Tuesday, January 26, 2021

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Mission/Immersion

News Coverage of Jesuit Mission/Immersion Trips

Fifty pound medicine bags, nine students, six doctors, three days, two teachers, and one mission. Jesuit students were playing Uno on the filthy airport floor in Guatemala City, excitedly sharing their spring break plans and interest in medicine. Advised not to pet the wild dogs, they rushed into dented vans, roused by the deafening roars of motorbikes and the...
2,584 miles. Language and culture barriers. There are many things separating Dallas, Texas from Quito, Ecuador. To many of us, Ecuador would seem to be in a different world or on a different planet. Many of us haven’t experienced such a unique culture or had the opportunity to meet an Ecuadorian. However, this past summer, 12 Jesuit students and 4...
A student steps forward slowly onto the dark, green grass, his eyes fixated on a small edifice in front of him. Beside him, two of his fellow friends also trek forward, their gaze shifting towards the structure. The building stands level with those around it, a seemingly insignificant house or store. However, erupting from the light brown roof, a...
Mission Waco, the host organization of a poverty simulation in Waco, defines poverty as “the condition of having no money, goods, or support with NO power or access” and believes that poverty simulation creates compassion, compassion which “brings new insight and purpose to life which is to hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness.”   On the afternoon of Thursday, February...
¡Me cargas! ¡Me cargas! The excited children scream in the ludoteca, or play center, of the local parish center in Andahuaylillas, Peru. As you put one on your shoulders and carry him around, tons of other children grasp on to your legs wanting a turn. Without worrying about the events of the day or even the time, you put each...
Eight years ago, Jesuit only hosted one immersion trip for the entire school. Today, Jesuit offers 6 different opportunities for students to travel and immerse themselves in a culture unlike their own. The 6 different trips currently offered include Nicaragua 1, Nicaragua 2, Rural Peru, Lima, Quito, and Alaska. Each trip is completely unique, offering an experience different from the...
Boarding a plane headed towards a new country or state, the Jesuit students wave goodbye to their families and embark on a trip that will give them an insight to the culture of their new home for anywhere from 8 to 14 days. But besides a glimpse into culture, these students will work to better the lives of the people...
A thick smog coats the skyline, smearing the clouds and swallowing the towering San Gabriel Mountains of Los Angeles. We walked single-file, cautiously, further and further south of downtown. As we proceeded, we watched as city blocks became more barren. It didn’t seem like street sweepers even bothered. In-N-Out napkins and heroin needles alike were sprinkled along street gutters. When...

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