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Arrupe Immersion Programs

Arrupe Immersion Programs provide students, faculty and staff short term opportunities to live, work, and reflect in economically marginalized communities domestically and internationally. During Spring Break, from March 8-16, 2014, students will travel to El Salvador, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, and the West Virginia region of Appalachia.

Limited scholarships are available for each program.

Arrupe Immersion Spring Break Locations:

Appalachia

Students will explore the impacts on communities made in order to harvest Appalachia's coal, natural gas, and wind to feed the energy needs of the region, nation, and world. Participants gain an appreciation for the complexity of these issues and perform a valuable service centered around the environment.  The unique and objective education, coupled with daily reflections, result in a "call to action." Cost to participate: $350, plus the cost of flights.
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Colombia

Participants will take in an immersion trip to Colombia where they will learn about the social justice organizations based in the cities of Cali and Buga.  Students will be encouraged to reflect on what social justice implies in the treatment of people and the environment.  The comprehensive list of activities, lectures and sites, will give students a well-rounded understanding of their social responsibility in the world.  The goal is that we return to campus motivated to "change the world from here. Cost to participate: $1000, plus the cost of flights.
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El Salvador

Students learn about the complex history of this fascinating country and come to know local groups who are promoting justice, peace, and hope for children, women and youth. 70,000 Salvadorians died during their civil war and hundreds of thousands were displaced by the fighting. We will learn the past and current environment for people working to promote social justice and to empower the most vulnerable members of society. Cost to participate: $1000, plus the cost of flights.
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Mexico

Students will travel to Puebla and visit with immigrants on journeys along the migration routes throughout Mexico. We will also visit local community centers and meet children and families displaced by economic injustices. The focus of the trip is gaining a deeper understanding of the lives and experiences of both immigrants and those living in the communities through which they travel. Cost to participate: $850, plus the cost of flights.
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Peru

We will be working with a group called Generacion, which provides shelter and support for the street children of Lima. The kids are often victims of neglect, poverty, sexual abuse and sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and other injustices. We will spend our days in the shelters working with the children and engaging in activities, and most importantly learning from them. Cost to participate: $1100, plus the cost of flights.
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Arrupe Justice Immersion Summer Information:

Arrupe Justice Immersions for Credit

The Arrupe Justice Immersions are opportunities for USF students to learn and be in solidarity with people living on the margins in terms of social, economic, political and environmental status. 

The immersion programs attempt “to educate for solidarity within a globalized world and to experience the nitty-gritty reality of that world” by combining academic, experiential, and reflective experiences that are based on the Jesuit ideal of observing, reflecting, analyzing, and acting (The Circle of Praxis).

The Arrupe Justice Immersions provide a focused and firm foundation for future generations of ethical professionals – people who care about the future of our planet, our people, peace, and the common good and wish to be involved in changing conditions of inequity. As such, the Arrupe Justice Immersions aim to support our University’s goal: to change the world from here. For futher information on Arrupe Justice Immersions click here or contact Kique Bazan at lebazan@usfca.edu.

Below is a video highlighting past experiences of an Arrupe Immersion Trip.