Service Learning Trips

Service-Learning Trips

Each year a group of students and staff travel to rural or urban areas throughout the country to participate in an intense week of service and community learning, sponsored by both the Center and the Office of Campus Ministry. Throughout the week, students assist with site management, food preparation and reflection activities.

Past trips include Maryland, Mexico, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.


Volunteers pay a nominal fee for the trip and are selected upon successful completion of a thorough application and interview process.

Students are prepared for their experience through mandatory orientation and training sessions before departing on the trip. Both students and attending staff participate in group meetings and reflection sessions during the trip, as well as a post-trip reflection meeting.

Types of Spring Break service include:

  • Renovate housing
  • Work in soup kitchens and food banks
  • Children

  • Elderly

During Spring Break, students learn about some of society's most complex issues, including:

  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • Racism

  • Impact of diseases such as AIDS/HIV

By engaging in true activism, participants beam with pride over the work they have accomplished, and cherish the lessons they have learned and people they have met along the way.