Why Immersion in Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry seeks to provide experiences where students can fall in love and grow in solidarity with the people of the world and especially the poor, to let their stories become our stories. An immersion trip through Campus Ministry should:
- Encourage Ignatian reflection and spiritual examination in the context of a new culture.
- Explore the intersection of faith and justice.
- Examine injustice and the structures that perpetuate it through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.
Campus Ministry’s Ignacio Companions program offers immersion trips focused on three pillars: faith, social justice, and community. Participants are challenged to expand their worldview, open themselves to the reality of the people they encounter on the journey, and find God in all places and things. The Ignacio Companion program challenges participants to discover the deep connection between faith and justice, and become individuals more fully alive.
All IC Trips:
- Are connected with a Jesuit Institution, Jesuit Apostolic Work, or Ignatian Inspired Religious Organization.
- Provide an opportunity for Ignatian reflection and spiritual examination and exploration while immersed in new cultural context.
- Provide an opportunity to explore the intersection of faith and justice as integral to our being a people fully alive.
- Provide an opportunity for a faith based experience with our host community.
- Provide an opportunity for participants to engage in a partnership and in solidarity with our host community.
Winter Break January 2nd to 10th
Chile - Cuentas de Barrio: Stories of the Neighborhood ($1500)
- Work in the Jesuit run Fe y Alegria schools, located in the most poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Santiago.
- Explore post-graduate service by working alongside and breaking bread with current Jesuit Volunteers (JVs).
- Explore the cultural and political history of Chile: Learn about Jesuit Saint Alberto Hurtado and his Hogar Del Cristo Foundation. Meet with economic and political experts to explore the complex history of Chile, from the Pinochet dictatorship to the complexities of current day immigration in Santiago.
February Break February 18th to 21st
Border Region- Love Recognizes No Barriers: Life on the Mexico Border ($125)
- See the border discuss immigration in contrasting eyes; first with US Border Patrol and later from a nonprofit that aids migrants.
- Break bread with the homeless and migrant population at Casa de los Pobres and Casa del Migrante.
- Learn about economic and urban development through the eyes of young entrepreneurs who own businesses in downtown Tijuana.
Holy Week March 27th-April 4th
El Salvador - Faith of the Martyrs: Witnesses To the Church of the Poor ($1200)
- Meet with economic and political analysts, activists, women’s organizations, and other grassroots groups addressing the global economic reality in El Salvador.
- Participate in a homestay in a rural El Salvadorian community and witness the unique celebrations of Holy Week in this Latin American country.
- Possible visits to historical sites including the home of Archbishop Romero and the museum of the Jesuit Martyrs located at the university where they were murdered in 1989.
Jamaica - Love Is My Religion ($1200)
- Visit a home for the elderly and homeless run by Blessed Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity
- Work at the Riverton City School, in one of Kingston’s most poverty stricken communities
- Provide care to children of the Bustamante Children’s Hospital
Ecuador - The Working Boys Center: A Family of Families ($1200)
- Volunteer with The Working Boys Center, a Catholic institution committed to helping working children and their families in Quito.
- Live at the Working Boy’s Center and participate in cultural faith practices for Holy Week, assist grammar school teachers, help in adult vocational classes, and participate in a weekend house building project with WBC families.
- Meet with community leaders, visit the homes of Working Boys Center participants, and explore the rich cultural heritage of Quito- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Summer Break - May 12th to May 28th
Tanzania - Harvesting Hope: A Look at Rural Community Based Organizations ($2100)
- Learn about topics within rural development such as: women and youth development, HIV awareness, and water assistance.
- Work alongside a nonprofit that strives to increase nutrition and preventative health practices.
- Visit local mosques, churches, and local cultural groups to learn about the involvement of different faiths that foster the development of this rural community.
Trip costs are subsidized through Campus Ministry. All costs include airfare and/or ground transportation, room and board, service projects, and cultural immersion experiences.