Service Trips

Students who wish to immerse themselves in service during the summer are invited to consider an NDP sponsored service-immersion trips.

In 2017 there are two overseas immersion trips from which to choose. Cusco, Peru from May 31 to June 10 and Tanzania, Africa from June 18 to 27.

Please remember that any service activity (immersion or otherwise) must be approved by Notre Dame Preparatory High School prior to the experience. You can sign up for these opportunities on x2VOL or see

Mrs. Gjerstad, Director of Christian Service Learning.

Cusco, Peru

Christian Service Project to Peru:

The cost for the Peru trip will be $3,995 per person without airfare. This cost is all inclusive of the itinerary below and will be based on 2 students per room with a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30. Once a student is committed K2 Adventures Foundation will need a $1,000 non-refundable deposit and a copy of their passport in order to secure their trip. Final payment of $2,995 will be due to K2 Adventures Foundation by March 15, 2017 and will be non-refundable. To register for the trip go to: http://www.k2adventures.org/donate , fill out the form and under allocation select Notre Dame High School Christian Service Project or send a check to K2 Adventures Foundation 20707 N. Pima Rd. Suite L130 Scottsdale, AZ 85255. K2 Adventures Foundation encourages families to purchase travelers insurance in the event of an emergency or issue that prevents a student from attending. This trip will close on March 1, 2017 and will be considered filled once we reach 30 students on a first come first serve basis.

Day 1 -We will leave in the morning from Phoenix International Airport with arrival in Lima, Peru late in the evening. Upon arrival at the Lima International Airport, we will meet our local guide and collect all our luggage. We will check in to the hotel called the "Wyndham Costa del Sol.” which is connected to the airport. http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/peru/lima/wyndham-costa-del-sol-lima-airport/hotel-overview

Day 2 -We will wake for breakfast at the hotel and walk to the airport as a group for an early flight to Cusco, Peru. Upon arrival in Cusco, we will be picked up by a private driver and check in to the hotel called the "Cusco Costa del Sol." http://www.costadelsolperu.com/cusco/en/ After check-in we will have a walking tour of Cusco and lunch in the square. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant with authentic entertainment. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included)

Day 3 -We will wake for breakfast followed by an early mass at a historic several hundred year old local Catholic Church. After mass, we will visit the ruins of Saksaywaman and experience the beauty of the 52 foot high "Statue of Christ”. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cusco Dinner will be served at a local restaurant with authentic entertainment. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 4 -We will wake for breakfast followed by a short drive to a local orphanage called "Senora Del Carmen Catholic School" for our first day of Christian Service. http:/www.k2adventuretravel.com/voluntourism At the end of the day we will drive to the local llama farm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoLhHU1EShk and animal sanctuary. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 5 -We will wake for breakfast followed by a short drive to the local orphanage for our second day of Christian Service. At the end of the day we will drive back to Cusco for an evening mass at a local Catholic Church. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 6 -We will wake for breakfast followed by a short drive to the local school for our third day of Christian Service. At the end of the day we will drive back to Cusco to pack and prepare for the next day. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 7 -We will wake for breakfast followed by a several hour drive on a private bus to Ollayantotamba. Once we arrive in Ollayantotamba we will board the local train to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientas we will check in to our hotel Casa Andina. http://www.casa-andina.com/casa-andina-classic-machu-picchu/?lang=en Once we are settled we will have lunch and leave for our first visit to the ruins of Machu Picchu. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machu_Picchu (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Day 8 -We will wake for breakfast followed by a full day at the ruins of Machu Picchu and private climb of Waynapicchu. Students will be able to have lunch in the ruins after the guided tour. (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 9 –We will wake for an early breakfast followed by a several hour train ride back to Ollayantotamba. Once we arrive in Ollayantotamba we will board a private bus back to Cusco. From Cusco we will fly back to Lima and prepare for the flight back to the United States in the evening. (Breakfast and lunch are included)

Day 10 –Arrive back to Phoenix in the afternoon!

