2017-2018 Travel Opportunities

Nicaragua Service Immersion

February 17-24, 2018
Emphasis: Spanish Language Immersion, Social Justice, Service Learning
Available to All Class Levels

OLP students will join the Amigos for Christ team for a week-long service immersion to Chinandega, Nicaragua. Guided by the CSJ charism of “unifying love,” OLP students will partner with our dear neighbors in Nicaragua on projects in rural villages relating to education, clean water and sanitation. Lily Lucero ‘18 went to Nicaragua last year and describes her experience as “life-changing,” and she “returned home with the determination to continue the pursuit of (her) passion for social justice and the upholding of human dignity."

Nicaragua Presentation

The deadline to apply for this trip is Friday, October 13, 2017.

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8-Day Pilgrimage in France

March 30-April 6, 2018
Emphasis: French Language Immersion, Cultural Immersion, CSJ History
Dr. Lauren Lek and Jessica Hooper
Available to All Class Levels

This past summer, Dr. Lauren Lek and Jessica Hooper traveled along a pathway in France to trace the footsteps of our Founding Sisters. The journey was a transformative experience, learning about the tenacious Sisters of St. Joseph. During Spring Break, OLP students and alumnae will have the chance to traverse that same pilgrimage. Starting in Annecy, just an hour outside of Geneva, Switzerland, the 8-day trip across France will connect with Saint Francis de Salles and Saint Jean de Chantal, then move to Le Puy en Velay, the birthplace of our CSJ. From there, we will move into the USA–CSJ story with Mother St. John Fontbonne in Lyon. The journey will conclude in Paris, looking at the opulence that spurred the French Revolution and led to the death of five Sisters of St. Joseph. As Dr. Lek shared from her visit, “what brings each of us to the charism of ‘unifying love’ is unique. What keeps us here is our relationship with one another, and with the need our world has for this different kind of story.” **Students on the journey can choose to complete additional readings and assignments and apply for course credit.

France Brochure

The deadline to apply for this trip is November 1, 2017.

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Peru Cultural Immersion

June 2018 (dates TBD)
Emphasis: Spanish Language Immersion, Cultural Immersion, Service Learning
Available to All Class Levels

This is a new immersion opportunity! We have partnered with a local travel organization, Unearthed, for a 2-week immersion into the colorful cities and villages of Peru. This immersion will start in Lima with a visit to our Peruvian CSJ Sisters, learning how they work to serve the dear neighbors in their community. This experience includes a 3-day trek through the Sacred Valley, a visit to Machu Picchu and an environmental community project with the people of Lake Titicaca. This experience will prove to be both physically challenging and spiritually heart-opening.

Peru Presentation

The deadline to apply is October 13, 2017.

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Appalachian Immersion at Nazareth Farm

April 2-7, 2018
Emphasis: Social Justice, Environmental Studies, Service Learning
Available to All Class Levels

The Appalachian Immersion gives students the opportunity to spend a week of simplicity and service at Nazareth Farm, a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that offers a service-retreat experience. Throughout the week, our students will deepen their faith through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer and service. Students will serve alongside the farm's Appalachian neighbors to address substandard housing by providing home repair such as roofing, painting and siding. It is a powerful week, spent celebrating the richness of Appalachian culture and experiencing God by building relationships between fellow volunteers and the local community. Michelle Payne ‘18 shares, "I was so impacted by my experience at Nazareth Farm. It helped me grow spiritually and reach a deeper understanding of what God and the world mean to me. I also fell into some incredible friendships that helped me further discover who I am and what I value. Being surrounded by individuals on various paths, who are passionate about service and willing to connect, made me feel so loved and safe. I feel so blessed to have been able to attend Nazareth Farm and meet such beautiful people."

West Virginia Presentation

The deadline to apply for this trip is January 29, 2018.

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CSJ Service in Los Angeles

April 25-27, 2018
Emphasis: Social Justice, Service Learning

This 3-day, 2-night immersion allowed students to gain a greater understanding of the work that our CSJ Sisters are doing in Los Angeles. Students will have the privilege of experiencing two CSJ social service programs through the charism “that all may be one:” Alexandria House and the St. Joseph Worker Program. In East Los Angeles, students will learn about the systemic issues of homelessness, addiction, mental illness and poverty. Students will also have the opportunity to tour Homeboy Industries, an organization founded by Father Greg Boyle, that fosters kinship among former gang members. We will serve lunch at the Midnight Mission, the largest public kitchen on Skid Row. It will be an impactful and eye-opening few days serving our dear neighbors of Los Angeles.

Application information coming soon

CSJ High School Leadership Conference

June 12-15, 2018
Emphasis: Leadership, Service Learning, CSJ History

Students and faculty from each of the four CSJ high schools in California will gather for the annual CSJ High School Leadership Conference in Los Angeles. The purpose of the Conference is to not only acquaint the students with CSJ history and traditions, but to also provide an opportunity for the students to reflect on how to infuse the charism into their own CSJ high schools across the state. Through speakers and visits to CSJ ministry sites, students will develop strong bonds with each other and spend time brainstorming leadership opportunities to bring back to their individual schools. Last year’s participants shared with Mrs. Handelsman ‘64 that it was an “inspiring, empowering and eye-opening” experience.

Application information coming soon

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Mrs. Katie Wilson
Director of Service Learning & Retreats


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