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!

Traditionally, Notre Dame offers 7 justice and leadership immersion trips on an annual basis during the school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ND is suspending all student travel until Summer 2022 with the exception of the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, which will be held virtually. We will also try to run the Neighborhood Plunge experience (depending on Sacred Heart's re-opening plans) for the classes of 2025 and 2024 (since they were unable to partake last year). There are also 5 cultural immersion trips that have already been postponed until the summer of 2022 and interested students can email the faculty member in charge of the trip for more information. The travel landscape will be reevaluated periodically and any updates or trip additions will be posted here and in the Student Announcements as they become available.

2021-22 Immersion Trips

Trip Name and Type Location Date Grade Levels Maximum
Cost Application Process
Leadership Immersion            
Ignatian Family Teach-In
for Justice
Virtual October 16, 2021 10, 11 & 12 n/a $35 More information to come
Neighborhood Plunge San Jose TBD 9 & 10 25 $30 More information to come
Trip Name and Type Location Date Faculty Contact Email Approx. Cost Application Process
Cultural/Language Immersion            
Quito/Galapagos Islands Ecuador/Galapagos
Postponed until Summer 2022 Tony Lecheler alecheler@


Email faculty

Italy/Greece Italy/Greece Postponed until Summer 2022 Hilary Orr



Email faculty

Thailand Thailand Postponed until Summer 2022 Abby Johnson ajohnson@
$5,255 Email faculty
Japan Exchange Japan Postponed until Summer 2022 Amy Huang ahuang@
$3,500 Email faculty

Berlin Global Leadership Summit

Iceland/Germany Postponed until Summer 2022 John Bracco jbracco@


Email faculty

Annual Justice/Leadership Immersion Trips

Click the links below to find out more information about the 7 trips that Notre Dame traditionally offers on a yearly basis. It is our goal to be able to run these trips again safely in the 2022-23 school year.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Washington, D.C.
Urban Plunge: East Los Angeles
Neighborhood Plunge
Urban Plunge: San Francisco/Tenderloin
Central Coast Plunge
Urban Plunge: New Orleans
Sisters in El Salvador

Cultural/Language Immersion Trips

The following trips are traditionally offered every 2-3 years. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

South Africa
Costa Rica
Japan Exchange Program
Boston Leadership
Summer College Tour (annually)

For more information about the Global Education program at Notre Dame High School, please contact:

John Bracco

Director of Campus Operations & Co-Curricular Programs