What is Beyond Our Borders?
Beyond Our Borders is Ursuline Academy’s high school immersion program. Each year, a small group of students leaves the comforts of home for an adventure in service learning. Previous expeditions have included Guyana, South America and Belize, Central America. They live in impoverished villages, getting a sense of a life much different than their own. They teach. They build. They devote their time and energy to serving others, but they get so much in return.
How do you sign up for Beyond Our Borders?
High school sophomores and juniors go through a detailed application process, beginning with writing essays. If they make it through the first round, they are interviewed by a panel. From there, only a handful of students will become part of Ursuline’s Beyond Our Borders Immersion Program.
What happens once you are chosen?
Students participating in Beyond Our Borders make a two-year commitment. They spend one year prepping for their trip and, following the trip, another year sharing their experience and implementing service strategies in their own community.