Catholic Charities Celebrates 10th Anniversary of the Ibero Transnational Service Project
Monday, March 05, 2018 by Communications

For the past 10 years, Catholic Charities has worked with Loyola University Chicago and Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico to help the migrant community in Chicago. The initiative, called The Ibero Transnational Service Project, is comparable to a student exchange program, and provides research opportunities for undergrad and graduate students from both Chicago and Mexico.

To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the partnership, a panel discussion and reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, at the Loyola University Shreiber Center, 16 E. Pearson, 9th Floor, Chicago. Following the panel discussion, a reception and photography exhibit from program participants will be shown.

Every year, several groups of college students from Mexico come to Catholic Charities in Chicago to volunteer in our programs for a semester while learning about the immigrant Mexican community in Chicago.

On behalf of Loyola, each year a group of their students travel to Mexico and Jesuit Migrant Services of Mexico host them in field placements in communities, and help them better understand culture, language, and migration from a Mexican perspective.

To date, nearly 150 students from Universidad Iberoamericana have come to Chicago. More than 50 students from Loyola have gone to Mexico.

This has been an excellent opportunity for Catholic Charities to build capacity to serve Latino families and individuals through social services that promote self-sufficiency in our clients.

More than 100,000 lives have been impacted by these interns through the Catholic Charities programs by serving 60,000 plus hours in the past decade.  

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