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Immersion Trips

We say that the immersion trip chooses you, so take time to look over the various immersion trip offerings. 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!

Each Iona in Mission trip has a limited number of spots. If interested, you must apply and go through an interview process to be selected.

If selected for the team, you will begin preparing by meeting weekly to build community, learn about your immersion and host community, plan team and individual fundraising, and begin the reflection process. The weekly team meetings are essential and mandatory.

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Spring Break Immersions

Students stand in front of a truck for the Habitat for Humanity trip.

Dates: March 14-20, 2021

We will partner with the Habitat for Humanity Chapter of Coastal Fairfield County in Bridgeport, Conn., for a week of service on their home construction and repair builds for families and veterans in need. During the week there are opportunities to explore local sites and a community night with volunteers and homeowners from the Habitat chapter.

Estimated cost: $400

Student Leader: Mary Crinnion

"It was humbling to work on such an amazing project and with a supportive team who was inspired to provide affordable housing to the Bridgeport community. I will always have a special place for Habitat in my heart and plan on going back to volunteer in the future." –Liz McNiff '18

The logo for the Romero Center Ministries.

Dates: March 14-20, 2021

We will partner with the Romero Center in Camden, N.J., for a week to participate in their Urban Challenge. During their week, you will work with local organizations to get to know local communities and their members through service and faith.

Estimated cost: $500

Student Leader: Kelly Lee

A group of students stand together in front of a building at Nazareth Farm in West Virginia.

Dates: March 14-20, 2021

At Nazareth Farm, you will learn about the economic and environmental injustices and cultural richness of Appalachia and engage in service opportunities such as constructing homes and visiting community members. This service-retreat experience will focus on the cornerstones of simplicity, community, prayer and service.

Estimated cost: $400

Student Leader: Ryan Murphy

"Nazareth Farm was an experience that surpassed all of my expectations. Immersing myself in the Appalachian culture of West Virginia and living simply for a week opened my eyes to so much. Naz Farm and all of the people I spent my week with will always have a special place in my heart. I got more out of the week than I could have ever imagined. As they say at the Farm: expect a miracle." –Katrina Flood '19

Two students chop lettuce in a soup kitchen on the mission trip to Philadelphia.

Dates: March 14-20, 2021

The Saint Francis Inn is a place of ministry with people who are homeless, addicted, mentally ill, and very poor. The main service site is the restaurant-style soup kitchen feeding up to 400 people a day while also providing other services. Additionally, there are service projects with the elderly and terminally ill.

Estimated cost: $150

Student Leader: Chris Tinoco

"My decision to apply for the Philly mission trip is by far one of the best decisions I have ever made. Before this trip, I had never experienced so much compassion and sincere kindness in such a short period of time. Every person we encountered was incredibly grateful and would always say "thank you," no matter what the circumstance. Having the opportunity to serve at the St. Francis Inn is one I will never forget, and I can only hope that one day I will return." –Kate Tagliareni '20

Summer Immersions

Students pose for a photo on the Iona in Mission India trip.

Dates: May 16-26, 2021

Partnering with the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers in Kolkata, India, you will serve in various Brothers’ ministries with children and people with disabilities, while also collaborating with the Nine is Mine Campaign in running human rights workshops and advocacy activities for the Christian Brother schools. You will also volunteer at Mother Teresa House serving the extremely poor, sick and dying.

Estimated cost: $1,700

Student Leader: Abby Walsh

"Applying to go on the Iona in Mission India trip was hands down one of the best decisions I have ever made. My favorite part of the immersion was volunteering at the Mother Teresa House because I was able to spend time with extraordinary children. I am so fortunate to have been exposed to this wonderful culture, and it has altered my outlook on life for the better." – Erin Macdonald '18

Students on the India Immersion trip jumping in unison for a group photo.
Iona students stand in front of a mural of Blessed Edmund Rice on the Ireland mission trip.

Dates: May 17-27, 2021

You will walk in the footsteps of Blessed Edmund Rice during this mission immersion in Ireland. One week will be spent in Dublin serving the Wheatfield Prison, the Peter McVerry drop-in center for people who are homeless or suffering addiction, and soup kitchens while learning about social justice issues relating to these populations. You will also head to Waterford and Callan to visit the Blessed Edmund Rice heritage sites and to Belfast to serve with the Edmund Rice Network ministries at the Westcourt Centre.

Student Leader: Alycia Fitzgerald

Estimated cost: $2,100

Dates: May 16-22, 2021

Location TBD - details forthcoming.
Estimated cost: $700

Students stand outside with members of the L'Arche Boston community.

May 16-22, 2021

L’Arche is a worldwide network of communities of people with and without developmental disabilities. The Iona in Mission groups will be sharing time and living together with the L’Arche Syracuse and L’Arche Boston North members to witness their community and the dignity of every person regardless of ability. This immersion will be a journey of spirituality, community, and awareness of developmental disability.

Estimated cost: $400

Student Leader: Sophia Jacoby

Students pose in a church with members of the L'Arche Syracuse community.

Dates: May 16-22, 2021

L’Arche is a worldwide network of communities of people with and without developmental disabilities. The Iona in Mission groups will be sharing time and living together with the L’Arche Syracuse and Boston North members to witness their community and the dignity of every person regardless of ability. This immersion will be a journey of spirituality, community, and awareness of developmental disability.

Estimated cost: $400

Student Leader: Hailey Kourbage

Students stand together where hard hats on the mission trip to Puerto Rico.

Dates: TBD

Estimated cost: $750

Student Leader: Laura Arroyo

A group of students from the Mississippi mission trip pose in an airport.

Dates: June 6-12, 2021

The Iona in Mission Mississippi team will serve as counselors at Camp Friendship, which is a week-long overnight camp experience for children living in poverty and of which a third to a half live in foster care. The fun-filled, safe, and loving camp week is a real highlight of the children’s years. Our Gaels will help make this a reality through their presence and compassion to those little ones.

Estimated Cost: $500

Student Leaders: Kelsey Dunn and Sydney Koehler

The logo for the Mustard Seed Communities.

Dates: May 16-22, 2021

You will travel to Kingston, Jamaica, to work with Mustard Seed Communities (MSC), which is an international nonprofit dedicated to caring for the most vulnerable populations throughout the developing world. MSC manages sustainable agriculture initiatives and provides education, nutrition, and skills training programs to improve the economic, social, and spiritual conditions within marginalized communities.

Estimated cost: $1,500

Student Leader: Lynnie Chong

A group of students poses for a photo on a mission trip to Zambia in Africa.

Dates; May 16-30, 2021

Participants in the Zambia immersion act as servant-learners, immersing themselves in the Zambian culture and customs in Mazabuka, “the sweetest town in all of Zambia.” The group serves at the Christian Brothers’ Changa Changa community school, the City of Joy home for at-risk girls, and accompanies home caregiver teams on visits to the elderly sick and people living with HIV/AIDS. The team also visits the Magoye Village to experience rural Zambian life and travels to Livingstone, Zambia, to visit the natural wonder of Victoria Falls.

Estimated cost: $2,700

Student Leader: Carlie Brainard

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