VISION is a program under the auspices of the Office for Mission and Campus Ministry at the University of St. Thomas. VISION is a cultural immersion and service program where St. Thomas students learn about various issues of social, economic, political and environmental injustice, while living a simple lifestyle that fosters communal and spiritual growth. We send teams of students consisting of approximately nine students, two student leaders, and one graduate student/staff/faculty advisor to live, work, and learn with partnering organizations in approximately fourteen locations throughout the United States and countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
VISION teams travel to collaborate with our partnering organzations during January Term and Spring Break,. The projects vary in both length and scope. Some projects are one week in duration while others are more than three weeks long. In addition, some of the projects focus on service related experiences such as working with a reforestation program in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala while others are immersion experiences such as spending time in an emergency shelter on the border of U.S. and Mexico.
Regardless of its focus, each project shares the ultimate goal of creating solidarity, learning about issues of poverty and injustice, and connecting the local with the global.