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.

Mrs. Gjerstad, Director of Christian Service Learning.

Cusco, Peru

Peru Itinerary
Notre Dame Preparatory High School
May 27 - June 6, 2018

The cost for the Peru trip will be $4,395 per person and does not include international airfare. This cost is all inclusive of the itinerary below and will be based on two (2) students per room with a minimum of ten (10) students and a maximum of thirty (30) students. Once a student is committed, Notre Dame Preparatory High School will make a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to K2 Adventure Travel and provide a copy of the student’s passport in order to secure the student’s trip. Final payment of $3,395 will be due to K2 Adventure Travel by April 1, 2018 and will be non-refundable. This trip will be considered filled once we reach thirty (30) students on a first come first serve basis.

The intent is for all the students to travel together on a group ticket, which requires a minimum of ten (10) participants traveling on the same itinerary. Notre Dame Preparatory High School will pay K2 Adventure Travel for the cost of the group ticket based on the guidelines set by the airlines.

We will be staying in 3-star hotels that are located in secure locations with 24-hour onsite security. The students will not be permitted off hotel property once we return from dinner. In the evenings we will have daily reflection wrap ups followed by bed checks.

Our community service will occur at two different schools in Cusco, Peru. Senora del Carmen School educates 80 plus disabled children. Most of these children, ranging from infants to 15 years old are considered orphaned and are cared for by families within the community. These children are brought to the school five (5) days a week to be cared for and educated. Many of the caregivers are foster parents who do not receive a subsidy from the country for taking care of a disabled orphan. Some of the disabilities these children suffer from are Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Autism, cleft palate, and severe learning and physical disabilities. K2 has provided over $250,000 worth of aid to this school, both in-kind and monetary. K2 has built a motor sensory room, wheelchair ramps, painted the exterior of the buildings, provided sports equipment, school supplies and so much more.

The General Ollanta Wimpillay School educates approximately 150 children in grades 1st through 6th. These children do not suffer from a disability but come from very poor families. They are in a typical school environment. K2 has provided aid to this school, both in-kind and monetary. K2 has built sun-protection on the sport court, provided sports equipment, school supplies and so much more.

Notre Dame Preparatory students will be able to work in the garden, spend time in the classrooms, assist with student’s education and play on the sport courts.

May 27th Day 1 - We will leave in the morning from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with arrival in Lima, Peru late in the evening. Upon arrival at the Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM), we will meet our Peruvian guide and collect our luggage. We will check in to the Wyndham Costa del Sol, which is connected to the airport. Students should bring sufficient cash/credit for breakfast, lunch and dinner during airport travel day. Everyone will sleep two (2) to a room.

May 28th, Day 2 - We will wake for breakfast at the hotel and walk to the airport for an early flight to Cusco, Peru. Upon arrival in Cusco, a private driver will take us to check in to the Novotel Cusco. After check-in we will have lunch in the square followed by a walking tour. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

May 29th, Day 3 - We will wake for breakfast and attend morning mass at the Cathedral Basilica of our Lady of the Assumption. Afterwards, we will take a short drive to a local orphanage called Senora Del Carmen Catholic School for our first day of community service. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

May 30th, Day 4 - We will wake for breakfast and return to the Senora Del Carmen Catholic School for our second day of community service. In the afternoon, we will take a scenic drive overlooking the town of Cusco where we will enjoy a 2-hour hike. Our private bus will meet us at the end of the hike and return us to the hotel in the late afternoon. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

May 31st, Day 5 - We will wake for early breakfast followed by a short drive to the General Ollanta Wimpillay School for our third day of community service. After lunch, we will visit a local animal sanctuary where students can see exotic Peruvian animals and witness the flight of a Condor. Our next stop will be Awana Kancha where we will learn about South American Camelids, better know as Alpaca, Llamas and Vicuña. Students will have the opportunity to feed the animals and to shop for authentic Alpaca and Peruvian clothing. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

June 1st, Day 6 - We will wake for breakfast followed by an hour and half hike on the Inca Trail to the Water Temple and other smaller ruins. Upon completion of the hike, we will visit Cristo Blanco, the 52-foot high statue of Christ that overlooks Cusco. We will visit the Machu Picchu Museum, which houses the largest collection of

Machu Picchu artifacts in the world. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant with authentic entertainment. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

June 2nd, Day 7 - We will wake for an early breakfast followed by a 45-minute drive on a private bus to the Poroy train station where we will board the local train for a 3-hour scenic ride to Aguas Calientes. Upon arrival in Aguas Calientes we will check in to our local hotel called Tayapikala. Once settled, we will have lunch, tour the town of Aguas Calientes and visit the local markets. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

June 3rd, Day 8 - We will wake for breakfast followed by a private climb of Wayna Picchu located inside the ruins of Machu Picchu. After a private guided tour of the ruins, students will have lunch before returning to Aguas Calientes. We will visit the Church of Aquas Calientes in the afternoon. Breakfast and dinner are included. Students should bring sufficient cash for lunch.

