Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Service Immersion Reference

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Please read program details and schedule for Encounter El Salvador and the criteria listed below carefully before filling out the form.

Criteria for Application

  1. Loyola’s International Immersion Program, sponsored by CCSJ, encourages applications from motivated sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, faculty, staff, and administrators who have a sincere desire to fulfill the program's mission statements, are willing to learn very basic Spanish, have a sincere commitment to social justice, and demonstrate maturity, emotional stability and a good sense of humor.
  2. Each team member is asked to leave her/his comfort zones to benefit from the concrete experience of living and working in solidarity with people who are materially poor in El Salvador. This immersion involves new foods, demanding physical endurance and a loss of modern comforts to which we have all grown accustomed. Prior to the trip, we focus on raising our awareness of critical issues of justice and faith through preparation, education and reflection, and some fundraising. 
  3. Since the experience is enhanced by a strong, collaborative and focused team, members are asked to be able to set aside approximately 2 - 4 hours per week in the semester leading up to the immersion to the team and the project. For more information on time commitments and dates, please review the Encounter El Salvador schedules. We ask that all applicants consider and commit to this time component, being aware of the many other curricular and extra-curricular demands of Loyola. Every applicant should therefore consider whether s/he can make Encounter El Salvador a priority and devote the dedication and time needed to meet the programs’ goals.
  4. The team selection process endeavors to find a diverse and dedicated group who can share their varying beliefs and backgrounds to add to the team’s spirit. Team members should be willing to assume leadership roles in facilitating reflections, organizing fundraisers, educating one another and the Loyola community and various other responsibilities. Spanish fluency, international experience and/or extensive service experience are not strict or exclusive requirements for acceptance.
  5. Participants who are accepted for the international immersion program can not participate in Spring Break Outreach, Immigration Immersion, or other immersion programs on campus within the same academic year.


If you choose to submit your reference by mail, you may download a copy of the form to give or mail to your reference. Then it is your responsibility to bring the completed form to CCSJ. The application procedure will only be completed when we receive your reference form.

For those who decided to submit the reference request online, you will also receive a confirmation e-mail once the reference form is submitted. If you do not receive it, that may mean either your reference has not received or submitted the form yet, it is your responsibility to contact and remind him/her about the deadline.


If you have any questions, please contact Maria Desangles - mddesangles@loyola.edu - 410-617-5352