Academics

Nicaragua

Rural Nicaragua

Participants encounter the realities of various life conditions in Nicaragua by experiencing and reflecting upon the values of cultural diversity, human dignity, rural life on a farm and consequences of liberation Theology. Living together in a local community, practicing simplicity of life, applying Catholic social justice teachings and sharing prayerful reflections, students live in solidarity with marginalized populations and analyze the resources both available and lacking for basic human needs. Very Rev. peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. the 29th Superior General of the Society of Jesus states, “Students, in the course of their formation, must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives, so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering and engage it constructively.” To that end, Rural Nicaragua (1) provides opportunities for service: elder care program, farm service program, and educational institutions of the children of Nicaragua; (2) assists in encountering the challenges of rural life and environmental issues related to the agricultural needs of the farming community of Bartola; (3) understanding Art as an expression of history, reflecting the relevant issues of social justice, and being a tool for mobilization.

Locations: Bartola, Solentimame, Leon

Dates: July 5-15, 2018

Highlights:

  • Earn social justice field work hours
  • Aid elders and the formerly homeless
  • Live the values of simplicity, social justice, spirituality, and community
  • Visit the islands of Lake Nicaragua and learn the skills of social justice artwork while creating your own piece
  • Support the work of our partners in the rain forest development project
  • Live and work in community with your Jesuit brothers
  • Make new friendships and learn to cultivate organic crops and live off the land
  • Milk cows, gather the chicken for lunch, and prepare homemade chocolate

Who Can Attend?
This trip is open to rising seniors. This experience is ideal for students who are:

  • Committed to the service, immersion, and reflection aspects of the experience
  • Team-oriented, flexible, and willing to try new things
  • Willing to engage with social service organizations and build friendships with Nicaraguan communities
  • Comfortable learning Spanish phrases
  • Aware of the physical challenges of living and working in developing conditions
  • Understand and are willing to undertake the hard work of farming, living without electricity and cell phone usage
  • Open to a great deal of in-country transportation for multiple hours in vans, by foot, and by raft

Why Go?
Are you ready to serve alongside your brother Jesuit students in Nicaragua? Immerse yourself in the Nicaraguan culture and develop lifelong friendships? Engage your faith and learn about Catholic Social Teaching? Practice your Spanish skills? Open yourself to a spirit of adventure and discovery?

Financial Aid is Available through the Finance Office at Jesuit

Get more info!
Program contacts: Mrs. Ellen Bruce, ebruce@jesuitcp.org & Mr. Rich Perry, rperry@jesuitcp.org

Leon, Nicaragua

Jesuit has a long-standing relationship with a number of communities in Western Nicaragua. The program is dedicated to offering our students a week-long immersion learning experience in which they encounter a new culture, language, history, and most of all, people. In addition to engaging in various community projects and relationship building activities, we end every evening of our trips with a spiritual reflection to discuss our experiences as a group. Students are challenged through the week to gain a deeper knowledge of God’s intimate presence with all persons, especially those who are marginalized. They are also challenged to consider how they might offer their life to create a harmonious world in which all individuals are dignified and supported by the political, cultural and economic systems in which they exist.

Locations: Leon, Managua, and El Crucero

Dates: June 2 - 9, 2018

Highlights:

  • Earn social justice field work hours
  • Visit organic fair trade coffee farms and ecological reserves
  • Complete service projects alongside Jesuit Managua students
  • Offer companionship to formerly homeless elders in Leon at St. Vincent de Paul
  • Support the work of our Special Education partner school in Leon
  • Live and work in community with your Jesuit brothers
  • Make new friends while working at our orphanage partner in El Crucero

Who Can Attend?
This trip is open to all Jesuit students. This experience is ideal for students who are:

  • Committed to the service, immersion, and reflection aspects of the experience
  • Team-oriented, flexible, and willing to try new things
  • Willing to engage with social service organizations and build friendships with Nicaraguan communities
  • Comfortable experimenting with the Spanish language and interacting with the Nicaraguan people
  • Aware of the physical challenges of living and working in developing conditions
  • Understand and are willing to undertake the work of painting, mixing concrete, general construction, carrying bricks, and hiking long distances

Why Go?
Are you ready to serve alongside your brother Jesuit students in Nicaragua? Immerse yourself in the Nicaraguan culture and develop lifelong friendships? Engage your faith and learn about Catholic Social Teaching? Practice your Spanish skills? Open yourself to a spirit of adventure and discovery?

Financial Aid is Available through the Finance Office at Jesuit

Get more info!
Program contacts: Mr. Keith Reese, kreese@jesuitcp.org
Mr. Dan Dion, ddion@jesuitcp.org