  • Cost Per Person Covers:

    • Domestic round-trip flight from Lima to Cusco
    • All land travel
    • All hotel accommodations (two to a room)
    • All meals listed in the itinerary
    • All park fees and permits
    • All international guides
  • Cost Per Person Does NOT Cover:

    • International airfare – approximately $900-$1,500 from the U.S.
    • Travelers, Medical and Evacuation Insurance approximately $200
    • Meals not in the scheduled itinerary and spending money approximately $300
*Please note we are hoping that each student will fill a backpack with school supplies and misc items that we will share with the students in the orphanage and local school.

Tanzania, Africa

This trip is new this year.

The trip to Tanzania is from June 18 to June 27. An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:00 p.m.

The cost for the trip will be $2,795 per person without airfare. This cost is all inclusive of the itinerary below and will be based on 2 students per room with a minimum of 10 students and a maximum of 30. Once a student is committed K2 Adventures Foundation will need a $1,000 non-refundable deposit and a copy of their passport in order to secure their trip. Final payment of $1,795 will be due to K2 Adventures Foundation by March 15, 2017and will be non-refundable. To register for this trip, go to http://www.k2adventures.org/donate , fill out the form and under allocation select Notre Dame High School Christian Service Project or send a check to K2 Adventures Foundation 20707 N. Pima Rd. Suite L130 Scottsdale, AZ 85255.

K2 Adventures Foundation encourages families to purchase travelers insurance in the event of an emergency or issue that prevents a student from attending. This trip will close on March 1, 2017 and will be considered filled once we reach 30 students on a first come first serve basis.

We will be staying at either Parkview Inn http://www.pvim.com or Salsalinero Hotel http://www.salsalinerohotel.com located in Moshi, Tanzania. These hotels are both in a secure location with security personal as well as a guard gates that surround the properties. The students will not be permitted off hotel property once we arrive back from the orphanage. We will have a wrap up of daily activities from 5 to 7 each day giving each student the opportunity to discuss how they felt and offer suggestions as to how to make the school better. A typical African dinner is usually around 2 hours and will start at 7 p.m. This will allow the kids about 1 hour before lights out at 10 p.m.

The description of the school/orphanage is that the school is located in Moshi Tanzania and consists of 75 orphans that are either blind, albino or suffer from XP. There are also 520 regular education students that attend the school on a daily basis. The school sits on 8 acres of land that are completely enclosed and monitored by a security guard and security system. K2 has provided over 3.5 million dollars worth of aid to this school both in-kind and monetary. We have build a free standing medical clinic, dental clinic, chicken coup, dormitory, bathroom structures, basketball/volleyball court, computer classroom and this summer a complete kitchen. We have helped design the 5 acre sustainable garden/farm that now produces vegetables and fruit for the children and provides 3 meals per day. The Notre Dame Students will be able to help in the garden, education and computer classrooms, on the sport court, in the dormitories and so much more. The students will be able to interact with the students at Mwereni on a daily basis and will be welcome to participate in daily activities. Once the students sign up for the trip we can create a community service plan for the Notre Dame students that will be of interest to everyone. This can also include painting the buildings, working with musical instruments, small maintenance items like fixing the bunk beds or mopping the floors, organizing the classrooms to include grading papers, assisting classroom teachers etc.

  1. Day 1 and 2: June 18 and June 19 We will leave in the morning from Phoenix International Airport with arrival in Amsterdam. We will leave Amsterdam with arrival Tanzania, Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) the following evening. Our Tanzanian head guide will meet all of us at the airport and we will take a private bus to our hotel. Everyone will sleep two to a room.
  2. Day 3: June 20This is traditionally our first day of Christian Service in Moshi at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. We will wake for an early breakfast and leave the hotel by 9:00 a.m. and arrive back at the hotel around 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at the school. In the evening we will have a team meeting and a team dinner. The Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind consists of 75 orphans that are either blind, albino or suffer from a genetic disease called XP along with 520 regular education students.
  3. Day 4: June 21This is traditionally our second day of Christian Service in Moshi at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. We will wake for an early breakfast and leave the hotel by 9:00 a.m. and arrive back at the hotel around 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at the school. In the evening we will have a team meeting and a team dinner.
  4. Day 5: June 22 This is traditionally our one (1) day safari to Arusha National Park. We will wake for an early breakfast and leave the hotel by 7:00 a.m. The drive takes about 1 hour to arrive at the park. After the safari and picnic lunch, in the mid afternoon we will make our way into Arusha city for dinner at a local hotel before heading back to Moshi.
  5. Day 6: June 23 This is traditionally our third day of Christian Service in Moshi at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. We will wake for an early breakfast and leave the hotel by 9:00 a.m. and arrive back at the hotel around 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at the school. In the evening we will have a team dinner.
  6. Day 7: June 24 This is traditionally our fourth day of Christian Service in Moshi at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind. We will also visit a local market called the Blue Zebra. Students will be able to purchase trinkets and souvenirs to take home with them. This market has a non profit component that gives back to the local community by providing art lessons to underprivileged youth. We will wake for an early breakfast and leave the hotel by 9:00 a.m. and arrive back at the hotel around 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be served at the school. In the evening we will have a team dinner.
  7. Day 8: June 25 This is traditionally our day to attend a local Catholic mass presented by our friend, Bishop Isaac of Moshi. If the Bishop is not in town the service will be held by another local priest. (Our intention is to try to co-ordinate a private meeting for the students and the Bishop if he is available.)
  8. Day 9: June 26 This is traditionally a rest day. Students can pack and get organized for their departure in the evening. We will walk to a local pizza place called Indio Americano for lunch and relax at the hotel. This evening a private driver will take us to the airport.
    Day 10: June 27 Arrival back in Arizona in the late afternoon.
Please note: (A special offer to the Notre Dame parents is available from K2 Adventure Travel, if parents want to join their son or daughter following their scheduled Notre Dame itinerary to add on a climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro or extended safari they are able to arrive on June 25th in the evening and all other logistics and costs will be planned separately from the Notre Dame itinerary by K2 Adventure Travel. Contact K2 Adventure Travel directly for this add on option.)

  • Cost Per Person Covers

    • All land travel
    • All hotel accommodations (two to a room)
    • All meals listed in the itinerary
    • All park fees and permits
    • All international guides
  • Cost Per Person Does NOT Cover:

    • International airfare – approximately $2,500 - $3,500 from the U.S.
    • Travelers, Medical and Evacuation Insurance approximately $200
    • Meals not in the scheduled itinerary and spending money approximately $200


Young Neighbors in Action

What is Young Neighbors in Action?

Young Neighbors in Action is an exciting, integrated, service-learning experience for parish and school teams of older aged youth and adult chaperones. Young Neighbors in Action:

  • gets youth and adults learning and acting together on justice
  • involves teams in a week-long experience of service to people in need
  • provides creative approaches to learning about justice, cross-cultural sharing, prayer, and recreation
  • features a solid Catholic approach that balances Scripture and Catholic social teaching, direct service, and acts of justice.
  • equips leaders with easy-to-use Preparation and Follow-up materials that make the project a valuable learning experience for those who attend, for their families, and for the local faith community.

During the summer of 2016, Young Neighbors teams contributed approximately 75,000 hours of service to those in need through church and social service agencies. 34 Young Neighbors programs will be offered this year—at twenty six different sites around the United States.

A Typical YNIA Daily Schedule

Sunday

1:00-2:00 Arrival

2:45 Adult Meeting

3:30 Afternoon Program

5:30 Dinner Directions/Table Prayer/Dinner

7:00 Evening Program/Evening Prayer

9:00 Team Time

9:30 Social Time

11:00 Lights Out

Monday through Friday

6:30 Wake-Up Call

7:15 Breakfast

8:00 Prayer and Send-Off

8:30 Depart for Work Sites

9:00 Work Sites (work/lunch/sharing/work & planning)

3:30-4:00 Return from Work Sites/ Adult Leader Check-In, Journaling

Recreation, Relaxation, Clean Up, Snacks

5:45 Dinner Directions/Site Sharing/Table Prayer

6:00 Dinner

6:45 Adult Meeting

7:30 Evening Program and Evening Prayer

9:00 Team Time

9:30 Social

10:00 Quiet Time in Sleeping Areas

11:00 Lights Out

Saturday

7:30 Wake-Up Call

8:00 Breakfast/Packing/Cleanup

9:15 Closing Session

10:15 Celebration of Eucharist

11:30 Lunch/Departure

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

NPH Mexico trip is set for Feb. 18 to 24, 2017.

Notre Dame Preparatory and NPH USA are in the process of organizing our 12th annual mission trip for students to the NPH home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. This trip is now an official school sponsored immersion trip, organized in partnership with NPH and Notre Dame.

Because this trip is now sponsored by Notre Dame, the school will hold responsibility for selections of students, planning, and chaperones. Any employees of Notre Dame that attend this mission trip do so as employees and agents of Notre Dame and the Diocese of Phoenix. Any problems, complaints or concerns will be handled in partnership by both organizations.

Trip Dates: February 18 – 24, 2017

Total Cost/Student: $1560

This trip provides an opportunity to live and work with orphans to experience firsthand how NPH has changed their lives. From past experience, this trip has also changed the lives of the students, as it provides an opportunity for students to witness the impact that their generosity makes in the life of others less fortunate.

While in Mexico, Notre Dame Students will serve the home by means of painting, gardening, cooking, and caring for disabled children. We will also set time aside for the students to meet with the home directors to learn about challenges and successes NPH Mexico faces. We feel that it is our responsibility to teach the students the true meaning of a mission trip, what it means to be philanthropic, and why it matters. We would also like them to understand why there is a cycle of poverty and how it affects the greater community. The students will have plenty of free time. They will spend time with their Godchildren during meals and before and after school.

This year, we are limited to include 40 students, four NDP chaperones, and one NPH chaperone. Applications will be reviewed by the Club Moderator and the Director of Christian Service Learning of Notre Dame Preparatory.

The cost of the trip includes airfare, ground transportation, room and board at the orphanage and fees to all excursions. The attached application should be returned in the attached envelope to Jan Carteaux by October 25, 2016. Once the student is selected and accepts their seat, the payments are as follows:

Part one, non-refundable deposit due: November 22, 2016, $825

Part two, non-refundable deposit due: December 30, 2016, $825

Please be advised that all staff, volunteers and travelers who are over the age of 18 and will have contact with the children of NPH are required to successfully undergo a criminal background check conducted by NPH/Friends of the Orphans. This will not be an extra cost to the participants.

Important dates to remember:

Early November: Mandatory orientation meeting for student and at least one parent. Actual date, time and location TBD. We will discuss the mission trip, rules, and expectations. Students and parents will also have an opportunity to sponsor a child in Mexico.

At this time all instruction to access paperwork will be delivered. It is critical that parents attend.

It is mandatory that your teen have a valid U.S. passport to travel to Mexico. Please begin this process immediately if your teen does not have a passport. The passport must be valid through August 31, 2017.

Neither organization will be responsible for gathering passports. It is the responsibility of the teen to bring it with them to the airport. It is highly recommended that you make a photocopy of the passport to keep at home. It is also recommended, but not required, to have a Hepatitis A inoculation. Please consult your physician for advice.

If you’d like more information regarding our organization and/or our homes, please visit NPH USA at www.nphusa.org.

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Spiritual Life Staff

Leslie Gjerstad
Director of Christian Service Learning
480-634-8334

Sr. Yolanda Mendoza
Campus Minister
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Fr. Kurt Perera
Campus Chaplain
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Mary Lou Lachvayder
Director of Student Formation
Theology Dept. Chair
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Jackie Moucheron
Assistant to Center of Mission and Ministry
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