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Domestic Immersions

DOMESTIC IMMERSIONS place students in a new cultural context within the United States, including Catholic volunteer communities in Appalachia, urban ministries in New Orleans and Baltimore, and farms in Michigan. The domestic immersion program is open to all undergraduate students.

  DOMESTIC ABI
  • What is a domestic ABI?

Domestic alternative break immersions provide an opportunity to do justice, build community, keep faith, and live simply with other Loyola students while serving (sharing work) and learning (treading lightly) in communities around the United States.

  • Who can apply for a domestic ABI?

 The domestic immersion program is open to undergraduate students. Space is limited and a waiting list is typical of each application process.

  • When do domestic ABIs take place? 

Spring break immersions will take place from March 2-10, 2013. Summer immersions will take place on May 13-19, 2013.

  • How can I apply?

Applications for spring break and summer 2013 domestic immersions are due October 19, 2012. Click here to submit your application. 

  • How much does it cost to participate in a domestic ABI?

There is a cost for participation in the program. In recent years, the cost for a domestic immersion has been between $175-$250. This cost covers all transportation, lodging, most meals (except those on the road) and a donation to the host organization. Financial assistance is available and fundraising ideas are given for each participant or ABI group to pursue on their own. All payments are non-refundable

 

CURRENT DOMESTIC ABI DESTINATIONS (SPRING BREAK)

APPLALACHIA

Glenmary Farm                                                   

Appalachia (Vanceburg, KY)  

Glenmary Farm is a project of the Glenmary Home Missioners, a Catholic society of priests and brothers who, along with co-workers and a cooperating community of Glenmary sisters, is dedicated to serving the spiritual and material needs of people throughout Appalachia, the South and Southwest. For over 30 years, the Glenmary Farm and Glenmary Home Missioners have been an intergral part of life in Lewis County, one of the poorest counties in Kentucky. The work of Farm volunteers has had a tremendous impact on this area and has earned the respect and support of the local community where, until recent years, anti-Catholic sentiment still ran high. This retreat-like immersion experience in Eastern Kentucky blends service, education, prayer, reflection and sharing in an environment of simple living. Participants are engaged in manual labor projects, home repair, and activities with developmentally disabled adults gaining insights about solidarity and community with others.
(issues: housing, rural poverty, simple living, faith and service)

Bethlehem Farm                                                            

Appalachia (Pence Springs, WV)

Bethlehem Farm volunteers base their lives on the cornerstones of prayer, community, service and simplicity and adopt sustainable practices in response to the Appalachian pastoral "At Home in the Web of Life". Bethlehem Farm, an affiliate of Nazareth Farm, provides volunteers a communal experience of Church, while working to promote social justice through the empowerment of the local community. Bethlehem Farm is a center of reflection and prayer in the service of action, inspired by the Eucharist and open to the Spirit. Join this Catholic community of volunteers (started by and consisting of Loyola graduates) dedicated to living out the Gospel and social teachings of the Church through service in the heart of Appalachia.
(issues: sustainability, simple living, rural poverty, faith and service)

Nazareth Farm                                            

Appalachia (Salem, WV)

Bethlehem Farm volunteers base their lives on the cornerstones of prayer, community, service and simplicity and adopt sustainable practices in response to the Appalachian pastoral "At Home in the Web of Life". Bethlehem Farm, an affiliate of Nazareth Farm, provides volunteers a communal experience of Church, while working to promote social justice through the empowerment of the local community. Bethlehem Farm is a center of reflection and prayer in the service of action, inspired by the Eucharist and open to the Spirit. Join this Catholic community of volunteers (started by and consisting of Loyola graduates) dedicated to living out the Gospel and social teachings of the Church through service in the heart of Appalachia.
(issues: sustainability, simple living, rural poverty, faith and service)

Appalachia-Science in the Public Interest (A-SPI) 

Appalachia (Mt. Vernon, KY)  

A-SPI's primary goal is to make science and technology responsive to the needs of underserved communities in Appalachia. ASPI's focus is to find solutions for the increasing environmental problems through research and advocacy for public policies which favor the environment. ASPI's philosophy involves living simply in ways that are healthy for the earth and for ourselves. Students will learn about sustainable agriculture and assist in ASPI's projects.  Students prepare their own meals.
(issues: faith and ecology, mountaintop removal mining, environmental health)

FARMING COMMUNITIES

Tantre Organic Farm  

Chelsea, MI

Tantre Farm is a certified organic farm 20 miles west of Ann Arbor, MI. The farm sells its produce, including various fruit crops, 50 varieties of vegetables and a small variety of herbs and flowers through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, at local stores and restaurants as well as at area farmer's markets. The farm is situated on 40 acres of wetland, woods, and sandy-loam fields. Richard and Deb, along with their daughter Ariana, live on-site year round. Seasonal workers, interns and volunteers join the family at various parts of the year, living and working together. Besides a great deal of manual farm labor, this ABI focuses on broader issues of sustainability with visits to nearby natural areas, an ecology center and a recycling/re-use project. Participants should be prepared for cold weather (many layers) and physical labor (sturdy boots).  The final days of this year's trip will involve a visit to the Jeanie Wyle Community in Detroit for some immersion in the urban farming scene with an intentional community consisting of Loyola alums.
(issues: organic farming, faith and ecology, spirituality of nature)

