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International Summer Immersions 2016
Participating in a Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion through the Center for Social Concern is a unique way to expand your education beyond the classroom, into a new culture, a new lifestyle, and a new way of thinking. Each trip offers a distinctive experience for students, involving elements of cultural immersion, study of government, social services, religion, family life, economics and everyday life in the host country. Participants travel in a group with a reflection leader to help guide the group through the joys and struggles of encountering life outside your normal experience and to come to a better understanding of Global Solidarity as God’s children.
Heard about Cross-Cultural Summer Immersions, but aren't sure if it's the thing for you? Come and hear firsthand about student experiences in India, Guatemala, Zambia and Cameroon. The two symposiums, September 29, 2015 at 4:30pm and September 30, 2015 at 7:00pm in ArtStreet Studio B, will provide you with the interesting adventures of many of our students this summer and how you can be involved in the future.
Trips for Summer 2016
Ranchi and Bangalore, India
Estimated dates: May 16-June 14, 2016
The India Immersion truly offers an in-depth look at the people and culture of India. Hosted by the Marianists, the students and a reflection leader will stay in Ranchi in the north of India. There, they will see and interact with the Marianist’s REDS program (Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme), the Marianist Sisters and their health clinic, the Chaminade Rural Development Program, schools, novitiates, and cultural sites. Then the group will spend time with the Marianists in the south, in Bangalore. They will work with the REDS program there, as well as play schools, job training centers and more religious and cultural site. The trip will include a visit to New Delhi and the Taj Mahal as well. Options for travel onto to Calcutta are also possible. If you are looking for a truly immersive experience into India as well as learning more about the Marianists and Marianist spirituality and leadership, this is the trip for you!
Estimated cost is $1600 for the program and $2000 for the flights.
Departs May 13, 2016 (Minimum 4 weeks stay)
Students and a reflection leader spend time learning the Spanish language while immersing themselves in the culture of Guatemala in Quetzaltenango, commonly known as Xela. Students on this immersion stay with host families while learning Spanish at a local language school. The language study on this trip is intensive, involving one-on-one study, for approximately five hours a day. Weekend excursions include trips to natural spas, volcanoes, and the beach. This experience offers a great combination of immersion and education, while reflecting on the differences between culture, religion, and politics of Guatemala and the United States. Credit hours in Spanish can be earned through the Department of Languages.
Estimated program cost (including room, board and some other expenses) for 6 weeks is $2400. Each additional week is around $260. Airfare is anywhere between $600-$1000
Lusaka and Lubwe, Zambia
June 1-July 14, 2016
This group will begin their Zambian experience with the Marianists and aspirants in the capital city of Lusaka. There, students will learn about the country, city life and work side by side in various schools and social services with the Marianists. Participants will then travel to Lubwe, Zambia, a rural village in the Northern Province of the country. Students will work on specified sustainable projects that have been identified by the community. These projects in the past have included a sports league, creating a library, teaching in schools, and working in the hospital and with home-based care. Tourist excursions include trips to Victoria Falls and surrounding areas of Livingstone.
Estimated cost is $2000 for program (including room, board and some other expenses) and $2500-$2800 for airfare.
June 27-July 26, 2016
Students and trip leaders travel to Cameroon to be fully immersed in this unique culture. Students stay with host families, which alone is a great way to see everyday life within the Cameroonian culture. Participants will also have first-hand experience with various industries in the country, meet with political leaders, and learn while traveling through the countryside. According to areas of studies and interests, students will be placed in work sites for two weeks of the trip in the town of Kumba, home for the students while in Cameroon.
Estimated cost is $2300 for program (including room, board and some other expenses) and $2400 to $2800 for airfare.
Applications for Summer 2016 are due November 12, 2015. They will be available on the Center for International Programs' Studio Abroad page. Click on “search programs” to apply online. After November 12, we will interview each applicant and you find out if you are accepted to the immersion before Christmas Break.
A preliminary deposit of $500 will be due once you are acceptd. The remaining cost of the trip will be due in mid-April 2016. Partial scholarships may be available for those who need them. Some grants are available on campus for such experiences. Groups are encouraged to work together to help raise funds. Other expenses include a valid passport (with at least 6 months validation remaining on it), visa, supplies, vaccinations, and possible other preparatory items, if needed.
Summer Immersion participants are required to attend the Cross-Cultural Immersion preparation class (1 mini-course credit) on Wednesdays from 7-9 pm starting in February 2016. This credit hour is free, even if you carry a full load. Participants are also expected to turn in a final reflection paper and attend a re-entry class in the Fall Semester following their Immersion experience.
If you have any questions contact Mary Niebler.
If you have something else in mind which is not offered and would like to work through Campus Ministry, please talk to Mary as well.