Summer Mission Trips

St. Xavier students are open to growth and committed to doing justice.

What should students expect while serving on a summer mission trip?

  • Learn more about issues others face in our own city, others parts of the U.S., or abroad.
  • Build relationships with other students, chaperones, and local community members.
  • Live simply and be away from the constant connection of cell phones and social media.
  • Discover new talents, skills, and ways of thinking while experiencing a new environment.

Students will select three trips, and should consider their summer schedule, price, and what they are interested in when determining which trips to select. Our goal is for students to be placed on one of their three trip choices.

Activities listed are what we expect for each trip, but might change. Activities may include the following:

  • Immersion: Hands-on learning experiences, discovering new cultures, education on social justice issues.
  • Physical work: Construction, farm work, sorting items, cleaning, home repair.
  • Working with people: Soup kitchens, children’s programs, local community activities.

The following trips have been vetted by St. Xavier High School not only for the meaningfulness and value of the experience, but also safety. Many of these organizations have partnered with us for years while some are new. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that every trip will challenge our students in a safe environment.

Students will also participate in daily reflections where they will process their experiences through journaling, prayer and discussion.

Most trips will have ten St. X students and two adult chaperones.

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Summer Mission Trip Information

Louisville, KY | March 15 - March 20 (Spring Break '20) | $390: Working with people, Immersion, Physical work

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Although it may not be far from Cincinnati, students will be immersed in different cultures as they work to build relationships with refugees and the disadvantaged. Hosted by CrossRoads Ministry retreat center, service activities could include playing with kids who live in housing projects, working with asylum seekers, conducting English-language activities with refugees and volunteering at a center for adults with developmental disabilities. Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodation and travel to Louisville by school vans.

Guatemala | May 30 - June 6 | $2,650: Physical work, Working with kids, Immersion

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Students will travel to an impoverished area of Guatemala and work alongside locals doing construction projects and work with children during the day, while focusing on cultural immersion activities in the evening. Partnered with International Samaritan, students will serve those living in and around a garbage dump by upholding the belief that every life is valuable and has worth. Students will stay in a secure retreat center and will fly to Guatemala from CVG.

Detroit, MI  | June 1 - June 6 / $685: Immersion, Physical work, Working with people 

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Part immersion and part hands-on service, students will explore and learn more about the history and social issues surrounding this classic American city by visiting different organizations, exploring the city and working with community members. While partnering with the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, service opportunities could include working in soup kitchens or doing light construction and yard work. Students will live simply, stay in dormitory-style accommodations and will travel to Detroit by school vans.

Costa Rica | June 7 - June 14 | $2,650: Physical work, Working with Kids, Immersion

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Students will travel to an impoverished area of Costa Rica and work alongside locals doing construction projects and work with children during the day, while focusing on cultural immersion activities in the evening. Partnered with International Samaritan, students will serve those living in and around a garbage dump by upholding the belief that every life is valuable and has worth. Students will stay in a secure retreat center and will fly to Costa Rica from CVG.

Wheeling, WV | June 7 - June 14 | $625: Working with people, Physical Work, Immersion

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Hosted by Wheeling University’s Appalachian Institute, students will have the unique opportunity of traveling throughout the state of West Virginia while serving others. Serving alongside locals, students might volunteer at community gardens, soup kitchens and help with light construction work. At the same time, students will explore the challenges of those who rely on the coal mining industry, the important role it played in our country’s history and its effects on the region today. Students will stay in dorm-style housing and travel to West Virginia by school vans.

Pine Ridge, SD | June 13 - June 19 | $1,750: Working with people, Immersion, Physical work

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Located at the foot of the Black Hills in South Dakota, students will see the extreme poverty afflicting the Lakota people – but also their resilience and strength. Students will take part in construction activities to repair and improve local housing during the day and take part in cultural activities at night. Our hosts, the Re-Member organization at the Pine Ridge Reservation, aim to rebuild relationships, homes and lives of the people they serve. Students will live simply, stay in cabin-style accommodation and fly to South Dakota from CVG.

Rockcastle, KY | June 14 - June 19 | $625: Physical work, Working with People, Immersion

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To help assist the Christian Appalachian Project with their goal of reducing substandard housing conditions in Eastern Kentucky, students will serve in rural areas by repairing homes. While working alongside home repair crews, students will help provide families in need with homes that are safe, warm and dry. In the evenings, students will learn about local Appalachian culture and the challenges commonly faced in the region. Students will stay in a retreat house and travel to Rockcastle County by school vans.

Chicago, IL | June 21 - June 26 | $685: Immersion, Working with People, Physical work

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As an urban immersion experience, The Br. David Darst Center focuses on educating students on justice and the reality of oppression facing many populations. Students will participate in daily communal prayers, meal preparation and educational sessions while serving at social agencies which may include working in food pantries, soup kitchens or community gardens. Students will live simply, stay in dormitory-style accommodations and will travel to Chicago by school vans.

Over-the-Rhine | June 21 - June 26 | $450: Immersion, Working with people, Physical work

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By being a truly immersive experience, students will be surprised at how much they learn about their hometown of Cincinnati. Hosted by St. Vincent de Paul, students will visit local charities that are working to help the hungry and those living in poverty. While volunteering at these organizations, students will learn about the experiences of both leaders and beneficiaries firsthand. They will explore topics such as food insecurity, go on home visits and learn about the struggles of homelessness. Students will live simply and stay in dormitory-style accommodation. Students will be dropped off and picked up at St. Vincent de Paul.

Toppa Joppa, TN | June 28 - July 4 | $625: Working with kids, Physical work, Immersion

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In rural Tennessee, students will work with children of migrant workers by hosting a week-long day camp with the Glenmary Home Missioners. By playing games, sharing meals and organizing activities, students will build relationships with the kids that they will see each day. Students will also have the opportunity to improve local housing one day during their stay through light construction work. Even though Joppa Mountain is far from the US-Mexican border, students will learn about the challenges of immigration that are faced throughout our country. Students will stay in a retreat house and travel to Tennessee by school vans.

Louisville, KY | July 5 - July 11 | $685: Working with people, Immersion, Physical work

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Although it may not be far from Cincinnati, students will be immersed in different cultures as they work to build relationships with refugees and the disadvantaged. Hosted by CrossRoads Ministry retreat center, service activities could include playing with kids who live in housing projects, working with asylum-seekers, conducting English-language activities with refugees and volunteering at a center for adults with developmental disabilities. The trip will end with a day trip to the Abbey of Gethsemani. Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodation and travel to Louisville by school vans.

Cincinnati, OH | July 19 - July 24 | $450: Working with people, Immersion, Physical work

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While exploring our own city, students will volunteer at local organizations by serving in a soup kitchen, working with kids or doing light construction during the day and then hear speakers or participate in activities in the evenings. Hosted by the Franciscans, students will reflect on their traditions of simplicity, service, community and spirituality. Students will live simply, stay in dormitory-style accommodations and will travel by school vans.

Nogales, AZ | July 25 - August 1 | $1,750: Immersion, Working with people, Physical work

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On the border of Mexico and Arizona, the Jesuit-run Kino Border Initiative will guide students through the challenges and issues of immigration and human rights. Students will serve in a soup kitchen in Mexico run by nuns that assists recent deportees. Students may also go on a desert hike, hear from border patrol agents and learn more about the legal immigration process. Students will stay in a retreat house and fly to Arizona from CVG.