Catholic University of America has a long history of sending students to work with and learn from communities far away from Washington, DC. The first trip occurred in 2001, when a group of students went to Guatemala to help in the local schools and farms. Since then students have gone on trips to Jamaica, Arizona, Panama, West Virginia, Ecuador, Belize, Honduras, New Orleans, El Paso, New Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Philadelphia, Costa Rica, and Tanzania. Now, many years later, Catholic University sends over 100 students each year to encounter communities that struggle with poverty and marginalization. By meeting with and learning from the people of these communities, students learn not only about our brothers and sisters’ struggles, but also about their incredible gifts and beauty. Many students have left transformed, inspired by these people, and went on to live lives more committed to social justice and community service, whether it be in their own backyard or in places on the other side of the globe. For more information about the Service & Justice Immersion Program, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.