The National Catholic College Admissions Association
Find Colleges and Universities

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 2020 tour will be held from February 10 to February 21. In its twelfth year, the tour will include visits to schools in the following cities and countries:

Lima, Peru

San Salvador, El Salvador

Guatemala City, Guatemala

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Panama City, Panama

Quito, Ecuador

Baranquilla, Colombia

Cali, Colombia

Bogota, Colombia

Ian Sonia, Associate Director of Admissions at Emmanuel College in Boston, is serving as this year's lead tour coordinator, and Stephanie Szczepanski, Assistant Director of Admission at Saint Louis University, is serving as this year's assistant tour coordinator. Wren International, a professional travel company specializing in international travel for educational institutions, is again serving as travel partner.

The 2020 tour costs approximately $10,440 per participant, which is a very cost-effective price considering the value and depth of the tour.  The tour cost covers international airfare, hotel accommodations, airport departure taxes, breakfasts, opening and closing dinners, transportation on first class air conditioned buses to visits, hotels, and airports, tour table sign, tour booklet, and a Wren International professional tour manager. 

*All college representatives participating in the Latin America Recruitment Program must attend every CCAA-sponsored visit during the tour. The program is promoted with the understanding that all participating schools will be at each event.*

Click here for the registration form, which you can complete and return via email to by December 6, 2019. A $350 deposit (made payable to the National CCAA) is required, and then Wren International will send a followup invoice for the tour balance.

List of National CCAA institutions who attended the 2019 tour >>

List of National CCAA institutions who attended the 2018 tour >>

List of National CCAA institutions who attended the 2017 tour >>

If you have questions about the Latin America tour, please contact Ian at or Stephanie at

What past participants are saying

"This is a great trip and well worth the time. Wren International was wonderful and the tour leaders did a fabulous job." – Georgina Cervantes, Our Lady of the Lake University (TX)

"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.