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Experiential Learning Trips

At DePaul College Prep, we know our students learn in many different ways. Experiential learning opportunities present students with experiences outside of the classroom in which they can develop skills for lifelong learning, learn to adapt to complex and novel situations, and much more.

Educational, Service or Cultural Immersion trips provide both teachers and students with exciting memories interwoven with academic concepts. Trips are designed to stimulate student interest, inquiry, and provide opportunities for sound growth and development.

DePaul Prep Experiential Learning Trips expose students to the broad world beyond the classroom, reinforce academic concepts, and revitalize students’ relationships with schooling and experience living out our Core Values of Faith, Respect, Excellence and Service.

Below are experiential learning trips offered for the 2019-20 school year:

2019-2020

February 2020: Disney Leadership 2020 in Orlando, FL

Disney Leadership 2017-18

Disney Leadership 2020 in Orlando, FL

DATES:   February 27 - March 1, 2019

APPS DUE:   Thursday, 9/19/2019

PURPOSE:   Students will explore the relationship between good leadership and successful business strategies. Participants will discover the value of communication, training and empowerment when creating an environment conducive to performance excellence and the achievement of business results.

TRIP SIZE:   28 students maximum

STUDENT AUDIENCE:   Freshmen - Seniors. Must be an active member of Student Government in 2019-2020. Students cannot be on the eligibility list OR academic support list, must be up to date on tuition, GPA of 2.0 and above.

COST:   Approximately $1,100/student (includes, airfare, bus transportation, hotel accommodations, a 3-day park hopper ticket, 2 tickets to Disney’s YES programs, meal allowance and unlimited photopass)

MODERATORS:   Ms. Althoff (lalthoff@depaulprep.org) and Mr. Petersen (cpetersen@depaulprep.org)

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June 2020: Ecuador Cultural Immersion

Discover Peru, 2018

Discover Ecuador, through Education First Educational Tours

DATES:   June 17-June 25, 2020

APPS DUE:   7/1/2019

PURPOSE:    Cultural & linguistic immersion ---- In this lush South American sanctuary, journey past volcanoes in the central Andes, hike around mangroves in the Manglares Churute Ecological Reserve, and hold on tight during a whitewater rafting adventure in the rainforest. You'll also experience the country's rich culture, from meeting indigenous people in the Amazon to dining with locals in the Andes.

TRIP SIZE:    20 students maximum

STUDENT AUDIENCE:   Eligible students must have completed Spanish 2 or above. Students cannot be on the eligibility list OR academic support list, must be up to date on tuition, GPA of 2.0 and above.

COST:    $2,995 // Biweekly $120, Monthly $241; (Includes: Round-trip airfare and on tour transportation, Hotels with private bathrooms, Breakfast and dinner, Full-time Tour Director, Daily activities, tours and entrances to attractions)

MODERATOR:    Srta. Bidstrup // abidstrup@depaulprep.org

June 2020: Pilgrimage to Paris

Pilgrimage to Paris

DATES:    8 days between June 14 - June 25, 2020

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APPS DUE:     10/15/19

PURPOSE:    Pilgrimage led by Fr. Chris Robinson, CM, of DePaul University, to learn about Saint Vincent DePaul & Saint Louise DeMarillac and explore Paris. Sites include Vincentian chapel, Versailles, art museums, Eiffel Tower & traditional Paris sites plus samplings of French cuisine. Also includes a day trip to Chartres.

TRIP SIZE:  10 - 12 students

STUDENT AUDIENCE:    Students who join this pilgrimage must appreciate visiting sacred, historical, and artistic locales. Mass will be celebrated at the Vincentian Motherhouse Chapel. In addition, students cannot be on the eligibility list OR academic support list, must be up to date on tuition, GPA of 2.0 and above.

COST:     $2,900 (includes airfare, food, lodging, site-seeing, local transportation ); ($500 downpayment by October 15th followed by payment plan)

MODERATOR:    Ms. Merkl-Deutsch // fmerkl-deutsch@depaulprep.org

June 2020: Service-Immersion in Kentucky

Service Immersion in Kentucky -- Emmaus Farm

DATES:    7 days - June 14 - June 20, 2020

APPS DUE:     10/15/19 -- contact Ms. Gleber to apply now!

PURPOSE:    Service-immersion trip led by Ms. Gleber, hosted by Emmaus Farm in Lewis County, Kentucky.  Students will assist with home repair, food pantry work, and spend time visiting the elderly and adults with disabilities. There will also be opportunities to engage with Appalachian culture and locals including music, food, and a tour of historic Vanceburg, the county seat.

TRIP SIZE:  11 students

STUDENT AUDIENCE:    Students who participate on this service trip must have a desire to do service in an underprivileged community working with housing and food-insecure families, as well as the elderly and adults with disabilities.  Students should also be comfortable disconnecting from home and media for the week. In addition, students cannot be on the eligibility list OR academic support list, must be up to date on tuition, GPA of 2.0 and above

COST:     $700 (includes transportation, food, lodging); ($200 downpayment by October 15th followed by payment plan)

MODERATOR:    Ms. Gleber // egleber@depaulprep.org