Trips by Focus
Immigration and Refugee Resettlement
Tucson / Nogales, Mexico—Cost $600
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.
Immokalee, Florida—Cost $600
Students will spend the week learning about the experience of migrant farmers who pick 90% of the tomatoes consumed in the U.S. This ABI will examine migrant workers' conditions, rights, healthcare and living conditions while doing service in the community.
Louisville, Kentucky—Cost $275
CrossRoads Ministries is committed to engaging young adults in an urban retreat experience based on outreach to the margins, prayer, service and bridging communities for justice. This ABI will be a guided immersion experience into inner city Louisville focusing on refugees and immigrants. Host Organization: CrossRoads Ministries.
Kansas City, Missouri—Cost $275
Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic intentional community located in Kansas City, MO. Built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity we strive to transform our lives and those around us through service retreat experiences, sustainable living and home repair. Other projects may include working at a soup kitchen/food pantry, tutoring youth and any other needs in the community which have been identified by Jerusalem Farm. There will also be work each day in our kitchen and in our garden, bringing on the dialogue of hospitality and sustainability. Host Community: Jerusalem Farm.
Los Angeles, California—Cost $600
This ABI is hosted by Dolores Mission, a Jesuit parish made famous by Fr. Greg Boyle's book, Tattoos on the Heart. Dolores Mission responds to the spiritual, educational, physical, and emotional needs of their community through various ministries. By listening to the communities needs, particularly through the Christian base communities and through grassroots organizing, they partner with outside agencies to allow healing and transformation and to raise consciousness about larger issues of justice and peace.
Host Community: Dolores Mission.
New York City—Cost $400
Mercy Center is a community center for women and their families located in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx, offering programs and services that empower women to reach their full potential and become agents of change in their families and communities. Mercy Center is truly a place of hope in the midst of a challenging environment. Students will assist with a variety of the programs going on (ESL, Citizenship Classes, Babysitting), home visits, and after school prep. In the afternoons they will work with about 25-30 kids for an afterschool program to assist in homework, activities, and snack. Additionally, the trip will focus on the vast income gaps between residents of New York City and the structural inequality that contributes to this. Host Community: Mercy Center, South Bronx.
Persons With Disabilities
L'Arche —Cost $275
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. L’Arche USA exists to strengthen the local communities, welcome more people into their life and work, engage in advocacy on behalf of those often on the margins of society, and to raise awareness of the gifts of persons with intellectual disabilities. Students will spend the week in either the St. Louis or Clinton, Iowa L'Arche community learning from and sharing life with the core members of community while doing projects as the houses need them.
Host Organization: L 'Arche.
Pence Springs, West Virginia—Cost $275
Bethlehem Farm volunteers base their lives on the cornerstones of prayer, community, service and simplicity and adopt sustainable practices in response to the Appalachian pastoral "At Home in the Web of Life". Bethlehem Farm, an affiliate of Nazareth Farm, provides volunteers a communal experience of Church, while working to promote social justice through the empowerment of the local community. Bethlehem Farm is a center of reflection and prayer in the service of action, inspired by the Eucharist and open to the Spirit. Join this Catholic community of volunteers (started by and consisting of Loyola graduates) dedicated to living out the Gospel and social teachings of the Church through service in the heart of Appalachia. Host Organization: Bethlehem Farm.
Salem, West Virginia—Cost $275
Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. We are devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. We serve alongside our neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair. We celebrate the richness of Appalachia and experience God by building relationships between our volunteers and the local community. Host Organization: Nazareth Farm.
South Dakota—Cost $275
The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe of Native Americans. Pine Ridge is beautiful in its rolling hills, and its spiritual and cultural heritage and yet tragic in its history of massacre, broken treaties and poverty. Students will be immersed into the unique homeland of the Lakota people, witnessing both the poverty and the hope. We will meet and work with students and teachers at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit-run Elementary and High School that seeks to promote Lakota and Catholic values among the youth. In addition, students will have the chance to visit the spiritual center of the Lakota people: the Black Hills. The South Dakota ABI will be an opportunity to engage a history of injustice in our own "backyard", while growing in solidarity with a proud and hearty people used to finding joy and hope among hardship. Host Community: Pine Ridge Reservation.
Grainger County, Tennessee — Cost $275
This ABI is open to First Year Students ONLY.
Volunteers will be providing home repairs for those in need, helping meet the needs of the local Appalachian and Latino farm workers and their families, working at a local food pantry, visiting a local nursing home, and working at a residence for children at risk. This retreat-like immersion experience in Eastern Tennessee blends service, education, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living.
Host Organization: Joppa Farm and Glenmary Missioners
Mount Vernon, Kentucky—Cost $275
A-SPI's primary goal is to make science and technology responsive to the needs of underserved communities in Appalachia. ASPI's focus is to find solutions for the increasing environmental problems through research and advocacy for public policies which favor the environment. ASPI's philosophy involves living simply in ways that are healthy for the earth and for ourselves. Students will learn about sustainable agriculture and assist in ASPI's projects. Students prepare their own meals. Host Organization: Appalachia- Science in the Public Interest (A-SPI).
