International Service Immersion Program

The Spring Hill College International Service Immersion Program (ISIP) began in 2004. That year, Campus Ministry organized a group of ten students and three faculty and staff who traveled to Belize City, Belize to serve others. During the last thirteen years, students and faculty and staff have worked side by side with people in underserved communities in Belize, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Jamaica and now, this year, in Guatemala.

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2016-2017 International Service Immersion Program Trips

Belize City, Belize
The group traveling to Belize City, Belize will work with Hand in Hand Ministries to build a house for a family living in poverty. They will build a simple 16x16 house from start to finish, working alongside the family. At the conclusion of the trip, the group will hand over the keys to the family at a prayerful and moving house blessing. We are excited that this will be the fourteenth house built by Spring Hill College. 

Punta Gorda, Belize
Students, faculty and staff traveling to Punta Gorda, Belize will work with the Jesuit parish St. Peter Claver. This parish serves not only the small town in Punta Gorda, but thirty rural Mayan villages throughout the Toledo district of Belize. Our projects each year depend on the needs of the parish while we are in country. In the past we have done construction on a school library and on chapels in the Mayan villages. The group will learn about the Mayan culture and have the opportunity to travel to a village. Students, faculty and staff will also meet with Missouri Province of Jesuits who have served in the region since 1895.

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Our new trip experience this year will find our group working with International Samaritan, whose ministry focuses on serving garbage dump communities throughout the world. Guatemala is where International Samaritan began their ministry by starting a daycare for babies and children whose moms work in the dump every day. This daycare gave the children a safe environment by keeping them  from going to the dump with their parents. The group will serve the daycare center, an elementary school and high school. They will also complete a project for one of the schools and spend time assisting in the classrooms. The group will visit the dump in Zona 3 where many families of these children work to find recyclable materials to sell.

Dominican Republic
Our group will work with the Caribbean Social Immersion Program, which is a collective of Jesuit ministries that work on the Haitian/Dominican border. We will meet and engage with Jesuits and their colleagues who work with Solidaridad Fronteriza, an NGO that creates sustainable communities of migrants on the Dominican border. We will see model farms that have been created to provide opportunities to the border communities. Our group will also meet with the organization Centro de Madres, which helps women build microenterprises to support their families. Finally, our group will spend three evenings with the children of Hogar de Cristo, a place of refuge for homeless migrant children. An emphasis of this trip is the social ministry of the Jesuits.

Jamaica
In Jamaica, we will work with Mustard Seed Communities, a Catholic organization that provides residential care for children with mental and physical disabilities. Because of their disabilities, many of these children were abandoned at birth. Mandeville, where we will serve, is the newest Mustard Seed Community. They primarily work with younger children ranging from 2-12. Our service will include assisting with daily care, art therapy, and painting a mural on a wall for visual stimulation. Daily prayer with the children is also an important part of this experience.

 
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