What is a Social Immersion Program?

It is an intensive encounter with the social reality of a country or region, guided by local social studies professionals, that provides a deep and comprehensive understanding from a human, economic, social, cultural and historical perspective.

Our participants also learn about models of social services in an international setting. Read more here.

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Why in the Caribbean?

This region is an intersection of many different cultures (French, Spanish, Briton, American, Creole, etc.) and languages (Spanish, English, Creole, French, Dutch, etc.).  Knowing the Caribbean helps to understand its 3.5 million Caribbean born immigrants living in the United States. Read more here.

Who is behind this program?

This program is sponsored by the Social Ministries Office of the Jesuits in the Dominican Republic and co-sponsored by Centro Bono, Solidaridad Fronteriza, CEFASA, and Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) – all jesuit-run social centers. Read more here.

 

Programs

The team of Caribbean Social Immersion Program customizes programs for groups of 14 to 36 people with full time interpreters. Currently, we are offering seven programs in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba.

The Caribbean Social Immersion Program is focused on College Students, Academic and Business Researchers and young Professional. We do not offer program for high school students.

 

Dominican Republic – North and Border

8-day immersion program visiting communities in Santiago– center of the Cibao Valley in the north of the Dominican Republic, and Dajabon–a border community with Haiti. This program will focus on the life of Dominican farm workers, and Haitians immigrants in the Dominican Republic. The trip will included visits to a farmer social center, a regional museum, a sugar farm village, a banana plantation, two day-trips to border communities in Haiti, one morning at the beach, a guided night-out in Santiago, and several lectures. Estimated Cost: $US 1,150 per participant. Schedule click here.

Dominican Republic –  South and East

8-day immersion program exploring Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and several communities in the East and South of the country. This program will provide an understanding of several issues (education, children, immigrant, race) and solutions that Jesuits, and other organizations, are providing to such problems. Trip will included: lectures at a Jesuit social think-tank, a guided night-out in Santo Domingo, and visits to the US Embassy, inner-city neighborhoods, sugar farm villages, nonprofits, and colonial landmarks. Estimated Cost: US$1,150 per participant. Schedule click here.

Dominican Republic – Southwest Border

8-day immersion program visiting communities in the Dominican-Haitian border provinces of Independencia and Bahoruco. This program will focus on the life of Dominican farm workers and Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, and the work that faith-based groups are undertaking with these underserved populations. If the conditions are appropriate, the trip may include a day visit to Haiti, crossing the international border. Estimated Cost: US$ 1,150 per participant.

“Walking” Las Fronteras with Fr. Mario Serrano, sj

8-day social and religious journey “Caminando por las fronteras de nuestras vidas y de la realidad” with Fr. Mario Serrrano, sj, National Director of Social Ministry of the Society of Jesus in the Dominican Republic, through the Dominican side of the northern border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. This program, scheduled during the month of August, is open to individuals seeking to learn more about the social realities of Haiti and the Dominican Republic while deeply exploring their personal commitment to faith and justice. Estimated Cost: US$ 1,150 per participant.

Haiti – Historic Northeast

8-day immersion program visiting Northern Haiti, including Cap-Haïtien, Fort-Liberté and the historical Citadel, an important landmark of the first black revolution in the Americas. This trip will explore the binational cultural and trade exchange between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and the work of the Jesuits, other religious congregations and community organizations on both sides of the northern international border. If conditions are appropriate, the trip may include a day visit to the Dominican Republic, crossing the international border. Estimated Cost: US$ 1,250 per participant.

Cuba – Praying in Santiago

8-day immersion program during the spring season, visiting Santiago de Cuba and surrounding communities in the East region of Cuba. This faith-based program is co-organized by the Jesuit parish of Sagrada Familia, and will explore the lives of Catholic communities in east Cuba and the services to the Cuban society provided by the Society of Jesus. Estimated Cost: US$ 2,000 per participant.

Cuba – Summer of Service and Pilgrimage

16-day immersion and service program visiting communities in Santiago de Cuba and La Habana during the summer months. The first week of the trip could include serving at a Catholic run summer school for Cuban professionals. Later, the program will embark on a road trip pilgrimage, from the East to the national capital visiting Catholic parishes and learning about the work of the Society of Jesus in Cuba. Cost: To be determined.