Ecumenical Links and Border Immersions


Centro Romero, San Ysidro, California ~
Centro Romero facilitates transformational immersion seminars along the US-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana. These seminars focus on issues of globalization, economic policies, immigration, and community empowerment. Participants have the opportunity to meet with people from a different perspective and to discuss a variety of social, political, economic, faith and environmental issues.

(The video at right provides some insight into the border immersion trip of the Congregational Church of San Mateo, California. Permission by Floresca Productions.)

BorderLinks, Tucson, Arizona ~
BorderLinks is a bi-national, nonprofit educational organization at the U.S./Mexico border that focuses on relationship-building opportunities, issues of immigration, community formation and development, and social justice in the borderlands between Mexico and the U.S. On average, nearly 1,000 individuals participate annually in BorderLinks learning opportunities.

Humane Borders, Tucson, Arizona ~
This hands-on experience at the US-Mexico border includes volunteers setting up and tending water tanks in the desert, instructional sessions about the context of border life, and meetings with border patrol agents. It is sponsored by the Disciples of Christ and United Church of Christ’s faith communities.

No More Deaths, Flagstaff, Arizona ~
Justice groups within the Unitarian Universalists community track deaths in the desert and during border crossings, and teaches justice in treating migrants, monitoring borders, and processing of workers coming into the United States.

Quaker Action Newsletter, Focus on Immigration ~
Spring 2011, Vol. 92, No. 1 American Friends Service Committee ~
Clear reporting of the news of crossings, deaths, activities on the border between the United States of America and the United States of Mexico. Personal stories and experiences of volunteers working with immigrants regularly available to us.

Kino Border Initiative
Over the years, West Cosgrove has taken thousands of students, teachers, social activists and other concerned citizens across the border, initially for Maryknoll as an educator and coordinator of their Border Project in El Paso–Ciudad Juarez, then for the El Paso-based Project Puente, which he founded in 2008 to continue this important border work.

 

Language and Cultural Immersions

South Lake Tahoe Community College Language School ~ California
A family and individual language experience consisting of live-in or daily courses.

This is recommended by a teacher and principal of La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District.

Guatemala immersion ~
Live-in setting for culture and language immersion referred by one of the farm owners in Pescadero.

Oaxacan Language and Cultural Immersion ~
The state from which many of our workers originally came offers both live-in and classroom experiences. Recommended by one or our Spanish tutees at Puente de la Costa Sur.

Guadalupe Center ~ Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Benedictine Sisters’ bilingual retreats for individual and groups teach about culture, economics, history, archeology, politics, religion, law, government, and actual living conditions. Retreat participants are offered opportunities to meet people in barrios and community-based organizations.
(Video available upon request.)

VAMOS!, Inc. ~ Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
(will be visited on Guadalupe Retreats)
Serving children by improving daily nutrition and literacy. Adult volunteers are trained to become teachers and staff in dozens of community programs in Mexico.

P.O. Box 212 Weston, VT 05161
Phone: 802-875-3844
VAMOS A.C. Himno Nacional No. 8 (Apartado Postal 5-142)
Cuernavaca, Morelos 62051 MEXICO

 

Other Non-Profit Organizations

Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights/Clue ~
Interfaith advocacy in Northern California for the rights and dignity of the immigrant community.