De Colores

De Colores

Since 1985, LMU students have been making the 145-mile journey to Tijuana, Mexico through the De Colores program. 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 will have the opportunity to partner with Build a Miracle and work on a construction type project for a local family. Students will then be able to spend eat lunch and spend some time with a loving community of families in El Florido. Then, students will have dinner and converse with migrant men at Casa Del Migrante. Throughout the weekends, students will be invited to reflect on their experience. Our hope for all student participants is that they return home with a more informed awareness of the world's greatest injustices and a deeper sense of gratitude. 

How to Attend

1) General Trips: Any LMU student may attend "General" trips (Sept.,Oct. Dec., Feb., May) by applying for individual spots. Those student applications may be accessed below.


$60.00 per student (cash, credit card or check). This covers your transportation, food, lodging and supplies for the entire weekend. These trip costs are subsidized through Campus Ministry. Payments may be made in person at Campus Ministry office in Malone 210.


Our group will depart from Sacred Heart Chapel on Friday afternoon at 4:30PM and return to campus on Sunday as close to 5 PM as possible, however this is entirely dependent upon our wait time at the border and traffic. 

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 weekend.

If would like more information or have any questions, please feel free to contact Campus Minister for Regional Service, John Paul Ramirez at

Requirements & Expectations

  • Students must have a valid passport.
  • Students will be required to sign a liability waiver.
  • Students will be expected to fully participate in all activities & fully engage in group reflections before, during, and after a De Colores weekend.
  • Cellphones: Part of the De Colores tradition is that we do not permit cell phones on the trips. We ask that you 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 weekend until the end of it. 
  • Please also note that this weekend will include rustic accommodations and expectations of physical labor, students must be comfortable with these conditions in order to participate.

2018-2019 Dates

Sep. 21-23, 2018 This weekend has already taken place. 
Oct. 19-21, 2018 Student Applications are now closed. 
Nov. 02-04, 2018 Group Trip 
Dec. 14-16, 2018 Individual Student Participant Applications will be available last week of October.
Jan. 18-20, 2019 Group Trip 
Feb. 15-17, 2019 Individual Student Participant Applications will be available in December.
Apr. 05-07, 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!