reopened in 2001 after a long journey since the damages suffered during the earthquake facilities 1986.

The pre-Hispanic antiquities museum displays up to 3 thousand years old and stand in the wake of the Virgin of Tazumal, found at the site of the same name, and the life-size sculpture of God Xipetotec, the Record of the Jaguar, found in Quelepa; and the famous eccentric flint, a beautiful jade carving knife and carried by the emperors of the time and it was discovered by archaeologist Stanley Boggs in the archaeological site of San Andrés.
National Museum of Anthropology David J. Guzman
- "Suchitoto": City located 47 km from San Salvador. Suchitoto is a Nahuatl toponym which means "Bird-Flower".

Suchitoto was a Columbian Pipil population that was defeated by the Spanish during the conquest of El Salvador. Scene of battles between General Morazan Honduras invaders. The church of Santa Lucia dates from 1853 and is one of the first churches in El Salvador of the Republican period. After independence from Spain signed, these are no longer colonies.

s a tourist attraction sites have Suchitlan Lake and Bird Island, The Thirds is a rock formation and the archaeological remains of the area known as The Bermuda 8 kms from Suchitoto (first Spanish settlement in El Salvador).
- "La Palma": La Palma is located west of the department of Chalatenango, 82 kms from San Salvador and 8 kms from El Salvador-Honduras border (El Poy). La Palma is famous for its wooden handicrafts and art designs Naif, the brainchild of Fernando Llort (who also designed the mosaics of the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador). Here are dozens of workshops where crafts are made in wood, leather, ceramics, different kinds of seeds and designs on cotton clothing.
"La Palma"
"El Pital" Highest Point Of El Salvador
- "El Pital" Highest Point Of El SalvadorPital is located 93 km north of the city of San Salvador and 7 km from the town of San Ignacio, in the department of Chalatenango. One of the places we can enjoy the climate, vegetation and views without having to ask permission in advance, just cancel the entry fee. Pital with a height of 2730 m above sea level is the highest point in El Salvador. You can do many outdoor activities, including: birding, orchids, climbing, mountain bike or just enjoy the views that we have from there. We can see volcanoes in the eastern and central regions, in addition to the city of New Ocotepeque in the sister republic of Honduras.
- Tazumal: It comprises a series of structures that were the scene of a large and sophisticated Mayan settlement that existed around the years 100 - 1200 AD. The remains include drainage systems, tombs, pyramids and temples.

Located in the city of Chalchuapa, 80 kilometers from San Salvador, his first release in 1892 and was formally registered in 1940 by Stanley Boggs.

The Tazumal is an architectural complex consists of five superimposed pyramids, with a maximum height of the mound dominant (B1-1) is 23 meters. One of the most important sculptures found on this site is the Stele of Tazumal, better known as the Virgin of Tazumal, with 2.65 and 1.16 m wide, where a character is embodied in rich attire holding a scepter. This sculpture was found by historian James I. Barberena in 1892 and transferred to the National Museum.
"Monte Cristo"
- National Park "Monte Cristo": Located 117 km from San Salvador, in the city of Metapan, Santa Ana

The reserve of Monte Cristo offers camping facilities, a botanical garden and rustic roads to penetrate the dense foliage moist. His best attractions are the huge, leafy trees up to 30 meters high, as cypresses, oaks and pines and the wildlife that inhabits them, besides orchids in the garden of the Hundred Years.

Eight rivers originate in the park, the most important are the Guayapa, Cara Sucia and San Francisco. The smaller rivers are the Ahuachapio, the Ixcanal, the Maishtapula and Mixtepe. The rivers flow south about 15 km to the Barra de Santiago, another natural area of ​​economic and ecological most important issues for El Salvador.
-Volcanoes National Park: Call for hosting complex Volcanoes three colossi, each recognized by impressive moments in the life of El Salvador.

The weather is cool, on average around 6 º to 8 º C, but can vary sharply to a warmer environment, this change depends largely sunlight. At the beginning or end of the day, as when clouds are present, the temperature drops, like the wind. A normal day, you can enjoy a climate between 16 and 24 ° C. In the months from May to October rains heavily, so we recommend camping in the remaining months.