Detroit, Michigan—Cost $275
The Jeanie Wylie Community is an intentional community on the southwest side of Detroit, committed to urban agriculture, hospitality, spirituality, and nonviolent resistance. This ABI will be an opportunity to learn and work with Detroit around food justice and urban farming. In the last few decades, Detroit has become a food desert. Yet, with one third of Detroit as vacant land, gardens are breaking through the concrete. Control of food is being wrested away from corporations; people are feeding one another; space is made beautiful, communities are formed, and local economies are created. The Jeanie Wylie Community currently has a large garden, fruit trees, chickens, beehives, and is working to create a neighborhood garden by next Spring. Five out of the eight community members are graduates of Loyola University Chicago. Host Organization: Jeanie Wylie Community.
Chelsea, Michigan—Cost $275
Tantre Farm is a certified organic farm 20 miles west of Ann Arbor, MI. The farm sells its produce, including various fruit crops, 50 varieties of vegetables and a small variety of herbs and flowers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, at local stores and restaurants as well as at area farmer's markets. The farm is situated on 40 acres of wetland, woods, and sandy-loam fields. Richard and Deb, along with their daughter Ariana, live on-site year round. Seasonal workers, interns and volunteers join the family at various parts of the year, living and working together. Besides a great deal of manual farm labor, this ABI focuses on broader issues of sustainability with visits to nearby natural areas, an ecology center and a recycling/re-use project. Participants should be prepared for cold weather (many layers) and physical labor (sturdy boots). The final days of this year's trip will involve a visit to the Jeanie Wyle Community in Detroit for some immersion in the urban farming scene with an intentional community consisting of Loyola alums. Host Organization: Tantre Organic Farm.
Justice & Peace Making
Baltimore, Maryland—Cost $275
Jonah House is an intentional community devoted to issues of militarism, social justice, and the environment. Jonah House is a spiritual based community. Although it is predominately of the Catholic tradition members of the community and extended community over the years have been of many faith traditions. Members live together sharing prayer, work and resources. Learn about non-violence, disarmament, and faith-based activism while living and participating in intentional community life with members of Jonah House. Activities include: manual labor, faith sharing, bible study, and faith based, non-violent protest. Applicants should be open to these activities and forms of activism; conversion of life values is likely. House Community: Jonah House.
Washington, D.C.—Cost $275
The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House is a community of hospitality and resistance focused on hospitality to low income families and advocacy for peace and justice. Explore the roots of the American non-violence movement at the D.C. Catholic Worker. This experience will happen centrally through non-violence training, public peace activism and protest, as well as communal prayer and intentional living. Host Community: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker.
Milwaukee, WI—Cost $275
Open only to men in the Brothers For Excellence program. Students on this ABI must also enroll in the 1 credit course, UNIV 102.005 in Spring Semester.
Nativity Jesuit Middle School is the sole Catholic middle school serving Latino boys from low-income families in the heart of the growing Latino community on the south side of Milwaukee, granting the gift of a strong, faith-based, and well-rounded education to underserved Latino youth. It is a NativityMiguel model that features an extended school day, a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensured time for one-on-one instruction, and a commitment to support their graduates through high school and guide them on to college. Students will provide mentorship, tutoring and role modeling to students at Nativity Jesuit Middle, while learning about the racial realities of Milwaukee, empowerment in marginalized communities and reflecting on their own identity as men of color. Host Organization: Nativity Jesuit Middle School.
St. Louis, Missouri—Cost $275
This ABI is open to women in the LUCES program ONLY. Students on this ABI must also enroll in the 1 credit course, UNIV 102.005 in the Spring Semester.
Marian Middle School serves low income, urban adolescent girls from the greater St. Louis metropolitan area, representing over 20 different zip codes and is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by fostering comprehensive development as a foundation for college readiness. Marian is based off the NativityMiguel model of education that features an extended school day, a low student-to-teacher ratio, ensured time for one-on-one instruction, and a commitment to support their graduates through high school and guide them on to college. Students will provide mentorship, tutoring and role modeling to students at Marian Middle, while learning about the racial realities of St. Louis, empowerment in marginalized communities and reflecting on their own identity as women of color. Host Organization: Marian Middle School.
|Jamaica—Cost $1,000||Jan 3–10|
|Mustard Seed Communities' home in Montego Bay, Blessed Assurance, is home to over forty children with disabilities; ages 2 to 17 years old. On a mission trip to Montego Bay, students stay at Blessed Assurance during their entire trip. This provides an opportunity to establish close relationships with the children while feeding and caring for them. . Examine the issues of wealth disparity and the hidden shadow side of this tourist destination. Host: Mustard Seed Communities|
El Salvador—Cost $1000
Become familiar with current social issues in El Salvador while learning about the history of the country's civil war and the United State's involvement in that conflict. Experience a one day home stay with families in Zaragosa, in 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).
The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC) is a non-profit, grassroots, solidarity organization dedicated to promoting human rights in Guatemala and supporting communities and activists who face threats and violence. GHRC documents and denounces abuses, educates the international community, and advocates for policies that foster peace and justice. Students will travel to urban and rural area of Guatemala learning about the history of the Civil War, current economic conditions and global solidarity. Host Organization: GHRC.