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

Japan - Art Immersion Trip

Visit Japan and experience Japanese art, architecture, and more!  Trip highlights include:

  • Learn more about Tokyo during a guided sightseeing tour of Tokyo including visits to Asakusa, Sensoji Temple, and the obersvatory deck at the Tokyo Government Office Building.
  • Journey to the breathtaking Kawaguchiko 5th Station, located high on the impressive Mount Fuji and enjoy a hike!
  • Travel to the coastal resort city of Atami.
  • Visit Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum and learn more about Japanese ceramics and pottery making. Begin taking your pottery class with your teacher. During your time in class, learn traditional techiniques, work with clay and throw clay for piece to bring home.
  • Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Kyoto including visits to Kiyomizu Temple and Nishiki Market.
  • Enjoy a shibori dyeing lesson.
  • Explore some of Osaka's cultural highlights including Dotombori, Shinsaibashi, and the Maishima Pottery Museum.

Cuba - Biodiversity Trip

Perhaps you have heard that Cuba is called the crown jewel of the Caribbean, with its pristine coral reef ecosystems and its incredibly high levels of terrestrial species that occur nowhere else in the world. Or maybe you have not heard of Cuba’s biodiversity at all? The truth is that Cuba’s astounding richness in ecosystems and species makes this place a global priority for biodiversity conservation. It is also the case that information flow has been limited between Cuba and the rest of the world. To preserve this island’s natural treasures it is now critical to support the research and close monitoring of plant and animal populations. As we face a historical time of transition into a more-developed Cuba, how can we best safeguard the country’s rich biodiversity? How can we detect ecosystem-level changes early enough to prevent the loss of species and habitats? We will explore these questions and more as we embark together on an exciting journey into the world of montane forests of the central cordillera of Cuba. The cordillera is a stronghold of biodiversity and endemism comprising important habitats for migratory, resident, and endemic birds and many of the country’s unique reptiles and amphibians. Central Cuba is also home to the island’s fastest growing agriculture and tourism sectors, with most rural communities living near protected areas and relying on natural ecosystems and their wildlife. We will follow the Banao river and map biodiversity in mountainous forest ecosystems from its source in the highlands of Lomas de Banao Ecological Reserve to the coastal wetlands of Tunas de Zaza Wildlife Refuge where the river flows into the Caribbean Sea. We will explore core habitats where Cuban parrots and Cuban parakeets thrive, and investigate species composition and the health of amphibian populations. Through this expedition, we will not only learn and explore part of Cuba’s biodiversity, but also exchange knowledge and experiences with our expert Cuban scientific team and the rural communities of the area.

French Immersion Trip

 

This field trip will be an extraordinary opportunity for Presentation students to visit France, to stay with a French family, to attend a French school and to learn about French history and culture in the area surrounding Montpellier and Paris.

The benefits of such an exchange are many.  Presentation students of French could use their language in an immersion like environment.  They will learn about the daily lives of French families, including food, traditions, work, school, shopping and celebrations.  They will also experience fellowship with students in a school with a Catholic mission. They will teach others about American life, which is quite different from what they see on television.   Cultural tolerance and appreciation is best learned from living in the target culture.

While in France, Presentation students will attend 1-2 days of classes in a French Catholic school.  On the days that they are not attending school, they will be visiting various tourist sites in the area surrounding Montpellier, like Avignon, Arles, Nimes and Nice.

Jamaica - Choral Immersion Trip

This trip is for students from Bella Voce Choir (Cantabile members can apply to attend).  The main purpose if "musical ministry".  We will user out musical talents and skills to bless the people of Jamaica.  We plan to perform concerts around the island, participate in music-based service projects (music camps for children, volunteering at schools, etc.), and participate in cultural exchanges.  The goal is to have a close cultural connection with the local people, learn about Jamaican culture and traditions, and find ways that students can serve the local community. 

2018-2019 Immersion Trips

Please note financial aid is available for our domestic trips if a student is already on work scholarship.

San Jose Urban Plunge | Sept. 14-15

Open to Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Cost: Free

Participants in the San Jose Urban Plunge will learn about poverty, homelessness, and hunger in San Jose. Students will volunteer at local non-profit agencies such as Sacred Heart Community Service and Sacred Heart Nativity School where they will meet and talk with people who live in poverty. They will prepare a meal and eat with guests at a soup kitchen; they’ll have conversation with homeless women and men from the Downtown Streets Team; and in solidarity with our homeless sisters and brothers, they will spend the night at a church in downtown San Jose. Throughout this service work and conversations, they will learn about the root causes of poverty and what can be done to address them. Time will be spent in prayer and reflection so that when our experience comes to an end, the impact that it has on our lives will only have just begun.

