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Iona In Mission

The Program

"I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25:35

We live in a global society plagued by violence, discrimination, hunger and malnutrition, growing income inequality, unemployment, homelessness, illiteracy, loneliness and a variety of other injustices caused by poverty and indifference.
 
Iona in Mission offers short-term domestic and international immersion experiences to the students, alumni, staff, and faculty of Iona College. Through the mission trips, participants move away from a global culture of indifference by engaging in service with the poor and marginalized while being immersed in different cultures.  Upon returning to Iona, participants share their experiences and injustices affecting the host communities to help increase solidarity leading to action between the Iona community and marginalized communities around the world.
 
These experiences are truly transformative for participants and often enrich and deepen their Iona education.Service immersion breaks down the walls of the classroom and enfleshes the people, places, and ideas studied in class.Making human our images of people in other places, inspires us to respond to the needs of those who once seemed remote and different.We also begin to see ourselves in a very different way, expanding our definitions of who we are.
 
Exposure to multi-cultural communities, service and social justice, opportunity to live simply, and to study, reflect and pray in a different context renews a commitment to education and to professional goals with a deepened awareness of our responsibility to work for social justice and live in solidarity with our global community.

How to Get Involved

Interest:

We say that the mission trip chooses you, so take time to look over the various mission trips. Don’t be attracted only to an exotic name, but listen to where you might be called to serve, what kind of service fits with you, which break works better for you, and ask former Iona in Mission participants or email Stephen Hill in the Office of Mission and Ministry on the second floor in LaPenta Student Union or call at (914) 633-2340.

Apply:

To apply, please complete the Iona in Mission application and drop it off at the Office of Mission and Ministry office, Robert V. LaPenta 217 or contact Stephen Hill.

Interview:

After applying for a mission trip, you will sign-up for an informal interview with the student leader.This is a chance to get to know you better and share more information about the mission trip with you.

On a Team:

If selected for a mission trip team, you will begin preparing by meeting weekly to build community, plan team and individual fundraising, and begin the reflection process.

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Student Leader Program

Student leaders are participants from past trips who have demonstrated an ability to be conscientious and compassionate. They are responsible for working with the Iona in Mission Coordinator to organize and plan the trip; they are selected to form the mission trip team, facilitate weekly preparation meetings, and ensure the Iona in Mission experience before, during, and after the mission trip. A training session is held to prepare student leaders.

In addition to the extraordinary experience being a student leadr gives students, there is also financial compensation. Leaders will receive a discount of 25% - 50% of the cost of the trip.

To apply to be a student leader, fill out an application form in the Office of Mission and Ministry in LaPenta Student Union and call (914) 633-2340 to schedule an interview.