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 (attend one) for the 2020 trips are scheduled for:

•Monday, Sept. 16, 5:00 p.m., Massman 250
•Tuesday, Sept. 17, 5:00 p.m., Massman 250

Service Immersion Trip Application

Dates and locations for the 2019 Service-Immersion Trips are as follows:

January 4-11, 2020 (during Christmas break)
• Belize
 Type of work: home construction
 Partner agency: Hand in Hand Ministries
• Dominican Republic
 Type of work: school, orphanage, health clinic
 Partner Agency: Building Bridges of Hope
March 7-14, 2020 (spring break)
• Denver, CO
 Type of work: community environmentalism
 Partner agencies: multiple
• 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
• Los Angeles, CA
 Type of work: education, gang member rehabilitation
 Partner agency: Dolores Mission, Homeboy/Homegirl Industries
• Louisville, KY 
 Type of work: house rehabilitation, community organizing
 Partner agency: Hand in Hand Ministries 

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:
Gianna Carleo
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
Massman 2 (lower level)