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Important Information

Arrupe International Immersion Program

Here you can find important information that relates to all Arrupe Programs. Please read each section carefully.

Exploring Faith: Prayer, reflection, journaling, and conversation are core aspects of this experience before, during, and after the trip. While Arrupe programs are open to people of any or no particular faith tradition, they are influenced by BC’s Jesuit Catholic tradition, and Catholic liturgies are a part of the experience. Each participant is expected to participate in this aspect of the experience, and during weekly meetings and periodic retreats to share about her/his faith exploration, in all of its joys and struggles and questions, and to explore and discern how faith and the gifts they have been given, connect to living in agapic love and solidarity with all people, especially those who experience marginalization.

 

Living Simply: During an Arrupe trip, participants are expected to embrace “living simply.” Part of what this means is eating food that may not be familiar or plentiful, sleeping in beds or other places that are less comfortable than what might be accustomed to, getting dirty, bathing rarely, experiencing limited personal space, and possibly getting sick. Participants also may find themselves in situations that could instigate allergies, or not be able to accommodate dietary preferences, etc. Another aspect of the notion of “living simply” involves exploring our society’s and each of our own consumerist tendencies, and what this means regarding living a life with and for others.

 

Time Commitment: Participation in an Arrupe program involves a year-long commitment including preparation for and follow up after the immersion trip. This commitment involves participating in weekly Small Community meetings, a pre-trip and post-trip retreat, several presentations, a few Catholic liturgies, a number of fundraising events and activities, and pre-trip and post-trip social justice awareness-building and community service projects. Expect this commitment to run from late April through April of the following year, and that it will involve about 5 hours a week, with retreats and the point drive week requiring additional hours. (Please note the “important dates” associated with the program.)

 

Language Proficiency: Participants do not need to be able to speak any language other than English to participate.For trips that travel to Spanish-speaking countries, an Interpreter accompanies the delegation throughout the entire trip.

 

Safety & Health: Before applying for an Arrupe program, each potential participant and his/her family need to be aware that there are many health and safety risks associated with traveling to the destinations visited through this program. Please check the U.S. Department of State’s assessment of traveling to these destination space http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_4965.html, the Centers for Disease Control’s assessment of traveling to these destinations http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/default.aspx, and consider your own physical and emotional/psychological/mental health before applying. Should you end up participating in an Arrupe program, you will need to continue to check these websites for updates, as these assessments may change before an Arrupe trip departs.

TRAVEL WARNINGS – AS OF MARCH 2014: Please note the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning for both El Salvador and Mexico, which include destinations for 4 Arrupe trips, as well as a response to the appropriate warning from our “In-Country Partner Organization.”

SAFETY AS A PRIORITY. We with Campus Ministry and the Arrupe Program consider the safety of each traveling delegation an absolute priority. We not only consider the U.S. Department of State’s assessment of travel in a particular country, we also are in consistent communication with our long-time trusted “In-Country Partner Organizations (“ICPs”). We have been working closely with most of our ICPs for at least 5 years, and many of them for more than 15 years. We choose to collaborate with organizations that not only understand our education and formation philosophy and vision, but are clear about making safety and health an absolute priority. Each organization has a network of people living and working in the places we visit who understand the political climate, and know not to venture into particular places or situations that could pose a risk or threat to the traveling delegation. Additionally, our ICPs have safety and health protocols that complement our expectations and the training we conduct for our leaders and the resources we provide them.

EL SALVADOR. Click here to view the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning for travel by U.S. citizens in El Salvador and here for a response by Fundahmer, our long-time In-Country Partner in El Salvador.

MEXICO. Click here to view the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning for travel by U.S. citizens in Mexico.