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.


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. 

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 

If you have any questions or would like any information, feel free to contact Josh Mayfield, Campus Minister for Faith and Justice, at joshua.mayfield@lmu.edu or 310.338.3005.


WINTER BREAK: Jan. 1-10, 2020

Da Nang, Vietnam | $1,200  (new trip)

Famous for its hillsides, shrines, and beaches, students will serve in Vietnam's Da Nang. Not only will students have a cultural experience in Vietnam, but alongside the St. Paul's sisters, they will visit an orphanage and a camp hosting people with Leprosy. Granting students opportunities to develop empathy through walking with and in the shoes of poor, vulnerable, and marginalized.



Lake Atitlán, Guatemala | $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 IC will be done in conjunction with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange.


Guadalajara, México | $1,000

This week-long immersion program takes place in Guadalajara, México's second largest city and will focus on immigration and ecological justice. Students will be volunteering with FM4 Paso Libre, an organization dedicated toward the defense and promotion of the human rights of migrants and refugees.  Our group will help organize clothing and supplies, and students will have the opportunity to serve meals and enter into conversations with the migrants. Students will also be visiting ITESO (Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education), the Jesuit university in Guadalajara. 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. Lastly, students will also have the opportunity to discover the rich cultural diversity Mexico has to offer.


Cusco, Peru | $1,200 (new trip)

Just south of the historical Incan Empire capital, this week-long immersion trip will take place in Andahuaylillas, Peru. Serving in with the Jesuit Parish nicknamed the "Sistine Chapel of the Andes" and Jesuit Volunteers, LMU students will experience a ministry of accompaniment as they enter this stunning historical town. From teaching gym and computer classes and leading Parish social programs (arts & crafts, reading, tutoring, etc.), to experiencing the local market and participating in a  unique homestay opportunity, students will have a holistic and formative experience.


SUMMER BREAK: MAY 12-26, 2020 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia | $1,200

LMU students will partner with the New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) orphanage and school for those infected with HIV/AIDS.

NHCC was founded by John and Kathy Tucker, an American couple who had been working as Maryknoll volunteers. The orphanage and school adopt 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 just 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 to equip them with the tools and skills that will enable them to become productive members of Cambodian society when they leave our care.

Throughout our time in Cambodia, students will also

  • tour with a Jesuit-run organization for artisans with disabilities
  • learn about the culture of Cambodia with a visit to Angkor Wat
  • visit other historical sites related to the Khmer Rouge and 
  • 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.