The National CCAA Latin America Recruitment Program
Latin America presents excellent recruitment opportunities for Catholic universities and colleges. Latin America and the Caribbean are home to the majority of the world’s Catholic population; thirty-nine percent of Catholics are found in this region of the world (Pew Forum). Many Latin American students and families recognize the importance of an international educational experience, with many students seeking to improve their English language skills.
About the tour
The National CCAA has led the recruitment tour to Latin America since 2009. The smaller size of the tour, which averages 15 member institutions each year, offers participants the opportunity for meaningful interaction with students, parents and counselors in as many as seven countries in just over two weeks. The tour participants participate in counselor breakfasts and visit carefully selected high schools, meeting with students who are interested in Catholic higher education and in attending college in the U.S.
The 2018 tour was held from Sunday, March 4 to Wednesday, March 14, 2018. In its tenth year, the tour included visits to schools in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Guatemala.
Ryan Konkright, Director of Undergraduate Admission at St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas), served as this year's lead tour coordinator, and Anne Faucett, Director of International Admission & Services at Benedictine College (Atchison, Kansas), served as this year's assistant tour coordinator. Wren & Fida International, a professional travel company specializing in international travel for educational institutions, is again serving as travel partner. Click here for the tour calendar.
Dates for the 2019 tour will be posted in summer 2018.
What past participants are saying
"I loved this tour. Being my first international tour, I didn't know what to expect, but the bar has been set very high." – Jon Pepin, Stonehill College (MA)
"Awesome tour and very great job at keeping the group informed." – Jen Easley, John Carroll University (OH)
"As a first timer, I thought everything was wonderful. I learned a lot about some great people. I will be back for sure next year and hopefully more after that!"– Anne Faucett, Benedictine College (KS)
About National CCAA Recruitment Tours
Participants often indicate that National CCAA recruitment tours stand apart from other organized recruitment tours. Many representatives find that the affinity with other Catholic colleges and universities broadens interest from students considering a Catholic college or university. They also enjoy the unique camaraderie, building stronger professional networks with admission colleagues and secondary school counselors.
Participants appreciate that the tour details – including school visits, fairs, and transportation – are well organized by Wren & Fida and National CCAA staff, leaving representatives more time before and during the trip to develop relationships with schools and students.
In general, group travel is cost effective, and our recruitment programs tend to be even less expensive than similar recruitment tours offered by other organizations.