Why Service 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 four pillars: faith, social justice, simple living, 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 TRIPS: JANUARY 1-7, 2018 | $1,500
Kingston, Jamaica- Love is My Religion
- Spend time with the elderly and homeless at Mother Theresa's Missionaries of Charity
- Learn more about the education system and visit an elementary school in Riverton; one of the countries' most poverty-stricken communities
- Care for and accompany individuals with various disabilities through The Missionary of the Poor
- Learn about Jamaican culture, education, and political history through cultural site visits and conversations with experts in those topics
Dajabón, Dominican Republic- Border Relations
- With the Jesuits, promote the human, social, and religious development of the people by focusing on issues of education, poverty and race
- Work alongside the Jesuit- founded Hogar de Cristo network for homeless youth
- Cross in to the country of Haiti to see the border relations between the two nations on the same island
- Examine the challenges facing rural farming communities, Dominicans of Haitian descent, and migrant laborers through the lens of the Jesuits
SPRING BREAK TRIPS: MARCH 2-11, 2018 | $1,500
Havana, Cuba- Praying in Havana
- Faith-based program is co-organized by the Red de Centros Fe y Cultura Loyola
- Explore the lives of Catholic communities in Cuba
- Learn about the services to the Cuban culture and faith provided by the Jesuits
Quito, Ecuador- A Family of Families
- Volunteer with The Working Boys Center, a Catholic institution committed to helping working children and their families in Quito run by a Jesuit
- 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.
- Shadow the full-time post grad volunteers in a classroom setting
San Salvador, El Salvador- The Faith of the Martyrs
- Visit historical sites including the burial place of Archbishop Romero and University of Central America, where the Martyrs were killed
- Meet with grassroots organizations, addressing the global economic and political reality in modern day El Salvador
- Encounter the lives, histories, and hopes of the Salvadoran people by having homestays in a community
Georgetown, Guyana- Faith in the Amazon
- Learn about the culture of the Amazon and how the Jesuits work alongside the border of Guyana and Brazil
- Meet with indigenous groups based along the border
- Collaborate with Jesuit-run organizations and partners to learn about the people and their faith
SUMMER TRIP: MAY 8-22, 2018 | $1,700
Phnom Penh, Cambodia - The Power of Resurrection
- Learn about the culture of the country, visit historical war sites, and learn more about the different faith backgrounds of the people
- Work alongside teachers in the New Hope for Cambodian Children orphanage and school for those infected with HIV/AIDS
- Meet with Jesuit-run organizations for artisans with disabilities
Trip costs are subsidized through Campus Ministry. All costs include airfare and/or ground transportation, room and board, service projects, and cultural immersion experiences.
Contact Samii Hartman (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.