DePaul University Division of Mission and Ministry > Programming & Services > Vincentian Heritage Tours > For Student Leaders
Are you interested in learning more about Meet Me at the Mission and the Vincentian Heritage Tour to France? We encourage you to participate in one of our Vincentian Heritage Student Leadership Tour information sessions on:
The Division of Mission and Ministry offers regular opportunities for members of the university community to deepen their understanding of the university's patron, by participating in guided Vincentian Heritage study tours to locations in Paris and throughout France associated with the life and works of St. Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac.
Student Leadership tours take place regularly during Spring Break. Because of the limited time frame the tour is limited to Vincentian sites in Paris and its surroundings. Participation in the tours is open, on a competitive basis, to all students who have participated in the Meet Me at the Mission: Vincentian Heritage Initiative and have a demonstrated interest in the Vincentian heritage, mission, and values of the university and a record of Vincentian service. Applicants must have earned at least 3 pillars of the Meet Me at the Mission initiative either through workshops in their leadership trainings or by coming to Meet Me at the Mission quarterly events. Applicants must provide a personal statement as to how they envision this trip forming their personal leadership and service ethics in the Vincentian tradition. They also must provide a letter of recommendation from a DePaul faculty/and or staff member.
Students chosen to participate in this opportunity are required to register in Winter Quarter for the course, "Life and Times of Vincent de Paul," (CTH 290) taught by the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., PhD Upon their return from France students must demonstrate how their personal leadership and service ethics have been changed by this educational experience. Students are responsible to facilitate Meet Me at the Mission educational events for other students sharing their experiences and Vincentian wisdom.
Students who participate in the VHT complete the Global Experience requirement of the Global Fluency Certificate. For more information about the GFC program go here.
The Division of Mission and Ministry subsidizes most of the costs of the trip. Each student participant pays $800.00. No student is turned away because of inability to pay.
Vincentian Heritage Tour student leader participants become a part of the Vinny Squad – the Meet Me at the Mission: Vincentian Heritage Initiative leadership team. Upon return, each trip participant will be required to demonstrate the impact the trip has had on their leadership journey as a member of DePaul’s Vincentian Community. This can take various forms which will be discussed at the information sessions and during the pre-trip meetings once accepted into the program.
Note: This program is subject to change due to COVID-19. The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost concern, and we are monitoring the pandemic carefully. If the program is cancelled prior to departure, students will receive a full refund of their program fee. In alignment with DePaul's on-campus vaccine requirement, Witte Travel's guidelines, and community partner needs, VHT students must be fully vaccinated to participate in the program.
Applications for the 2022 Vincentian Heritage Tour to France March 18-27 are due October 7, 2021 by 5 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Apply through the Meet Me at the Mission page on DeHub:
Vincentian Heritage Student Leadership Tour to Paris Application
Student leaders are required to submit the following as part of their on-line application:
For questions or more information contact Joyana Dvorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.325.7569
Student leaders accepted to participate in the tour will become a part of the Vinny Squad, the Meet Me at the Mission leadership team. As Vincentian Heritage Tour participants, students must commit to the following:
Failure to complete any of the above requirements by the due dates may result in having to pay the full cost of the tour.
Thursday, October 7, 2022 5PM
Application Deadline on DeHub
Friday, November 12 5PM
Deadline for all Witte Travel forms & DeHub forms
Wednesday, January 12 5PM
Color copy of Passport & Final $800 payment due
Friday, January 21 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Student Center 314A
VHT Community Building Retreat
Week of February 14 before or after classLocations and time TBA
Group check in meeting with Joyana to follow up on Meet Me at the Mission event action plans
Sunday, February 20 5:00 PM – 7:00 PMVincentian Residence – 2233 N. Kenmore Ave.
Dinner with current & past VHT student leaders
Friday, March 4
Meet Me at the Mission Event Proposal due on DeHub
January 24 – March 20
1:1 community building meetings with fellow VHT participants
March 18-27, 2022
VHT Paris, France
Friday, April 15
Vincentian leader reflection draft & On-line evaluations due
Friday, April 22 10:00 AM -- 2:30 PM Student Center 314B
Post- VHT Reflection & Integration Gathering
Monday, May 16 5:00 – 7:00 PMStudent Centers 314AB
VHT students facilitate Meet Me at the Mission Year End Celebration
Spring Quarter – by June 8, 2022
VHT students facilitate Meet Me at the Mission events and presentations & final blog or video reflection due.
The Division of Mission & Ministry, Witte Travel and our VHT 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: