Immersion Companions are faculty, staff, or graduate students at Santa Clara who accompany our undergraduate student immersions and participate fully in the experience. Serving as a Companion is a unique opportunity to grow with students in the pillars of simplicity, social justice, spirituality and community through shared experience and reflection. We believe that these positions offer an opportunity for growth that benefits both the Immersion Companion and the immersion group.
The primary role of the Immersion Companion is to be present to the student group and share from her/his own experience. The Student Coordinator handles the majority of the logistical components as well as the facilitation of reflections. The Immersion Companion participates fully in all aspects of the trip, shares his/her life experience with the students to provide a different perspective, and acts as a “wisdom figure.” The Immersion Companion also undertakes responsibility in the event of an emergency, and agrees to be a regular driver on the trip. (Driving does not apply to all immersions.)
Specifically, Immersion Companions are expected to engage in the following activities:
The Ignatian Center will cover all costs for Immersion Companions associated with the trip, including travel, lodging, food and any program fees.
If you are interested in applying to serve as an Immersion Companion, please complete the following steps:
Review the Immersions webpage to get a sense of program offerings.
Review the Immersion Companion Role and Responsibilities (listed above)
Contact Jake Schneider, Director of Immersions, to inquire further about upcoming opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org or 408-554-5346.