The Volcanoes National Park is the protected area in El Salvador, which comprises three of the 14 volcanoes "young" (between 2 million and 250 years, according to geologists) of the Cordillera Apaneca-Ilamatepec: Santa Ana volcano, Izalco and Cerro Verde, in the departments of Santa Ana and Sonsonate.
Volcanoes National Park

"El Imposible"
-National Park "El Imposible:"It covers an area of 3.794 hectares. With over 400 identified plant species, has the greatest biodiversity in the country. Furthermore, climatic and topographic characteristics, can be found in the forest vegetation of three different zones: high zone (1.450 m. And 1,200 m.), Middle (1.200 mts and 800 mts.) And lower zone (800 m. and 300 m.).   The Impossible is unique and is a heritage of major tropical ecosystems in the world. With almost 5,000 hectares, is home to 500 species of butterflies, 279 species of birds and 100 mammals, in addition to 400 species of trees, two of them new to science and exclusive to this natural area.
- "Izalco" Volcano: Through history, this colossus was called "The Lighthouse of the Pacific" because it was a guide at night to the ships that sailed the Salvadoran coast. Incessantly and almost 196 years, the volcano gave a performance of cascades of lava and red hot rocks hurled into the air, which fell without causing major danger in the plantations at the foot of the volcano.
"Izalco Volcano"
"Cerro Verde" Volcano
- "Cerro Verde" Volcano:In El Salvador, known simply as Cerro Verde, but in reality it is a volcano that was born about 1.5 billion years ago and had its last eruption 25,000 years ago. It has a height of approximately 2.030 mnsm, and its crater is eroded and covered by cloud forest (evergreen tropical forest), so that tourists can be confused with a hill.
- "Santa Ana" volcano or "Ilamatepeq" (spanish: Cerro La Vieja): It is the largest of the volcanoes of the Complex and the third highest point in El Salvador. It has an elevation of 2.381 meters. Its geological history dating back some 2 million years, with irregular eruptions, such is the case Ilamatepec showed its strength in 2005 with an eruption that destroyed vegetation, villages and crops.
"Santa Ana" volcano
"Coatepeque´s" Lake
- "Coatepeque´s" Lake: The volcano of Coatepeque (Lake Coatepeque now), brother of the current Santa Ana volcano, and father of the other volcanoes that make up this complex eruptive period experienced a fierce megatelúrica activity that resulted in a huge explosion that left the huge gap over 20 kilometers in radius and about two deep, which began a long process of capturing rainwater and groundwater to become a lake.

Lake Coatepeque is located between the towns of Santa Ana, and Izalco Congo and about 50 miles from San Salvador. It is a volcanic caldera, with an approximate area of 6,500 hectares of which 2,500 correspond to the water surface (approximately 25 km2) in the basin is home to more than 20,000 people, plus an average of 5,000 visitors per month who visit the lake.

You can enjoy fishing, boating and jet skiing which can be rented at prices affordable to the lake.
- Lake "Güija": With an area of ​​44 square kilometers, this lake is shared with Guatemala, El Salvador although it accounts for 70 percent. This site has two major attractions: first the water surface and on the other petroglyphs made ​​by Indians.
Lake "Güija"
Theater of Santa Ana
- Theater of Santa Ana: This is architectural jewel of the City of Santa Ana establishing itself as the main center for the arts of the beautiful city of the West. The architecture of the theater belongs to the genus called proscenium, which is characterized by having an arc that defines the stage and audience. It is also eclectic in nature as it combines Romanesque, Renaissance and Greco Roman.
- Cathedral of Santa Ana: Consecrated as one of the architectural beauties of Brown City, Santa Ana looks the imposing cathedral that stands in the heart of the beautiful historical center. The building was designed as a Gothic cathedral, in contrast to the Spanish colonial style of most of the cathedrals of El Salvador and the rest of Latin America.
Cathedral of Santa Ana

- Route of the Flowers: In the journey from the city of Sonsonate to Ahuachapan, lies a series of villages with many cultural traditions, natural beauty and pleasant climate offered by the Sierra Apaneca - Ilamatepec. A sinuous, full of coffee, a variety of flora hills comprising 5 villages: Nahuizalco, Salcoatitán, Juayúa, Apaneca y Concepción de Ataco.

- "Acajutla": 15 km south of the city of Sonsonate on the Panamerican Highway CA-12 and Coastal Highway CA-1.

Dominating the whole area of ​​Acajutla is the port of the same name, the largest and most modern in Central America.

While the port and the surrounding urban area are devoted almost entirely to maritime trade, is in its vicinity a large number of attractions and restaurants offering the best day of fishing, plus facilities that offer land and boat tours to the beautiful beaches nearby.
- "Los Cobános" Beach:The Cóbanos Beach, is located in a cove with calm waters and Cape Punta Remedios with a community of highly experienced fishermen.

