One Student. One Week. One World.
"Solidarity is learned through 'contact' rather than 'concepts'. Students in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively. They should learn to perceive, think, judge, choose and act for the rights of others, especially the disadvantaged and the oppressed."
-Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, October 6, 2000
Programs provide students, faculty and
staff short term
live, work, and reflect in economically marginalized communities
domestically and internationally. 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.
Click below to watch a video on the Arrupe Immersion Trips.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.