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Plunge Program

Plunges, or service immersion, are weeklong experiences where students are given the opportunity to expand learning beyond the classroom into the world by participating in service opportunities, community building, cultural immersions, and simple living. Our intentional partnerships with the Vincentian worldwide family offer participants the lived experience of the Vincentian charism, and each plunge has a specific focus to enrich participants’ understanding of social justice and spirituality.

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2023-24 Plunge Locations and Dates

Denver, Colorado: Urban Poverty
February 25–March 2, 2024

St. Louis, Missouri: Racial Division and Urban Poverty
February 25–March 2, 2024

Benson, Vermont: Social and Environmental Justice
February 25–March 2, 2024

El Paso, Texas: Border Migration
February 26–March 1, 2024

Panama: Cultural Immersion
Summer 2024

Ward and Hardeeville, South Carolina: Border Migration and Home Visitation
Summer 2024

Applications are due on Friday, November 3, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. Take the Plunge and apply today!

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If you have any questions, please stop by our office in Sullivan Hall or contact

The Rendu Service Experience

The Rendu Service Experience is happening this August 22 – 27, 2024, and is a Plunge exclusively for incoming first-year students! Our Plunge program exists to offer you service and learning opportunities around the world. Why not start in St. John’s very own backyard of New York City?  

The Rendu (pronounced “ron-dew” and named after one of our Vincentian founders, Rosalie Rendu) Service Experience is a wonderful way to make new friends, volunteer, experience community living, and share in our journey of faith, reflection, and social justice—all before the semester even begins!  

Rendu participant applications are currently being accepted here: 

Apply now as space is limited!

For more information, please contact Canile Jackson, Assistant Director for Vincentian Service, at [email protected] or 718-990-3412.