Francis Xavier Baccalaureate Program

Far from just a “travel” program, the goal of the St Joseph High School Francis Xavier International Scholars Program is to broaden student awareness of the global mission of the Church, while also helping them traverse, with confidence, the distances between culture, economics, religion, and geography.

Students pursuing this certificate program will be involved in intensive world language study, take three credits of course work directly related to cross-cultural understanding and global perspectives, and participate in two or more SJHS domestic or international immersion trips. Once they fulfill these requirements, students will graduate with distinction as “Francis Xavier International Scholars.”

If you have any questions about our Immersion Trips, please contact Maureen Anderson, manderson@sjcadets.org.

 

Immersion Trips

Upcoming Trips

Camp Sunshine:  August 12 - 17, 2018

Appalachia

Appalachia Immersion Trip
Appalachia Immersion Trip
Appalachia Immersion Trip
Appalachia Immersion Trip
Appalachia Immersion Trip
Appalachia Immersion Trip

Roanoke, VA

Dates: 2019 (TBD)

Cost: $850 (includes transportation, meals and lodging)

Trip Highlights:

  • Teams work together in food banks, assisted living and nursing facilities, daycares and a few larger construction jobs in partnership with the Praying Pelicans Organization.
  • Explore the beautiful Appalachian Trial and Natural Bridge as well as a Civil War site and an authentic Monacan First Peoples village.
  • Students will gain knowledge of the rich Appalachian history, as well as walk and work in solidarity with the residents of the area, especially in areas of need.

Camp Sunshine

Camp Sunshine Immersion Trip
Camp Sunshine Immersion Trip
Camp Sunshine Immersion Trip
Camp Sunshine Immersion Trip

Lake Sebago, Maine

Dates: August 12 - 17, 2018

About Camp Sunshine:

Camp Sunshine is located on the coast of Lake Sebago in Casco, Maine. Camp Sunshine is a camp for families with children battling any number of critical diseases. The camp provides a week-long respite for the entire family during a time when rest and relaxation are hard to come by. The children enjoy a free day camp filled with arts, crafts, boating, swimming, talent shows and volunteers eager to support them. Over 1500 volunteers support the program during any given year. The volunteers help with recreational leadership, childcare, food service and many other tasks that are associated with running a safe camp for families. The students arrive together, and stay in cottages or dormitory style cabins.

Volunteers must be at least 16 to attend.

China

China Immersion Trip
China Immersion Trip
China Immersion Trip
China Immersion Trip
China Immersion Trip

China

Dates: 2019 (TBD)

Cost: $2800 (includes meals, lodging, and transportation)

Trip Highlights:

  • Tours of Wuxi, Changzhou, Shanghai, Beijing
  • Exploration of historical, archaeological sites
  • Meetings with families and school organizations. 

Italy

Italy Immersion Trip
Italy Immersion Trip
Italy Immersion Trip
Italy Immersion Trip
Italy Immersion Trip
Italy Immersion Trip

Rome, Italy

Dates: 2019 (TBD)

Cost: $3,500

Trip Highlights:

  • Travel to Assisi and visit San Damiano
  • Tour of Eremeo Carceri and Basilica de San Francesco
  • Travel to Orvietto and visit Duomo with a focus on Signorelli Frescos
  • Travel to Rome and tour Saint Peter’s Cathedral and Square
  • Tour the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel
  • Tour Gregorian University
  • Meetings with Caritas Internationalis and the UN’s World Food Programme
  • Tour “ancient” Rome including Campidoglio, il Foro, and the Colloseum

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Immersion Trip
Puerto Rico Immersion Trip
Puerto Rico Immersion Trip
Puerto Rico Immersion Trip
Puerto Rico Immersion Trip
Puerto Rico Immersion Trip
Puerto Rico Immersion Trip

Puerto Rico, USA

Dates: 2019 (TBD)

Cost: $1500 (includes transportation, meals and lodging)

Trip Information:

Last fall, Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and 25% of the population still lives without power -- resulting in the longest blackout in modern U.S. history.

Join St Joes on the latest Francis Xavier Immersion Trip and help restore hope by working alongside local churches and our partner NGOs.

Nicaragua

Nicaragua Immersion Trip
Nicaragua Immersion Trip
Nicaragua Immersion Trip
Nicaragua Immersion Trip

Nicaragua

Dates: 2019 (TBD)

Cost: $2500

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit to Yamileth Perez and Women’s Cooperative Esperanza en Accion, artisans program
  • Meet with Podcast for Peace program
  • Visit San Francisco Libre, youth radio station
  • Walking tour of Granda
  • Travel to Nindiri to  visit the Center for Education and Promotion of Holistic Health
  • Volcano hike in Masaya
  • Tour of Managua, Nicaragua

Peru

Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip
Peru Immersion Trip

Peru

Dates: 2019 (TBD)

Cost: TBD

Trip Highlights:

  • Service work at a local school, orphanage and medical clinic
  • Exploration of historical and archeological sites
  • Meet with families and church organizations involved in outreach efforts for the poor
  • Exposure to Peruvian food, music, and dance!       

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