Immersion Groups

Thank you for your interest in joining Amate House for your immersion trip! We hope that your week with us will be a faith-filled, enriching experience. At Amate House, we strive to ensure each group that would like to volunteer with us, can do so during their desired time frame. To facilitate scheduling, we ask that you fill out the Service Immersion Application found here. The priority deadline for all schools looking to do a service immersion is June 1. Please read below for more information on our guidelines and payment. 


Amate House has two fellow communities in Chicago, located in the neighborhoods of McKinley Park and Little Village. One of these communities lives in a former convent and one community lives in a converted two-flat.  The Amate House fellows live in a community based on the values of faith, service, community, social justice, and stewardship. Groups will stay in one of our fellow communities during their visit and are invited to engage with our communities by joining in reflections and sharing meals. You may also opt out of our community building activities should you prefer. Groups should bring sleeping bags, pillows and shower items.

Group Size

Our housing is limited to 12 people per group, including chaperones.


Amate House will provide all meals for participants during their stay. A continental breakfast and food for bagged lunch will be made available. Dinner will be prepared by the Amate House fellows. Amate House fellows practice simple living; therefore, meals are simple, but sustainable. Please encourage your participants to experience living simply during their week of service.


Amate House staff are willing to plan your service experience. Please let us know if you would like your trip to have a theme or focus. We are also ready and willing to lead reflections during the week. 


The cost for our urban Immersion experience is $45 per person, per night. This price includes food, lodging and agenda. Half of your trip cost is due at the time you book your trip and will reserve your spot with us. The remainder of the cost will be due one month before your group arrives. If you plan your own services, the cost is $40 per night.

Learn More

For more detailed information about our immersion trips please contact David Holmes, Program Formation Coordinator at or 773-376-2445. If you are interested in applying please visit our Google Drive form. Priority deadline for the 2019-2020 academic year is June 1, 2019. Afterwards, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. We only have space for one group per week.