Loyola University Maryland

Immersions

International

Historical & Current Realities of El Salvador

CRISPAZ
San Salvador, El Salvador
Travel dates: May 26 - June 4, 2020

For almost twenty years, Loyola has partnered with CRISPAZ to offer 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. This immersion includes a short homestay experience within a rural community of El Salvador.

Migration

Kino Border Initiative
Arizona-Mexico Border
Travel dates: May 16-22, 2020

This immersion offers participants 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 will 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. Throughout the experience, participants will engage in reflection, dialogue and advocacy, translating their learned experience into action.

Peacebuilding & Reconciliation

Corrymeela
Ballycastle, Ireland
Travel dates: Will not be offered during the 2019-2020 academic year

This immersion experience offers learning through encounter, prayer/reflection and community engagement through our partner Corrymeela. While in Northern Ireland, participants will learn about the history of conflict between Protestants and Catholics and the work of peacebuilding and reconciliation. Participants will spend time analyzing the underlying dynamics of conflict, fracture, scapegoating and violence. Participants will take part 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 participants with theories and practical skills for transforming conflict.