Center for Advocacy and Outreach

We welcome you to Columban mission in a variety of ways, including internships, volunteerism and exposure trips.

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Be transformed by living with and serving people and communities who are most vulnerable to social, economic and environmental injustices. Join us for five days, five months or a lifetime. Please contact Amy Woolam Echeverria for more information about any of our CCAO missions.


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    Mission Through Their Eyes: CCAO Blog

    Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Suffering

    I encountered the compelling mystery of human suffering while playing a game of soccer with undocumented young adults and children who had recently migrated to El Paso, Texas. Through the celebration of goals, the coordination of blocked shots, and their …

    Highlights of a Border Awareness Immersion Trip

    Border Awareness Immersion Highlight Sheet The natives call it “the Borderlands” – the area between Mexico and the United States that is separated by one tall, wide, militarized fence. As the four CCAO advocacy interns for the Summer 2015, we …

    Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Solidarity

    Solidarity, one of my favorite social justice pillars, can be defined as unity: when I meet people in the Borderlands I want to share empathy (not sympathy), and support. I want to mindfully hear and try to understand their stories. …

    Border Awareness Immersion Reflection: Language

    Being in the Borderlands taught me the consequences not only of what I say, but how I say it. The complex world of connotation and meaning influences my understanding of humanity. People on the U.S.-Mexico border choose words carefully. I …