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Alternative Break Service Immersions

The University Mission and Ministry Service Immersion Program is committed to DePaul University’s Vincentian, Catholic, and urban mission that emphasizes education and compassion through service to persons who live in poverty. Through the Vincentians in Action (VIA) model, the Service Immersion Program helps students understand their service experiences from the perspectives of their diverse faith backgrounds and inner convictions in order to foster a lifelong commitment to upholding the dignity of each individual. VIA includes three Ways: The Way of Awareness and Appreciation, the Way of Dialogue, and the Way of Solidarity. Each Way provides a framework for students to better comprehend their service experience and reflect upon their own lives as a member of the human community.

Service Immersions are opportunities to travel to different cities over Winter and Spring Break and join communities in service and justice work. Each year over 130 DePaul students dedicate their breaks to service, reflection, simplicity, community, spirituality and social justice. YOU have the opportunity to serve, live and build relationships with over 13 marginalized communities throughout the United States and the Americas.

What would I be doing if I were on a Service Immersion?

As a Vincentian in Action on a Service Immersion you could spend your week working with those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles, learning about Civil Rights in Montgomery, learning about restorative justice in Colombia, and much more.

"What must be done?" is our Vincentian question. On a Service Immersion you will learn firsthand what it means to be a Vincentian in Action and how to live out DePaul’s mission of service and justice. Integrated throughout the immersion experience is the Vincentian in Action ways of awareness/appreciation, dialogue and solidarity. It is in these experiences that we hope to inspire growth and change in a way that resonates back home through the sharing of stories and action toward systemic change.

What is VIA?

Vincentians in Action (VIA) is the framework with which we approach community service and justice work. You can read more about the VIA philosophy in the following documents:

Upcoming Service Immersion Opportunities

DePaul students during a service immersion trip.

Winter Break 2019

Applications for Winter Break Immersions are being accepted on a rolling basis. Domestic immersions are from December 3 to December 10, 2019 and cost $250 + your airfare. International immersions are from December 3 to December 12, 2019 and cost $550 + airfare.

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Group picture in Tuba City.

First Year Winter Break 2019

First-year service immersions are experiences arranged specifically for freshmen students. The application deadline is September 27, 2019. First year service immersions are from December 3 to December 10, 2019 and cost $150.

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Students on top of a mountain in Bogota, Colombia.

Spring Break 2020

Applications for Spring Break Service Immersions are due Friday, January 17. Spring immersions are from March 21-28, 2020 and cost $250.

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