Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

January Trips

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All trips EXCEPT L'arche Toronto are full, but we encourage you to apply for our Spring and May experiences!

El Salvador - Cost $1000Jan 7th-16th, 2016

Become familiar with current social issues in El Salvador surrounding women, children and immigration and learn about the history of the civil war. You'll experience a day long home stay with families in Zaragosa, an urban community outside of the country's capitol. Visit several sites in San Salvador, commemorating the deaths of Oscar Romero and four North American churchwomen, the six Jesuits and their colleagues at the Universidad Centro Americana (UCA). Learn about the history and social concerns of urban and rural El Salvador, including the work and origins of Christian Base Communities (CBEs) and cooperative movements. Host Organization: International Partners in Mission (IPM).

View the photo gallery from the 2015 El Salvador ABI here

Jamaica—Cost $1,000Jan 9th–16th, 2016

Mustard Seed Communities' facility in Montego Bay, Blessed Assurance, is home to over forty children with disabilities ages 2 to 17 years old. Students stay at Blessed Assurance during their entire trip, providing an opportunity to establish close relationships with the children. Students will provide physical care and run educational programs with the children. Host Organization: Mustard Seed Communities 

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Jamaica ABI here


Tucson / Nogales, Mexico—Cost $650

Jan 9th-16th, 2016

Through dynamic educational experiences, BorderLinks connects divided communities, raises awareness about the impact of border and immigration policies, and inspires action for social transformation. Since 1987, BorderLinks has been facilitating delegations in the Arizona-Sonora region and beyond the border to Chiapas, the Copper Canyon, Chicago, and Santa Barbara. These immersion programs offer groups the opportunity to interact with our neighbors in the U.S. and Mexico.  Our delegations visit with individuals and organizations that provide basic assistance to migrants, create community-based alternatives, advocate for just policies, and much more. You will meet with people that are directly affected by current economic and immigration policies, and you’ll be given tools and resources to work for justice.  

Host Organization: BorderLinks.

L'Arche Daybreak, Toronto, Canada —Cost $300

January 10th-16th, 2016

L’Arche communities bear witness to the reality that persons with intellectual disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship. L'Arche makes explicit the dignity of every human being by building inclusive communities of faith and friendship where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. Students will spend the week in the Daybreak L'Arche community in Toronto, Canada learning from and sharing life with the core members of community while doing projects as the houses need them. The Daybreak community was famously where Henri Nouwen wrote much of his spiritual writing. This unique ABI is open only to members of Christian Life Communities (CLC). A passport is needed for this ABI.

Host Organization: L 'Arche Daybreak, Toronto, Canada.