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.
Click here to apply for a VENAVER experience! The application deadline is Monday, November 13, 2017.
2017-18 VENAVER Experiences
East LA, CA (Dolores Mission)
January 2-6, 2018
The focus of this immersion trip is restorative justice, juvenile foster system, juvenile incarceration, and work with Homeboy Industries. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from those within these systems and what the transition out of these systems is like (among other topics).
January 14-20, 2018
The focus of this immersion trip is civil rights (specifically of those with disabilities and the elderly), justice, and legislation. This trip also includes a visit to the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, one of our founders.
Tucson, AZ: El Otro Lado
February 4-8, 2018
The focus of this immersion trip is border and immigration issues. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to speak with Border Patrol and others to learn first-hand what it is like for those who live on “el otro lado,”,or the other side. This trip requires a passport or green card.
March 22-April 2, 2018
The focus of this trip is justice, spirituality, and learning about the culture. Students and faculty will spend time learning about a town in Mexico, helping with Holy Week services, and other topics. This trip requires a passport or green card and proficiency in conversational Spanish.
2016-2017 VENAVER Experiences
Students and faculty were able to focus on justice, legislation, and civil rights in a unique way. The group met legislators, sat in on a House session, met with the Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, connected with a fellow Lasallian school (Calvert Hall College High School), visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and visited the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Students and faculty interacted with fellow Lasallian students as they worked together to immerse themselves in the culture of those living in Chihuahua, and assisted with faith formation activities in the town during Holy Week.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do to participate in Venaver?
All Venaver experiences will have an application process. Look for the online application posted above and on Schoology for more information.
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.
Does the deposit go towards the final cost of my trip?
Yes. The deposit goes towards the entire trip. For example, a trip may cost $500. After paying a deposit of $150, you would only have $350 left to pay on the trip.
What do the trip fees include?
The trip fee covers food, lodging, transportation, and any program fees associated with the specific experience.
If you have any other questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact Assistant Director of Retreats & Spirit Lauren Davenport.