Jeanie Wylie Community

  Detroit, MI

The Jeanie Wylie Community is an intentional community on the southwest side of Detroit, committed to urban agriculture, hospitality, spirituality, and nonviolent resistance.  This ABI will be an opportunity to learn and work with Detroit around food justice and urban farming. In the last few decades, Detroit has become a food desert. Yet, with one third of Detroit as vacant land, gardens are breaking through the concrete. Control of food is being wrested away from corporations; people are feeding one another; space is made beautiful, communities are formed, and local economies are created.  The Jeanie Wylie Community currently has a large garden, fruit trees, chickens, beehives, and is working to create a neighborhood garden by next Spring. Five out of the eight community members are graduates of Loyola University Chicago.
(issues: food justice, food deserts, urban gardening, urban farming)
(issues: organic farming, faith and ecology, spirituality of nature)

URBAN MINISTRIES

Jonah House                              

Baltimore, MD  

Jonah House is an intentional community devoted to issues of militarism, social justice, and the environment. Jonah House is a spiritual based community. Although it is predominately of the Catholic tradition members of the community and extended community over the years have been of many faith traditions. Members live together sharing prayer, work and resources. Learn about non-violence, disarmament, and faith-based activism while living and participating in intentional community life with members of Jonah House. Activities include: manual labor, faith sharing, bible study, and faith based, non-violent protest. Applicants should be open to these activities and forms of activism; conversion of life values is likely.
(issues: nuclear disarmament, Christian resistance)

Dorothy Day Catholic Worker         

Washington, D.C.

The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House is a Community of hospitality and resistance focused on hospitality to families, the work of resistance as a seamless garment community. Explore the roots of the American non-violence movement at the D.C. Catholic Worker. This experience will happen centrally through non-violence training, public peace activism and protest, as well as communal prayer and intentional living.
(issues: anti-war organizing, hospitality, nonviolence, Christian resistance)

South Dakota                                

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is home to the Oglala Lakota Sioux tribe of Native Americans. Pine Ridge is beautiful in its rolling hills, and its spiritual and cultural heritage and yet tragic in its history of massacre, broken treaties and poverty. Students will be immersed into the unique homeland of the Lakota people, witnessing both the poverty and the hope. We will meet and work with students and teachers at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit-run Elementary and High School that seeks to promote Lakota and Catholic values among the youth. In addition, students will have the chance to visit the spiritual center of the Lakota people: the Black Hills. The South Dakota ABI will be an opportunity to engage a history of injustice in our own "backyard", while growing in solidarity with a proud and hearty people used to finding joy and hope among hardship.

 

CURRENT DOMESTIC ABI DESTINATIONS (SUMMER BREAK: MAY 13-19, 2013

Gulf Coast                                  

Houma and New Orleans, LA 

BTNEP is a partnership of government, business, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests, and individuals for the preservation, protection, and restoration of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana.  Participants on this ABI will learn about and assist with work being done to safe-guard Louisiana's precious wetlands from the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.  Potential activities on this ABI involve volunteer projects with Bayou Grace Community Center, wetland restoration work, tour of a marine lab, an educational canoe tour of the marsh among other efforts to engage and learn about coastal issues.

Freedom Ride Immersion

Offered in partnership between Campus Ministry and the Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, the Freedom Ride ABI offers students a unique opportunity to explore parallels and connections between the civil rights movement of the 1960s and current-day social justice movements. Students enroll in a one-credit seminar course during the Spring 2013 semester*, where they will learn about key events and themes of the civil rights movement; study the evolution of the immigration rights, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) equity, and racial justice movements; and, examine the role of identity and community in social change. This exploration culminates in a seven-day road trip, inspired by the monumental 1961 Freedom Rides through the Deep South, during which students will visit historical landmarks, educational museums, and community organizations, as well as meet with local community members and leaders. Through this immersion experience, students will gain deeper understanding of how to work in solidarity to address current-day injustices and inequities.

*Students must enroll in and pass the course in order to participate in the immersion trip. Course meetings dates will be listed in the course catalog for spring semester course registration.

Annunciation House, U.S.-Mexico border

Annunciation House has been working in El Paso/Ciudad Juarez since 1978 operating houses of hospitality for migrants and refugees. Annunciation House is a Catholic organization that accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. Participants will engage in the Border Awareness Experience (BAE) program. More than being an informational tour, the BAE seeks to immerse the participants in the border culture and realities of the many people and groups that live and work here. The food that you will eat and the conditions which you will live in are as much a part of the experience as the people and groups that you will meet.

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