Chiapas, Mexico Program – Trip during Winter Break 2013-14
Arrupe International Immersion Program
Trip Destination: Chiapas, Mexico.
Trip Dates: Approximately 8, 9, or 10 days toward the end of winter break 2013-14.
Coordinating Organizations: Boston College Campus Ministry, in collaboration with BorderLinks, an organization that has hosted Boston College delegations for many years
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BorderLinks Mission & Vision
Mission: BorderLinks is an international leader in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics. BorderLinks grew out of the Sanctuary Movement in the 1980’s when faith communities, universities, and other organizations rallied to advocate on behalf of thousands of refugees fleeing persecution in Central America. Today, BorderLinks’ educational programs focus on issues of immigration, community formation, development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico, the U.S and beyond. As a bi-national organization, BorderLinks brings people together to build bridges of solidarity across North and Latin American borders and promote intercultural understanding and respect.
Vision: BorderLinks envisions a world in which people, within and across social borders, respect and care for each other, value and celebrate differences, and build healthy and just communities where everyone has equal opportunity for a full and dignified life.
Chiapas, Mexico Trip Itinerary: The B.C. Chiapas, Mexico delegation travels to the southern-most Mexican state of Chiapas, where program participants collaborate with long-time in-country partner, BorderLinks, in creating their immersion experience. The people of Chiapas have survived many years of poverty and oppression. BorderLinks designs the trip’s itinerary and coordinates each day’s activities, which include meetings and conversations with representatives of the Catholic Church, local government, and non-governmental organizations involved with and committed to human rights, immigration and migration, globalization and trade, sustainable development, and the Zapatista movement, as well as health, education, and other topics.
While learning about macro-level social, economic, political, and religious issues from various perspectives, participants also have the opportunity to witness first-hand the joys and struggles of people impacted by policies and situations beyond their control. Delegation members have the opportunity to stay a few days with families in a rural coffee-growing community, sharing in and learning about their everyday lives.