Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

Spring Break Trips

Appalachian Institute - Wheeling, West Virginia
Cost: $275
Focus: Healthcare

This immersion exposes students to the difficulties of health care in rural areas to low-income individuals who have significant chronic health problems based on work-related demands, lifestyle choice, and heredity, but neither the transportation nor insurance needed to access the limited health services available in their communities. By participating with local health care providers and community activists, students are able to grasp the holistic methods necessary for treating impoverished individuals. The opportunity to have personal connections with low income individuals in need of health care, forces students to come to grasp with their spiritual commitment to those in need through their own career choices. Host Organization: Appalachian Institute.

Bethlehem Farm - West Virginia
Cost: $275
Focus: Rural Poverty

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

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Pence Springs, WV ABI here

Carriage House - Fort Wayne, IN
Cost: $275
Focus: Healthcare

Carriage House is a program with the singular mission of assisting people in their recovery from mental illness and reintegration into the community. In a non-traditional setting, "members" work side-by-side with staff on meaningful activities, building the confidence and self-esteem necessary to reclaim their lives. Through assistance with employment, education, housing, benefits, and other needs, the Carriage House ensures that members have real opportunities to return to their lives. Students will spend the week at Carriage House in Fort Wayne, IN sharing life and learning with members of the community, working side by side with people currently in treatment, and spending time learning about the advocacy Carriage House is participating in to take away the stigma that comes with mental illness. 

Host Website: http://www.fortwayneclubhouse.org/

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker - Washington, D.C.
Cost: $275
Focus: Justice & Peace Making

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 vigils, as well as communal prayer and intentional living.

Host Community: Dorothy Day Catholic Worker

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Washington D.C. ABI trip here

Hubbard House - East St. Louis, IL
Cost: $275
Focus: Urban Issues

Hubbard House in East St. Louis, IL is an extension of the Catholic Urban Programs whose mission is to advance the dignity of the human person through compassionate response to human needs, advocacy for justice, and the empowerment of individuals and families to reach their full potential. Live and learn about the history and struggles of East St Louis while volunteering with members of Hubbard House during your immersion. Through advocating and discussing systematic change and serving those who serve, participants can gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding the persistence of urban poverty.


Jerusalem Farm - Kansas City, MO
Cost: $275
Focus: Urban Issues

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

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Kansas City ABI here.

Joppa Mountain - Tennessee
Cost: $275
Focus: Rural Poverty

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 Mountain and Glenmary Missioners

View the photo gallery from the 2014 First year ABI here.

L'Arche Daybreak - Toronto, Canada
Focus: Individuals with special needs
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. 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.

Marian Middle School - St. Louis, MO
Cost: $275
Focus: Education

This ABI is only open to students who identify as women of color.

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

View the photo gallery from the 2014 St Louis ABI here.


Mercy Center - New York City, NY
Cost: $450
Focus: Education

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

Nativity Middle School - Milwaukee, WI
Cost: $275
Focus: Education

Open only to students who identify as men of color.

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

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Milwaukee ABI here.

Nazareth Farm - West Virginia
Cost: $275
Focus: Rural Poverty

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

View the photo gallery from the 2014 Salem ABI here.

Pine Ridge Reservation - South Dakota
Cost: $275
Focus: Rural Poverty

The Pine Ridge 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. Students will present an original mini-curriculum so this ABI is especially good for students interested in teaching or working with 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

View the photo gallery from the 2014 South Dakota ABI here.

Serve 901 - Memphis, TN
Cost: $275
Focus: Urban Issues

Memphis, commonly referred to as the Bluff City, is perched on the Mighty Mississippi River.  As you learn more about the city, you will hear stories of a city’s growth, the cotton industry, amazing business innovations, racism, suburbanization, and eventually you will get to the city’s present-day struggles: failing schools, illiteracy, homelessness, blighted buildings. But if you take a closer look, you may see a city actually growing in hope, building people with amazing talents and passion, changing how the world thinks about urban education,  and folks looking to live for more than a dollar with their socially-minded entrepreneurialism. This trip will also involve a visit to the National Civil Rights Museum and strive to incorporate honest and conversations and reflection around the effects of systematic racism both in Memphis and back in Chicago.

Host Site: Serve 901

South Side Chicago
Cost: $100
Focus: Urban Issues

This half week immersion will be focused around issues of labor rights, support for those exiting incarceration, and the criminal justice system. Students will stay in Marquette Park on the South Side, work with non-profits such as the 8th Day Center for Justice, St Leo's, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and others to learn more about the work for reconciliation and restorative justice that's being done in Chicago. In addition to issues around the criminal justice system, this trip will also look at major labor justice issues in the city such as living wage campaigns and the Fight for Fifteen.

Tantre Organic Farm - Chelsea, MI
Cost: $275
Focus: Environmental Issues

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).

Host Organization: Tantre Organic Farm