Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

Alternative Break Immersions

Immerse yourself in the world...

Come serve communities domestically and abroad during academic breaks through Loyola's Alternative Break Immersion (ABI) program! Immersions are recognized as key experiences of a transformative Jesuit education rooted in social justice. ABIs provide opportunities for you to expand your learning beyond the classroom and involve a combination of direct service and cultural immersion in a host community. On ABI's, we live simply, build community, deepen faith, and do justice, while sharing work and gaining new awareness from our interactions with diverse communities and one another. 

Contact Allison Loecke at aloecke@luc.edu or email abi@luc.edu for more information.

The immersion program is open to all students. Space is limited, and a waiting list is typical of each application process. Preference is given to undergraduate students.

Log in to Orgsync to apply for ABIs!

You must be a member of the ABI portal in OrgSync to apply for an ABI.

The deadline to apply for Spring trips is November 5, 2017

*If you apply, please make sure you get a confirmation email! Email dholme2@luc.edu should this happen.*

Faculty, staff, and graduate assistants may participate with a role in co-leading an ABI with a student leader. If you are interested in applying, contact David Holmes or email abi@luc.edu.

Building community is an essential part of the ABI experience, both within your ABI group and with the host community.

Participants will, therefore, prepare for their immersion with their group through three to five mandatory meetings. These meetings involve efforts to educate the group about the host community and issues likely to be encountered during immersion.

The Alternative Break Immersion fee covers transportation, lodging, meals, and a donation to the host organization. Limited financial assistance is available.

Participants will need money for meals on the road and other personal expenses. Costs vary for local, domestic, and international immersions and can be found in the specific trips descriptions.

Click here to see payments and refund policies, deadlines, and how much January, Spring, and May Trips cost.