Ignacio Volunteer Programs
The Ignacio Volunteer program provides international and domestic service immersion opportunities for Loyola University New Orleans’ undergraduate students. This program aims to turn the University’s mission into tangible action by recruiting students from diverse backgrounds to come together to be men and women for and with others; to pursue truth, wisdom, and knowledge through meaningful pre-trip education, service and immersion; and to find God in all that they encounter.
Participants of all service trips travel, serve, and live as one community during the exprience. Participants are chosen a few months before the trip and meet regularly in advance of the actual travel. All trips are rooted in an Ignatian spiritual foundation of finding God in all things and include ongoing reflection within the community and on the trips. Fundraising for the trip is done by the group and as individuals.
TO SERVE: Participants will work with those of the greatest need -- the impoverished & challenged, the disadvantaged young and the elderly.
TO LEARN: Participants will have an opportunity to explore the political, sociological, and economic issues that have created the environment and situation in which they will find themselves.
Program Core Values
SERVICE: Ignacio Volunteers put faith and compassion into action by keeping an open heart and a spirit of self-giving; by seeking first to understand, rather than to be understood; by being open to learning, even and especially, when it directly challenges them.
SOLIDARITY: Ignacio Volunteers serve not so much to “do for” but to “learn from” and to “be with” by encountering the joys, hopes, grief and anxieties of those they serve by walking alongside them.
COMMUNITY: Ignacio Volunteers recognize that strength in community deepens their concern and compassion for others by loving and building community with those whom they share their journey—sharing desires, fears, hopes, questions, faith and love with each other.
SPIRITUALITY: Ignacio Volunteers commit to being fully engaged in the questions of faith, to sharing these questions in community, and to being open to the diversity of all traditions and experiences for Ignatian spirituality teaches us that each person’s relationship with their God is unique.
Ignacio Volunteer Spring/Summer Programs:
- NOLA Urban Immersion (April 7 - April 12, 2017)
- The South Africa Experience (May 16 - May 31, 2017)
- Jamaica Experience (August 4 - August 13, 2017)
*Recuritment for Summer Programs are held in Sept/Oct of each year*
Ignacio Volunteer Winter Programs:
- Jamaica Winter Experience (December 28, 2016 to January 6, 2017)
*Recruitment for Winter Programs are held in Feb/March of each year*