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 Trip Status
Justice Immersion            
Neighborhood Plunge: San Jose San Jose, CA January or February 2020 (TBD) 9 24 students $35 Full
Urban Plunge: East Los Angeles - Dolores Mission/Homeboy Industries Los Angeles, CA February 6-8, 2020 All grades 12 students $450 Full
Central Coast Plunge: From the Grasslands to the Fisheries Santa Cruz, CA April 8-11, 2020 All grades 10 students $450 Full
Urban Plunge:
San Francisco/Tenderloin
San Francisco, CA April 9-11, 2020 All grades 12 students $350 Spaces
Urban Plunge:
New Orleans
New Orleans, LA April 11-17, 2020 11 & 12 22 students $1,500 Full
Sisters in
El Salvador
El Salvador June 20-28, 2020 10, 11 & 12 10 students $2,400 Spaces
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 Full
Trip Name and Type Location Date Faculty Contact Email Approx. Cost Application Process
Cultural/Language Immersion            
South Africa South Africa April 4-17, 2020 Ruth Burson rburson@
Email faculty contact
Japan Japan June 7-21, 2020 Amy Huang ahuang@
$4,000 Email faculty contact
Tanzania Tanzania June 8-18, 2020 Nicki Pfaff npfaff@
$5,255 Email faculty contact
D.C. to Research Triangle College Tour D.C./Virginia/ North Carolina June 14-18, 2020 DeEnna Holohan dholohan@
$2,398 Email faculty contact
Ashland Ashland, OR August 2020 Sarah
Email faculty contact
Quito/Galapagos Islands Ecuador/Galapa-gos Islands June 2021 Tony Lecheler alecheler@
$4,317 Email faculty contact
Italy/Greece Italy/Greece June 2021 Hilary Orr hilaryorr@
$4,500 Email faculty contact
Iceland/Berlin Leadership Summit Iceland/Germany July 2-12, 2021 Nicki Pfaff npfaff@
TBD 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."