Tijuana Winter Break-Out or Spring Break-Out
About the Program
Winter BreakOuts and Spring BreakOuts through Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern are a great way to learn about a new culture, meet new people, and grow in cultural understanding, while helping others. Rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, participants in our program should grow in an understanding of global solidarity, the dignity of the human person, a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, as well as growing in their own faith and role as a global citizen.
Each BreakOut has a reflection leader to help facilitate the orientation process as well as the reflection along the way while traveling.
Participants in this BreakOut will travel to Tijuana, Mexico, to work with the poor through the Tijuana Christian Mission. TCM began over 50 years ago when Martha Lopez started taking children into her home who had no food, little clothes, and no education. She fed them hot meals, found them shirts and pants, and enrolled them in the local school. As time passed, more and more children began living with Martha and her family. Today, over 100 children live at the Tijuana Christian Mission. The group from UD will spend the week with Martha, her staff and the children, and do work which they couldn’t afford to do on their own. In past years, groups have built jungle gyms, roofed dormitories, built office space, laid ceramic tile, and led sports camps for the children. Check out this video about the orphanage here:
As a part of your BreakOut or Immersion experience, you will be registered in an Experiential Learning Course (EXP). This is a non-credit bearing course which is the BreakOut/Immersion experience itself. It will show up on your official UD transcript that you participated in this service-learning experience as a measure of your further involvement and learning here at UD.
Mary Niebler, Coordinator of Cross-Cultural Immersions, Center for Social Concern
Participants must attend weekly preparation meetings with the group. This is a major commitment. You must be willing to commit your time and energy to this effort or you will lose your place on the trip.
Cost and Refund Policy
Each student must pay the cost of the trip as listed. Groups are encouraged to fund raise together to reduce the cost for each participant. The program cost of the trip covers ground transportation, lodging, and most food. See budget sheet for specific cost information and the refund policy for this program.
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