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Immersion Trips

Service immersion trips involve traveling within the United States as well as internationally and are led by Jesuit faculty as well as agency leaders from partner organizations. All Jesuit immersion trips focus on: Social Justice, Spirituality, Solidarity/Community, Simple Lifestyle, and Service.


Border Immersion in Nogales, Mexico & Arizona (Kino Border Initiative)

  • Contact: Ms. Andrea Casey
  • Phone: 503-291-5496
  • Email: acasey@jesuitportland.org 
  • Dates: June 27 - July 3, 2020 (+ mandatory prep meetings TBA)
  • Mandatory prep meeting dates:
    • Parent & Student Meeting: Mon, April 6th, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in 41 (student + one parent/guardian must attend).
    • Student Prep Meeting #1: Thur, April 23rd from 11:30 pm to 1:30 pm in Rm 41.
    • Student Prep Meeting #2: Tues, May 12th from 8:30 to 9:15 am in Rm 41
    • Student Prep Meeting #3: Thur, June 4th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm (location TBA)
    • Volunteering for 3 evenings in Spring Term Hurtado Center, dates TBD (weekday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 pm)
  • KBI website: https://www.kinoborderinitiative.org/

The Border Immersion is designed to provide an opportunity for students to learn about the issue of immigration and the culture of rural communities near Nogales, AZ and Nogales, Mexico. The emphasis is on building bridges of friendship and cross-cultural understanding with the places where we work. Students work with staff and community volunteers. The KINO Border Initiative, a ministry of the US West Province of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) will be our host. Students stay on the US side of the border but cross daily into Nogales, Mexico. As part of preparation for the immersion students will be expected to serve at Jesuit’s Hurtado Center for three evenings prior to departure (weekday evenings at Jesuit from 7:00 to 9:00 pm).

Applications are available outside the Arrupe Center in mid-February.


Dominican Republic (Courts for Kids)

Courts for Kids’ mission is “to foster love, compassion, service, and an expanding worldview by taking groups to economically disadvantaged areas, partnering with local organizations and community members to build courts which will provide kids with the opportunity to play sports.” Please note mandatory prep meeting dates. If a student is unable to make the preparation meetings, then that student is not eligible to participate in the program.

Applications are available outside the Arrupe Center in mid-February.


Portland Plunge (JOIN: Connecting the street to a home)

The Plunge is a week-long service learning experience facilitated by JOIN that is designed to provide high school students exposure to issues such as homelessness, poverty, barriers preventing people from getting the support they need, and cultural differences. During the week, you will have volunteer experiences working in agencies such as St. Francis Dining Hall, Blanchet House, and many others. Student will stay in a facility in Southeast Portland with 25 other youth and an adult staff. The emphasis of this community will be reflection, discussion, simple living, service, and recreation. A qualified staff will assure a safe and meaningful experience.

Applications are available outside the Arrupe Center in March.


Tacoma Immersion (L’Arche Tahoma Hope)

  • Contact: Ms. Andrea Casey
  • Phone: 503-291-5496
  • Email: acasey@jesuitportland.org
  • Dates: June 29 - July 4, 2020 (Room TBA)
    • Student Prep Meeting #1: Tuesday, April 14th, 8:30 - 9:15 am 
    • Parent & Student Meeting: Wednesday, April 15th 6:30-7:30 pm (student + one parent/guardian must attend) 
    • Student Prep Meeting #2: Tuesday, April 21st, 8:30 - 9:15 am
    • Student Prep Meeting #3: Tuesday, May 12th, 8:30 - 9:15 am
  • Organization website: http://www.larchethc.org/

This Northwest based immersion allows students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day to day life of the L'Arche Tacoma community. L'Arche has communities all over the world where people with and without intellectual disabilities live together as a family. Founded by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, L'Arche communities bear witness to the reality that persons with intellectual disabilities possess inherent qualities of welcome, wonderment, spirituality, and friendship. L’Arche makes explicit the dignity of every human being by building inclusive communities of faith and friendship where people with and without intellectual disabilities share life together. The Jesuit group stays at Bellarmine Prep High School and spends the day working in the L’Arche farm and garden.

Applications are available outside the Arrupe Center in mid-February.