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Appalachia, West Virginia

Sunday, March 25- Saturday, March 31st, 2018            

Cost: $800


Santa Clara students will spend the week learning first-hand about community development, culture, and environmental issues in rural West Virginia. In partnership with the Appalachia Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University, the SCU delegation will volunteer with a variety of community-based organizations that may include: senior center, health care center, violence prevention program, head start program, and a re-building project. Students come to understand the cultural significance of this region through music, food, and conversation with community members. SCU students will visit the museum of history in Charleston, West Virginia’s capital and will learn about current political reality and its impact on critical issues in the region. The immersion group will also learn about the region’s biodiversity, mountain-top removal mining, and natural gas extraction. SCU students will stay at Wheeling Jesuit’s Lantz farm and will have the opportunity to cook together and prepare the evening meal.

Application Process 

  • The application for Winter Break 2017 trips is closed.
  • The application process for Spring Break 2018 trips will open at the end of November
  • The application for the Class of 2022 Summer San Jose Immersion will open in July 2018.
  • The application for the Jean Donovan Fellowship can be found here.

Selected participants will be expected to attend 4–5 pre-trip meetings and a pre-trip weekend retreat,  as well as 3 post-trip meetings upon return.