Nebraska teens experience cultural ‘Immersion’



Six teenage girls from Greeley and Spalding, Neb., are learning about life on the U.S.-Mexico border this week as part of an “Immersion Experience” sponsored and hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

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The girls are all members of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Spalding are are traveling with two adult sponsors.

Traveling with them are Sisters Esther Pineda, Judy Stephens and Dian Hall, and CSJ Associate Catherine Seitz. The group is being hosted by Sister Christine Doman in El Paso, Texas.

The girls on the trip are Brooke Behnk and Kaitlyn Wood, both of Greeley, and Anna Esch, Maddy Esch, Kelsie Leslie and Tori Valasek, all of Spalding. Their adult sponsors are Jackie Nekoliczak of Greeley and Maggie Smith of Spalding.

The Border Immersion Experience is a one-week entry into the life and culture on the U.S.-Mexico border, with participants visiting shelters, organizations, cooperatives and “colonias” (or poor areas just outside the city) that serve and are home to immigrants.

The group left for the sisters’ convent in El Paso on June 22 and will return home June 29.

4 thoughts on “Nebraska teens experience cultural ‘Immersion’

  • July 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Thank you, Judy, Esther, Diane, Christine and Catherine, for providing one more opportunity for more folks to experience being one with one another! This seems to be the favorable time. obrigada e abraços, Donna

  • July 19, 2013 at 12:48 am

    Thank you for stoping at Sin Fronteras Organizing Project and learning about the organization efforts to help farm workers.

  • June 30, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Looks like another wonderful opportunity to learn about another culture – the joys and struggles. So glad this could happen…….thanks to all! Great photos, too!

  • June 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Glad to have the opportunity to see pictures and read about the experiences of the Immersion.

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