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The Cardoner Project: Student immersion

25 August 2016

The Cardoner Project, a ministry of the Jesuits, is a not-for-profit, university student-focused hub for volunteering that offers assistance to disadvantaged communities both locally and abroad. With a mission to deepen human, spiritual, and intellectual formation, young men and women involved with The Cardoner Project are grounded in a love of the poor in the service of the Church.

Since its inception in 2010, The Cardoner Project has grown rapidly, seeing over 400 young volunteers give their energy and work to impoverished communities around the world – whether it be for three weeks on an Immersion, for a year on a Service Year placement overseas, or as one of our 170+ young volunteers that serve in our restaurant and bar The Two Wolves

The Cardoner Project has a limited number of vacancies available on our upcoming Immersion Programs, these are 2-3 week experiences of cultural exposure, hard work under basic conditions, and shared Examen and reflections every day. These are profound experiences of receiving hospitality from those materially poor, yet spiritually rich. 

Please find attached flyers for what we are offering for November 2016 - February 2017. The post-school age group taken on immersion are young adults from 17 – 30 years old. Immersions are priced from $4500- $5500, and places are limited & booking out quickly. Upcoming Immersions include:

Cambodia 21 November- 6 December 2016  

Nepal 5 December- 22 December 2016 

Thailand/Vietnam 5 January- 22 January 2017 

Mexico 14 January- 31 January 2017  SOLD OUT

Mexico 1- 18 February 2017

Nepal 8-26 February 2017  

Ecuador immersion story from 10 February 2016:

The nine Ecuador immersion volunteers have been travelling together for over two weeks. Beginning with a stopover in LA, we visited the Jesuit-founded Homeboy Industries. Homeboy was founded by Fr. Greg Boyle SJ in 1992 to help at risk youth and former gang members. The program offers a host of free services including: tattoo removal, mental health and legal assistance and education and training opportunities. Homeboy also offers employment opportunities through its various social enterprises. We were honoured to have Freddy, a graduate of Homeboy’s program, share with us the tragedy of his young-adulthood and how he was able to overcome such a past through the opportunities the social enterprise provided. 

Since then we have been based in Ecuador’s capital, Quito, working out of the Centro del Muchacho Trubajador - or Working Boys Centre. The centre has been operated by Fr John Halligan SJ, Sister Miguel and Sister Cindy for over 50 years. It is almost beyond belief to learn that in that time they have provided education and employment for more than 30,000 street children and their families. Over our stay we have been a part of running their network of technical education courses and social enterprise businesses. We’ve also been gifted with the chance to enter the surrounding communities, working to help build a new home and bearing witness to their experience.


For more info students can email or call Cathy Hammond on 0427 960 918.


The above text was provided by the The Cardoner Project.


Topic tags: catholicsocialteaching, socialjustice–australia, socialjustice–global, volunteeringandtakingaction

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