Tucson Immigration & Welcome

Connect Week Grades 6-12, College Currently accepting waitlist requests only.

  • 325 US dollars

About the Week

Tucson, Arizona is 60 miles from the border of Mexico. Groups learn from immigrants, asylum-seekers, faith leaders, and activists about immigration in our borderlands. Groups spend the week in education, collaboration, cultural exchange, and hands-on service. Groups have the opportunity to explore what loving and welcoming our neighbors looks like through interactive experiences dedicated to growing your understanding around immigration, refugees, and persons seeking asylum. Weekly opportunities include desert walks, humanitarian aid, preparing and serving meals, building projects, learning about the immigration process, activism and advocacy. Groups have the option to cross the border into Mexico with our partners in Nogales. Groups participating in Tucson Immigration and Welcome weeks will learn to put their faith into action through service and justice in ways that are relational, sustainable and dignity-affirming. Groups work with and learn from a variety of organizations and people with whom we partner year round. Each day includes a morning gathering with a biblical reflection and videos to learn more about immigration and the partner organizations for the day, hands-on activities with non-profits, connect time and free time. Connect time is our justice based curriculum that will help your group connect what you are doing on your trip with how your will put your faith into action in new ways with immigrants when you return home. Cost is $325 per participant for five nights. • Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snack, Monday morning through Friday morning • Lodging in a local church • A dedicated Site-Coordinator and trained young adult staff to facilitate your week • Fully planned service and educational experiences • Honorariums for speakers, costs for activities, entrance fees • A t-shirt for each participant • Printed discussion guides for small groups • Online consultation with Be the Neighbor planning staff in the spring • Online training for your adult leaders in late May or early June Note that your group is responsible for transportation during the week.