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.

To apply for a VENAVER experience    Click Here

The application deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2018.

2018-19 VENAVER Experiences

East LA, CA (Dolores Mission)
March 14–19, 2019

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).

Houston, TX
April 15–20, 2019 (Spring Break)

In South Texas, we do a lot of home renovation projects. The work can include roofing, siding, sheetrock, insulation, flooring, doors, and windows. You will get the biggest "wow" factor here, and your before-and-after pictures will be substantial.

Puerto Rico
March 20-27, 2019 

In Puerto Rico, we are collaborating with local community of Yabucoa to construct a home for a humble and helpful family whose home was destroyed when the hurricane entered their town.

Chihuahua, Mexico
April 15–20, 2019 (Spring Break)

Students and faculty will interact with fellow Lasallian students as they work together to immerse themselves in the culture of those living in Chihuahua. Students will also assist 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 Danny O’Regan.

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