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.

2018-19 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.

Thank you to the parents and students who joined us at our first annual Global Education Information Night on September 17!  The link to our slideshow presentation can be found here. Detailed information about all of 2018-19's trips can be found here, or click the links below to learn more about each individual offering. At this time, financial assistance is available only for justice and leadership immersion travel.

Trip Name Location Date Grade Levels Maximum

Justice Immersion          
Neighborhood Plunge: San Jose San Jose, CA January 15, 2019 9 24 students $35
Urban Plunge: East Los Angeles - Dolores Mission/Homeboy Industries Los Angeles, CA January 17-19, 2019 9, 10, 11 & 12 12 students $450
Central Coast Plunge: From the Grasslands to the Fisheries Santa Cruz, CA April 18-20, 2019 9, 10, 11 & 12 10 students $450
Urban Plunge:
San Francisco/Tenderloin
San Francisco, CA April 18-20, 2019 9, 10, 11 & 12 12 students $350
Urban Plunge:
New Orleans
New Orleans, LA April 20-26, 2019 11 & 12 22 students $1,500
Sisters in
El Salvador
El Salvador June 15-23, 2019 10, 11 & 12 10 students $2,400
Leadership Immersion          
Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice: Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. October 31-
November 5, 2018
10, 11 & 12 6 students $1,500
Cultural/Language Immersion          
London Theater London, UK June 10-19, 2019 contact:
Hilary Orr $4,558
Costa Rica Costa Rica August 1-12, 2019 contact:
Bayard Nielsen $2,700
Ashland Ashland, OR August 2019 (TBD) contact:
Sarah Kane $500
South Africa South Africa April 4-17, 2020 (approximately) contact:
Ruth Burson $3200-
Japan Japan June 2020 (TBD) contact:
Amy Huang TBD
Tanzania Tanzania June 8-18, 2020 contact:
Nicole Pfaff $5,255

Though the deadline to apply for a justice or leadership immersion trip has passed, there may still be space on the trip of your choice! Please email Cara Borromei at with the name of the trip(s) you're interested in and if there's space, she will let you know about the next steps.

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."