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Service Immersion Destinations

  • ​​Winter Break 2022

    Domestic Immersions: November 29th – December 6th  and $275, plus airfare (if applicable).
    International Immersion: November 29th - December 8th  and cost $575 + airfare.

    **Scholarships are available through the DeHUB application.

    Applications are received on a rolling basis on De​Hub. Priority deadline is May 27, 2022. 

    Denver, Colorado
    St. Louis, Missouri
    San Salvador, El Salvador

  • Spring Break

Friday, March 25, 9:30am-7:30pm
El Salvador E-Encounter: Global Solidarity & Immigration Justice (this will be fully on Zoom): 
The El Salvador immersion will give students a dive into significant historical, economic, and social justice movements and realities of El Salvador. Participants will listen to stories from the Salvadoran community and activists -  learning about the impact of climate change, immigration, and violence.  A call to embrace the invitation solidarity cannot wait will be echoed, with opportunities for awareness and action.

Friday, March 25, 9:30am-7:30pm
Chicago Service Immersion of Stories & Leaders Fighting to End Homelessness (this will be fully in person): 
The Chicago immersion will listen to community leaders who have experienced homelessness and are working to end it. Be ready to learn about the causes and solutions behind homelessness, as we build community with one another and learn what systemic change looks like through a Vincentian lens. 

Cost: $35 (scholarships available!)

Application will be accepted on a rolling basis on DeHub ​until February 20, 2022​

Explore Destinations

Connect with Vincentian Volunteers in an urban setting. Explore the effects of poverty on marginalized communities including; industry and the environment, employment, hunger and homelessness with an emphasis on the effects that these issues have on children. Live and work in a communal setting that supports intentional living, service, spirituality and social justice.

Share the lives and history of the people of El Salvador for nine days. You will stay with the CrisPaz organization in San Salvador. There you may serve in the parish day care center, an elderly care center, an orphanage and/or other ministries with the Daughters of Charity. The immersion may also include traveling to Perquin, a rural community. Service will include learning about and listening to the stories of the people you will meet; what their lives were like before the Civil War, during the war (1980 -1992) and since the peace accords of 1992. You will also have the opportunity to visit historical and spiritual sites, including memorial sites of people executed because of their opposition to human rights abuses and violent repression by the military during the 1970's and 80's. The El Salvador immersion also focuses on the Latin American migration experience and the challenges that modern immigrants face.

Dive into our own backyard and explore the Vincentian mission beyond DePaul University. Immerse yourself for a week with the Daughters of Charity at Marillac House to work with youth and learn about grassroots communities committed to making change in different neighborhoods in the city.

Join the Daughters of Charity in their powerful ministries in East St. Louis. Students will stay at the Hubbard House and learn about social issues and life in East St Louis. Students will be able to grow relationships with others through a variety of hands-on service. Placements may include: helping at a day care, working with senior citizens, helping in a soup kitchen, tutoring adults and children, and working at a homeless shelter.

Meet fellow first year students, and learn more about the political, economic, social and cultural influences that are a part of the everyday reality for the people of St. Louis. Become a part of the Vincentian spirit of DePaul. The interaction will be with current post-graduate volunteers in Vincentian Volunteer Corps program. Service will range from tutoring children, building projects and accompanying the elderly. Service projects will respond to the ever-changing needs of the community.

In partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul Young Adult Center and the Daughters of Charity, students will learn about root causes of poverty and gentrification in Philadelphia. The group will work with children, families, and elderly in education, community development, and faith-based settings.

In partnership with the Fr. McKenna Center and the Daughters of Charity, students will learn about the root causes of homelessness and learn how to advocate for systemic issues on Capitol Hill. Service includes working in soup kitchens, shelters, and transitional living homes.

In partnership with DePaul USA and the Daughters of Charity, students will serve at Daybreak, a day shelter for people experiencing homelessness. DePaul USA is a part of DePaul International, which seeks to end homeless worldwide. Here, students will learn about the complexity of homelessness and what it takes to create structural change.

In partnership with Resurrection Catholic Mission, students will explore the American civil rights movement-past, present and future. Service includes working with children, hearing stories from civil rights leaders, and working with senior residents in a skilled nursing facility.

In partnership with the Sisters of Charity and the St. Bernard Project, students will assist with hands-on rebuilding projects and learn how environmental disasters affect communities. Service will be physically demanding (cleanup of neighborhoods, removing sheetrock, and clearing of debris are possible service opportunities). However, our service responds to the ever-changing needs of the community. Applicants should be aware of the strenuous nature of this immersion before making it a top choice.

In partnership with the Ozanam Center, students will learn about the root causes of poverty, food insecurity, and gentrification in Cincinnati. Service includes preparing soup kitchen meals and joining in home visits with the St. Vincent de Paul Society.