Cross-Cultural Mission Experiences
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Description of CCME Experiences
Children's Camp at a Spiritan Mission
San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic (August, 2015)
The cross-cultural experience to the Dominican Republic involves running a camp for small children at a Spiritan Mission in San Juan de La Maguana. At the Spiritan Mission students work with the teenagers of the community as well as learning about the Dominican culture. The students work with the teens by providing a day camp that includes craft projects, music, stories, and outdoor games and sports. In the evenings the group spends time with the teens and their families experiencing the culture through food, dance, and story sharing. Preference for this experience will be given to Spanish speakers.
Migrant Farmworker Experience
Spring Break 2015
This cross-cultural experience involves an immersion into the lives of migrant farmworkers in the agricultural hub of Immokalee, Florida. Participants learn and serve in local social service agencies (e.g. tutoring in day care centers, working with Habitat for Humanity). Students will listen to the stories of farmworkers and organizations like the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) that assist them with advocacy in immigration, housing, material assistance, education and healthcare.
Spring Break 2015
This annual trip to the southern coal fields region of West Virginia occurs during the first part of Spring break. Participants spend a few days working to improve housing conditions in and around the Appalachian community of Baileysville, W.V. and learn more about the people, the local economy and environmental conditions. Examples of work include home repair (no construction experience needed!) and work in a local food pantry. There will also be many opportunities to listen to the stories of local residents, an integral part of the experience. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to see another culture that's nearly in our backyard.
Baltimore-WashingtonSpring Break 2015
Students will travel to two different urban areas. One trip goes to Arlington, VA and Baltimore, MD while the other students will be going to Chicago, IL and Dayton, OH. In these cities we hope to meet new people, experience different cultures from our own and try to understand the situations many people find themselves in. Our aim is to assist in different ways, but above all create a fellowship with the people we meet.
As we spend time immersed in these communities, we will be offering assistance and listening to stories. Some of the goals we hope to accomplish include learning about environmentally friendly cleaning products and immigrant workers, some clean ups as well as HIV clinics and hospice environments, food kitchens and homeless shelters .