The Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience (L.O.V.E.) provides service and social-justice travel experiences. Each L.O.V.E. trip is unique. Some offer immersion experiences: the chance to live in solidarity with the poor, experience an unfamiliar culture and learn about issues of social justice. Others involve more hands-on service work, such as helping rebuild in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina.
Each trip takes place during school breaks and is based on the four pillars of L.O.V.E.: community, service and social justice, spirituality and cultural immersion. Students have to apply to the trip, and then are chosen by the leaders, moderators and coordinator Jenn Edwards.
Once the team is picked, students meet weekly to form a bond, learn about the culture of the place they will be visiting and fund raise for the trip. During the trip, each group reflects daily on the events that are taking place. Once they’re back home, participants gather to reflect and sometimes take action in the local Manhattan College community. Many students make significant changes to their life based on the experiences had. Every student attests to L.O.V.E. being a wonderfully transformative experience.