Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice (CCSJ)

Project U.S.

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Project U.S.: Working and Learning with Immigrant FarmworkerProjectUS logos

Project U.S. is a new, week-long domestic immersion program offering Loyola participants the opportunity to live with and work alongside immigrant farmworkers and day laborers in Apopka, Florida.

Our host partner is the HOPE CommUnity Center, a service learning community dedicated to empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy and spiritual growth.   Founded 40 years ago by four Notre Dame de Namur Catholic sisters, Hope CommUnity Center seeks to strengthen individuals and families by providing educational classes and tutoring, social services and support groups, community organizing and advocacy training.


A team of 14 Loyola participants will meet throughout the fall semester and then travel to Florida in January, over the Christmas break. The Project U.S. team will consist of  the CCSJ Coordinator, an Assistant Coordinator, a Student Leader, and 11 undergraduate student participants. The team will meet weekly to prepare for the trip starting in mid-October, learning about immigration, farm labor, Central and South America, cross-cultural skills, and more. After our return to campus, we will meet a few times during the spring semester to reflect on our learning and to bring those lessons back to Loyola. 

Learn More

For more information, contact Christina Harrison at csharrison@loyola.edu or 410-617-2771