This program is open to Marquette University students. Applications are available online until November 30, 2015. Participants will be selected from the applicant pool. Up to seven students can participate in the Border Awareness Experience and will travel with a campus administrator or faculty member.
The group will be traveling by van from Milwaukee to El Paso, Texas. It is a long drive which will take a full 24 hours of driving. The drive will be broken up into two legs.
The group will be stay at The Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas, which is a house of hospitality for migrants along the border. The Annunciation House will facilitate the border awareness experiences while we are there. For more information on The Annunciation House click here.
This experience should be considered safe. El Paso is one of the safest cities in the U.S. In contrast, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is one of the most violent cities in the region. We will not be traveling to Mexico at any point in this experience. There are basic safety issues as would be expected for anyone traveling in a new city. Rules such as not walking alone at night, women should always walk in groups or with male escorts, and keeping valuables at home is always prudent.
Your $450 will cover most food, group transportation and housing. You will need to bring additional money for food during travel and personal spending.
A typical day may include:
Pack lightly and casually. Bring a sleeping bag, a towel, and toiletry items.
While Spanish would be extremely helpful for this experience, it is not necessary. We will have interpreters throughout our trip to translate from Spanish to English.
Since we are not traveling to Mexico you will not need a passport. Please bring some form of photo ID with you.
Applications are now being accepted. Participants will be selected from an application pool. Click here to apply now.