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For over 25 years, LMU students have been making the 142-mile journey to Tijuana with De Colores for weekend social justice and cultural immersion trips. Through house building activities, shared meals with our brothers and sisters in Tijuana, and a visit to a local orphanage, students learn first hand about issues of social justice, immigration, and poverty. We become immersed in the culture and lived reality of our Mexican neighbors while striving to embrace their great spirit and faith.
De Colores immersion trips trips can be a transforming experience of stepping beyond borders; physical, cultural, linguistic, and personal.
The cost is only $60 per person. A valid Passport is REQUIRED.
Interested in a trip? Starting in March of 2014, sign ups will occur on the Monday morning the week of a trip. Sign ups start at 8 am in THE CAVE (Basement of Sacred Heart), room 120. Contact Patrick Furlong at firstname.lastname@example.org for specific details.
Please Note: Payment is required upon sign up and is nonrefundable. If you sign up without your payment, you will be placed on the wait list until your payment is received and you risk losing your spot on the trip. If during the course of an academic year, you sign up and then subsequently withdraw from two trips, you will automatically be placed on the wait list for a future trip that academic year, regardless of the time you sign up.
Individuals attending their first trip of the academic year are required to attend a pre-trip meeting in the Cave the Thursday of the trip at 12:30 pm. If this is a problem, email Patrick Furlong at email@example.com so you can schedule a make up meeting with a student leader.
LMU Alumni and founders of the Build a Miracle Foundation, Julianne and Chris North, initially coordinated these trips
with the help of the LMU retreat program in Campus Ministry. Sr. Agnes Marie Schon, CSJ and Fernando Moreno, the Social Justice director, played a key role in supporting and organizing these initial ‘retreat’ service trips.
As relationships grew with the Tijuana community and the number of student participants increased, students were encouraged to develop their own trips. By 1988, LMU students were leading and making frequent trips that have grown into what has become known as “De Colores.”
In order to meet the financial needs of the De Colores trips, several fundraisers are held throughout the academic year. Purchase the NEW De Colores T-shirt! We invite you to participate, help out, and stop by our monthly taco sales at the LMU Farmers Markets or watch for other De Colores fundraisers like the fall campus Bike Sale.
Learn more about De Colores, watch our videos below: