Population facets: 

Partner Organization: Congregation of Holy Cross

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Number of Students: 2

Dates: Site determines dates with some flexibility.

In person opportunities summer 2022: Yes

Virtual opportunities summer 2022: No

Additional information:

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, if we are unable to deploy students in person, students will not be obligated to complete the ISSLP and may withdraw without penalty. For students wishing to continue with the ISSLP in virtual mode, ISSLP staff will work with them to be placed with a virtual international service option.

Participation Requirements:

  • Language & Proficiency Requirement: Students will be expected to have an openness and desire to learning Kiswahili.  Knowing some Kiswahili and key phrases is very important especially when interacting with patients at Br. Andre Medical Clinic
  • Gender Requirement: None 
  • Required Experience:  Interest in medicine and public health is necessary. Experience in basic medical skills (i.e. EMT certified, blood pressures, vital signs, etc.) and general experience in healthcare settings is ideal and preferred.  Interest in education and working with children and youth. Tutoring experience helpful but not necessary.
  • Major Requirement: Open to ALPP or SCPP pre-med, nursing, science majors, or healthcare related majors. Nursing and pre-medical majors, including chemistry and biology, depending on the individual’s career interests, would be most suitable for work in the clinic.
  • Student Minimum Age:  None
  • Other:  Since students live with Congregation of Holy Cross priests and brothers, students are expected to participate fully in the community and faith life. This site is also suitable for any students considering a religious vocation. 
Special Training Required Prior to Summer Deployment: 

The following sessions and workshops will be organized and provided by the ISSLP during the spring semester. Additional training sessions may be added as needed.

Students are strongly encouraged to attend introductory Kiswahili lessons at the Center for the Study of Language and Culture during spring semester prior to summer placement.

  • Red Cross Certification
  • Laboratory  Safety Certification
  • Teaching/Working with Children Workshop
  • Congregation of Holy Cross Orientation
  • World Religions Session
  • HIV/AIDS Workshop
  • Self-Defense Session

Site Description:  

The preeminent ministry of the Congregation of Holy Cross is service to the people of God and lives out this desire in three main apostolates:  Education, Parish Work, and Missions. The Holy Cross vision for ministry through education is holistic with the goal of preparing “citizens for society” as well as “citizens for heaven.” Holy Cross parishes across the United States and around the world are places of service, education and instruction, family spirit and community, and collaboration in the life journeys of individuals and groups toward God. Holy Cross’ outreach to other countries has been an integral part of their zeal to make God known, loved, and served, and to boldly address the world’s needs for justice and charity. Holy Cross has communities of ministry in Africa, Bangladesh, Canada, Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. 

The Congregation’s mottos are Ave Crux, Spes Unica, “Hail the Cross, Our Only Hope.” It is in this spirit of bringing hope that lay men and women are invited to collaborate and participate in the ministry and missions of Holy Cross around the world. 

Scope of Work & Responsibilities:

Notice: Scope of work may have some changes based on the needs of the partner organizations at the time of student arrival/engagement.

This site will be in person for summer 2022.

This section reflects the most recent scope of work proposed by the Congregation of Holy Cross in Kenya for Notre Dame students accepted into the program. This scope of work may change based on the needs of the organization at the time of student arrival and/or due to COVID-19 restrictions.

At Holy Cross Parish in the Dandora area of Nairobi, ISSLP students will have the opportunity to assist in a variety of ways.  Students can expect to assist in medical related work in Brother Andre Medical Center/Visitation Maternity Ward, assist in classroom activities, e.g. teaching computer skills, and extra-curricular activities at the Saint James Primary School on site, and with the youth parish association. At the medical center, students may shadow and assist the resident doctors assessing patients and helping with other administrative work. General clinical assistance includes help at the registration desk, making envelopes for medicine and assisting with infant weigh-ins. In addition, students have an opportunity to be involved in various ministries that the parish is involved in within the local community that includes lay leadership and numerous small Christian communities.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner in and out of the clinic and classroom given their roles at the parish.

Housing & Lodging Information:

Students live with the Holy Cross priests and seminarians in Dandora and occasionally in Karen, Nairobi.  Students will live in community which includes sharing meals, prayer, and Mass together. While the priests and brothers are very hospitality oriented and welcoming, it is important for students to remember that they are guests in their home and should be respectful and helpful with household chores. Meals are provided at the house.  This site can accommodate a vegetarian diet but students should be respectful of what is served to them if invited to visit parish families.            

For More Information:

Visit the Congregation of Holy Cross website:

Former ISSLP Participants:

*Did not deploy due to COVID-19 pandemic

Notice: Certain sites may be canceled and other sites added at any point during the selection and orientation process.


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