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 famous 1997 speech, which is partially 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.
Trips leave in January during Christmas Break and during March’s Spring Break to destinations such as:

  • Dominican Republic
  • Guatemala
  • New Orleans
  • Nicaragua
  • Philadelphia
  • West Virginia

Rockhurst University generously subsidizes the majority of the 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.

Service-Immersion trip sites include:

Nicaragua
Type of work: water/sanitation projects
Partner agency: Amigos for Christ

Dominican Republic
Type of work: construction, coffee planting
Partner agency: ILAC (students stay with host families)

Guatemala
Type of work: construction, coffee, gardening
Partner Agency: Friends of San Lucas

Jamaica
Type of work: children and elderly ministry, ministry to persons with Hanson’s disease
Partner Agency: Jamaica Volunteers

West Virginia
Type of work: clothes closet, gardening, feeding center
Partner agency: Wheeling Jesuit University Appalachian Institute

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

For more information about Service-Immersion Trips, contact:
Bill Kriege
Director of Service-Immersion Trips
Massman 2 (lower level)
816-501-4855
bill.kriege@rockhurst.edu