Faculty-Staff Return from Immersion Trip to Belize

Mayan youth

Tue, 06/02/2015

Alison Cofrancisco painting in Mayan village

The Ignacio Volunteer programs are usually seen as an immersion experience for students. However, ten Loyola faculty/staff eight participated in an eight-day service immersion program to Belize, Central America on May 24-31, 2015.   The group was led by Vice President for Mission and Ministry Fr. Ted Dziak, SJ, staff Joe Goddu ('08) and Associate Professor in the College of Business Kendra Reed.

From spending an evening with graduates of Loyola's Institute of Minsitry extension program in Belize (LIMEX) to spending two days painting a rural primary school in the remote Mayna viollage of San jose, the group experienced the works and ministries of both Loyola and the Jesuits of Belize.

Immersion means learning of the Belizean culture and this they did.   From climbing a Mayan ruin on the border of Guatemala to jumping off a waterfall in the southern Mayan area of rural Belize, they saw the beauty of the country and listened to the voices of its people.  

This year's participants were:  Jill Boatright, Associate Director, Career Development Center;Alison Cofrancesco, Staff Counselor, University Counseling Center; W. Penn Dawson, S.J., Visiting Professor, Law School;  Lyle Henderson, Office Manager, Chemistry Department; Zanada Joyner, Reference Associate, Law Library; Patricia Lane, Professor, Doctor of Nursing Program; Nicole Lockett, Administrative Assistant, Physics Department.Belize Faculty-Staff 2015 volunteers

For more information on the Belize Faculty/Staff Experience, click HERE>>