Spring Break Mission Trip Destinations
Spring Break Mission Trips
In the spirit of a Faith that seeks Justice, the Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry partners with other university organizations to plan and lead mission trips to local, national and international destinations. These trips are great opportunities to gain new experiences around issues of social justice and learn from people with radically different life experiences. Reflections before, during and after the trips help you process the experience and make connections with Catholic Social Teaching while integrating new insights into your daily routine.
International Mission Trips - Visit Online Applications/Registrations to apply.
Who is my Neighbor? Solidarity in the Era of Globalization
El Salvador holds a prominent place in the recent history of the Catholic church because its decade-long civil war highlighted both the many injustices at the time and raised up examples of the sometimes dormant Christian tradition of nonviolence as part of a prophetic voice for justice. The SLU delegation to El Salvador will partner with CEBES-FUNDAHMER, an organization of ecclesial base communities that work to implement human development projects through partnerships with local communities. We will learn about the history of the civil war, the issues behind it and how these issues continue to impact Salvadoran society over 20 years after the war formally ended. We will visit and live with local communities and see how U.S. policies like supporting the neo-liberal economic movement and the three strikes laws passed in the USA have affected them.
More Info: http://www.fundahmer.org.sv/2011/02/about/
This trip will partner with local Jesuits to experience and learn from their engagement with the daily challenges found in Kingston Jamaica. St. Anne's, a church served by Jesuits, is more than a place of worship, it anchors outreach into education, housing, politics, ecology and humanitarian relief. We will engage all of these issues while asking what it means to both contemplate and act; bringing our diverse faiths to bear upon a world in need of our action.
Domestic Mission Trips - Visit Online Applications/Registrations to apply.
Walking in Beauty: Spirituality, Culture and Justice in the Navajo Nation
Participants in this trip will travel to St. Anne's Mission in Klagetoh, AZ, located in the Navajo Nation, the largest Native American reservation in the United States. We will spend our week in a combination of service to the people of the area through manual work and visiting with students at a local Catholic school; learning from Navajos about life on a reservation today (particularly focusing on public health-related issues including substance abuse, diabetes, and access to healthy food); and experiencing some of the distinctive cultural richness of the Navajo people, including history, landscape, mythology, and ritual.
More info: http://www.navajomissionaz.com/index.html
Faith, Justice and Public Health in Appalachia
This trip is led by a partnership between Campus Ministry and the College for Public Health and Social Justice to encounter the unique public health challenges created by rural poverty and the ways local communities are and are not addressing them. Students will attend presentations by local organizations about access to nutritious food, alcohol and drug abuse, and the effects of environmental degradation due to industrial activities in the region. Students will also work with local agencies addressing these issues, gaining a more nuanced understanding through personal connection with patients in public health clinics and children in afterschool programs.
More info: http://www.patch21.org/ , http://www.kchdwv.org/, http://www.mountainkeeper.org/
Encountering the Other on the Border
A Faith that seeks Justice naturally draws us to the margins of our societies. This trip travels to the U.S./Mexico border to enter into the challenges surrounding undocumented immigration into the United States. The group will meet with local leaders to learn about the economic, social, and legal aspects of immigration into the U.S. We will work with organizations that work to support and protect people put at risk by both the journey across the border and the U.S. policy of repatriation of Illegal immigrants.
More info: http://www.borderlinks.org/ , http://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/
Strangers in Our Midst: Interfaith Approaches to Justice in a Contemporary Urban Environment
North St. Louis, MO
This group will explore the issues related to public health and economic development by staying close to home. We will engage the economic, political and social dimensions of local poverty with a special emphasis on building relationships between community organizations and Saint Louis University. With that understanding the participants of the trip will advocate for social justice in North St. Louis but also highlight the positive accomplishments found in the community and organizations working in the area. During the immersion, we will use social analysis and open, faith-based reflections to discern how SLU and each student can be men and women for all St. Louis. Following the trip, we plan to produce a tangible resource or a series of events that will continue to strengthen the relationship between SLU students and our neighbors to the north.
Greek Life Mission Trip
Johnson City, TN
This trip provides a unique opportunity for the members of the diverse Greek Chapters at SLU to come together as a community that does service for others. It is also an invitation for them to experience service as more than swinging a hammer or digging a trench and enter into solidarity with people marginalized by our social structures. Participants will travel to the Appalachian mountains in western Virginia where they will engage in direct service and learn from people who are working to address rural poverty.