June 4th, Day 9 - We will wake for breakfast and return to the ruins of Machu Picchu for a 45-minute hike to the Sun Gate for another spectacular view of the ruins. The afternoon will be spent for last minute trinket shopping, exploring Aguas Calientes and to prepare for an early morning train departure. Breakfast and dinner are included. Students should bring sufficient cash for lunch.

June 5th, Day 10 - We will wake for a very early morning train departure to Ollantaytambo. Upon arrival in Ollantaytambo, we will board a private bus to the Cusco airport for an early afternoon flight to Lima. We will enjoy a farewell dinner in the beach town of Mira Flores and prepare for the late night flight back to the United States. Breakfast, lunch and farewell dinner are included.

June 6th, Day 11 – Arrive back in Phoenix in the afternoon!Students should bring sufficient cash/credit for breakfast, lunch and dinner during airport travel days.

Cost Per Person Covers: Domestic round-trip flight from Lima to Cusco, land transportation, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), meals listed in the itinerary, park fees and permits, museum entrance fee, and local and international guides.

Cost Per Person Does NOT Cover: International airfare of approximately $1,100 - $1,500 from Phoenix, Travel Insurance/Trip Cancellation approximately $200 (depending on the plan), meals not included in the scheduled itinerary and spending money of approximately $300.

*Please note we are hoping each student will fill (2) backpacks with school supplies and miscellaneous items that will be shared with the students in the orphanage and the local school.

Tanzania, Africa

Tanzania Itinerary
Notre Dame Preparatory High School
June 20 - 30, 2018

The cost for the Tanzania trip will be $3,295 per person and does not include international airfare. This cost is all inclusive of the itinerary below and will be based on two (2) students per room with a minimum of ten (10) students and a maximum of thirty (30) students. Once a student is committed, Notre Dame Prep will make a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to K2 Adventure Travel and provide a copy of the student’s passport in order to secure the student’s trip. Final payment of $2,295 will be due to K2 Adventure Travel by April 1, 2018 and will be non-refundable. This trip will be considered filled once we reach thirty (30) students on a first come first serve basis.

The intent is for all the students to travel together on a group ticket, which requires a minimum of ten (10) participants traveling on the same itinerary. Notre Dame Prep will pay K2 Adventure Travel for the cost of the group ticket based on the guidelines set by the airlines.

We will be staying at the Sal Salinero Hotel located in Moshi, Tanzania. The hotel is in a secure location with

Twenty-four hour security. The students will not be permitted off hotel property once we return from daily activities. In the evening we will have daily reflection wrap ups followed by bed checks.

Our community service days will be at the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind in Moshi, Tanzania. This is a school and orphanage consisting of 75 resident orphans who are either blind, albino or suffer from XP. There are an additional 520 able body students who attend the school on a daily basis. K2 has provided over 3.5 million dollars worth of aid to this school, both in-kind and monetary. K2 built a freestanding medical clinic, dental clinic, chicken coup, dormitory, bathroom structures, basketball/volleyball court, and computer classroom since 2009. This year, a full kitchen was completed along with a newly designed 5-acre sustainable garden/farm, which provides 2-3 meals per day for all students and teachers.

Notre Dame Prep students will be able to work in the garden, spend time in the classrooms, computer lab, assist with the student’s education, play on the sport court, and assist in the dormitories.

June 20th and June 21st Day 1 and 2 - We will leave in the morning from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with arrival into Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) the following evening. Our Tanzanian head guide will take us from the airport by private bus to our hotel. Students should bring sufficient cash/credit for all breakfast, lunch and dinner during airport travel days. Everyone will sleep two (2) to a room.

June 22nd Day 3 - This is our first day of Christian Service at the Mwereni School. 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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

June 23rd Day 4 - This is our day to visit a coffee plantation and waterfall. We will start with a coffee experience like no other, including picking, peeling, grinding and sipping locally grown coffee. Afterwards, we will enjoy a beautiful 40-minute, moderate hike through the local village to the Materuni Waterfall. Finally, we will visit a local pizza restaurant for lunch. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

June 24th Day 5 - This is our day to attend a local Catholic mass celebrated by Father Aristides. Mass is said in Swahili, which is the native language of Tanzania. Students will be presented with an authentic African blessed rosary and will be able to participate in the mass. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

June 25th Day 6 - This is our second day of Christian Service at the Mwereni School. 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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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! https://www.cmdnet.org/ynia-home


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

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

NPH Dominican Republic Cost: $1560.00
October 5-10 2017

Join us for a one week immersion trip to our NPH home in the Dominican Republic. Experience firsthand how NPH USA transforms the lives of children. You will be staying at the newly constructed visitors house and immerse yourself in NPH life with children.

Opened in 2003, NPH Dominican Republic is located 40 miles east of Santo Domingo, the nation’s capital and largest city. Casa Santa Ana was constructed from 2004-2005 and has small group homes, each with its own kitchen and garden. The site is currently home to more than 200 children an also has a primary school, a farm, a clinic, a church and sports fields.

Here is the link to the online application.

NPH Mexico Cost $1560.00
April 3-7 2017

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.

Here is the link to the online application.


