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SOUL Immersion Trip - Spring Break 2019
Hosted By: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
Location: Saint Mary's Univeristy of Minnesota
Winona, MN 55987
Start Time: 2/23/2019 5:00 AM
End Time: 3/2/2019 8:00 PM
Time Zone: Central

This Spring Break, S.O.U.L. (Serving Others United in Love) will offer five different immersion trips to allow students the opportunity to serve together, build relationships, and reflect on issues of systematic poverty and injustice. Students who participate in these trips will work together to prepare, fundraise, and build community prior to the trips.

Flint, Michigan - In Flint, we will be staying with an organization created by Saint Mary's Alumni, Steve Wolbert. Steve and his team welcome students to Flint to learn about inner city poverty issues and how corporations affect populations when they leave cities. Service locations are varied and could include working at a job empowerment center where women and children receive education and training to improve their lives, cleaning abandoned properties, a home for children, or homeless missions. This trip will focus on how people are working to improve a city that has unique challenges. Cost for this trip is $300.

Browning, MT - An immersion into rural poverty, this trip has been happening for years as a part of Saint Mary's S.O.U.L. program. De La Salle Blackfeet School is a San Miguel-model middle school which opened 15 years ago on the Blackfeet Reservation to offer a faith-based education in a community very affected by drugs, alcohol, and teenage pregnancy. This immersion will be school-based with opportunities to listen to community leaders talk about the Native American culture and the challenges the community has. Cost for this trip is $350.

Tulsa, OK - This trip will be in partnership with Bishop Kelley High School and the San Miguel school in Tulsa, both sponsored by the Midwest District of Christian Brothers. We will primarily work with middle school kids. The president of the school is hoping to set up a field trip for us to accompany kids on, a soccer tournament, and a chance to work with kids in soccer skills and in the classroom. Tulsa currently has one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States, so it is greatly in need of strong education for kids to keep them safe and give them opportunities. We will also visit Oklahoma City and the Federal Building memorial where a bombing took place in 1995, killing 168 people. Cost for this trip is $300.

Rochester, New York - This trip will involve spending time with a women's religious community as well as serving in the Rochester area in schools, soup kitchens, retirement homes, a health clinic, and a Catholic Worker House. Students will learn how poverty, addiction and mental illness have affected the Rochester area as well as what committed people are doing to care for others and work toward systematic change. This trip will have a strong emphasis on learning about Catholic Social Teaching and experiencing how one community lives, prays and works together. Cost of this trip is $300.

El Paso, TX - El Otro Lado is a five-day immersion program that provides participants with an opportunity to experience and explore the El Paso and Ciudad Juárez borderland. El Otro Lado exposes participants to border issues, including youth at risk, unaccompanied minors, political asylum seekers and human trafficking. Participants learn about the unique culture of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, interact with people in the borderland, listen to their stories, and share in the experiences of their day-to-day lives.

The El Otro Lado immersion programs are supported as needed by the Lasallians Without Borders Committee, a collaboration between the Districts of San Francisco New Orleans and North Mexico. The Districts created the committee in response to the call of the 45th General Chapter to go “beyond the borders” of our consciousness to get a better understanding of those living along the margins. The committee’s goal is to educate and sensitize Lasallians to issues related to migrants, immigration and refugees.

A passport is required for this trip (cost of the passport is each individual's responsibility and will need to be obtained as soon as possible). Because this trip involves air travel and transportation across the border the cost is $400 per person.

A $100 deposit is due prior to December 10 to confirm a spot. If you are not selected for a trip your deposit will be refunded. If you are in need of help paying for the trip, please contact Colleen Dunne in 132 Vlazny Hall. Deadline to sign up is November 28, and no refunds will be offered to those who are selected and choose not to attend after February 1st. Differences in the cost of the trips reflects cost differences in travel, accommodations, and food.

All students who sign up are expected to participate in the following:

Regularly scheduled planning Meetings
A group fundraising dinner to be held the weekend of February 2 and 3rd
All prayer, reflection, and community activities of preparing for the trip and the trip

Event Deadlines / Fees:
Registrant Type Deadline Name Deadline Date Fee
Soul Spring Break Deposit 2/9/2019 $100.00
Soul Spring Break Deposit 2/22/2019 $100.00
Online Registration is closed. Please contact the event host for any late registration options.
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