Called by our Lasallian mission of faith, service, community and social justice, Islanders participate in service and immersion experiences both at home and abroad.  The location and objectives vary and have included building new homes in New Orleans; living, studying and serving side-by-side with fellow Lasallians in the desert region of Kenya; rebuilding national parks in Colorado destroyed by wildfire; interacting with children in a preschool in India; and learning the history of the Blackfeet Nation in Browning, Montana. Whatever the location, the core mission remains the same – to build and nurture sustainable relationships with people around the globe while exchanging cultural experiences and sharing resources.

Students may earn Christian Service hours for their participation on a trip. The number of hours credited varies per experience and questions should be directed to the trip coordinator.

Upcoming Trips

When: February 21-23, 2020

Who: 10th, 11th and 12th grade students

What: The Darst Center Urban Immersion is a workshop retreat that serves as a tool to explore issues of justice and the reality of oppression. Through partnerships with local agencies, retreat participants get to know people served by these agencies, challenge stereotypes, confront fears, and break down barriers. Daily communal prayer, meal preparation, recreational and educational sessions are designed to reflect on the work and observations conducted at agencies.

Examples of social agencies that will be used as the sites for the field experiences include: The Chicago Food Depository, Su Casa, The Port, San Miguel Schools, Chicago Youth Centers, St. Martin DePorres.

Participants will be awarded 18 Christian Service hours upon completion of the retreat.

The cost of the retreat is $260. A $60 non-refundable deposit is due by Tuesday, December 10 and the final $200 payment will be due by January 15, 2020. Please see Ms. Stecklein if the cost is prohibitive.

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DeLaSalle students can better connect with and better understand the Lakota culture through this service immersion experience.  We will spend the week building relationships with community members, learning about the history and culture of the Pine Ridge Reservation and serving the community of Wanblee, SD.  Projects will include a daily children’s program, home repair, painting and gardening, and opportunities to pair with local organizations already serving the Lakota people. In the evenings, we will have the opportunity to hear from tribe elders about Lakota culture, hike the Badlands, share a community cookout with new friends, and close our days in prayer and small group discussion. * This trip will count for 40 Christian Service hours  Learn about the trip here. Learn more about Pine Ridge here.

Dates of travel: Sunday, July 19-Friday, July 24, 2020

Trip cost: $450 (includes food, lodging, travel, and all service and immersion activities).

Payment schedule: $100 deposit due by December 2, 2019; final $350 payment due March 1, 2020.

Financial aid for the trip is available. Please see Nicole.Stecklein for more information.

What can we do to raise the money?  Participate in the Islander Foundation; some scholarship money may be available

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DeLaSalle will sponsor a service immersion trip to the Diocese of Mandeville in Jamaica over spring break 2020. Students will live in community in a simple and safe setting and participate in daily service, prayer, and reflection. Students will be challenged to explore and discuss a variety of social justice, economic, religious and human rights issues.

Dates of travel: Friday, April 3-Friday, April 10, 2019

Selection Criteria:

  • Students entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade for the 2019-20 school year
  • Good academic standing
  • Good attendance and behavior record
  • Family is current with tuition
  • Exhibits a personal and educational interest in travel. (sense of responsibility, capacity for adjusting to new and unique situations, ability to get along with others, strong character, motivation, and creativity)
  • Good ambassador for DeLaSalle High School

Trip cost: Approximately $1,400 (includes air and ground transportation, room and board; does not include personal expenses and medical insurance)

What can we do to raise the money?  Participate in the Islander Foundation; some scholarship money may be available

Expected number of participants:  12 students and 2 adult chaperones

 

Explore Past Service and Immersion Trips

DeLaSalle students have taken part in several urban immersion experiences at the Brother David Darst Center in Chicago, which serves as a tool to explore issues of justice and the reality of oppression. Through partnerships with local agencies, participants get to know people served by these agencies, challenge stereotypes, confront fears, and break down barriers. Daily communal prayer, meal preparation, recreational and educational sessions are designed to reflect on the work and observations conducted at agencies.

Nearly two dozen eleventh grade students participated in this service trip in July 2019. The weeklong service trip saw students repair homes, host daily children’s programs, and help with landscaping. Through the service, students built relationships with members of the Lakota Sioux community in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and developed a deeper understanding of their history, culture, and people.

DeLaSalle has hosted several service trip experiences to Colorado as students helped rebuild national parks destroyed by wildfires in 2012. In addition to their service work, students have participated in activities such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding as well as tours of Colorado’s top college and universities.

Forty-one students participated on the trip in 2015. Students planted new trees, removed old trees and used them to make woodchips to spread across the forest floor and prevented future land erosion by building up hillsides with boulders and timber.

DeLaSalle students and staff participated in a 10-day cultural immersion and service experience to Kolkata, India in April 2014. Organized by Ms. Peg Hodapp and Mr. CJ Hallman, and co-sponsored by local non-profit Pathways to Children, participants visited many of the places where Mother Teresa lived and worked, and volunteered at Pathways’ Serampore School, Jan Seva School, and SICW orphanage. The 16 students who participated in the India Immersion Trip earned 40 Christian Service hours.

DeLaSalle students and staff participated in two 6-week cultural immersion trips to Kenya – organized by Ms. Peg Hodapp – to live, serve and study side-by-side with students at St. Paul’s Secondary Boarding School in Marsabit and Rongai Secondary Boarding School in Rongai. In addition to a structured day of prayer, study, arts, athletics, and community service, students learned basic Kiswahili, interviewed people from the different communities for a reflection paper, and discovered the culture and history of the Kenyan people. There were also opportunities for day trips to various parts of the country including all of the Lasallian Ministries in Kenya, game parks and a concluding trip to the city of Nairobi. The 28 students who participated in the Kenya Immersion trips earned a minimum of 40 Christian Service hours.

Places We Visted in Kenya

DeLaSalle students and staff participated in four service trips to New Orleans – organized and led by Ms. Emily Beckman – to work with local Habitat for Humanity volunteers in rebuilding the city. Each group volunteered 40 hours and students on some trips also volunteered at the New Orleans Mission and Ronald McDonald House. All 96 students who participated in the New Orleans service trips earned a minimum of 40 Christian Service Hours. While in New Orleans, students toured the city, went on a swamp tour, and learned about New Orleans history and culture.

Students performed service for people and organizations throughout the Twin Cities in summer 2019 through summer service days. Projects include preparing and serving meals to the homeless, playing with kids at Crisis Nursery, packaging food for distribution, connecting with the elderly, and hosting bingo for adults with developmental disabilities. Students earned Christian Service hours for completing the service during a three-day period – one group volunteered in June, a second group in August.