Loyola University Maryland

Center for Community Service and Justice

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Encounter El Salvador

For almost twenty years, CCSJ has partnered with CRISPAZ for a faith-based immersion experience where participants learn from Salvadoran people about their lives, histories and hopes for the future. A major focus of the encounter is to reflect on the meaning of working for justice rather than working for charity, understanding one's role as a global citizen and humanizing the different issues that are present in our societies.  

Program Dates: May 21st - May 30th, 2019

Program Cost: $1,200

Kino Border Initiative

The Kino Border Initiative is a new immersion in which participants will be offered the opportunity to spend time with migrants and learn from their stories, as well as understand the broader context of the border and immigration.  The immersion includes time in the comedor (soup kitchen), where participants serve food and have the chance to speak with recently deported migrants.  Groups will also participate in mass with ranchers in a rural town in southern Arizona and learn about their experiences and perspectives, attend a criminal prosecution of immigrants, meet with border patrol, and hike in the desert. Over the course of the immersion, students will engage in reflection, dialogue and advocacy, translating their learned experience into action.

Program Dates: May 11th - May 17th, 2019

Program Cost: $1,200


This immersion experience offers learning through encounter, prayer/reflection and community engagement through our partner Corrymeela.   While in Northern Ireland students will learn about the history of conflict between Protestants and Catholics and the work of peacebuilding and reconciliation.  Students will spend time analyzing the underlying dynamics of conflict, fracture, scapegoating and violence.   Students will participate in sessions using dialogue, experiential play, art, storytelling, mealtimes and shared community to embrace difference and learn how to have difficult conversations.  Corrymeela's 50 years of experience in peacebuilding will equip students with theories and practical skills for transforming conflict.  
Program Dates: June 5th- June 10th, 2019
Program Cost: $1,200

Haiti Together

Haiti Together is a service immersion program offering participants the chance to learn about Haiti through on-campus meetings in the fall/spring semesters followed by a week-long immersion trip over spring break. As a member of a small, cohesive team, participants will learn about the history and culture of Haiti, then travel to the country as guests of the Foyer, an orphanage located outside Port-au-Prince. While there, team members will interact with the children, helping with lessons and activities, but mainly being present to

support the successful functioning of the Foyer and to learn through interactions with the children and staff.

Program Dates: March 2nd - March 9th, 2019

Program Cost: $485 + airfare and personal expenses

For more information, review the Program Details and Schedule.