About the Mission
The ILAC Center in the Dominican Republic is an international, Christian, Ignatian-inspired, collaborative health care and educational organization that exists to promote the integral well-being and spiritual growth of all its participants.
The Center is often referred to by its Spanish equivalent the Centro de Educacion para la Salud Integral (CESI) which has served the rural campo communities of the Dominican Republic since 1976. All of the international groups that visit the Dominican Republic are assisted by the long standing connections in the country established by the Dominican staff of (CESI/ILAC).
Encuentro Dominicano utilizes the relationships of the mission to decide on locations for immersion experiences and "proyecticos" (projects that the students complete while they are in the community). The immersion communities form the basis of a major educational opportunity for the Encuentro students as they learn the way of life in the Dominican campo and the daily struggles of the people there.
The ILAC Center in the Dominican Republic is housed at "La Mision", Creighton's eight-building campus located 7.5 kilometers outside of Santiago. Located in the second largest city of the Dominican Republic, the ILAC Center provides numerous opportunities for students and professionals to grow personally, professionally and spiritually.