Border Awareness Experience FAQ
Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about our Border Immersion Program.
Who can participate?
This program is open to Marquette University students. Applications are available online until the end of November. Participants will be selected from the applicant pool.
How will we travel?
The group will be traveling by van from Milwaukee to El Paso, Texas.
Where will we be staying?
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. Read more about The Annunciation House. We will stop and stay at a M.A.P. site in Oklahoma on the way to and from El Paso.
How safe is this trip?
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, and keeping valuables at home is always prudent.
How much does the trip cost?
We are decreasing the cost for the experience from past years. But the cost will cover most food, group transportation and housing. We are hoping between $300-$400 for the final cost. You will need to bring additional money for food during travel and personal spending.
Is financial assistance available?
There are some need-based funds available. Speak to Bernardo Borunda about exploring this option.
What does a typical day look like?
A typical day may include:
- Visiting the US Border Patrol
- Listening to the stories of migrants and refugees
- Meeting human rights activists
- Observing immigration court cases
What do I need to bring?
Pack lightly and casually. Bring a sleeping bag, a towel, and toiletry items.
What language do I need to know?
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.
Do I need to have a passport?
Since we are not traveling to Mexico you will not need a passport. Please bring some form of photo ID with you. If you are a DACA student or not a U.S. Citizen, please bring all your pertinent paperwork.
When are applications open?
Applications are now open.