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Service Trips

Service Trips for 2019-2020

  • Fall Urban Plunge (Seniors only): September 13-14, 2019

The Urban Plunge service retreat program is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the realities of urban poverty. Participants spend two days in various service projects in D.C. and Maryland serving the marginalized, the vulnerable and those most challenged by urban poverty. Group reflections provide an opportunity to process and connect to the experiences of the day; students and chaperones spend one night on campus without the comforts of home in order to further align themselves with those who suffer. Interested students must meet all requirements in order to apply for a spot; space is limited. Applications are available in the CMO starting Tuesday, August 27th.

  • Winter Service Trip to Camden, NJ (Juniors and Seniors): February 13-16, 2020

The winter service trip to the Romero Center in Camden, NJ is a unique opportunity to not only be immersed in urban poverty, but to learn more about policies and institutions that complicate and challenge those who are impoverished. The Romero Center is an outreach program of St. Joseph-Pro Cathedral in Camden which provides housing, education and service opportunities to groups from all over the country. DeMatha partners with Elizabeth Seton High School, its sister school, and spends a weekend in Camden at the Romero Center. Interested students must meet all requirements in order to apply for a spot; space is limited. Applications are available in the CMO starting Tuesday, October 22nd.

  • Spring Urban Plunge (Juniors only): April 3-4, 2020

The Urban Plunge service retreat program is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the realities of urban poverty. Participants spend two days in various service projects in D.C. and Maryland serving the marginalized, the vulnerable and those most challenged by urban poverty. Group reflections provide an opportunity to process and connect to the experiences of the day; students and chaperones spend one night on campus without the comforts of home in order to further align themselves with those who suffer. Interested students must meet all requirements in order to apply for a spot; space is limited. Applications are available in the CMO starting Wed, January 15th.

  • Summer Service Trip (Incoming Juniors and Seniors only)

1. Dates will be posted soon: One of the summer service trips this year will be to Nazareth Farm in rural West Virginia, a Catholic community that is devoted to living out the Gospel message by providing service-retreat experiences and focusing on addressing the challenges of rural poverty. The trip will take place from Student volunteers will work alongside residents and long-term volunteers to create a community rooted in the Gospels and Social Teachings of the Church by sharing morning and evening prayer, meals, work, service and outreach. Interested students must meet all requirements in order to apply for a spot; space is very limited. Applications are available in the CMO starting  

2. Dates will be posted soon: Our second summer service trip will be an inaugural mission to Tijuana, Mexico with Esperanza International, an organization that addresses substandard housing and deep poverty by having volunteers build new concrete homes for families. The trip will also concentrate on the challenge of migration and other issues facing immigrants. We will partner with an individual family and work with them to build a new, more stable home. We will be staying in a secure, safe area and partnering with a translator and guide. All safety measures and precautions are high priority so that we can better understanding the challenges of poverty on an international level. Applications are available in the CMO starting