Immersion & Service + VENAVER

VENAVER, “come and see,” are immersion trips that offer students, faculty and staff opportunities to participate in faith-based experiences in domestic and international communities. For each VENAVER experience, participants explore faith, community, service learning, social justice and simple living in a safe environment. Students of all faith traditions and backgrounds are invited to participate in VENAVER.

2016-17 VENAVER Immersion Trips

El Otro Lado in Tucson, AZ
November 13-17, 2016

The focus of this experience will be on immigration issues that affect those living in Southern Arizona. Students will spend time in the desert, in border towns, with border patrol, and at the circuit court in Tucson (among other activities).

Baltimore, MD
January 21-26, 2017

The focus of this experience will be on legislation and civil rights. Students will have the opportunity to meet with the Maryland Catholic Conference and a Maryland delegate, in addition to spending time with community members of St. Bernardine’s Catholic Church as they share their experiences during the Freddie Grey case.

El Otro Lado in El Paso, TX
February 19-23, 2017

Chihuahua, Mexico
April 6-17, 2017

Baton Rouge, LA
June 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to do to participate in VENAVER?

All VENAVER experiences will have an application process. Look for the application for each VENAVER on Schoology.

Who can participate in VENAVER?

All students are welcome to participate in VENAVER, however, some specific trips may have requirements or limitations dependent on the time of year and the nature of the trip. For example, some trips may require a passport and/or fluency in a language other than English.

Am I able to participate in VENAVER if I’m not sure that I/my family can afford the trip?

Yes! Still apply. Students can submit a funding request with their applications.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Assistant Director of Retreats & Spirit Lauren Davenport.