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 ICP offers two trips to Central America, both of which are coordinated by the Center for Global Education (See below). Participants may choose to go on a similar trip with their home institution, providing it is with peers.
Participants who have previously completed an equivalent immersion are not required to repeat the experience, though they are welcome (and even encouraged) to do so if they choose. In such cases, participants will be asked to work with their campus coordinator to integrate their prior experience into their program.
The Center for Global Education (CGE)
The CGE is a part of Augsburg College in Minnesota and has provided international immersion programs in Central America and other sites around the world since 1982. The ICP has contracted with the Center to help plan and to guide our immersion experiences. They have professional staff members, translators, educators, and community leaders in country who help facilitate our learning experience.
The two trip options for Cohort 5 are:
El Salvador: Friday, February 1 to Saturday February 9, 2013
Nicaragua: Friday, June 7 to Saturday, June 16, 2013
Costs: $1350 plus airfare:
The program cost is approximately $1350 (paid directly to CGE). This amount includes meals, double-room occupancy lodging in a comfortable but simple hotel, ground transportation, programming, language translation, honoraria for local resource people, and fees for planned activities. There is an extra charge for single-occupancy rooms (approximately $250).
Each traveler will arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation to El Salvador or Nicaragua from his or her point of origin, arriving on the afternoon/evening of the first day, and departing early morning on the final day. The traveler will cover any entrance/exit fees as required by law.
Through their website, CGE points travelers to the websites for the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) for specific health and immunization recommendations for each country and for particular seasons. Generally speaking, most ICP travelers have needed a tetanus update and/or a Hepatitis A shot. Some people take malaria medication as a precaution, particularly in the rainy season. Please consult with your own physician.
Each traveler covers any necessary passport renewal and costs for health preparation. Note: passports must be valid up until at least 6 months after the expected return date.
The CGE office will send a welcome letter and instructions for registration and payment to each ICP participant planning to attend a trip approximately 6 weeks prior to the trip. Travelers will be directed to prepare a series of readings taken mainly from the CGE Online Reader, with a few supplemental readings from the ICP textbooks. At least one teleconference (with video option) will be held with the participants and planning team prior to departure.
Travelers will be directed by CGE through an e-mail to register online as part of the pre-trip preparation. At the time of online registration, a credit card down payment of $300 will be required. If necessary, a check may be used for the down payment; however, the registration will have to be faxed in.
The schedules of the immersion trips are jam packed with 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. You can click either of these two links to see the schedules from past trips to Nicaragua and El Salvador.