Immersion Experiences


The Ignatian Solidarity Network, an association of Jesuit institutions, hosts the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice annually in Washington D.C. It is an exciting gathering of students and teachers from Jesuit high schools and universities nationwide to discuss relevant social justice issues. The Teach-In lasts three days in November and features keynote speakers and breakout sessions to educate attendees about issues ranging from fair trade and immigration to domestic poverty and sustainability. One of the goals of the Teach-In is to prepare students and their teachers to go out and advocate on the issues they learned about during the Teach-In.

Spring Break Kino Initiative

The Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is a Jesuit organization that works in the area of migration and is located at the border of Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. KBI immersion experiences offer participants an opportunity to spend time with migrants and learn from their stories, as well as to understand the broader context of the border and immigration. Every trip includes time in the comedor (soup kitchen) where participants serve food and have the chance to speak with recently deported migrants. The trip is intended to humanize the immigration issue and to recognize its complexity, while emphasizing accompaniment of people on their journey.

This trip is reserved for Sophomores and Juniors.


March for life

Members of the St. Louis U. High Students for Life travel to Washington D.C. each January to participate in the March for Life alongside thousands of other supporters. The main purpose of attending the March for Life is to get members of Students for Life, as well as the whole SLUH community, excited about standing up for human life, but more importantly, to be the voice of those women and unborn children whose voices are not heard.

Spring Break Honduras IMMERSION

SLUH has been sending students on the Honduras Immersion Experience for over 20 years where they work at a nutrition center that serves malnourished children from Yoro and the surrounding villages. The center is housed in a building that the SLUH community and past trips were instrumental in forming and it is currently run by SLUH alum Patrick Mulligan ‘13. Students will live with host families and be immersed into the life of Honduras. Being able to speak Spanish is helpful but not required.

This trip is reserved for six Seniors.

Spring Break Urban Challenge

The Urban Challenge Program is an urban, service-learning, immersion experience rooted in the Catholic faith tradition through the Romero Center in Camden, NJ. It is a unique educational and retreat opportunity that serves high school students between their junior and senior years. The program is built upon four fundamental components: prayer, service, education, and reflection. Personally experiencing the lives and stories of the people of Camden and its surrounding communities, the students get to learn about the challenges that face the city and how they can make a difference.

This trip is reserved for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.


Arrupe Leaders Summit

Put on by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, and inspired by the life and vision of Pedro Arrupe SJ, the Arrupe Leaders Summit is for six emerging student leaders and two chaperones from our St. Louis U. High community. At the summit, they will engage with students from Jesuit high schools nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice,” share ideas and resources for social justice programming, and become empowered to effect positive social change in their local and global communities. Past summits have taken place in Mt. Hermon, CA.



This immersion trip is a service retreat focused around four cornerstones of prayer, community, service, & simplicity. Through these, you will experience discussions and hands-on work relating to Catholic Social Teaching, sustainability, and direct service with the neighborhood. A full time community of individuals live and work at Jerusalem Farm. They act as retreat leaders and mentors for the volunteers during the week. Each morning and evening contains time for prayer and reflection while the days are spent doing service around the farm, the neighborhood, and the city. Students are encouraged to be open to the four pillars and discover ways in which they can live these principles in their own lives, beyond this week.

This trip is open to all grade levels.