Program Cost: $1000.00
Travel Dates: December 13-20, 2014
Participants in the MMT program fly to San Diego and drive across the U.S./Mexico border into Tijuana, where they reside and work. Students will stay at the Posada Retreat Center in La Gloria located just outside of Tijuana. Throughout the week students work with Esperanza International, a non-profit organization which promotes the development of communities interested in improving their quality of life, through voluntary participation in the support of housing projects and environmental care programs. During the week days participants join families in the construction of simple concrete homes. This labor-intensive construction process includes the digging of foundations, pouring of concrete roofs, assembling brick walls, bending and tying rebar, and other strenuous physical activity. In the evenings participants meet with social workers to learn about the realities of families, visit an orphanage, tour a health clinic, and eat dinner with men who have recently been deported or migrated to Tijuana at Casa del Migrante. Participants build relationships in the colonias of Tijuana while learning about community empowerment. Students explore various issues surrounding the border, trade, immigration and our complex and vibrant relationship with Mexico.
2014 Ecuador & MMT Immersion Application
simultaneously enlivened and sobered my idealism - enlivened it because I have
never seen so much cause for hope or evidence of it on people's faces, and
sobered because true change happens slowly." - MMT Participant
"I see Mexico Mission Trek everywhere and I am thankful for the sore arms, for the smiles, for the heartache, for the soccer matches, for the eye-opening experiences, for the meals prepared with so much love by the families, and most of all for the perspective. Without Mexico Mission Trek I would not be where I am today."- MMT Participant
"...with each encounter I had with someone, my preconceived notions, stereotypes and boarders were continually broken down until all I saw was the face of an individual human being." -MMT Participant
information, please contact Seán Bray, Social
Justice Minister, at (206) 296-6079.