DePaul University Division of Mission and Ministry > Community Service > Alternative Break Service Immersions
Each year, over 130 DePaul students travel to different cities over Winter and Spring Break and join communities in service and social justice work. Service Immersion students dedicate their breaks to service, reflection, simplicity, community, spirituality and social justice. You have the opportunity to serve and build relationships with communities throughout the United States and Latin America who are working for a more just world.
The Division of Mission & Ministry, Witte Travel and our service immersion community partners are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is subject to change. Some of the sources we are using include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, news and media outlets, DePaul Study Abroad, and conversations with local partner institutions and contacts in our program locations. We take a variety of factors into consideration, with utmost concern for student safety and well-being. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee. As you consider participating in the Vincentian Heritage Tour, be sure to read the following Student Expectations During Covid-19. This document includes expectations for students before, during, and after their program. It will continue to be updated to respond to the changes in the Covid-19 pandemic. Review the expectations and share any questions or concerns with Joyana Dvorak. You will need to agree to these expectations when you submit your application.Pre-departure:
During the trip:
What would I be doing if I were on a Service Immersion?
VIA Service Immersions have three main components: direct service and social justice, community building, and reflection. Students spend the majority of the day engaged in service. This could include working at a soup kitchen, hearing the stories of civil rights activists, or learning about the root cause of poverty and oppression. In the evenings, students come together to reflect and make meaning of their experience. Through this reflection, students gain tools to bring change back home and work towards sustainable, lasting change after returning to DePaul. Throughout the week, student live in intentional community with one another, committed to the Vincentian understanding that relationship is central to the pursuit of justice.
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:
In partnership with the Office of Global Engagement, international immersions qualify as an Immersive Global Experience for the Global Fluency Certificate (GFC).
GFC is a new program at DePaul that recognizes students who seek out a global education through their activities at DePaul. There are 3 main requirements:
Students who earn the GFC will receive a physical certificate at graduation, it will show on their transcripts, and demonstrates to potential employers your ability to work in a global environment. Hear what other students had to say about it! To register, click here. For any questions, email email@example.com.
Consider registering for the Global Fluency Certificate today!
Applications for Winter Break Immersions are due on Friday, September 17. Domestic immersions are from November 30-December 7, 2021 and cost $275 + airfare. International immersions are from November 30-December 9, 2021 and cost $575 + airfare.
Applications for Spring Break Service Immersions are due Friday, January 14. Spring immersions are from March 19-26, 2022 and cost $275.
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