Chances For Children

C4C TRIP TENITIVE ITINERARY
April 3-7, 2018


Information for PAP Airport:

  • When entering customs, each traveler should be prepared to pay $10 (exact change necessary) for the Tourist Entry Fee. Keep the green stub they give you from your customs & immigration form securely with your passport.You will need both of these in order to exit Haiti.
  • Gather luggage at baggage claim and stay in this area until everyone has all of their bags. Have your baggage claim tickets given to you at check-in as numbers will be matched with your bags upon exiting area.
  • Have your white Declaration Form in hand to give to agent as you depart baggage claim area.
  • Several airport baggage helpers will ask you if you’d like assistance. Firmly say “No Thank You.” C4C staff will greet your entire group as you exit together and take you to airport courtyard and the vehicles.Your driver will be holding a sign with your name on it.

Tuesday April 3rd: Team arrives


SCHEDULE

Flight info: lands around 9:00am
  • 9:00am flight lands in PAP – vehicles and drivers arrive to greet team
  • team to go through immigration and customs
  • once through, exit the airport and find your drivers
  • load luggage in the vehicles
  • 10:30am team depart for Hands Together
    visit Father Tom Hagen (Catholic Relief Services)
  • 1:00pm depart Hands Together for the guesthouse
  • − stop at Giant on the way to purchase lunch and snack items for the week
  • 3:15pm arrive at the guesthouse
  • − unload luggage and groceries
  • 3:30pm walk across the street to the creche to visit with the kids
  • 5:00pm walk back to the guesthouse
  • 5:30pm dinner at the guesthouse

*Wednesday April 4th:

SCHEDULE

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00-5:00 Day in Kesncoff –
  • Tour of medical clinic, women’s programs
  • Interact with children at Creche
  • Work Project
  • 5:30pm dinner at the guesthouse


*Thursday April 5th:

SCHEDULE

  • 6:00am breakfast at the guesthouse – prepared by the team
  • 6:30am depart for LaTibonet (feeding program #1)
  • stop at Wahoo on the way to check in
  • 11:15am arrive at LaTibonet
  • visit with kids
  • small activity
  • 12:00noon help pass out food
  • 1:30pm depart for Wahoo Bay
  • 3:30pm arrive at Wahoo Bay, relax until dinner!
  • 6:00pm dinner at Wahoo

Friday April 6th:

SCHEDULE

  • 8:30am breakfast at Wahoo
  • 9:15pm depart for Goniaves (feeding program #2)
  • 11:00am arrive at Goniaves
  • visit with kids
  • small activity with kids
  • help with feeding program
  • 1:30pm depart Goniaves for Wahoo Bay
  • 3:30pm arrive at Wahoo Bay, relax and enjoy the beach until dinner!
  • 7:00 pm dinner at Wahoo


*Saturday April 7th: Team departs

SCHEDULE

Flight Info: Flight departs around 2:00pm

  • 8:30am breakfast at Wahoo Bay – morning at Beach
  • 11:00depart Wahoo for the airport
  • 12:00noon arrive at the airport
  • 2:00pm flight departs

Please Note*

    1. Prior to boarding your flight from Miami headed to Port-au-Prince (PAP), please purchase a large bottle of water so that you have this for the journey to the Guesthouse (this will have to last you from the MIA airport to the PAP airport and for the drive to the Guesthouse). There is purified drinking water once we arrive at the Guesthouse.
    2. On this flight from MIA to PAP, you will be given Customs/Immigrations Forms. When asked if this trip is business or recreation – you check recreation/vacation.
    3. On these forms you will also be asked to write down the address where you will be staying in Haiti. Put this in your phone or with your passport now:

5 Rue Mevs
Kenscoff, Haiti
Contact: Maxime Renelus - phone number is 4699 3811.


    1. Please bring with you:a copy of this Itinerary, the C4C Travel Guide, and a color copy of your passport.
    2. Chikungunya virus is present in Haiti and throughout the Caribbean. It is transmitted from daytime mosquitoes and causes high fevers and severe joint pain. There is no vaccine yet it can be quite uncomfortable. It presents 3-7 days after infection. There have also been cases of the Zika virus reported in Haiti.PLEASE use mosquito repellent and avoid highly scented lotions and perfumes.We also suggest spraying around your bed and around the windows each night.
    3. If you desire, call your phone carrier to add International Calling services to your mobile phone for the trip. There is Wi-Fi at Guest House & Clinic.


We hope you have a wonderful time in Haiti!


Kino Border Initiative

Kino Border Initiative
Nogales, Mexico $35.00
Open to second semester sophomores, juniors and seniors ONLY
September 8, October 27,December 1, February 2, April 20

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 our organization and/or our homes, please visit NPH USA at www.nphusa.org.

Spiritual Events
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    • TueSep05 Freshman Plunge
    • ThuSep07 Sophomore Day of Reflection
Spiritual Life Staff

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

Sr. Yolanda Mendoza
Campus Minister
480-634-8241

Fr. Kurt Perera
Campus Chaplain
480-634-8337

Mary Lou Lachvayder
Director of Student Formation
Theology Dept. Chair
480-634-8336

Jackie Moucheron
Assistant to Center of Mission and Ministry
480-634-8388

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