General Information: The program requires a weeklong international immersion experience designed to help foster a well-educated solidarity and an appreciation of the Jesuit commitment to a faith that does justice. The goal of the ICP Immersion experience is for participants hearts to be broken open so that they might become more personally aware of those who live and struggle in our world. It is also hoped that these experiences will then permeate their thinking and reflecting as they engage the people and projects back on their home campus. Participants are asked to take on the position of witness, that is, one who, after seeing, remembers and holds these memories and people closely in one’s heart and mind, and then seeks to share these realities with others.
The schedules of the immersion trips are packed with several potential life changing experiences. The speakers range from political figures, to priests, to local members of the communities who each have their unique perspective on the issues of poverty and global change. The ICP offers three trips:
- US/Mexico border -January 4-11, 2016,
- El Salvador -February 5-12, 2016
- Dominican Republic -August 1-8, 2016.
Note: Our trip to El Salvador is coordinated by the Center for Global Education
In addition to the programmatic costs, each traveler covers any additional costs and fees such as necessary passport renewal, health preparation/immunizations, and country entrance/exit fees. Note: passports must be valid up until at least 6 months after the expected return date. Travelers will be directed to prepare for the experience through the ICP pre- (and post) immersion workshop module as well as a series of reading material from the CGE Online Reader, and at least one ICP preparation call.