Immersion Trips

Weeklong service immersion programs are available over Spring Break and during the summer.

The St. Joseph’s Prep Mission and Ministry office is sponsoring nine Service Immersion Experiences — two programs over spring break and seven programs running over the summer. The spring break option is designed for current Seniors, but Juniors may also apply with the knowledge that Seniors will have priority. The eight summer programs are open to current Sophomores, and current Juniors (class of 2021, and 2022). *NB - Students must have their previous years’ service hours up to date to participate.

Students interested may indicate their top three choices on the Service Immersion Program Form (coming soon). Preference will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will be consulted before being placed on a trip they did not specify as one of their top three choices if all three of their selections are full. There are 10 spots for students in each program. Each program is accompanied by 2 adult chaperones. Forms are to be filled out by January 31st at which time students will be placed and liability and consent forms will be sent home to parents.

Below are descriptions and dates for each program. They are listed in the order in which they will occur.

Spring Break Immersion Trips

  1. Appalachia Service Project, Johnson City, TN

    Appalachia Service Project is an service organization focused on creating living spaces in Appalachia that are warmer, safer, and drier for families while providing transformational service experiences for their volunteers. During our Spring Break, a group of students will head down to one of their Centers in Johnson City, TN to participate in their home building/repair projects. This is one of the more physically demanding service projects. Students will be doing construction on homes under skilled supervision for families who cannot afford to maintain their roofs, walls, etc. This trip is primarily open to seniors but juniors may also apply.

  2. DeSale Service Works, Camden, NJ

    DeSales Service Works is located on 522 State Street in North Camden, NJ. Their ministry “is focused on sharing Salesian spirituality with people in struggling communities through direct personal service and the advancement of peace and justice” while bringing the “power of gentleness, humility, and optimism to very poor, hard edged communities.” Students will perform much needed, practical service in the very poor community of North Camden. They’ll also be guided through reflections and presentations on Catholic Social Teaching, experience individual and communal prayer and have opportunities for Mass at the location.

Summer Service Immersion Trips 2019-20

Click here for full descriptions for the summer service trips.

  1. Cristo Rey Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
    5/31 (evening arrival)-6/6

  2. St. Vincent de Paul, Philadelphia, PA

  3. Padre Pio Center, Philadelphia, PA

  4. Ivanhoe Civic League, Ivanhoe, VA

  5. Aquinas Center, Philadelphia, PA

  6. Puerto Rico

  7. St. Mary's Mission, Tohatchi NM


Erick Woods
Associate Campus Minister of Ignatian Services


St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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