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Immersion Trips: the postmodern pilgrimage

International

Ecuador Students develop relationships with local families through daily visits, help with after-school programs, and conceptualize long-term solutions to the problems of poverty.

El Salvador Students visit and work in the cornfields, sharing meals and building relationships with farming families. Students from the Leavey School of Business meet community members involved in economics, politics, and social service in San Salvador and in poor, rural communities.

Ghana Undergrad business majors learn about a developing economy, with visits to micro-finance institutions, a center that supports people living with HIV/AIDS, a cocoa research center, and village farms.

Honduras Students provide medical services and supplies to the local community and increase access to potable water.

Mexico Near Tijuana, James Reites, S.J. MST ’71, leads students and alumni on projects to construct several homes for families using basic materials and simple hand tools. Other immersion trips include homestays in Puebla, Mexico, learning how consumption patterns and lifestyle have a global impact; and Los Niños, Mexico, where students learn about issues central to the U.S./Mexico border region.

U.S.

Appalachia, West Virginia Students learn the struggles that arise from lack of education, health care, and other vital services or resources.

California’s Central Valley Focus on agriculture, community-based education, social justice, and environmental sustainability.

Los Angeles Hosted by the community of Dolores Mission in East L.A. Students learn about issues the community struggles with: gang violence, human rights, and education.

Navajo Nation, Tuba City, Ariz. Students tutor Navajo children and learn about the region’s healthcare, education, welfare, and environmental challenges, as well as Navajo culture and history.

New Orleans Students and alumni work with Catholic Charities removing debris left by Hurricane Katrina. Includes meeting with community leaders and affected residents. An alumni trip to New Orleans is planned for January.

Nogales, Ariz. & Mexico Students work with communities on both sides of the border and meet with workers, newly arrived migrants, government and immigration enforcement officials, and business people in the maquiladora sector of Mexico.

San Francisco Students work with community-based organizations in the Tenderloin District—the area with the highest population of recent immigrants and greatest percentage of homeless.

San Jose Students volunteer with Sacred Heart Community Service, working with local residents to experience the social, economic, spiritual, and political causes of poverty in the community.

Molly Gore '10