SEND: Transformative Experiences for Assumption Students
After returning from El Paso, I felt like God was really seeking me out, telling me to build a stronger relationship with Him. It was a life-changing experience, one I don’t think you could ever understand until you go.
–Gabriela Vargas, Class of 2025
As a student participating in SEND, I began to appreciate more deeply the call to love and serve others, and as a leader I developed a firm understanding of what exactly service, love, and justice mean in everyday life. As student leaders, as young people, as human beings, we each have beautiful talents we can use to impact the world around us and to touch lives, in small, but great, ways.
–Emily Capasso, Class of 2019
Like Gabby and Emily, hundreds of Assumption students have been transformed by their participation in SEND service/immersion trips. These week-long experiences combine opportunities to serve, immersion in communities of need, and reflection, while developing your spiritual life and forging deeper relationships with other students. Join the long line of Assumption SEND participants on one of these two trips this semester!
SEND Worcester: Serve in the City We Call Home during Spring Break
Dates: March 4-10 (during Spring Break)
Deadline to apply: Friday, January 26th
No travel is necessary for this SEND experience where we will immerse ourselves in the needs of the Worcester community. Each day, we’ll learn and serve at a different site, including Pernet Center, The Mustard Seed, St. John’s Food for the Poor, St. Paul’s Cathedral Food Pantry, Visitation House, Dismas House Farm, and St. Peter’s School. We’ll also meet with Assumption faculty and staff and Religious of the Assumption Sisters who volunteer at these sites and have firsthand knowledge of the needs of our community.
SEND El Paso: Experience What’s Happening at the Border in May
Dates: May 13-19 (right after Commencement)
Deadline to apply: Friday, February 9th
You’ve heard about the migrant crisis at the US/Mexico border…now get firsthand experience through interactions with people who are seeking asylum, people working in shelters, members of the US Border Patrol, and legal aides who help migrants to navigate the asylum process. Among the places we’ll visit are the shelter sponsored by the Assumptionists at St. Francis Xavier Parish and the migrant ministry sponsored by the Religious of the Assumption Sisters in nearby Chaparral, New Mexico. We’ll also visit White Sands National Park.
The deadlines for these trips are approaching soon, so sign up today! To access the application, click here. If you can’t afford the whole cost of the trip, let us know. Financial aid is available. Don’t let concerns about the cost keep you from participating in this transformative experience! For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Bezdegian.