De Colores

De Colores

One of the founders of the Jesuits, Jerome Nadal, wrote that "The principal and most characteristic dwelling for Jesuits is not in... houses but in journeyings..."

Since 1985, LMU students have been making the 145-mile journey to Tijuana, Mexico through De Colores. These faith-based service-immersion weekends can be a transformative experience of stepping beyond borders; physical, cultural, linguistic, and personal. Our student participants leave behind the comforts of the LMU campus (including their cell phones) and step into a different reality where the Mexican people become their "professors" and their hearts and minds are challenged to act for change. During the weekend, students have the opportunity to work on a construction type project, spend some time in a loving community and meet with migrant men at Casa Del Migrante to learn about immigration issues. Our hope for all student participants is that they return to the U.S. with a greater understanding of the world and the personal stories of people who suffer from some of the world's greatest injustices.

How to Attend

Students must apply for a spot on each weekend trip. Student applications may be accessed here.


$60 per person (cash, credit card or check). This covers your transportation, food, supplies and lodging for the entire weekend. These trip costs are subsidized through Campus Ministry.


We will depart LMU on Friday afternoon at 5PM and return on Sunday as close to 5 PM as possible, however this is entirely dependent upon our wait time at the border and traffic. Please note that this trip will include rustic accommodations and expectations of physical labor, students must be comfortable with these in order to participate.

Food / Meals

All meals will be provided. As we embrace the virtue of simple living, our meals will reflect this. Please let us know about any dietary restrictions before the trip.

If would like more information or have any questions, please do not hesitate please do not hesitate to contact JP Ramirez at


  • Students must have a valid passport.
  • Students will be required to sign a liability waiver.
  • Students will be expected to be fully engaged, participating in all activities and group reflections before, during, and after a De Colores Trip.
  • Cellphones: Part of the De Colores tradition is that we do not permit cell phones on the trips. Please either leave them at home or we can collect & hold onto them for you when we depart on Friday. We invite (and challenge) you to practice the gift of PRESENCE to the people around you from the beginning of our trip until the end of it. 

2018-2019 Dates

Sep. 21-23, 2018 Individual Student Participant Applications will be available first week of classes.
Oct. 19-21, 2018 Individual Student Participant Applications will be available last week of September.
Nov. 09-11, 2018 Group Trip 
Dec. 14-16, 2018 Individual Student Participant Applications will be available last week of November.
Jan. 18-20, 2019 Group Trip 
Feb. 15-17, 2019 Individual Student Participant Applications will be available in January.
Apr. 26-28, 2019 Group Trip 
May 13-14, 2019  Individual Student Participant Applications will be available first week in April.

A Brief History

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. We invite you to participate, help out, and stop by our annual fall campus Bike/Rummage Sale on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 from 11am-2pm. You can also show your support by purchasing the NEW De Colores T-shirt!