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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 14-22, 2015, students will travel to Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, and the West Virginia region of Appalachia. During the summer months, students will travel to Alaska, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Hawaii, Mexico, and Peru.

Click here for more information on Arrupe Justice Summer Immersions. 

Limited scholarships are available for each program.

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
Read a journal entry from a past participant here.

Arrupe Immersion Spring Break Locations:


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.


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.

Colombia (May Immersion)

May 23-30, 2015
Participants will take part in an immersion trip to Colombia where they will learn about healthcare issues and models based in the city of Cali, Colombia. Students will be encouraged to reflect on what social justice implies in the context of national healthcare issues and options in Colombia. The comprehensive list of activities, lectures, and sites will give students a well-rounded understanding of healthcare in Colombia and how this topic connects to their social responsibility in the world. Participants will be housed on the Javeriana University campus, a Jesuit university located in Cali. Colombia. The goal is that we return to USF motivated to "change the world from here." Cost to participate: $1000, plus the cost of flights.
Applications for the Colombia Immersion for May 2015 are now closed.

Dominican Republic

Students on the Dominican Republic Immersion trip will focus on the injustices that Dominicans of Haitian descent are currently facing. They will learn about the efforts of the staff at Centro Bono, who work tirelessly with this population to promote social justice.Cost to participate: $1000, plus the cost of flights.
   Dominican Republic  


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.


Spring Break Arrupe Immersion (March 14-22)

Students 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.


Hospitality Management in Peru (January 3 - 20)

4 unit course

This immersion class is designed to examine the challenges and opportunities of Tourism in Quispicanchi, an Andean community in Cusco, Peru. Tourism generates tremendous revenue for Peru, but also serves as an instrument for the spread of Western cultural homogeneity. As part of the class, we will immerse ourselves in the community and will interact will locals to understand the opportunities for hospitality services, the spaces for cultural evolution, and the conscience of sustainability in a globalized world. 

Sports Serving Communities (January 10 - 17)

Volunteer Immersion

This immersion focuses on learning how sports equip people to serve and transform their community. Since sports provide a powerful way of connecting people with one another whatever age, gender or background, we will be meeting with teams and organizations providing youth-at-risk, and their families, opportunities to grow and develop in a healthy environment.

Minds in Motion: Tacna, Peru (May 27 - June 15)
*Dates are subject to change

4 unit course

Working closely with classroom teachers, the USF team creates a series of movement classes for 1st to 6th grades, addressing the curriculum units that each class is studying. In addition, after-school rehearsals are held daily to prepare for an end of session performance. This performance provides a culminating experience and an opportunity to celebrate the creative contribution and personal growth of everyone involved. This course emphasizes that movement and creativity creates new levels of understanding amongst people of different backgrounds and cultures.


Students learn about the consequences of Operation Condor, a campaign of political repression and terror involving intelligence-operations and assassination of opponents, officially implemented in 1975 by the right-wing dictatorships of the Southern Cone of South America. In order to understand this campaign, and the role of the US, the group will connect with university students and organizations that are currently working on memory, justice and reconciliation. Cost to participate: $1000, plus the cost of flights.

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