At Saint Ignatius College, we believe immersions and trips can be life changing by equipping students to respond to complex situations in a manner that upholds the dignity of our sisters and brothers. Saint Ignatius believed in the the education of the whole person and going where the needs are.

We go to hear the voices of those who receive us

- Australian Jesuit Province

The programs develop positive social values and spiritual stimulation to empower students to act as agents for social change.

These programs are designed to promote the development of communication, problem solving and decision making skills. Horizons are broadened, new challenges embraced, and perseverance and determination are reinforced. The values and attitudes developed from shared endeavour help form a sound basis for responsible citizenship. Sensitivity to the environment is fostered, for young people to see themselves in a global context with an awareness of the need for sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.

Students can build self-confidence and self-esteem, develop a positive attitude to learning, an awareness of the needs and contributions of others, the ability to sustain effective relationships, the adaptability to cope with a rapidly changing world of work and the responsibility to be an effective member of a community.

  • Saint Ignatius College Timor leste Immersion

    Saint Ignatius College Timor Leste Immersion

    Discover the difference between success and significance. Choose to become a person of significance, a person who makes a difference in the lives of those around you. The opportunity to have an experience in Timor Leste is a fantastic one for students.

    Our closest neighbours have suffered terrible turmoil over many years and this immersion gives students the opportunity to understand the country’s history and to build on the relationship Saint Ignatius College has establishes with several Timor Leste agencies in recent years.

    As well as learning about the history of Timor Leste with several days in Dili we also return every year to a school on Aauro Island and work with the students there.

    Our partner in this program is Destination Dreaming - an Australian social enterprise, based on Ocean Grove, that works with groups to provide meaningful, off‑the‑grid immersions.

  • Jesuit Australian Province Immersion to Timor Leste

    Jesuit Australian Province Immersion to Timor Leste

    Jesuit Immersion programs to East Timor

    In recent years some students and staff have visited there each year to develop relationships with people in other cultures, develop an appreciation of the richness of other cultures and leading participants to appreciate the need for international communities to support each other.

    Saint Ignatius College sends two students to the annual Jesuit Province East TImor Immersion held in the last week of Term 2 and the first week of the holidays. They join a team of 14 other students from Jesuit schools around Australia.

  • Cape York Immersion

    Cape York Immersion

    Year 9 students travel to remote Indigenous homelands in Cape York to stay with Traditional Owners and Elders on Country, learning about the language, culture, land, and history from the custodians of the oldest living culture in the world.

    The group stays on privately-held Indigenous land not accessible outside of this setting to experience the natural beauty of the Daintree Rainforest, and connects with the rich culture of the Indigenous people who call it home.

    Students have the chance to connect with Elders and Traditional owners by partaking in cultural activities such as visiting sacred sites, learning how to paint, playing with young Indigenous children, foraging for their own bush tucker, cooling down in pristine swimming holes, and contributing to small sustainability-focused community projects. To cap off the experience, they spend a day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and reflecting on their immersion before returning to Melbourne.

    Every student comes back changed from this meaningful experience, with a deeper understanding of life in remote Indigenous communities, and as an ambassador for reconciliation.

  • Kokoda Expedition

    Kokoda Expedition

    Years 10 and 11 students travel to Papua New Guinea to complete the Kokoda Trek. 

    Accompanied by a parent, and supported by Australian Kokoda Tours, the students will learn about the history of the infamous battle between Japanese and Australian forces in World War II.

    The group will stay on the track in huts or tents and pass through local villages each day. The trek involves cutting across ridges, walking up steep towering mountains and descending deep into the rainforest and jungles of ferns. They will pass through mountain streams on manmade bridges of vine and logs. At the end of the day, the students and parents will be warmly welcomed into the untouched villages for a delicious meal prepared by the porters. 

    Students will have the chance to connect with the Menari community by partaking in numerous activities such as visiting a local primary school, learning how to build a stretcher, playing with young PNG children and also playing volleyball and touch rugby with their porters.

    Every student comes back changed from this meaningful experience. They will witness firsthand what our diggers did and the memories and sense of achievement will stay with you for a lifetime.

    The Kokoda Expedition is held in the last week of Term 2 and the first week of the holidays.

  • Language Based Immersions

    Language Based Immersions

    Language study tours run every two years to students studying Italian or Indonesian in Years 10 or 11, and provide a huge variety of experiences for students. Students have the opportunity to build their language skills in real-life contexts, helping to develop a sense of balance, compassion and global awareness.


    Indonesian students visit different areas of the country, allowing them to compare and contrast some of Indonesia’s diverse cultures. Experiences have included:

    • Artistic, musical and handicraft workshops
    • Visiting ancient religious complexes including Borobudur (a UNESCO-listed 8th century Buddhist temple)
    • Exploring the area around Sumatra’s Lake Toba
    • Jungle trekking in search of orangutans in the Bukit Lawang national park


    Italian students extensively explore Italy, practising their language skills and learning more about Italy’s rich culture, history, artwork, buildings and countryside. The tour has a strong cultural tone, and our students are able to visit sites related to our Jesuit tradition while also. Destinations include:

    • Rome, with visits to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and the Vatican
    • The historic ruins of Pompeii
    • The architecture and artistic centres of Florence, Pisa and Siena
    • Venice, with its ageless bridges and villas
    • Homestay and school visit in or near Florence