Service Trips

Dominican University Campus Ministry offers students an opportunity to live out the Ideal of Service by providing a Winter Immersion to El Salvador and three Alternative Spring Break Trips. "The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Mahatma Gandhi

El Salvador Immersion Trip, January 3-10, 2018

El SalvadorExperience a moving cultural immersion by participating in reflection and dialogue and encountering the poor and marginalized of El Salvador. Participants will begin to understand the realities of El Salvador, gain respect for the Salvadoran people and culture and embrace the challenge to respond as citizens of a global community.

Campus Ministry partners with CRISPAZ, Christians for Peace in El Salvador, to provide a unique immersion experience:
• Seven days/nights in El Salvador, two nights of home-stays with Salvadoran Families,
• Visits to Martyr sites and other historically significant sites,
• Meetings with grassroots organization, rural communities and speakers on history, politics, economics, women's issues and realities of life in El Salvador,
• Dialogue and interaction with youth, government officials, doctors and health care workers, local artisans and more…

Cost for trip: $2,200

EL SALVADOR APPLICATION FORM Due Friday, October 6, 2017 by 5:00 P.M.

Questions? Contact  Lianni Castro

PLEASE NOTE: A valid Passport is necessary for entry into El Salvador and on the return trip into the United States. For more information and procedures to obtain either document, please go to: HomeLand Security Travel Information.


La Bamba Trip to San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico, March 9-16, 2019

LaBamba2.jpgLa Bamba is a trip to the border and a chance to share in the experiences of immigrants in San Diego, CA and the poor and refugees in Tijuana, Mexico. Campus Ministry partners with Border Angels, the sisters of Casa de los Pobres, and San Rafael Dominican Sister Gene McNally at Colonia Esperanza.

Check out 2018 trip highlights that include:
• Encountering the Hispanic culture at Chicano Park and El Centro Cultural
• Engage with the U.S. border officials
• Prepare and serve meals at Casa de los Pobres
• Organize a carnival for the children in Colonias Esperanza
• End our week by participating in a water drop at local rescue stations in the dessert.

La Bamba is a chance to make friends, learn about issues facing “people on the move,” and work side by side with others to improve lives. Most of all, it is a chance to open our hearts and minds to the beauty of diverse people and cultures, and to begin to ask ourselves why there is inequality and what we can do to alleviate it. Students are encouraged to question and challenge injustices and to unravel stereotypes about hunger, poverty and inequities in the world. 

Cost for trip: $150 LaBamba APPLICATION form Due Friday, November 9, 2018 by 5:00 P.M.

Questions? Contact  Sr. Mary Soher, OP

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a valid passport or passport card will be necessary for reentry into the United States from Mexico. For more information and procedures to obtain either document, please go to: Homeland Security Travel Information


Habitat for Humanity in Yakima, WA, March 9-16, 2019

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Join fellow Dominican students as we work with Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Yakima, WA. Check out 2018 trip highlights that include:
• Working side by side with families who will become homeowners
• Learning basic construction technique and skills
• Visiting cultural heritage sites and learn about the Yakima Nation Native Americans
• Experiencing the beauty of the Pacific Northwest – visits include Multnomah Falls, Elk Preserve and views of Mt. Shasta and Mt. Hood

Cost for trip: $300

YAKIMA APPLICATION FORM Due Friday, November 9, 2018 by 5:00 P.M.

Questions? Contact  Lianni Castro.


Caritas Creek Science Camp, Occidental, CA, March 11-15, 2019

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Caritas Creek's mission is to help young people discover the connection between all living things; to build bridges between diverse soci-economic and ethnic groups; and to foster in youth a deeper connection to the natural environment, to self, to the spirit of love, and to community. Volunteers from Dominican act as Cabin Leaders for 8-10 Junior High students, as well as participating in hiking, campfires, and community building.
Trip Highlights Include:
• Campfire and camp activities like canoeing, archery, arts and crafts and night hikes
• Be embraced by the Caritas Community!
• As a cabin leader you will be a role model to 10-12 Junior high students
• Immersion into the redwood forest and the beauty of nature.

Cost for trip: $100

CARITAS CREEK APPLICATION FORM Due Friday, November 9, 2018 by 5:00 P.M.

Questions? Contact  Lianni Castro.


Uganda, 2019

Campus Ministry has developed a relationship with the Catholic parish and school of St. Matia's in Mitiama, Uganda. Over the years, Campus Ministry and the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have worked to help bring a school food program, clean water tanks and purification systems, and educational opportunities (Kindle in the schools) for the people of the area. Faculty and students have the opportunity to visit and live with the villagers after the academic term. For more information, contact Sr. Carla Kovack, OP.

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