We believe that our service immersion programs help us to better understand these two interpretations of A.M.D.G. They help us better discover how to glorify God, through discovering God in all people. This site is intended to help you learn more about our Service Immersion Program for Juniors moving into their Senior year at Jesuit High School.
PDF OF THE ONLINE APPLICATION
(This includes the focus of service options, dates, location and costs of trips. For more information on what each trip entails and costs see below, “What trips are being developed for 2017?”) Note: To access the application students must sign-in using their Jesuit student email address.
If you would like to print out a copy of the application questions before completing online, you may follow the link to access the PDF of the application: NOTE: To complete the app online (required) click the red box in the upper right corner of this page.
Our service immersion program offers rising Seniors an opportunity to put their faith into action in a very challenging and real way. The trips are about responding to the Gospel call to serve those in need, while questioning the reasons behind why people are in need. While each immersion has its own unique slant, they all encourage participants to learn about living in solidarity with people and experiencing a different way of living, often without many material possessions.
Each trip has goals which are modeled on tenets of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps program: engaging in direct service for and with the people of the community we are visiting; living simply, while in community with fellow students and people of the local community; reflecting on social justice and Catholic Social Teaching issues pertinent to the community we are visiting; and reflecting through prayer at the end of each day as a means of noticing where and how God was acting throughout the day, and, further, how God invites us to respond.
Tyler Carson, who participated in the immersion trip to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a few years ago, wrote, “My idea of ‘social justice’ has been radically modified since the end of this trip. I know that while initiating change in the world is a goal for an immersion trip like this, the primary goal is to create change in ourselves. In the long run, this personal change really will make the world a better place. We become more prepared to bring love to every place possible, and with a higher purpose.”
What trips are being developed for Summer 2017?
Who will we be sharing life with?
WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS OR SEVERE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP
Sacramento: We will serve with various non-profits who help those experience homelessness or severe economic hardship. From the service experience we intend to advocate at Sacramento’s City Council meeting and lobby at the state capitol in unison with those striving to improve the lives of people experiencing homelessness. Some of the non-profits we will be partnering with are Loaves & Fishes (www.sacloaves.org), the River City Food Bank (rivercityfoodbank.org), and Sacramento ACT (www.sacact.org). (LOCAL) Cost $300
San Francisco: We will serve in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco at the St. Anthony’s Foundation (SAF) (www.stanthonysf.org). One of the many strengths of the (SAF) is the emphasis it provides on poverty education for its volunteers. We will be staying at St. Agnes Jesuit parish (www.saintagnessf.com) in the Haight/Ashbury district of SF. (LOCAL) Cost $400
WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
Portland: Our mornings will be spent serving people experiencing homelessness at St. Andre Bessette Parish (saintandrechurch.org/ways-to-volunteer/) in downtown Portland, Oregon. Our afternoons and evenings will be spent in service and companionship with members of the L’Arche Community (www.larche-portland.org), people living with physical and developmental disabilities. Lodging is TBD. (LOCAL) Cost $425
Chiapas: (See below) (INTERNATIONAL)
DOING PHYSICAL LABOR/HOME REPAIR IN UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES
New Orleans: We will once again partner with the St. Bernard Project (www.stbernardproject.org), a well established non-profit organization devoted to restoring the homes of their neighbors. Whenever possible we will work side-by-side with the homeowners. We will stay at the Mission House of Mustard Seed Ministries (www.mustardseedmins.com/new-orleans-mission-house-home). (DOMESTIC) Cost $1,300
Tijuana: We will partner with Esperanza (www.esperanzaint.org), working side-by-side with a local family as they take their handmade concrete blocks and transform it into a permanent home. There will also be opportunity for cultural immersion including visiting an orphanage and the touring the border from the Mexican side. Lodging will be with Esperanza (La Posada). (INTERNATIONAL) Cost $1,100
WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING EXTREME POVERTY ABROAD
Tijuana: (See above) (INTERNATIONAL)
Chiapas: We will be working on Yo’onik Learning Center for Indigenous Mayan Children in Zinacantan through the organization Natik. We will be spending time with the community at Angeles de Amor, a day program and working farm for people living with disabilities. We will also be experiencing the Mayan culture by visiting sites such as Chomula and the Mexican National Jungle. We will be staying at Angeles de Amor in their volunteer quarters. (INTERNATIONAL) Cost $1,500
