Summer Immersion: Zambia
About the Program
Cross-cultural Summer Immersions 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 immersion has reflection leaders to help facilitate the orientation process as well as the reflection along the way while traveling.
Students traveling on immersion are encouraged to connect their learnings to their course of study at UD. There are opportunities for independent study through these experiences.
This group will begin their Zambian experience with the Marianists and aspirants in the capital city of Lusaka. There, students will learn about the country, city life and work side by side in various schools and social services with the Marianists. Participants will then travel to Lubwe, Zambia, a rural village in the Northern Province of the country. Students will work on specified sustainable projects that have been identified by the community. These projects in the past have included a sports league, creating a library, teaching in schools, and working in the hospital and with home-based care. Students will fundraise money to bring to provide scholarships for students to attend schools and to support a village-wide AIDS awareness day, which the group will help plan and execute. Tourist excursions include trips to Victoria Falls and surrounding areas of Livingstone.
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, Associate Director, Center for Social Concern
Participants must attend weekly preparation meetings with the group. UDI 361 (Cross-cultural Immersion Prep Course) is held on Wednesdays from 7-9, beginning February 2019. 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.
Program Costs are available on the Budget Sheet here. A $500 Deposit will be due after acceptance to the program. The remaining cost of the trip will be billed through your student account and is due in late May. Partial scholarships may be available for those who need them. Some grants are available on campus for such experiences. Groups are encouraged to work together to help raise funds. Additional costs include a valid passport (with at least 6 months validation remaining on it), supplies, vaccinations, and possible other preparatory items, if needed.
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