Frequently Asked Questions

What are your prices?

Number of participants and destinations determine our rates.   For example, for groups of 12 people to the Dominican Republic for 8 days/7 nights, in 2018 we charged $1,150 per participant.   For a similar trip to Havana, Cuba, we charged $1,600 per participant.   

do you organize service trips?

Our focus is on creating meaningful and informed encounters with people and organizations, always respecting their communities.   At this moment we do not offer week-long trips of service.

do YOU work with the local jesuits?

The Core of our programs is our partnership with organizations and ministries created and run by the Jesuits and affiliated groups to create specific contextualized and informed experiences.

What is the impact of your Immersion trips?

We carefully design our trips to maximize benefits and minimize disruptions to students and local communities.  A significant portion of our budget goes to local institutional capacity building.  

CAN we give money to the people we will meet?

Our program provides structured donations to the community groups we visit.  We discourage our participants to donate money directly, to minimize any misunderstanding and dependencies among the community we visit.

DO YOu CUSTOMIZE your trip to every group?

Since each group has unique needs and dynamics, we try to accommodate for
1) number of nights, 2) daily reflection time, 3) dietary requirements (i.e., gluten free or vegan), 4) focus (urban, rural, border, health, history, education, etc.), and 5) security and liability concerns. 


 

TRIP SCHEDULE SAMPLES
Each trip is customized by focus-theme, local holidays, transportation challenges, etc.

 
 

CUBA

Schedule Sample

Day 1
Arrival at Havana, Cuba
Introductory Meeting: History or Cuba
Location: Centro Pedro Arrupe, Havana, Cuba

Day 2
Lecture: History of the Jesuits in Cuba
Walk the streets of Havana: US Embassy and Habana Vieja
Location: Centro Pedro Arrupe, Havana, Cuba

Day 3
Mass at Parroquia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, Habana
Dialogue with Cuban Jesuits and parishioners
Location: Centro Pedro Arrupe, Havana, Cuba

Day 4
Meeting with elderly parishioners at Jesuit parish
Travel to the town of Cienfuegos, Cuba
Meeting with local Jesuits and parishioners
Location: Jesuit Parish, Cienfuegos, Cuba

Day 5
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trinidad
Travel back to Habana, Cuba
Location: Centro Pedro Arrupe, Havana, Cuba

Day 6
Dialogue at Centro Cultural Pedro Felix Varela
Dialogue at Centro de Bioetica Juan Pablo II
Location: Centro Pedro Arrupe, Havana, Cuba

Day 7
Farewell mass at the Jesuit parish
Trip to Varadero Beach, Cuba
Location: Centro Pedro Arrupe, Havana, Cuba

Day 8
Flight back to the United States

 

 

GUYANA

Schedule Sample

Day 1
Arrival to Georgetown, Guyana
Introductory Meeting: History of Guyana
Location: St. Paul’s Pastoral Centre, Better Hope, Guyana

Day 2
Lecture: History of the Jesuits in Guyana
Visits: Arrupe House, Jesuit Presbytery, St. Stanislaus College, Marian Academy, St. Joseph Mercy Wings Vocational School
Location: St. Paul’s Pastoral Centre, Better Hope, Guyana

Day 3
Flight to Lethem, Guyana
Lecture: Reading of Encyclical Letter Laudato si from the Amazons
Location: Catholic Mission, St. Ignatius Village, Guyana

Day 4
Crossing to Bonfim, Sao Salvador, Brazil (no visa is needed)
Meeting with Brazilian Jesuits
Location: Catholic Mission, St. Ignatius Village, Guyana


Day 5
Driving to Karasabai, Guyana
Meeting with indigenous groups
Location: Saint Angel House, Karasabia Village, Guyana

Day 6
Meeting with indigenous groups
Location: Saint Angel House, Karasabia Village, Guyana

Day 7
Driving back to Lethem, Guyana
Flight back to Georgetown, Guyana
Location: St. Paul’s Pastoral Centre, Better Hope, Guyana

Day 8
Flight back to the United States


If you have more questions, please contact
our United States Coordinator
Josefina Sáchez, here.