By its terms, The Cóbanos is ideal for kayaking, and when the sea waves increases, it becomes an ideal place for surfing.

In the area are two shipwrecks of steamships and sailing in late 1800. For being only 35 feet from the surface, are favorite places for snorkeling and shallow diving.
"Los Cobanos" Beach
"Barra de santiago" Beach
- "Barra de Santiago" Beach: Beaches with natural beauty, in its calm waters to navigate in their environment and observe a mangrove forest and exotic birds, also at night you can find sea turtles nesting on the beach, enjoy the salty waters of the estuary where we can find people practicing fishing or swimming.
- "Santa Rosa de Lima:" It is the second major city of La Union for its booming economy and trade with Honduras, its good supply of gold has become a place of goldsmiths. The people of Amapala served as home missionaries in colonial times, now there are only crumbling walls of what was the church of Our Lady of the Snows.
Santa Rosa de Lima
- "Morazán:"The ancient city of San Francisco Gotera has colorful native craft markets. The archaeological site of the "Grotto of Corinth" or "Cave of the Holy Spirit," contains ancient petroglyphs and rock paintings on the walls of rock, using the techniques of engraving and painting in red, yellow and black. It is a precious treasure that is registered as a National Monument and is considered the leading example of cave painting in El Salvador. Cacaopera is practiced in ancient Indian dance "The Feathered" from 13 to 17 January. The dance of "Hualaje" or feathers is of a warrior ritual. This dance made ​​reference to the meeting of eight chiefs of different communities that made up the region Cacaopera.
- "Quelepa": The archaeological site Quelepa or (spanish):"Jaguar de piedra" is a major metropolis Lenca, among its ruins are pyramids, cobbled streets, terraces, burial mounds and a huge carved stone with the stylization of a jaguar.
- "Berlín" Village: It has a church with interesting architecture and a museum with an exhibition of ancient coins and craft equipment used in the benefits of coffee. The colonial church Ereguayquin (Abroad) a missal treasures donated by King Philip II. Jucuapa (Abroad) maintains the tradition of "Dance of the Negritos", dancing around the city dressed as demons and siguanabas.

- "El Espino and El Cuco" Beaches:In the departments of San Miguel and Usulutan, respectively, are among the most visited by tourists during the Holy Week vacation. They have the reputation of being considered the best in the country's coastal areas.
El Espino
El Cuco
- "jiquilisco" Bay: You can go swimming, skiing, snorkeling, bird watching, sailing, kayaking, sailing, fishing and windsurfing. Located 104 kilometers from San Salvador, is Jiquilisco Bay area of ​​mangroves and salty forests that shelter birds such as herons and gulls, among others.
"jiquilisco" Bay
"San Juan del Gozo" Peninsula
- "San Juan del Gozo" Peninsula: With less than 55 kilometers long, forms the peninsula of San Juan del Gozo and receiving waters of the Rio Grande de San Miguel. It also has smaller islands and 7 main islands Cumichín, Holy Spirit, Turtle San Dionisio, El Recodo, San Sebastian, Sumaria and Arco.
- "El tamarindo, Playas negras and Las tunas" Beaches: This is an area that brings together three wonderful beaches very different: The Black Tunas and Beaches are black sand beaches with rock formations, where you will find small puddles that form a natural pool. The beach is Tamarinado features of the estuary, with little waves. Here you will find a service offering boat tours along the coast east of El Salvador and to the islands of the Gulf of Fonseca.
"Las tunas" Beach
Gulf of Fonseca
- Gulf of Fonseca: Among the Republics of El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the Pacific Ocean forms the Gulf of Fonseca. It was discovered in 1522 by the Pilot Mayor Gil González de Ávila. The Aborigines called this water inlet "Chorotega" but its Spanish discoverer gave the present name in honor of Fray Juan Rodriguez de Fonseca, Bishop of Burgos and former President of the Royal and Supreme Council of the Indies. Within the Gulf hosts a volcanic archipelago, of which the main islands are: Zacate Grande, El Tigre, Gueguensi and Exhibition, which belong to Honduras. Naked rocks, you isolate and Los Farallones belong to Nicaragua. Meanguera Meanguerita (Pirigallo) Conchagüita, Punta Zacatillo Zacate or Martin Perez and other smaller islands belong to El Salvador.
- "Joya de Cerén":Joya de Ceren is a pre-Columbian site of El Salvador located near San Juan Opico and Las Flores in the department of La Libertad in the central-western El Salvador. It was inhabited by a farming village from the year 400, being tributary to San Andres, and then abandoned in 600 because of the eruption of Laguna Caldera. This site provides information about the daily life of a farmer Maya people 1400 years ago (seventh century), and the only known in the Salvador.

One of the most important archaeological sites in Mesoamerica because it shows what life was like for ordinary people. Is often referred to as "the Pompeii of America" ​​in comparison to the archaeological site of Pompeii, located in Italy.

In 1993, Joya de Ceren was declared World Heritage by UNESCO.
"Joya de Cerén"

- Finally students are also offered to go to restaurants, discotheques, bars, mountains mainly depending on the city and local committee.

Local & National transportation

-Bus: City buses are cheap and offer a good service, but are often crowded.

-Taxi: These are plentiful but not metered, so it is essential to agree the fare beforehand. Cabs are yellow with a chequered stripe and easy to flag down. Alternatively, head to the town square (or similar), where taxis usually congregate between fares. Many large hotels have their own taxi services. Drivers do not expect tips, except when the taxi has been hired for the day.

-Rail: San Salvador's railways are managed by FENADESAL (Ferrocarriles Nacionales de El Salvador) (website: However, there are no passenger services at present.

Do not worry if it gets too complicated. Your contact person will show you the way to the hospital, and the most of the time your contact person will give you ride to the hospital.

Buses in El Salvador
Taxis in El Salvador
Trains in El Salvador


El Salvador has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons. Temperatures vary primarily with elevation and show little seasonal change. The Pacific lowlands are uniformly hot; the central plateau and mountain areas are more moderate.
The rainy season, known locally as invierno, or winter, extends from May to October. Almost all the annual rainfall occurs during this time, and yearly totals, particularly on southern-facing mountain slopes. From November through April, air flowing from the Caribbean has had most of the precipitation wrung out of it while passing over the mountains in Honduras. By the time this air reaches El Salvador, it is dry, hot, and hazy. This season is known locally as verano, or summer.

Temperatures vary little with season; elevation is the primary determinant. The Pacific lowlands are the hottest region, with annual averages ranging from 25 to 29 °C (77 to 84.2 °F). San Salvador is representative of the central plateau, with an annual average temperature of 23 °C (73 °F) and absolute high and low readings of 38 and 6 °C (100.4 and 42.8 °F), respectively. Mountain areas are the coolest, with annual averages from 12 to 23 °C (53.6 to 73.4 °F) and minimum temperatures sometimes approaching freezing.
Temperature in El Salvador
El Salvador's actual weather

Social life

In all the cities with an LC, there is plenty of social life with museums, parks, bars, restaurants, etc. Every day you can do something different. You can as well visite other cities at the weekends.

- "Multiplaza" shopping center: Opened in December 2004, the mall is an important icon Multiplaza trade capital strategically located in one of the most circulated by the Salvadorans. Built under the concept of being "a whole city," Multiplaza has one of the larger deals with more than 200 locations spread over three levels, from a variety of services and entertainment areas for children, youth and adults at all times of the day in a safe environment. In Multiplaza can enjoy gourmet coffee options, private and comfortable space. You will also find clothing stores brands, perfume, shoes, jewelry, housewares, national and international crafts, among others. Also known by the nightlife in Las Terrazas Multiplaza yadultos youth gather to have a great time in the nightclub district or even in the prestigious restaurants offering dishes with high standards of quality and price ranges. As one of its most remarkable and modern, is Cinépolis, offering convenient facilities to enjoy movies with 3-D technology available. In addition, there is the arcade area, popularly known as "slot machines" to share with friends and family at affordable prices. This area is adjacent to foodcourt area in the third floor.

Multiplaza offers a variety of restaurants and small shops that offer buyers options ranging from $ 2.50 to $ 8.00 USD onwards either in the Foodcourt, located on the third level, or the various shops spread throughout the mall.

Address: Mall Multiplaza Pan, Antiguo Cuscatlan, La Libertad department.
- "La Gran Via": Is the only Lifestyle Center of El Salvador and throughout Central America, is an open space with several rooms and a pleasant pedestrian street that allows the enjoyment of leisure and outdoor fun.

In the great via find:
• The best mix of ambience, style and fun
• ZARA Stores Siman and anchor the retail sector
• Cinemark as anchor in the entertainment sector
• Shops exclusive fashion brands, footwear, home, specialty stores
• Complete security and vigilance
• Unbeatable location
• Gourmet restaurants, casual and semi formal
• Cozy cafes

• More than 2,000 parking
"La Gran Vía"
"Tower Futura"
- Tower Futura: The lounge areas are very attractive in the tallest building in the city Tower Futura. Futura Plaza is a distinctive ambience to relax and have a drink or a gourmet dish first. Here visitors will find unique restaurants, cafes height, bookstores, beauty salons and other services in a stylish terrace with stunning views of the Tower.

