Sierra Service Project San Diego -- July 28 – August 4
Join other El Camino Real Diocesan youth this summer
Build Faith - Strengthen Communities - Serve Others

Middle School & High School together
Current 5th-12th graders

$450 per person
(scholarships available)

Adult/Parent Counselors welcome too!

Are your youth concerned about poverty, immigration, and the environment?
Join us as we travel south to serve with SSP in San Diego’s South Bay to explore these issues which are very real in the communities adjacent to the US / Mexico border. Almost half a million people reside in South Bay, which has a relatively large immigrant population. Both the Border Field State Park (home of Friendship Park) and the San Ysidro Port of Entry, which we use to walk across the border into Tijuana, are located in South Bay. Youth will visit Friendship Park on both sides of the US / Mexico border. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for a day trip to Tijuana, or stay in the US for a day of learning and serving.

Service to Community:
In San Diego half of our work is with homeowners, and half with community based organizations. In South Bay, we will focus our service and learning around the intersection of immigration, poverty, and the environment. We will work with city governments, community organizations, and churches to organize our work near the international border of the US and Mexico.The type of work includes painting, rebuilding fences, and other general home repairs. No construction experience is needed, and you’ll be amazed at all of the work that your youth teams complete!

Adventure Wednesday at the US Mexico Border:
San Diego is the northern half of the largest trans-border or trans-national metropolitan area in the United States. On Wednesday, all volunteers will participate in a border experience on either the San Diego or Tijuana side of the international border. To take part in the Tijuana visit, volunteers must bring a valid passport or passport card, a photocopy of the passport or card, and signed permission from both parents or legal guardians.

Both groups will meet at Friendship Park on their respective sides of the border to have a shared experience of what it feels like to be separated from friends and loved ones across the border. They will hear from people living and working in the border areas including a Pastor from the Mexico Methodist Church who will lead the group in a binational prayer. After that, they will spend the day doing different service learning activities.

How will we get there?
Travel by 12 seat van is included in the cost of the trip.

Where will we stay?
Volunteers will be housed at a host facility in Imperial Beach located in South Bay. It is important for our youth to live and work in the same are, limiting driving times and increasing awareness about the surrounding community. Volunteers will eat, sleep, have fun, and explore their faith at this host facility. Delicious and healthy meals are provided by SSP. We will sleep on air mattresses in our sleeping bags and there will be off-site showers.

What's the cost? $450 per youth (scholarships available). A non-refundable $50 deposit is due now to hold your spot Payment #2 of $200 is due February 25. Payment #3 of $200 is due May 15.

Spaces are limited so sign up right away!

For more information email Mother Katherine at katherine@stfranciswillowglen.org

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On Wednesday, all volunteers will participate in a border experience on either the San Diego or Tijuana side of the international border. To take part in the Tijuana visit, volunteers must bring a valid passport or passport card, a photocopy of the passport or card, and signed permission from both parents or legal guardians. Do you want your youth to participate in the Tijuana visit?
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