From helping to rebuild the vibrant city of New Orleans, to caring for disabled orphans in Jamaica, L.O.V.E. can take you all around the world. Programs are offered in the following locations, and new opportunities are continually being added:
L.O.V.E. Haiti offers a perfect blend of service work and cultural immersion. Volunteers work within the Port-au-Prince community by taking part in service projects alongside locals, enabling them to build deep personal and emotional connections with their neighbors. Students also have the chance to see the Church’s work abroad by living with the De La Salle Christian Brothers and working at their school and orphanage, as well as visiting the Haitian branch of Catholic Relief Services.
Volunteers work with Rostro de Cristo, a Catholic retreat program based in the impoverished community of Duran, Ecuador. Students on L.O.V.E. Ecuador learn about issues of social justice, poverty, education and water resources by volunteering at after-school programs for children and visiting the Damien House, a hospital for patients affected by Hansen’s Disease (leprosy).
Students on L.O.V.E. New Orleans work with Project Homecoming’s professional contractors to rebuild houses destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. By doing chores, cooking dinners and living with volunteers from around the country, students get to reflect about their experiences in community with others. There are also opportunities to get a taste of authentic New Orleans culture.
Through the El Otro Lado (The Other Side) program, volunteers learn about many perspectives on immigration issues in the U.S. and Mexico. L.O.V.E. Arizona participants visit with Border Patrol, sit in on deportation hearings, and travel into Nogales, Mexico, to work with recent deportees and humanitarian groups. Students stay and work at a Lasallian high school in Tucson, Arizona.
Volunteers are immersed in Native American culture by living with the Blackfeet tribe on a reservation in the mountains of Montana. Students assist with classroom duties and after-school programs at De La Salle Blackfeet School, a middle school run by the Christian Brothers. Participants discuss community issues such as poverty and alcoholism, and how education is a key factor in overcoming these struggles.
L.O.V.E. Jamaica students live and work at Blessed Assurance, an orphanage run by Mustard Seed Communities that supports physically and mentally disabled children in St. James, Jamaica. In addition to completing service projects for the orphanage, volunteers practice simple living and develop personal connections with the children, learning about special needs through their interactions.
Working with Project FIAT (Faith in Action Together), volunteers on L.O.V.E. El Salvador serve impoverished villages following the motto “Seek and find God in all things.” Students have the opportunity to visit orphanages, schools and aid the community in any way needed, such as by serving lunch to the elderly or digging trenches to help water better reach the people of the village.
L.O.V.E. Florida students work with migrant families at the De La Salle Centre in Homestead, Florida, outside of Miami. Volunteers serve as tutors, after-school caretakers and help with computer and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, among many other projects.
Students work as counselors for a week at Camp Reynal, a summer camp for children who suffer from kidney disease. Volunteers are needed to help organize activities and assist children in having as normal and fun a camp experience as possible, despite their limitations.
Volunteers learn about and assist one of the country’s largest homeless populations in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Students are immersed in this society by working in soup kitchens and homeless shelters, and often leave with a sense of humility and respect for humankind. L.O.V.E. San Francisco participants also have the opportunity to visit and serve at a Lasallian school.
Each trip is unique, but all service-immersion experiences focus on faith, service, forming community and reflecting on issues of justice. These unique, eye-opening experiences give you the chance to make your faith active and explore your commitment to serving others in a practical, safe and results-orientated way. You’ll develop quality, value-based relationships with fellow participants, as well as with communities whose culture, language and resources may be very different from your own.