Ignation Family Tech-In (Wash. D.C.) | Nov. 1-5

Open to Juniors & Seniors
Cost:$1,000

Students will attend a three-day learning experience in Washington D.C. with over 1,000 high school and college students to strategize ways on confronting issues of injustice, poverty, and oppression both nationally and internationally. During the trip, students will attend presentations on current events connected with Catholic Social Teaching and dialogue with keynote speakers and organizations about how to effectively respond to the justice issues of our day. The pinnacle event of the Teach-In will be Advocacy Day, when students will meet with their representatives on Capitol Hill and advocate on behalf of the poor and vulnerable communities. This is a dynamic and faith-filled educational experience that focuses on serving marginalized communities through reflection, prayer, networking, and advocacy. This is a great opportunity to be inspired, challenged, and supported by a community that sees faith and justice integrally linked and learn how to put these components into action with our Presentation community.

Freshman Day of Service | Jan 19

Open to Freshmen only
Cost: Free

This daylong immersion experience is specially designed for freshmen to experience homelessness and poverty in San Jose. We will spend part of the day at Sacred Heart Community Service - the recipient of our Holiday Drives donations. We will also prepare and serve dinner at Loaves and Fishes, a community center for homeless women and children in East San Jose.

Sophomore Day of Service | Jan 26

Open to Sophomores only
Cost: Free

During this daylong immersion experience sophomores will learn more about food justice and earth stewardship. Students will spend their morning volunteering at Veggielution, which is a 6-acre non-profit community farm dedicated to creating a more sustainable food system in San Jose. Veggielution empowers youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to change the way they think about food by getting their hands in the soil, connecting with the land and tasting the fruits of their labor. The farm engages the community by providing access to healthy and local food, creating leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.

Los Angeles Immersion | Feb. 17-21

Open to Juniors & Seniors
Cost: $500

In Tattoos on the Heart, Fr. Greg Boyle writes about our responsibility to create a community of kinship in which we can stand with those on the margins so that eventually those margins will vanish. On this immersion trip students will have the opportunity to be in solidarity and serve with those who are in poverty and pushed to the margins in Los Angeles, California. Students will spend their days volunteering at the Presentation Learning Center with our Presentation Sisters teaching English as a second language classes. They will visit Homeboy Industries and other non-profits in L.A. county who are working tirelessly to erase the margins and create a more inclusive and equitable society. Students will stay with the Sisters of the Presentation in Watts near the Presentation Learning Center. Being a participant on this trip will prove to be inspiring, eye-opening, and life-changing.

L'Arche Immersion | Feb. 18-23

Cost: $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.

San Francisco Urban Plunge | March 7-8

Open to Juniors & Seniors
Cost: Free

Students will travel to San Francisco and work closely with the Presentation Sisters in their various ministries. The group will stay at the Presentation Motherhouse and have nightly reflections in their chapel. Participants will visit a variety of organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty in the Mission and Tenderloin areas of San Francisco. A few activities include distributing breakfast to day laborers and learning about The Lantern, a Presentation-run immigrant education and hospitality center. While there, the group will learn more about immigration issues and help tutor ESL students and their children. The group will also travel to SAGE, a resource center for women working to get out of prostitution. We will also visit the adult health day program at the Presentation Senior Center, an affordable housing ministry dedicated to helping the elderly of the Tenderloin. All the organizations that we visit serve a special need in the community. We hope that the variety of organizations visited will open the students’ eyes to a wide range of issues facing the low-income communities of San Francisco. Prayer and reflection will be essential parts of this trip.

Immigration Immersion with Bellarmine | April 22-26

Open to Juniors & Seniors
Cost: $800

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.

Appalachia Immersion | April 22-27

Open to Juniors & Seniors
Cost: $1,400

“We dare to speak, and speak strongly, because we believe that the cry of the poor is also a message of hope, a promise that there can be a better way.” – This Land is Home to Me, a pastoral message from the Catholic Bishops of the Appalachian region

The mission of the Appalachian Immersion Trip (specifically, West Virginia) is to learn from and serve the Appalachian people through the Catholic community, Nazareth Farm. Focused on the Gospel message, Nazareth Farm offers a service-retreat experience, inspired by the four cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. This trip is an opportunity for the students to explore contemporary Appalachian challenges such as mountain-top removal, natural gas extraction (“fracking”), poverty, hunger and education as well as the incredible work being done by the Appalachian people to resist their exploitation and stand for human dignity. During this immersion, students will assist with building porches, installing floors, and working on additional projects needed in the region, while also building meaningful relationships with the community of Doddridge County, WV.

Nicaragua Immersion | June 1-8

Open to Juniors
Cost: not to exceed $2,600

The focus of this trip will be to create deeper solidarity and relationship with the people of Nicaragua. Our group will be working with Bridges to Community, an organization that strives to build a more just and sustainable world through community development.

Students will work side by side with community members to learn the skills necessary to build a cinder block house. By the end of the week they will have built a new home for a family in need.

Students will also spend one day visiting the missions of the Presentation Sisters in Somotillo. During their visit, students will have an opportunity to tour two schools supported by our Mission Drive Fundraiser. At the schools, they will not only practice their Spanish, but also have time to play with many of the younger students. This trip is sure to be a life-changing trip for every participant.

For More Information

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