Previous Immersion Trips
AFRICA: JANUARY 7-12
Nine members of Loyola's administration, including Loyola President the Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Provost John Pelissero, Ph.D. and Vice Provost Nancy Tuchman, Ph.D., traveled to East Africa in January 2012 on the invitation of Father Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator, the Provincial (or head Jesuit) in the Society of Jesus' East African Province. The group visited Kenya and Zimbabwe in hope to collaborate with African Jesuits to help develop the continent's first Jesuit university.
VIETNAM: MAY 24 - JUNE 3
Over the course of 10 days, participants of this faculty emersion trip explored one of South East Asia’s most dynamic countries and helped build Loyola’s capacity in sustainable development initiatives in this vibrant and increasingly important region of the world. The goals of this trip were to familiarize the participant with culture and contemporary society in Vietnam, current educational situation in Vietnam, current Loyola activities and potential for new programs, and how one might get involved in Loyola efforts in Vietnam. Of special importance were visits to Loyola’s educational partners in Vietnam, briefings on current Loyola projects, and visits to important cultural and historical sites in and around the Ho Chi Minh City. The trip also included several excursions outside the city. Ky Nguyen from Loyola's Vietnam Center coordinated this trip.
VIETNAM: MAY 28 - JUNE 8
Vietnam has been a site of administrative exploration of potential Loyola involvement, particularly in health professional education and ESL. In this immersion trip, a group of Loyola doctors and nurses got to meet and work with staff from various medical institutes in Vietnam.
EAST AFRICA: JANUARY 2-11
This trip to East Africa focused on the work of Global Alliance for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya and Arusha, Tanzania. The itinerary included sites such as the St. Aloysius School in Kibera, the Nyambani Orphanage, and the Jesuit Novitiate in Arusha. Tom Durdak of Global Alliance for Africa coordinated logistics. Jennifer Clark led this trip.
VIETNAM: JUNE 2-12
Vietnam has been a site of administrative exploration of potential Loyola involvement, particularly in health professional education and ESL. This trip provided time for Loyola faculty and staff to broaden their knowledge of Vietnamese civic, religious, and educational life. The packed itinerary included a tour of the Cu Chi Tunnels, a cruise on the Perfume River, and a visit to an orphanage in Danang. Joseph Dao coordinated logistics, and Dr. Ted Karamanski, Professor of History, led the group in Vietnam.
PERU: MAY 12-21
This trip focused on Jesuit educational activities in Peru. Lectures by professors and administrators from the Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM) helped participants come to an appreciation of Peruvian cultural and social realities. The participants spent time in Lima, Cusco, and the fabled Machu Picchu. Lorena Borgo coordinated the logistics, and Dr. Patrick Boyle, Associate Provost, led the trip.
Photographs from Peru
EAST AFRICA: MAY 12-21
This group visited Uganda to focus on the educational, social, and humanitarian work of Global Alliance for Africa. Loyola and Global Alliance have an ongoing relationship dedicated to supporting people in East Africa. This trip was led by Jack McLean, with logistics by Tom Derdak of The Global Alliance for Africa.
Photographs from East Africa
INDONESIA: JUNE 2-10
Within this program, ten Loyola faculty and staff members traveled to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In both cities, they met with university peers and visited local Jesuit institutions in hope of gaining a better understanding of Indonesia's higher education system.
MEXICO: MAY 15-24
A group of eleven Loyola faculty member visited the Universidad Iberoamericana in both Mexico city and Puebla to learn more about the higher education system and Jesuit institutions in Mexico.
EAST AFRICA: JUNE 5-16
Ten Loyola faculty members participated in this program. They visited Nairobi, Kenya and its surrounding areas for a direct experience of the social realities in east Africa.
VIETNAM: JULY 14-21
A group of 13 faculty and staff members from different schools of Loyola went to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for a first-hand experience of the fast development of Vietnam through culture immersion events and education institution visits.