2019 Arrupe Immersions.

The Center for Global Education and University Ministry will be offering the following Immersions. 

Winter Intersession Dates: January 6-13, 2019

Spring Break Dates: March 10-17, 2019

The Immersions will focus on the following areas:

  • Migration, Borders and Transnational Communities.
  • Street Children and Welfare. 
  • Sports Serving Communities. 
  • Life in the Favelas.
  • Migration and Restorative Justice.
  • Coal Mining and Environmental Justice.

Spring Break Immersions.

Coal Mining and Environmental Justice in Appalachia

Students will explore the impacts on communities made in order to harvest Appalachia's coal, natural gas, and wind to feed the energy needs of the region, nation, and the world. Participants gain an appreciation for the complexity of these issues and perform a valuable service centered around the environment.  The unique and objective education, coupled with daily reflections, resulting in a "call to action."

Cost $350 Plus flight.

2017-2018 Itinerary.

Leader: Zoe Aurcadez

Migration and Restorative Justice in the Dominican Republic.

Students on the migration and restorative justice immersion will focus on the injustices that Dominicans of Haitian descent are currently facing. They will learn about the efforts of the staff at Centro Bono, who work tirelessly with this population to promote social justice. 

Cost: $1100, plus the cost of flights

See draft Itinerary here: DRAFTITINERARY-USFDR2017-revisedbyMarioSerrano_1.pdf

Leader: Kathryn Gains

Migration, Borders and Transnational Communities in Puebla, Mexico.

Students will travel to Puebla and visit with immigrants on journeys along the migration routes throughout Mexico. We will also visit local community centers and meet children and families displaced by economic injustices. The focus of the trip is gaining a deeper understanding of the lives and experiences of both immigrants and those living in the communities through which they travel.

Cost: $900, plus the cost of flights.

Leader: Mariana Plazas


Street Children and Welfare in Peru.

Students will be working with a group called Generacion, which provides shelter and support for the street children of Lima. The kids are often victims of neglect, poverty, sexual abuse and sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and other injustices. We will spend our days in the shelters working with the children and engaging in activities, and most importantly, learn from them. 

Cost: $1250, plus the cost of flights

See draft itinerary here: Peru_SB_Immersion_Itinerary.pdf

Leader: Kathleen Shrader

Life in the Favelas in Rio, Brazil.

Students participating in this immersion will focus their experience in Rio de Janeiro and learn how sports projects that work in the "favelas" reorganize the lives of children at risk.  Students will learn from really passionate athletes, social workers, and educators committed to create a better Brazil for all.

Cost: $1000, plus the cost of flights

Draft Itinerary here. 

Leader: Jean Pierre Ndagijimana

Migration and refugee services in Colombia.

Students participating in this immersion will focus their experience in Bogotá, Colombia and learn how non-profit organizations, the government, and the civil society is responding to the growing Venezuelan refugee crisis. 

Cost: $1,100, plus the cost of flights.  

Draft Itinerary

Leader: Santiago Solorio

Winter Intersession Immersion.

This immersion focuses on learning how sports equip people to serve
and transform their own communities. Since sports provide a powerful
the way of connecting people with one another whatever age, gender or
background, we will be meeting with communities and organizations
providing youth-at-risk, and their families, opportunities to grow and
develop in a healthy environment.

See Draft itinerary.