Loyola’s Immersion Programs, sponsored by the Center for Community Service and Justice, encourage applications from motivated sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a sincere desire to fulfill the programs’ 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.
Each team member is asked to leave her/his comfort zone to benefit from the concrete experience of living and working in solidarity with the materially poor of migrant workers in Apopka. This immersion involves new foods, demanding physical labor and a loss of modern comforts to which we have all grown accustomed. Prior to the trip we focus on awareness of critical issues of justice and faith through preparation, education and reflection.
Participant Selection Criteria
- Since the experience is enhanced by a strong, collaborative and focused team, members are asked to be able to set aside approximately 2 hours per week in the fall semester leading up to the immersion, and 3-5 hours per week in the off-semester, to the team and the project. 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 Immigration Immersion a year-long priority and devote the dedication and time needed to meet the programs’ goals.
- 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.
- Students will be accepted to ONLY one Loyola immersion program per academic year. Therefore, participants who are accepted for Immigration Immersion can not participate in Encounter El Salvador or Spring Break Outreach during the same academic year.
- Priority will be given to qualified applicants who have not participated in a Loyola International Immersion program.
Program Components and Responsibilities
- Weekly 1. 5 hour evening meetings, beginning immediately upon selection of the team
- 2 additional hours per week for fundraising, individual readings and educational activities and committee meetings
- Weekend half-day for team building activity at the FAC
- Overnight (Friday p.m.-Saturday p.m.) Retreat
- Send-off mass (optional) and dinner the evening before the trip
- Participation during the 10-day trip to Apopka, FL
- Post-trip reflection, sharing of experience with the campus and involvement in Advocacy Day regarding the social justice issues relevant to the trip.
Benefits for Participant
- Life-altering immersion experience with other Loyola students
- Team bonding and friendships that last a lifetime
- Opportunities to work closely with immigrant community members and hear their stories
- Significant experience to include in your resume
- Opportunities for in depth reflection, both personally and socially and insight into the issues of the border community
- Opportunity to come back and educate the rest of the campus and promote social justice
The trip is February 25th - March 7th, 2015
- 13 undergraduate students
- 1 moderators (faculty/staff/administrators)
- Program Coordinator
Program Fees - $1000
Do not let financial concerns inhibit you from applying to the programs! If the individual contribution poses a problem, we encourage you to speak with the coordinators.
Calendar for Project Mexico 2014 - 2015
February 28th - March 7th, 2015