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Service Immersion Trips


What are Service Immersions?

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 160 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 17 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, repairing and building homes in Appalachia, learning about Civil Rights in Montgomery, living simply 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.​​

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Where do Service Immersions travel?

Explore service immersion destinations and descriptions at this link.​​​​​​

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

In order to access the Service Immersion applications, you must join the Vincentian Community Service Office page on OrgSync.

  • Winter Break 2017

    Winter Break 2017

    The application deadline for winter break 2017 is May 5, 2017. Domestic immersions are from November 28, 2017 to December 5, 2017 and cost $250 + your airfare. International immersions are from November 28, 2017 to December 7, 2017 and cost $550 + your airfare.

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  • First Year Winter Break 2017

    First Year Winter Break 2017

    First year service immersions are experiences arranged specifically for freshmen students. The application deadline is September 29, 2017. First year service immersions are from November 28, 2017 to December 5, 2017 and cost $150.

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  • Spring Break 2017

    Spring Break 2017

    For Spring Break 2017 we are still accepting waitlist participants. Contact us for more information.

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  • Spring Break 2018

    Spring Break 2018

    The application deadline for spring break 2018 is January 5, 2018. These service immersions occur March 17, 2018 to March 24, 2018 and cost $250.

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