Two levels of parking with over a thousand spaces are available for visitors at the top will find a place outdoors between palm trees. One of the first options is the Lord Fork restaurant with Italian cuisine trend, gourmet sandwiches, wines and executive menus, accompanied by his particular touch of elegance. One option that will be perfect for the "break" of the evening is The House of Coffee, which debuts in the country with world-class coffees, from farms National hundred percent the same company. Buffalo Wings do not lack in Plaza Futura, with its traditional wings and 250 varieties of sauces that you have secured thousands of fans in the country.

Florence and The Panetiere also offer its exclusive variety of rich desserts, coffee, wine and sugar-free menus. For those who want to keep the figure may choose to Go Green salads. Other options for fans of a good cup of coffee is Koffee Mix, which also debuted with the "art of mixing coffee" and unimaginable formulas for this drink, as well as live coffee Espresso and gourmet alternatives.
- The pink zone: Recently declared the "first tourist area of ​​El Salvador", this sector of the capital in the middle of San Benito is demarcated by the Hippodrome Boulevard and Avenue of the Revolution, the main access road to the place. All around, find the Hotel President, the National Museum, the International Fair, Theater Chair, the National Handicraft Market, the Church of San Benito, and the greatest monument of the country, the Monument to the Revolution.

A lighting system with lights and benches strategically placed rest, give the Zona Rosa that touch of "old world" in the midst of modernity, suitable for day trips and purchases at select boutiques. The night, however, there can be an unforgettable experience, conducive to settle in one of the taverns and places of amusement abound there and appeal to the taste of night owls. Have been booming in the Zona Rosa restaurants karaoke bar type (note the Japanese), where in addition to a delicious meal, you can choose from a menu of tunes, the dance and sing a song on stage.

  Nearly 200 businesses have been established around the perimeter, such as restaurants and outdoor cafes, clubs, pharmacies, travel agents and fast food cafes. And if the traveler gets tired at some point in your walk, you can take one of the horse-drawn carriages passing by to help you finish your ride. And if the visitor already sated your appetite, you will also find theaters, pubs and nightclubs, along with other fun sites along the tour, culminating in the Redondel Masferrer, in whose center stands majestic, the national flag.
"the pink zone"

Exchange conditions

Please visit the IFMSA database, where you will be able to view all the information related

All students going to El Salvador should read this exchange conditions carefully.

We have 4 Local Committees in two mayor cities - San Salvador and Santa Ana -

An important thing is that students are recommended to know spanish, at least basic. Doctors - the mayority of them - and salvadorian students understand and speak english, but exchange students will have difficulties with patients and general things if they don't know at least basic spanish.

Important Dress code at hospitals is FORMAL:
- Dark color pants (If the student was acepted in San salvador´s committees)
- white color pants (If the student was acepted in Santa Ana´s committees)
- Closed shoes

- Male students must wear a tie.


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Cities and LC offered for exchange

Note: To visit the website of the City Hall: Clicking on the link specified. For more information about the city and the local committee belonging to this city to click on the name of the city located at the bottom of the photo.

All students going to El Salvador are going to be asigned in different cities according to the LC the student got asigned.

We have 4 Local Committees in two mayor cities - San Salvador and Santa Ana -

- ASEMED - Universidad Evangelica de El Salvador. This faculty of medicine was created during war, many years ago, and is for it's history that this LC, has two headquarters, in San Salvador and also in Santa Ana. In San Salvador they make their clinical practices in Hospital Zacamil, a Hospital created a few years ago. In Santa Ana their practices are in a 3rd level Hospital San Juan de Dios,hospital with long history.

-ASESMED - Univeridad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado. One of the pioneer LC in IFMSA El Salvador. Is located in La Libertad, only 10-15 min from the center of San Salvador. All the practices the students make are in Hospital San Rafael, Santa Tecla.

-ASEMEDU - Universidad Auntonoma de Santa Ana. Our new and greatest addition in Universities. Is located in the heart of Santa Ana city. They are regonize by their big search spirit in proyects. As ASEMED - Santa Ana, they make the clinical practices in Hospital San Juan de Dios, Santa Ana.

San Salvador´s city hall website
Santa Ana´s city hall website
Santa Tecla´s city hall website