International Service Immersion Program

Punta Gorda

Our Campus Ministry programs integrate learning, faith, justice and service. During spring break or Mardi Gras break each year, many of our students immerse themselves in another culture while helping others through international service trips. For example, in Belize and Nicaragua, they have built houses for poverty-stricken families. In El Salvador, they have lived in solidarity with people still suffering from the effects of the country’s civil war.

A few reflections from our immersion trip veterans...

“This trip gave me a sense of peace that I don’t think I’ve ever experienced yet in my life. ... It was just a humbling reminder that I don’t have everything figured out, but I trust God that everything’s going to fall into place.”
– Carleigh Lanclos, Punta Gorda, Belize

“One thing that really stood out to me from the trip was our interactions with the local Belizean people. We were not working FOR the poor; rather, we were working WITH the poor. The family that we built the house for was on the worksite every single day, and we never had to ask them to help us.”
– Erin Stauss, Belize City, Belize

"My faith grew by seeing the faith in the Nicaraguans who had nothing. They might not have had much material things or basic necessities but they were rich inside. They had hope and trust in a better future.”
– Alexandra Golik, Nicaragua

“The best part of the experience was staying in the small village of Guarjila with selected families. This allowed us to be fully immersed into the culture, to learn about their history and what life is like for them today. Even with the 'language barrier' that came along with not speaking the same language, we were able to really connect with the families and leave a lasting impact as well as be impacted.”
– Jessica Makowski, El Salvador