Ecuador Program - Trip during Winter Break 2013-14
Arrupe International Immersion Program
Trip Destination: Durán, Ecuador, South America.
Trip Dates: 8, 9, or 10 days at the end of winter break 2013-14.
Coordinating Organizations: Boston College Campus Ministry, Boston College Office of Residential Life, and Rostro de Cristo, an organization that is established on Boston College’s campus
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Rostro de Cristo Mission & Vision
Mission: Rostro de Cristo is a Catholic program whose mission is to provide spiritual and educational opportunities for young people from the United States to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ together with the people of Ecuador. The program invites participants to:
- Lead a simple lifestyle.
- Build an intentional Christian community.
- Be in relationship with the Ecuadorian people and reflect on the face of Christ in their joys and struggles.
- Work with the Ecuadorian people to find long term solutions to the problems of poverty and together seek opportunities to improve the lives of the people.
Rostro de Cristo participants are thus witnesses to the Gospel and a source of hope and light in the community. These experie nces inspire life-long commitments to service, social justice, and solidarity with the people of Ecuador and the world.
Vision: The Rostro de Cristo program brings together the people of Ecuador and the United States in order to:
- Foster mutual evangelization in the Catholic tradition through a shared discovery of faith.
- Transform the world based on the Gospel by promoting understanding, justice and appropriate development.
- Inspire life-long commitments to service, social justice and solidarity in the global community.
Ecuador Trip Itinerary: The B.C. Ecuador delegation travels to Durán, near the city of Guayaquil, where they collaborate with long-time in-country partner organization, Rostro de Cristo, by participating in a Rostro de Cristo-sponsored retreat and community immersion experience. Throughout their time in Durán, participants mingle with people from the local community and spend time each day visiting and working with people involved in community programs and initiatives. Simply being with the people of Durán and Guayaquil is a priority; participants dedicate several hours each day visiting and sometimes working with local residents of different parts of the wider community.
Additionally, participants have the opportunity to learn about the larger context within which Ecuador as a country is situated. They meet with various community leaders, including local parish leaders, and listen to presentations and engage in discussions on the social, economic, political, and religious issues that have affected and continue to affect the people of Ecuador.