Summer Service Trips

Ursuline's Community Service Program sponsors summer service trips during the month of June, offering students an opportunity to truly immerse themselves in service to others during a week long mission trip.

Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota

Each summer, Ursuline sends a group of 18 students and 3 faculty to the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. This week of service upholds a service learning model of integrating quality direct service, education and reflection. It is through these three areas of action that quality experiences emerge, allowing our participants to grow and deepen their understanding of Native American and poverty issues. During this week of service, we work closely with Re-Member, an independent non-profit agency, who serves as our host site. We work on assigned crews with other volunteers that rotate on a daily basis, assisting with projects like skirting trailers, digging holes for outhouses, painting, building bunk beds, installing handicapped ramps and more.

Urban Plunge at St. Vincent de Paul

This five day plunge is a collaborative effort between Ursuline Academy and St. Ursula Academy. This custom designed retreat provides an engaging, challenging, and eye-opening immersion experience. We stay at the overnight facility housed at St. Vincent de Paul on Bank Street. Selected students combine volunteer service in the city with work, study and prayer during this urban plunge week. During the day, students work at a variety of outreach sites. In the evening, urban poverty, social and economic justice are discussed and students participate in activities that bring them closer to an understanding of our call to serve the poor in Cincinnati.