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 2019 trips are scheduled for:

  • Monday, Sept. 10, 5:00 p.m., Massman 250
  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, 5:00 p.m., Massman 250

Application link available here.

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

Jan 5 - 12, 2019 (during Christmas break)

  • Louisville, KY
    Type of work: house rehabilitation, neighborhood clean-up
    Partner agency: Hand in Hand Ministries
  • Rural Dominician Republic

         Type of work:  school, orphanage, health clinic


March 9 – 16, 2019  (spring break)

  • Belize
    Type of work: home construction
    Partner agency: Hand in Hand Ministries
  • 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
  • El Paso, TX
    Type of work: immigrant accompaniment/soup kitchen
    Partner agency: Encuentro Project

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)