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Cuernavaca, Mexico Summer

Arrupe International Programs


This Campus Ministry program is run in collaboration with the Cuernavaca Center for Intercultural Dialog on Development, a program established in 1977 by Raymond Plankey, an American who has lived and ministered in South America and Latin America since 1961.  The mission of CCIDD is to provide opportunities for students, churches, and other groups in the U.S. as well as Canada to, "encounter the presence of God in the struggles for justice in the Americas and to empower them to work for social transformation". Boston College has participated in this program for 18 years.

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The application process is now closed

Trip Dates: August 1-13, 2013

Questions and contact: Fr. Don MacMillan, SJ at

Program Website:

Coordinating Organizations: BC Campus Ministry, in collaboration with Cuernavaca Center of Intercultural Dialogue on Development

Itinerary:  The program provides direct experience with the poor people of Mexico and Latin American refugees in their daily struggles for survival. In addition to the staff at CCIDD, professors, social workers, medical personnel, and clergy participate in dialogue with the BC students. Visits to the squatter settlement in Cuernavaca, the indigenous peoples in the mountains, Christian-based communities and visits to historical sites round out the learning and intercultural dialogue. Biblical reflection, prayer, and dialogue fill each day with the dynamic of processing the experiences. Weekly meetings and an overnight retreat are held during the semester prior to the program and are part and parcel of the learning experience. The team prepares relevant topics on various events and policies that deal with life in the third world. The business of fundraising is an integral part of the program but is kept to a minimum at the meetings. Back at school in the fall, participants meet as time allows continuing the reflection.

Language Proficiency Required: Although being able to speak Spanish is useful while on the trip, applicants do not need to be proficient in any language other than English to participate in this program.

Safety:  Boston College considers the U.S. Department of State’s published recommendations regarding public safety in a potential host country. For travel-related recommendations published by the U.S. Department of State, please check the U.S. Department of State’s website:

Immunizations:  Boston College requests that participants seriously consider protecting themselves with the immunizations and other preventative measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). For more information, please check the CDC’s website: