Service Trips

Christian service immersion trips are designed to help students be the hands of Christ to those who are in need outside our community. All Christian Service trips are from the Catholic Christian perspective, so students are expected to journal daily and join the group in daily prayer and Mass if the trip falls on a Sunday.

All students are expected to have a valid passport if traveling outside the United States.

Scholarships and fundraising are available for all Christian Service trips. Parents must attend an informational meeting in order for their student to attend any trip sponsored by NDP.

Here is a list of our 2018 trips and the organizations we partner with to provide meaningful and safe mission trips for our students. 


Mrs. Gjerstad, Director of Christian Service Learning.




Cusco, Peru

Peru Itinerary
Notre Dame Preparatory High School

Details for the 2018-19 trip will be coming soon. Please check back.

Peru June 2018 TBD $5,000

Summer school .5 credit cultural immersion trip


Tanzania, Africa

Tanzania Itinerary
Notre Dame Preparatory High School

Details for the 2018-19 trip will be coming soon. Please check back.

K2 Adventures – Tanzania June 2018 TBD $5,000

Young Neighbors in Action

Young Neighbors provides a solid, Catholic approach to service and justice that balances Scripture and Catholic social teaching, direct service, and a justice consciousness. It provides the experiences, skills, and learning needed to make change possible. Please explore this site if you are interested in more information about Young Neighbors in Action that you need to plan your next summer service trip!

The program begins Sunday afternoon and ends with Eucharist Saturday morning. The typical daily schedule looks like this:

6:30 AM Wake Up Call
7:15 AM Breakfast
8:00 AM Morning Prayer and Send-Off
8:30 AM Departure for Work Sites
9:00 AM Work Sites (work/lunch/sharing)
3:30/4:00 PM Return from Work Sites
Team Journaling & Sharing (if not done on site)
Recreation, Relaxation, Clean Up, Snacks
Adult Leader Check-In with Program Director
5:45 PM Site Sharing/Dinner Grace
6:00 PM Dinner
6:45 PM Adult Meeting
7:30 PM Evening Program
9:00 PM Evening Prayer
9:30 PM Team Time/Social Time
11:00 PM Lights Out

Please check back for dates, location and cost. 

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Immersion Trip to NPH Dominican Republic Notre Dame Preparatory October 13 - 19, 2018

Join us for a one-week immersion trip to our NPH home in the Dominican Republic. Speaking Spanish is a plus!

Experience firsthand how NPH USA transforms the lives of children! You will meet the amazing children, staff, and volunteers of NPH and learn about their daily lives. Whether you are new to NPH, or a longtime supporter, visiting our homes is the best way to see NPH in action.

We will have the unique opportunity to stay at the NPH home with the children, in a newly constructed visitor’s house. This will allow us to immerse ourselves in NPH life with the children.

While the children are in school, you will help out around the home (helping with daily chores around the property, working in the gardens and farm, caring for the babies, working in the kitchen, and viewing the school, etc.). Relax or hang out with the pequeños in the afternoons.

We will coordinate activities with the different age groups throughout the week. Note: An NPH USA chaperone will lead and oversee all travelers throughout the duration of the week.

All chaperones are background checked and are experienced volunteers.

Cost: $1,550 per person* Cost includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Pre-trip orientation
  • On-site accommodations at the NPH home
  • Airport transportation
  • Meals while at NPH
  • NPH USA chaperone
  • Daily travel insurance
  • Donation to the NPH home

*Price does not include

  • Outside meals or optional attraction costs.

Payment Schedule 

  • $750 non-refundable deposit due by July 5, 2018
  • $800 Remainder due August 31, 2018

For more information, please contact Belinda Roda at or call (480) 237-3007.


Kino Border Initiative

Kino Border Initiative
Nogales, Mexico


Kino Border Initiative offers food, clothing and shelter to men, women and children who have been deported. The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico The KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality. Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity. Students work at the comedor preparing and serving food and providing care for people in need.

If you’d like more information regarding this organization, please visit KBI online. Please fill out and submit you application to Mrs. Gjerstad.


Please check back for more information, dates and cost.


1MISSION is the leader in organizing and leading short-term mission trips with a long-term impact to Rocky Point, Mexico. Our mission trips are Christ-centered, safe, affordable, and hassle free.

It's our mission to connect people to people, not people to projects.

Come along side of a family who has invested hundreds of hours in their community, and in just a few days help build their entire house. You'll truly be on a mission 'with' not 'for' them. Healthy missions is fully-dependent upon genuine partnerships, long-term relationships and sustainable development - connecting the church on a global level.

February 15-18, $475. This retreat is for senior boys and their dads only. 

Chances for Children

The vision of Chances for Children is to work through local pastors to move their communities from survival towards stability and then ultimately onward to sustainability. Addressing the basic needs of clean water, hunger, medical care and spiritual encouragement are the components for survival. The community then moves into stability when families are given the tools of employment to begin providing for the basic needs of their families. In some of the regions we work in, the movement from survival to stability has been accomplished in two years. Our ultimate goal is to see these communities into the final stage of sustainability. In this stage, the members of the community would create sustainable livelihoods for themselves so that they can provide for the needs of their families and furthermore teach those skills to their children. Students will be working in the orphanage, as well as delivering Mana packs from the organization Feed My Starving Children. to remote villages.

Chances for Children -Haiti during Spring Break $1600.00

NOT SCHOOL SPONSORED – level 3 travel warning

Heart Fire Medical Mission Trips

Now more than ever, young adults are bombarded with a constant barrage of deceptive chaos:  from social media, peer pressure and university secularism. At HEARTFIRE, we lead students out of their comfortable, western rut and into a land of miracles - the kind found in impoverished villages and hope-filled hospitals. It is here where they undergo a life-long transformation and return home eternally changed.

Heartfire – Yucatan, Mexico Spring Break $1985.00

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers

Serve special needs children and adults at the Shrine of Mary in Lourdes, France. This trip also includes the opportunity to visit many churches in the area. 

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality – Lourdes, France Pilgrimage and Service June TBD $5,000

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Spiritual Life Staff

Leslie Gjerstad
Director of Christian Service Learning

Sr. Yolanda Mendoza
Campus Minister

Fr. Kurt Perera
Campus Chaplain

Mary Lou Lachvayder
Director of Student Formation
Theology Dept. Chair

Jackie Moucheron
Assistant to Center of Mission and Ministry

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