Immersion Experience

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 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. CGE Trips 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 trip option for Cohort 7 : El Salvador: Friday, February 6 to Saturday February 13, 2015  Costs: $1450 plus airfare: The program cost is approximately $1450. 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 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. Passport/Health Preparations 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. 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.  Schedule 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 El Salvador.

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