*Video filmed and produced by Sean Christensen '13 *

July 13-25, 2012

17 Bells participated in the 4th Mexico Service & Cultural Immersion. Accompanied by Spanish instructor Mr. Hansbrough, Julian Howard '08 and Gabriel Duncan from Walking Tree Travel, the group of incoming juniors and seniors shared unforgettable encounters in culture, language, service and solidarity with our southern neighbors.
The highlight of this multi-layered immersion was a week of community life and service at IPODERAC. This rural orphanage sits outside the southern city of Puebla, just 15 miles from Mexico's active Popocatepetl volcano, and is home to approximately 75 boys who range from 8-19 years of age. On this ranch the kids work together to maintain the grounds and care for a herd of goats whose milk is used to make artisan cheeses and soaps.
In 6 short days the Bells worked together to paint the outsides of all 6 IPODERAC houses, thus marking the third service project completed by Bellarmine here. Each afternoon the group participated in different tasks and chores alongside their hosts, and one day the Bellarmine students accompanied their hosts to a waterpark as a special gift. They played soccer and other games with the Mexican boys, using nothing but Spanish to communicate. Language skills quickly improved, and kinship was created. Each night, the group gathered to reflect, pray, and consider the important lessons that were being learned. They return changed and eager to share their stories.

The 2012 BCP Mexico Service & Cultural Immersion 2.0 participants were:

JUNIORS (5)
Colpo, Loren
Lewis, Bill
Paredes, Jesus
Parker, Josh
Schnoor, Kyle

SENIORS (12)
Agustin, Matt
Blach, Richard
Christensen, Sean
Epps, Cameron
Kelleher, Andrew
Orella, DeMarco
Pereira, Elliot
Quinby, Peter
Saglimbeni, Marco
Shannon, David
Siewierski, Paul
Williams, Phil

ALUMNI LEADER: Julian Howard ’08
FACULTY LEADER: Mr. Tyler Hansbrough
WALKING TREE LEADER: Mr. Gabriel Duncan

"Go Forth and Set the World on Fire" - St. Ignatius of Loyola

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