Borderlands is a unique opportunity to serve and to learn in the space in between two nations, two cultures, two ways of life. It is a seven-day, six night service immersion to the U.S./México border communities of San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. During the journey, students, faculty and staff experience and unpack the socio-political herida abierta, (open wound) that is the border between two peoples. We will explore the ways that the U.S./México border is more than a place. It is a metaphor for the way that our lives are the complex integration of many things: faith, culture, society, desires, fears, hopes and dreams. The borderlands are a place within us and a place that exists in the world.  


Because of housing, food, transportation, and program costs, these immersions require significant funding. University Ministry is able to subsidize a portion of the cost, but not all. We will be accepting students in two groups. Early acceptance students will apply by Friday, February 15, 2019 and deposit $300. Regular acceptance participants will apply by Friday, March 15, 2019 and deposit $350. We ask that all participants commit to working with the other ABI participants and leaders to fundraise a total of $6,000 through letter writing. Family, friends, professors, former teachers, etc., want to support you in your ambitions and in your service. We will give you the tools and confidence to ask for their support. Once accepted, more details will follow about making your deposit and the letter writing campaign.

University Ministry understands that the cost of these trips can be prohibitive to some students. We strongly encourage students in this situation to make an appointment with Claudia Guzman ( or Mazz North 298 D) to create a payment plan and/or apply for a scholarship.

Program Dates

Monday, May 13 to Sunday, May 19, 2019.

This trip will make stops in San Diego, California and Tijuana, Mexico. 

Early Application deadline for Summer 2019 is Friday, February 22, 2019

Regular Application deadline for Summer 2019 is Friday, March 15, 2019

Post-Acceptance Commitments
  • Attend two pre-trip meetings to give context to what the trip encompasses and systems at play at the border
  • Attend a Team Building and Orientation event
  • The times for these meetings are TBD

Apply online