Ignacio Companions (IC) Trips

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 will:

  • 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.

IGNACIO COMPANIONS

Campus Ministry's Ignacio Companions (IC) Program offers immersion trips focused on three Core Values: Community, Solidarity, Faith/Justice. 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. 

IC Student Application period has closed. 

 

All IC Trips:

  • Are connected with a Jesuit Institution, Jesuit Apostolic Work, or Ignatian Inspired 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 TRIP: 

Lake Atitlán, Guatemala | (New Trip)  January 5-12, 2019 | $1,200

On the mountainside, above the beautiful volcanic Lake Atitlán is an eco-sanctuary named VIVAMOS MEJOR GUATEMALA, in English, WE WILL LIVE BETTER IN GUATEMALA. Vivamos Mejor is a non-profit civil association that focuses on improving the quality of life of the indigenous population and the natural environment of the region. This work includes social, economic and environmental programs, implemented by a multidisciplinary team of technicians and local, national and foreign professionals with coverage mainly in the department/county of Sololá, Guatemala.

LMU students will have hands on experience:

  • exploring Nutritional Health and Agroecology for Food and Nutritional Security,
  • working with the Intercultural Bilingual Education Program
  • assisting in the Rural Women and Development Program
  • will have an overall introduction to the Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration Program.
  • Group reflections will link the practical experiences of programs to Catholic social teaching and the recent papal encyclical LAUDATO SI

This exciting trip is new for LMU Campus Ministry and will be done in conjunction with the Sisters of St. Joseph.

 

SPRING BREAK TRIPS: MARCH 8-15, 2019 | $1,200

Guayaquil, Ecuador | $1,200

Work with Rostro de Cristo, a Catholic program that provides spiritual and educational opportunities for people of faith to live and work with the people of Ecuador.

The Rostro de Cristo program invites participants to:

  • Be in relationship with the Ecuadorian people and reflect on the face of Christ in their joys and struggles.
  • Support the Ecuadorian People in their work to meet basic human needs and achieve a justice rooted in Gospel values in their developing communities.
  • Lead a simple lifestyle, build an intentional Christian community, and immerse themselves in the local culture and reality with respect and humility.

In this way, Rostro de Cristo participants witness the Gospel and serve as a source of hope and light in the community. These experiences inspire and reinforce the lifelong commitment of our participants to serve others, work for justice, and live in solidarity with the people of Ecuador and the world.

Georgetown, Guyana | $1,200

This 8-day immersion program starts in Georgetown, the Capital of Guyana and travels to the City of Lethem, near the Amazons, bordering Brazil.  The program is centered on the Encyclical Laudato Si, and the concerns of the Amerindians.  Participants will learn about the church in Guyana and the work of the Jesuits in this South American country.  This program allows our students to:

  • 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 Antilles Province and with Jesuit-run organizations to learn about the people and their faith
  • The Caribbean Social Immersion Program helps participants to understand the social realities and challenges in the Caribbean region.

Guadalajara, Mexico | (New Trip) | $1,000

This week-long immersion program takes place in Guadalajara, Mexico's second largest city. Students will have the opportunity to begin the week in reflection at a Jesuit retreat center in beautiful Tapalpa. Participants will then meet students from ITESO, the Jesuit University of Guadalajara. Our students will join the ITESO students to volunteer with FM4 Paso Libre, a nonprofit organization founded by Guadalajara students in 2007 which helps migrant workers traveling across Mexico. The hope is to provide participants a different context for some of the current immigration issues facing North America. Lastly, throughout the week, students will have the opportunity to discover some of the rich cultural diversity Mexico has to offer. 

ITESO (Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education):

  • Founded in 1957, it belongs to a network of over 228 Jesuit universities around the world. 
  • ITESO is known for its academic excellence, a profound concern for both local and global contexts, and its commitment to the improvement of people's living conditions.

FM4 Paso Libre:

  • is dedicated toward the defense and promotion of the human rights of migrants and refugees
  • provides basic needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. 
  • offers legal, psychological services to help bring dignity back into the lives of the migrants. 

Cholula, Mexico | (New Trip) | $1,000

Work with Enlaces Comunitarios Internacionales (International Community Links) a Mexican non-profit organization. ECI works with families, communities and organizations on sustainability issues, green technologies and social organization.

  • By promoting social participation in organic production, sustainability, and social development.
  • By promoting peaceful coexistence in intercultural dialogue, human rights and solidarity.
  • By conducting education and training processes.

EIC helps communities in their sustainable development, solidarity-based economy and local strengthening process. EIC wants to build links between individuals, communities, organizations, peoples and nations. To generate links and relationships of coexistence based on social and environmental responsibility, mutual respect, intercultural understanding, equity, justice and solidarity, for development of human life in a community and in harmony with the environment on a regional, national and international level. 

Group reflections will link the practical experiences of programs to Catholic social teaching and the recent papal encyclical LAUDATO SI.

  

SUMMER TRIP: 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | MAY 2019 | $1,200

Work alongside teachers in the New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) orphanage and school for those infected with HIV/AIDS.

New Hope for Cambodian Children was founded by an American couple who had been working as Maryknoll volunteers in Cambodia. The orphanage and school adopts a multi-disciplinary approach for their work with HIV-infected children. NHCC offers full-time holistic care for 270 orphans and abandoned children with HIV/AIDS provided in a residential facility called Our Village, located outside Phnom Penh. NHCC school strives to ensure that all children have the opportunity to receive an education that best matches their talents and abilities. The goal is equip them with the tools and skills that will enable them to become productive members of Cambodian society when they leave our care.

  • Meet with Jesuit-run organizations for artisans with disabilities
  • Learn about the culture of Cambodia
  • Visit historical war sites
  • learn more about the different faith backgrounds of the people of Cambodia 

Trip costs are subsidized through Campus Ministry. All costs include airfare and/or ground transportation, room and board, service projects, and cultural immersion experiences.