Travel Opportunities

At Presentation, we believe travel opens your mind, expands your awareness and connects you to other cultures and people.
Our students travel throughout California and the U.S. as well as abroad. Take a look at some of the trips we are planning this year!

Trips Abroad

Summer 2018


Presentation students will visit the Emerald Isle for the Summer of 2018. While the trip will include immersion opportunities and an experience of Ireland's beauty and culture (highlights of Dublin, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Mohr, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, and much more), we will also be staying in Cork/Ballygriffin for a few days to explore the history of the Sisters of the Presentation (including Nano Nagle's birthplace and tomb), and participating in a full-day retreat at the Nano Nagle Heritage Center led by the Presentation Sisters.

Nicaragua Science Trip

The science department is proud to offer an exciting, 7-day research travel opportunity to Nicaragua June 17-June 23, 2018. Students will conduct research and collect data on an active volcano and local wildlife. To apply, click here.

Nicaragua Service Trip

June 6-16, 2018
Open to Juniors
Cost per student: $1,500


During their time in the beautiful Salamanca, Spain, students will be fully immersed in the language, culture and daily life of Spain.

Spanish immersion classes will challenge the students academically with 20+ hours of expert instruction at the prestigious Academia Mester language school. For the second half of the trip students will travel to the southern region of Andalucía to visit it's important landmarks and experience la cultura andaluza!

Students will experience the sights, smells, tastes, and feel of Spain through interactive cultural activities, lectures, excursions, city tours, and other exciting adventures! This amazing study abroad opportunity will give students the chance to put their classroom learning into context while providing everyone with a fun and authentic place to practice their language skills!

For more information, pricing, dates and application, visit or contact Sharon Iorgulescu at

Domestic Trips


San Jose Urban Plunge

Sept. 15-16, 2017
Cost: Free

Take the plunge into service as you get a firsthand look at poverty in our own hometown, San Jose.

Students serve meals at soup kitchens, volunteer their time at shelters, and sleep overnight in a church. Then, the next day, students immerse themselves in a 'scavenger hunt' of sorts, looking for lodging and jobs without any money and limited resources.

Contact Crystal Catalan for more information.

Washington, D.C.

Cost: $1,000 per student

The Ignatian Family Teach-In takes place every year in Washington, D.C.

1,300 students from high schools and colleges nationwide meet to reflect on social justice issues, including: immigration, environmental justice, and foreign policy issues.

Our students will also meet with local legislators on Capitol Hill, to start a dialogue about solutions to these complex issues.

Contact Crystal Catalan for more information.

Southern California

Feb. 18-23
Cost per student: $500

During winter break, students travel to southern California to meet with recent immigrants who are receiving resources - and most importantly, love - from the Sisters of the Presentation.

The trip starts in San Diego where students will walk along the border (on the California side) with someone who has made the journey across.

Participants then travel to Los Angeles to stay with the Presentation sisters at the Presentation Learning Center. While there, students will teach ESL to recent immigrants and work in their preschool.

Next is a trip to Tipton to work with migrant farm workers and their families alongside the sisters at Las Rosas Education Center.

Contact Lindsay Swoboda for more information.

San Francisco Urban Plunge

March 8-9
Cost per student: Free

Students will travel to San Francisco to work alongside the Presentation Sisters and to visit organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty in the Mission and Tenderloin districts.

Activities include serving breakfast to day laborers and tutoring ESL students. Students will stay at the Presentation Motherhouse to have nightly reflections in the chapel.

Contact Lindsay Swoboda for more information.

Ashland, Oregon

Hit the road and travel to Ashland, Oregon for the annual Shakespeare Festival. You'll get to see an incredible line-up of theater productions. Plus, enjoy shopping and dining excursions!

Contact Tara Komar for more information.


April 2-7, 2017
Cost per student: $1,150

Travel to Doddridge County, West Virginia to learn from and serve the Appalachian community.

Students will learn about contemporary Appalachian challenges such as fracking, poverty, hunger, and education.

They will also learn about the incredible work being done by the Appalachian community to resist exploitation and stand for human dignity.

During this immersion, students will build porches, install floors, and work on many other service projects.

Contact Crystal Catalan for more information.


April 2-7

Open to Juniors & Seniors
Cost: $700

Jesus says to us, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me."- Matthew 25:45.

Following this calling students from Presentation and Bellarmine will travel to Nogales, Arizona to work with Kino Border Initiative (KBI). This organization was founded by the Jesuit order to serve immigrants who have recently been deported back to Mexico. Students will cross the border during the day to serve in KBI's soup kitchen and women's shelter. Students will also have an opportunity to visit a federal courtroom to witness the process of an immigration hearing. Finally, they will travel out into the desert to deliver water and emergency kits that could make the difference between life and death for immigrants.

At night students will stay in Nogales and participate in bonding and reflection time. This collaborative trip with Bellarmine will give students the opportunity to explore their perspectives on immigration and live out God's calling to serve the least of thee.

L'Arche, Washington

Feb. 19-24
Cost per student: $700

Located in Tahoma, WA, L'Arche Tahoma Hope belongs to an international organization and community started by Jean Vanier in France. It is home to people with and without developmental disabilities. This immersion trip provides students an opportunity to engage with our brothers and sisters through community-building activities and daily farm work. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of the L'Arche community. Tahoma Hope celebrates the unique value of every person and recognizes our need for one another.

For More Information

For more information about travel opportunities, please contact the faculty member listed in each trip description.