notre dame high school mission trips
As missionaries, students will have the opportunity to make an eternal difference in the lives of people they serve, by building a church, interacting and fellowshipping with needy children, providing needed repairs to citizen's home, or teaching good hygiene to people who want to learn. They will encounter poverty firsthand. They will see the pain that true need brings, and better understand the daily struggles that face much of the world's population. As they engage one-on-one with people in need, they will develop a heart for service - and a deeper desire to pursue God.
As a sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy school, our mission trips seek to accomplish that which Sister Catherine McAuley advocated: addressing service and social justice in the world, seeing Jesus in the most marginalized people and perform works of mercy that alleviate suffering and which strive to follow Jesus' example in all that we do. Moreover, our mission trips enable participants to be directly involved in eliminating poverty, the widespread denial of human rights, and the degradation of earth. Through mission work, it is our hope that our student missionaries develop a true understanding of service, respect and understanding.
Expedition mexico city 2018
The Xochimilco wetlands, located just south of Mexico City, help to filter water, regulate weather, protect against storms, support clean air, and protect native species of flora and fauna in Mexico City and neighboring regions. This water system also forms a unique ecosystem for aquatic species, including native species such as the Mexican axolotl salamander and the acocil crayfish, as well as over 140 species of migrating birds.
However, these wetlands are being threatened by changing agricultural practices which have turned from traditional small scale farming (a practice that has been around for at least six centuries) to environmentally-intensive agriculture. The purity of the water in the chinampas "floating gardens" is crucial to the farmers' way of life. One huge challenge is that these farmers grow organically, but have no channels for selling it as such and their products end up selling for much less. Not only that, the introduction of exotic species such as carp and tilapia has altered the natural food chain, threatening endemic species.
Conservation of native plants and animals in Xochimilco is strongly linked to the preservation of its wetlands as well as “chinampas” - areas of dry land within the wetlands that support traditional agriculture.
Researchers are looking to understand how land use, agricultural techniques, and seasonality affect the conditions around the chinampas. You’ll help to gather critical data on the presence of endemic species and water and soil quality around the chinampas. This data will be used to increase local awareness of the benefits of traditional agriculture and subsequently, improve ecosystem health.
Fees & Additional Cultural Activities :
Travel dates are confirmed at February 17-25 for $2175 + airfare, including the following extra activities:
·Visit to a partner farm to meet local farmers and enjoy refreshments
·Tour of the Coyoacan neighborhood, including a walk through the market, church of San Juan Bautista visit, and Frida Kahlo house tour
·Eco-meal led by a local chef
·Dinner out at a local restaurant
·Visit to Teoteuacan Pyramids
"Christ has no body on Earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now” –St. Teresa of Avila