The IPM Immersion Model

We believe at IPM that our Immersion Model stands apart from the traditional service or volunteer trip. Our approach focuses on person-to-person cross cultural exchange as the best avenue for building a more just and peaceful world. In every case, our Immersion Experiences seek to be as community friendly as possible.

Focusing on this person-to-person exchange, IPM’s Immersion Experience is not a service project. The goal is to expand the participants’ worldview by walking in solidarity with the local communities. By meeting and living with individuals from across our global community, participants provide the greatest service there is – being present to listen and learn from their hosts. Participants’ roles are to share their compassion and to share themselves. By exposing the past and current socio-political conditions from a variety of perspectives, IPM Immersion Experiences allow participants to learn from our local friends what faith means to them, how their programs develop and improve their community, and about the local culture while taking in the sights, sounds, and foods of the country.

Additionally, Immersion Experiences give participants the chance to meet our international Project Partners. All of the Projects address the root causes of injustice and work for social change. There is an emphasis on community building, especially with women and children. By encountering and entering into relationships with our Project Partners, with whom we have long-standing relationships, an Immersion Experience participant gets to see IPM’s work firsthand.

“By entering into this journey, you are accepting a call to live as the people in that country live, eat what they eat, and accompany them in their struggles and joys. The greatest challenge for delegations traveling with IPM is not simply to give, but also to humbly receive, to be willing to stand back and listen… to enter into a partnership that teaches us as much as we can offer in return.”

– Joseph F. Cistone, IPM Chief Executive Officer

“By entering into this journey, you are accepting a call to live as the people in that country live, eat what they eat, and accompany them in their struggles and joys. The greatest challenge for delegations traveling with IPM is not simply to give, but also to humbly receive, to be willing to stand back and listen… to enter into a partnership that teaches us as much as we can offer in return.”

– Joseph F. Cistone, IPM Chief Executive Officer

TESTIMONIALS

“IPM is giving an opportunity to the youth so that they have the tools to contribute to the construction of a new society.”

Zoraida Soza Sanchez, Project Partner, Mujer Y Communidad

“I have learned to be resourceful, humble, patient, and kind when using materials or water. I have learned to be thankful and that I can help not only those around the world but also the people at home who need help, and that has made me an aware global citizen."

Emily Keller, Participant

“This Immersion Experience has definitely educated me on the power of what a small group of people could do...It makes me feel like I do have the power and ability to help others even if I feel like I don’t have much to offer financially."

Visaury Moreta, Student

“This experience made me realize that all people are responsible for the actions of their country through the process of voting and political awareness...Being more politically active and sharing stories of the people here will help create an atmosphere of social justice in my own community at home.”

Harry Crimi, Student

“I think the experience readily convinced me that working with the marginalized is not easy or comfortable. But it also showed me that there are few causes more rewarding or important...I am now filled with their same fire and a restlessness, and I am excited to put that energy to work.”

Peter, Student