2019 Elections Accompaniment Delegation

Delegation Dates:
January 27*- February 7, 2019

Online application here (Extended Deadline: December 10) 

IF AFTER DECEMBER 10, but interested, please email Samantha Pineda ([email protected]) to inquire about capacity past the deadline.

OR JOIN US for the 2nd ROUND/RUN-OFF election on March 3, 2019 - Fill out an interest form here!

If no candidate receives 50% + 1 of the votes, a second round of elections will take place between the top two candidates.


The social movement in El Salvador is calling for international accompaniment during the 2019 presidential elections!

Join CISPES’ delegation to learn directly from grassroots organizers about the major advances made by the social movement and the governing leftist party, the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN), and what’s at stake in the upcoming elections.

Interest is high and spaces are limited. If interested, please apply or contact us as soon as possible.


Following legislative elections in March 2018, a right-wing super majority in the legislature has moved quickly to turn back the tide on progressive policies and major advances implemented under two successive FMLN administrations. In response, social movement activists have taken to the streets to halt the right-wing plan to privatize water, continue demanding the decriminalization of abortion, denounce massive public-sector firings at the legislative and municipal levels, hold former right-wing officials accountable for decades of corruption, embezzlement and human rights abuses, and much more.

The FMLN is facing a trying moment in its history – and a well-funded, internationally-coordinated destabilization campaign is working towards undermining popular support for the government by defunding social programs and painting the government as corrupt.

The United States government has a long and sordid history of intervening in other countries’ elections to prevent progressive and leftist victories – and El Salvador is no exception. Members of Congress and the Trump Administration have already shown their willingness to smear and threaten to retaliate against the FMLN so it is urgent that people in the U.S. remain vigilant and ready take action to prevent any kind of intervention in the election.

The 2019 elections will be extremely important, not only for the left in El Salvador but also for the region as a whole. As war-mongers in the United States and their counterparts in Latin America attempt to entrench the region in yet another era of militarization and corporate exploitation, international solidarity is vital.

Learn from grassroots organizers in El Salvador about their vision for the future and serve as an International Observer to help ensure a free and fair election!


*Arrival Date: January 26, 2019 (This is an update from the originally announced arrival date. To ensure sufficient time for an adequate orientation, we ask delegates to arrive one day before the official start date. For applicants who identify as Central American, we are exploring the possibility of a January 25, 2019 arrival date and will discuss additional details related to this opportunity during the interview phone call). 

Departure Date: February 7, 2019

Cost: $1,000 + $150-300 sliding-scale registration fee (anything over the minimum $150 allows us to give scholarships to delegates who need them)

This will cover food, housing, transportation and logistics while in El Salvador. It does not cover flight costs to El Salvador which generally cost between $400-700.

Spanish language comprehension is helpful, but not necessary.

All delegates will receive training and official accreditation as International Elections Observers from El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

For more information about CISPES delegations see this general information page or check out frequently asked questions.


How to Apply:  DEADLINE TO APPLY for this delegation and to be considered for a partial scholarship is December 10, 2018.

If you would like to join us in El Salvador, please fill out the application form here.

If you would like to be considered for a partial scholarship, please fill out the application form here.

For more information, please contact [email protected] or call (202) 521-2510 ext. 204

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