Programs

Students volunteering in garden

El Cidral, Dominican Republic    

New for 2015-2016! 

February 27-March 5, 2016

The mission of SIP: Dominican Republic is to immerse students in the history and culture of the Dominican Population in El Cidral through service, education, reflection and community engagement.  El Cidral is a peaceful and unified community located in a valley nestled in the mountains of Villa Altagracia county within the province of San Cristobal, just 45 minutes northwest of the capital city limits of Santo Domingo. The town is comprised of four smaller communities of hamlets: La Represa, El Cidral (yes—same name!), Barrio Chino and Cambustera. Together, the four communities that form El Cidral are very much focused on the welfare and education of their children, and thus focus many of their development initiatives on the elementary school. Most of the community members are employed seasonally in agriculture and a high percentage of residents rely on remittances from family members abroad. El Cidral has big plans for the future, and has a vision for its community as a regional center for social services, wellbeing, and community empowerment. The program seeks to develop students’ sense of self-awareness, their role as an agent of change and their sense of connection with the world around them. 

 

El Paso, TX

May 7-14, 2016

The mission of SIP: El Paso is to work with the Border Immersion Experience in El Paso, across the border from Juarez, Mexico. This trip is your opportunity to learn about the issues that affect the lives of people living on the U.S./Mexico border.  The program may include opportunities to meet members of the Cristo Rey community, personal accounts of border life, deep immersion into Mexican and Mexican-American culture, service work on a preselected project in El Paso, presentations from people involved in social justice ministries, and visits with social service agencies in the area that deal directly with border and immigration issues. * Please note that Temple students will not be allowed to cross the border into Mexico at any point on the trip. 

 

Rosebud Lakota Reservation, SD

May 7-14, 2016

The mission of SIP: Lakota is to immerse students in the history and culture of the Lakota tribe through service, education, reflection and ritual celebration.  Participants will learn the history of the Lakota people and experience it through the lens of social justice.  The program seeks to develop students’ sense of self-awareness, their role as an agent of change and their sense of connection with the world around them.  Students will also learn about the Lakota philosophy of interconnectedness with the land, nature, and other human beings.

 

Mobile, Alabama

May 7-14, 2016

The mission of SIP: Mobile is twofold.  First, the trip will immerse members of the Fraternity and Sorority Community into the history and culture of Mobile, Alabama thus strengthening their ideas and understanding of social justice and the civil rights movement.  Second, the experience will be paired with a service experience at L’Arche.  L’Arche is a community in which people with an intellectual disability and those who help them live, work, and share their lives together.  The group will devote four of their days to working within this community, and their evenings hearing their stories and sharing their experiences. The other three days will be spent engaging in social justice dialogues, and exploring the Civil Rights Movement.  Through this two pronged approach, the members of the Fraternity and Sorority Community who participate in this trip will learn about valuing the whole being, from physical characteristics, to intellectual abilities, to beliefs and ideals thus helping to strengthen their own knowledge about how to be a better advocate to all.