Virtual Immersion Experience Program

For more information on our new Virtual Immersion Experience Program (VIEP), please contact:

Victoria Jimenez at vjimenez@ipmconnect.org or call our office at +1.866.932.4082.

We prefer to communicate directly with potential participants to guarantee the best experience for them and our Project Partners. If this is your first VIEP, the VIEP BASICS and SCHEDULES tabs can help to start framing what kind of Immersion Experience would best suit your group.

Each VIEP can accommodate up to 30 people at a time (more than the average in-person Immersion Experience Program) at the rate of $500 per participant.

Since 2003, IPM has conducted approximately 250 Immersion Experiences in 13 countries with leading academic, congregational, corporate, and non-profit institutions as well as groups of donors and friends. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have translated our proven model into a digital format, where we can safely continue fostering connections across borders  of culture, faith and circumstance.

How does it work?

The Virtual Immersion Experience Program (VIEP) works with a combination of asynchronous and  synchronous online learning. Participants will be guided by experts from the IPM international staff, Project and Community Partners, and leading experts from academic, corporate, public, diplomatic and social sectors.

What will we learn?

The main categories of learning are consistent with a standard IEP: History & Culture, Socio-economic & Political Analysis, Advocacy & Spirituality, and Community-based Projects. Collaboration and empathy across cultures is at the core of every VIEP. The program also provides a toolkit to discover more ways you can support and advocate for IPM’s Project Partners.

Where will we go?

The VIEP allows participants to choose between a One-Country immersion or a Global immersion. With a One-Country VIEP you will dive deep into the lives and work of IPM’s Project Partners in either Brazil, Columbia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Italy, Kenya, Nepal, Nicaragua, Tanzania, or USA: Wabanaki Peoples. Alternatively, a Global VIEP is structured around an internationally relevant theme, such as Children’s & Youth’s Rights, Environmental Justice, Ethnic & Racial Justice, Gender Equity & Human Rights for Women & Girls, and Migration & Refugees.

The Virtual Immersion Experience Program (VIEP) itinerary is divided into 15 sections that can be flexibly structured into schedules that best suit your group.

Schedules for Academic Institutions

    1. One semester: 10-15 weeks, 1-2 hours per week
    2. Two weeks: 5 days per week, 1-1.5 hours per day
    3. One week: 7 days, 2-2.5 hours per day 

Schedules for Congregations, Corporations, and Donors/Friends

    1. One semester: 10-15 weeks, 1-2 hours per week
    2. Two months: 6-8 weeks, 2-2.5 hours per week
    3. One Weekend: 2 days, 6 hours per day

Sample Itineraries