Global education opportunities are powerful learning tools that surround a student with a particular culture and intense experience. Through local, national and international immersion experiences, students will be empowered to work effectively with diverse populations in a variety of settings to build global perspective, cultural competency and cultural fluency. Learn more about Notre Dame's Global Education Program here.

NDSJ Global Education Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to experience culture, service, and language through a variety of unique local, national and global trip offerings. From rebuilding neighborhoods and snacking on beignets in New Orleans to serving the underprivileged while learning about the Tenderloin's storied history in San Francisco, there is a trip for everyone.

Trip Name and Type Location Date Grade Levels Maximum
Cost Application Process
Justice Immersion            
Neighborhood Plunge: San Jose San Jose, CA January or February 2020 (TBD) 9 24 students $35 Interest Form
Urban Plunge: East Los Angeles - Dolores Mission/Homeboy Industries Los Angeles, CA February 6-8, 2020 All grades 12 students $450 Interest Form
Central Coast Plunge: From the Grasslands to the Fisheries Santa Cruz, CA April 8-11, 2020 All grades 10 students $450 Interest Form
Urban Plunge:
San Francisco/Tenderloin
San Francisco, CA April 9-11, 2020 All grades 12 students $350 Interest Form
Urban Plunge:
New Orleans
New Orleans, LA April 11-17, 2020 11 & 12 22 students $1,500 Interest Form
Sisters in
El Salvador
El Salvador June 20-28, 2020 10, 11 & 12 10 students $2,400 Interest Form
Leadership Immersion            
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice:
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. November 13-18, 2019 10, 11 & 12 6 students $1,500 Interest Form
Trip Name and Type Location Date Faculty Contact Email Cost Application Process
Cultural/Language Immersion            
Costa Rica Costa Rica August 1-12, 2019 Bayard Nielsen $2,700 Email faculty contact
South Africa South Africa April 4-17, 2020 (approximately) Ruth Burson $3200-
Email faculty contact
Japan Japan June 2020 (TBD) Amy Huang TBD Email faculty contact
Tanzania Tanzania June 8-18, 2020 Nicki Pfaff $5,255 Email faculty contact

Alternative Immersion Trips  
Though not endorsed by or connected to Notre Dame High School, we have had students report good experiences with these organizations:

  • Santa Clara Valley Amigos: a community program that offers immersion experiences that are not connected to the Notre Dame Immersion Program.
  • Rustic Pathways: "We empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world."