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International Service Program

The University of Scranton responds to the Gospel call to help those in need: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, shelter the stranger, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned and the sick. This call in Matthew’s Gospel teaches its readers that it is by service to those in need that humanity will find the road to God.

In addition, the University upholds the social justice teachings of the Church as an essential part of the Catholic faith. Catholic social teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. This understanding of social justice leads to action—completing service. Service for any person of faith is not optional but a response to a Divine call to help the other in need in order to foster greater peace and justice in a world more respectful of human life and dignity.

Campus Ministries' International Service Program (ISP) provides opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to be immersed in cultures and experiences in developing countries of our world. The spirit of the Scriptures are realized when we recognize the needs of the marginalized by putting ourselves in their place. The program revolves around simple living, community, generosity, and faith-based reflection. These 7 to 10 day trips in May and June take place in Central and South American countries. Contact ISP Coordinator Barbara King for more information.

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Countries we Visit
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San Juan, Dominican Republic (May 27 – June 3)
Students participate in a week-long construction project. Through the organization, Cambiando Vidas, participants engage in a cultural and communal experience of building a house with a family. Volunteers see the project through to completion – from the foundation to welcoming the family into their new home.
Quito, Ecuador (May 31 – June 10)
The Working Boys' Center serves over 400 families of working children. Volunteers engage in school and community projects focused on the program's commitment to formation and social assistance. Groups also participate in a "minga" - a community work gang construction project.

Nogales, Arizona and Mexico (May 20 – May 27)
Students take part in the Kino Border Initiative. This immersion trip not only embraces direct service but also focuses on educating participants on social justice through significant dialogue with people impacted by migration.
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San Lucas, Guatemala (May 31 – June 10)
Students work with the San Lucas Mission and Parish. Projects include participation in construction, coffee picking and processing, reforestation, and various community tasks. Groups will receive a cross-cultural experience combining hands-on service with opportunities for learning and community building.

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Managua, Nicaragua (May 24 – June 3)
Central American University serves as the host for this immersion trip. Participants learn about the Nicaraguan culture and people through lectures, service and visits to local schools, churches, rural communities and volunteer agencies.
Bateyes, Dominican Republic (June 10 – June 17)
The Caribbean Social Immersion Program, an initiative of the Social Ministries Office of the Jesuits, focuses on the life of the migrant workers in the sugar mill communities. Presence based service, educational lectures, and social agency site visits give students the opportunity to learn about the culture and the most vulnerable communities of the country.

Mandeville, Jamaica (May 31 – June 7, June 7 - 14)
Through this experience hosted by St. Joseph’s Parish, participants visit children at St. John Bosco’s home for street boys and a local parish, spend time with the elderly in nursing homes sponsored by the Missionaries of Charity, and work on building projects.
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San Bernardino, Guatemala (May 31 - June 7)
Hosted by Partners in Development (PID), students are engaged in various forms of service. Group projects include building homes, making village improvements, running children’s programs, and assisting in the PID Clinic.

Belize City, Belize (May 28 – June 4)
Hand in Hand Ministries is dedicated to providing food, water, clothing, shelter, education and medical care to the most vulnerable populations. Participants work with families to repair or build homes, visit community members, play with the local children, and attend cultural presentations.
Managua, Nicaragua (June 3 – June 10)
Hand in Hand Ministries serves as the host for this construction trip. Participants will work with a family to build their home and assist with school repairs in neighborhood preschools. Groups participate in home visits in the local community, spend time with children, and learn about the history and culture of Nicaragua.

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