Magis: Peru Immersion Experience
The Magis: Peru Immersion Experience is a global immersion program for faculty and staff rooted in the University’s commitment to integrating learning, faith, and justice. The purpose of the program is to provide members of the Georgetown community an opportunity to investigate and reflect on the meaning of work and life at Georgetown as a Catholic and Jesuit university by exploring and learning from the justice-oriented work of the Society of Jesus and its partners elsewhere in the world. This Magis experience builds on the legacy of Georgetown’s immersion program in Kenya that occurred annually from 2004 to 2013, involving over 100 faculty and staff participants.
The Magis: Peru Immersion Experience is a partnership between the Jesuit University Antonio Ruiz de Montoya (UARM) in Lima, Peru, and Georgetown’s Office of Mission and Ministry and Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching, and Service (CSJ.) Opened in 2003, the small and vibrant UARM emerged from and continues the 400-year-old tradition of Jesuit education in Peru, uniting the rigorous education and training efforts of the Peruvian Jesuit community with the goal of empowering students to make active and responsible contributions to societal transformation in Peru and the world.
Content and Duration
The intensive ten-day program for Georgetown University community members will introduce participants to the history and impact of the Jesuit community in Peru; immerse them in the current economic, educational, and societal challenges that the country faces; and engage with efforts of local businesses, non-profit groups, and religious communities collaborating to promote the common good in the tradition of St. Ignatius of Loyola. A main focus of the program is to reflect on the meaning of our own work at Georgetown in light of the worldwide Ignatian commitment to excellence in higher education.
As with other immersion trips Georgetown has sponsored, participants in the Magis: Peru Immersion Experience will commit to daily reflection during the program with the expectation that the experience will continue to influence their lives in a tangible way back at Georgetown and in their own communities.