Service-Immersion Trips

Service-immersion trips invite students to live Rockhurst University’s Jesuit mission, a mission articulated in the former Jesuit Superior General Fr. Peter Hans Kolvenbach’s seminal 1997 speech, a portion of which is etched into the stone of Rockhurst’s bell tower:

“Students must let the gritty reality of this world into their lives so they can learn to feel it, think about it critically, respond to its suffering, and engage it constructively.”

These weeklong experiences, which include manual labor, cultural immersion activities, relationship-building and daily prayer and reflection, move students to a deeper understanding of the Gospel’s call to solidarity and justice. Extensive trip preparation and follow-up lead students toward the life-long path of becoming women and men for and with others.

Information sessions for the 2018 trips are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5:30 p.m., Massman 250
  • Thursday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., Massman 250

Dates and locations for the 2017 Service-Immersion Trips are as follows:

Dec. 30, 2017 – Jan. 6, 2018 (during Christmas break)

March 3 – 10, 2018  (spring break)

  • Dominican Republic
    Type of work: construction, coffee planting
    Partner agency: ILAC (students stay with host families)
  • Guatemala
    Type of work: construction, coffee, gardening
    Partner sgency: Friends of San Lucas
  • Jamaica
    Type of work: clinics, schools, housing
    Partner sgency: Diocese of Mandeville
  • Nicaragua
    Type of work: water/sanitation projects
    Partner agency: Amigos for Christ

March 4 – 10, 2018  (spring break)

  • Philadelphia
    Type of work: homeless ministry, assist in classrooms in an urban school environment
    Partner Agency: SSJ Mission Corps

May 12 - 19, 2018  (summer break)

Rockhurst University generously subsidizes students’ trip expenses. The application process for the trips begins in September and includes a written application, short essay, and in-person interview. Acceptance is communicated in early November.

For more information about Service-Immersion Trips, contact:
Bill Kriege
Director of Service-Immersion Trips
Massman 2 (lower level)