2020 El Salvador

El Salvador

PADM-GP 2249 | Itinerary | Syllabus

This course will provide a field opportunity for students to investigate the current practices of an El Salvadoran social enterprise,  Acceso Oferta Local – Productos de El Salvador, which aggregates agricultural products procured from low-income producers. Students will investigate the success factors and challenges of the enterprise, assess its social impact to date and make recommendations for the scaling of new business opportunities related to fish & seafood expansion, vertical expansion into processed foods, as well as prospective exporting. These opportunities will be viewed through the lens of social impact, financial return, and stakeholder management.

 Students will have the opportunity to interview local producers and product buyers and develop frameworks for assessing scaling opportunities and making recommendations for the social enterprise’s evolution. They will also interact with the management of the key customers of the enterprise including SUBWAY's Manager of Food Safety for Latin America and the Executive Vice President of Grupo Calleja, a NYU Stern graduate and former candidate for the country's presidency who has grown his family owned and operated Super Selectos chain to over 100 supermarkets.

The course will build off the Professor’s case on this enterprise entitled Acceso Oferta Local – A New Approach to Social Enterprise with the objective of using students’ findings and recommendations to contribute toward the development of an Addendum Case.  


San Salvador and San Ignacio, El Salvador.

El Salvador Map

Program Dates

January 5, 2020 - January 17, 2020


Students register for the Spring 2020 course listed below for 3 credits. The travel will take place in January. A permission number will be granted upon acceptance into the course.

Course Prerequisites: CORE-GP.1021, Financial Management

Upper-level undergraduate students seeking to take the course for credit must first gain approval from their advisor and then contact wagner.international@nyu.edu for registration procedures.

This course is open to NYU and non-NYU students/participants. For all inquiries about the program, contact wagner.international@nyu.edu.


Professor Scott Taitel, Clinical Professor, NYU Wagner and Director Social Impact, Innovation & Investment


TuitionThis is a 3-credit course.

NYU students: this course counts toward your Spring 2020 course load and tuition. Tuition will be due based on the Bursar's Payment Schedule for Spring 2020. Bursar’s payment deadline dates.


Program fee: Approximately $1600. Cost is subject to change based on final itinerary. 

A deposit will be due upon acceptance in the course. The program fee is payable by credit card. Program fee covers some in-country expenses and travel, some meals, and lodging. Students are responsible for some meals and all incidental expenses related to any excursions on their free time. 


Participants will reside in shared-occupancy accommodations in San Salvador and a retreat lodge in San Ignacio. Students will be transported via bus and private transportation throughout the duration of the course. Your accommodation arrangements are included in your Program Fee. 

Travel, Visa, and Other Information

Flight: International airfare to and from the program location is not included in the program fee. Students book their own travel to coincide with program dates. Students should not purchase their tickets before receiving proper instructions to do so. 

Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must be valid for up to 6 months after course date, not before.

Visa: NYU students will receive information regarding appropriate visa type. Visit the El Salvadoran Consulate in New York for more information on the visa process.