Alternative Break Immersions
University Ministry is excited to offer varied and transformative Alternative Break Immersion experiences in 2013-2014. During these weekend or week-long trips, you will have the opportunity not only to explore some very challenging social issues, but to be a sign of hope by joining in the work of communities committed to a more just and humane society. These experiences include several pre and post-trip gatherings to help students prepare for the trip, and then integrate their experience into their lives upon returning.
Fall - October 17-20, 2013
New Hope Catholic Worker Farm: Dubuque, Iowa
Explore the impact that food has on the state of our communities. The first part of this immersion will be spent in Chicago with organizations that have found creative ways to develop their communities through small urban sustainability projects, and learning about food policy and its impact on our local and international relationships. For the second part of the weekend, travel to a Catholic Worker farm outside of Dubuque, Iowa to learn from and work with a community of young adults who have committed themselves to sustainability, community, fun, and prayer. Assist in the processing of the harvest, yogurt making, and other farm chores, and also hear from farmers about how their lifestyle supports community life and the earth. Applications can be found here or in University Ministry (Lewis 216).
Winter Break - January 1st-9th, 2014
Guatemala Trip - This program is focused on service in San Lucas Tolimàn, Guatemala. One of the most well-known missions in Guatemala, its long-term devotion has been the enhancement and enrichment of the whole person by addressing both the immediate effects of poverty and its underlying causes. Our service enhances the San Lucas mission and immerses us in Guatemalan culture. Sponsored through Community Based Learning this new experience is bound to be a great opportunity to continue exercising our commitment to be global citizens.
Spring - March 1-8, 2014
The Works of Mercy
Cherith Brook Catholic Worker Community: Kansas City, Missouri
How many times do we pass by the homeless person on the sidewalk? We might wonder about their story, want to ask them their names, but we might be reluctant, afraid, or just don’t have the time. This spring break, make time to experience the complexity of urban poverty at this Kansas City Catholic Worker home. Inspired by the founder of the Catholic Worker movement, Dorothy Day, this community is made up of families and individuals who are motivated by their different faiths to serve the needs of Kansas City’s homeless. Learn creative ways to address these needs by joining in the day-to-day work of this Catholic Worker community, providing food, clean clothes, and conversation to guests off the street. For more information about the Catholic Worker movement, visit: http://www.catholicworker.org
Nazareth Farm: Salem, WV
Experience what makes Nazareth Farm such a special place by spending a week doing home repair, community building, faith sharing, and simple living. Dive into the rich cultural heritage of Appalachia and join college students from across the country in this one-of-a-kind week. For more information about "the Farm," please visit nazarethfarm.org/index.html