Guatemala: We are once again partnering with International Samaritan (intsam.org) to volunteer with people who make their livelihood by scavenging through the local landfill for food and items to sell. Much of our time will be serving the pre-school and elementary school children whose families live in the this city dump next to the school. Lodging will be at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Guatemala City. (INTERNATIONAL) Cost $2,500
KINO Border Initiative: Nogales, Arizona/Mexico: (INTERNATIONAL) (See Below)
CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICE-RETREAT (With a focus on simple living, helping local underserved communities, and respect for the Earth)
Kansas City (Jerusalem Farm): We will be living simply and giving of our time and energy to help others primarily with home maintenance and repair so that they may have adequate shelter. The Jerusalem Farm community (www.jerusalemfarm.org), which provides our housing, is led by an alumnus of Jesuit High School. (DOMESTIC) Cost $1,200
West Virginia (Nazareth Farm): We will be partnering with the community at Nazareth Farm (www.nazarethfarm.org), who provide our housing, in an atmosphere of simple living and service. We will assist neighbors in need with home maintenance and repair as well as work on the farm for self-sufficiency. (DOMESTIC) Cost $1,600
WITH PEOPLE EXPERIENCING IMMIGRATION
KINO Border Initiative: Nogales, Arizona/Mexico: The Kino Border Initiative (www.kinoborderinitiative.org) recognizes the tremendous impact that immersion experiences can have on delegations. They are provided the opportunity for direct service, for dialogue with people impacted by migration and for reflection on their experience and response. (DOMESTIC/INTERNATIONAL) Cost $1,150
Tijuana: (See above) (INTERNATIONAL)
When does the process begin and how do I apply?
The process begins in early October with the Immersion Information Meetings on Monday, October 10 or Wednesday, October 12 in the Chapel. We are offering two informational meetings to best accommodate your schedule; students and parents need only attend one meeting. Any Junior who is interested should plan to attend one of the forums!
The online application will be available using the link on this page beginning October 10.
Once an application is turned in what are the next steps?
The online application (which includes a $100 online deposit, student service preferences, and parent consent) plus two faculty/staff recommendations are due no later than 9:45 am October 21.Once a student has submitted a completed application he will be emailed his assigned time for an interview. Interview times will also be posted in the Christian Service Office. If a student misses his interview without communicating the time conflict with Mrs. Anderson in advance, he will not move forward in the process. We aim to notify students just after Thanksgiving regarding their acceptance or waitlist status. Students not initially placed on a team will remain on the waiting list with the opportunity to fill an opening should one arise.
When do the trips take place?
Each trip takes place over the summer; most during the month of June. Please check your calendar for date conflicts in advance (SAT, Summer School, family trips). Even though we start the process in October, it is possible that the dates for a few of the immersions may not be secured until early in the 2nd semester.
Does participating in an immersion fulfill my Christian Service requirement for Senior year?
Yes! If you participate in an immersion, you do not need to take the “Christian Service” course Senior year. THE IMMERSIONS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE TO CURRENT JUNIORS entering their Senior year!!
Is there work required before the immersion?
YES! All of the immersions require reading, homework, and attendance at monthly or bi-monthly meetings. Additionally, each person who participates in an immersion commits to raise donations for the organizations with whom we partner and to help offset some trip costs.
What is the cost of the trips? Is there financial aid available?
Immersions cost anywhere between $300 and $2600, depending on the immersion. This information will be listed on the application. Yes, partial financial aid is available for students who qualify for work study and are in good standing with the school.
How many students are selected for the trips?
Immersions groups are composed of 6-10 students, depending on the Immersion.
Who are the chaperones?
Each immersion has at least two Jesuit faculty or staff members who act as the immersion leaders and chaperones.
What are you looking for in immersion participants?
The ideal participant is someone who is compassionate, empathetic, open to growth, hard working, flexible, spiritual (it is not a requirement that you are Catholic!), reflective and able to reflect with his peers, concerned about social justice, and passionate about instigating change in our world, while learning about and serving a specific population of people. Immersions require a lot of work and energy before, during and after, and they are not for everyone! That being said, they are life-altering experiences for most participants. Students come back feeling enriched, renewed, and challenged to continue with the work they did.
All student Immersion participants must attend this training to be eligible for their Immersion trip. The intention of the day is to offer students more tools to be prepared for their Christian Service Immersion experience. We will spend time in personal and group reflection, while also considering one’s role as a volunteer and the complex contexts of poverty that each participant is entering.
Online applications will be accepted for our Christian Service Immersion Program from Monday, October 10, through 9:45 a.m. on Friday, October 21. Current Juniors who would like to be candidates for an Immersion team should complete the following steps: