NOLA Urban Immersion Retreat Prepares Iggy Vols for Local Service

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Mon, 02/09/2015

The NOLA Urban Immersion retreat proved to be a strong signifier of things to come for the new Ignacio Volunteers Program. Over the weekend, the twelve selected Ignacio Volunteers joined program facilitators Heather Malveaux and Joe Deegan for a retreat centered around community-building and service in the local community. The group spent three days engaging in activities focused on teamwork and nightly group reflections. The retreat offered a chance for members to become better acquainted with one another as well as allowed them to create goals for their experience together. 

The NOLA Urban Immersion Program is the first of its kind for the Iggy Vols, who usually travel abroad to help and be helped. However, this new program promoted service in our own backyard. It also explores the "nuanced layers of privilege and oppression in the city of New Orleans."

Students are still required to abstain from the use of technology during the six day local immersion program, a rule that is enforced in all other Ignacio Volunteer programs. The immersion experience will take place during this year's Easter break. Program activites will include a visit to the Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), exploration of the school to prison pipeline, nightly group reflections and a group service day.

For more information about the NOLA Urban Immersion Program click HERE>>