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Spring Break 2015 & Summer Break 2015

El Paso, Texas – Annunciation House

Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fundraising Goal:  $750

Annunciation house is an all-volunteer organization serving immigrants and refugees on the US/Mexico border. Since 1978 Annunciation House operates two shelters in El Paso, Texas, as well as Border Awareness Experiences for groups hoping to learn more about the human impact of economic and immigration policies.  The Catholic based organization accompanies the migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education.  Participants will be immersed in a Border Awareness Experience (BAE), which facilitates face to face meetings and encounters between participants and people and groups on both sides of the border. 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Change a Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program

Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fundraising Goal:  $350                                        

Change A Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is committed to helping young become more aware of religious life and the commitment it takes, experience professional and personal growth from serving others in nonprofits, and be inspired to always live in right relationship and serve those in need.  Change a Heart is a Christian program with a Catholic foundation and Franciscan identity.  Participants will engage in daily service projects will include indirect and direct service with an urban social service agency.  These projects may comprise of adult education and literacy, children and youth, health and wellness, environmental protection/preservation, homelessness and hunger, renovation/revitalization/repair, and senior adult care.  

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San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala- Medical Mission Trip

Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fundraising Goal: $700

Marywood University continues to build our relationship with the people of Guatemala, by serving in health-related activities. Participants will engage in a direct clinical experience with an exposure to the social factors of health and the provision of medical care in a resource-poor area of the world.  A typical day would consist of getting supplies for the day, traveling to and setting up the clinic in a rural community, and assist medical staff with the clinic and in home visits for the morning and afternoon.  In addition to these services, students will visit and possibly participate in community projects such as reforestation, construction, coffee processing and picking, and stove-building.  Students participating in this medical mission trip will be highly encouraged to register for and complete the Interprofessional Medical Missions course (ND/NURS 322) which will be offered in conjunction with this Alternative Break Trip.  This 3 credit course, scheduled for the Spring 2015 semester, offers an interprofessional approach to clinical screenings and assessments, client education, and health related service in communities in underdeveloped or developing countries.  Additionally, this course offers exposure to the cultures of communities in underdeveloped or developing countries and will enhance the students’ cultural competence.  Students majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, or Physician Assistant and any student who has a background in one of these areas and/or is fluent in Spanish are encouraged to apply.  Please direct questions regarding the course requirements to Mrs. Jessica Bodzio at

Learn more about San Lucas Mission, Guatemala at


Greenbrier County, West Virginia - Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fundraising Goal: $300

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has over 20 years of service in partnership with low-income families in Eastern West Virginia.  Greenbrier, West Virginia is located right in the heart of Appalachia.  Accompanying the inescapable beauty, the community of Greenbrier County is faced with extreme poverty.  Since 1989 Almost Heaven Habitat has built and sold over 110 new houses in partnership with low-income families making their dream of homeownership a reality.  Students will work with construction supervisors in building and restoring homes in this West Virginia community.

Learn more about Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity at

Exmore, Virginia - Eastern Shore Habitat for Humanity

Saturday, March 7 to Saturday, March 14, 2015

Fundraising Goal: $250

Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry which serves two of Virginia’s poorest counties on the rural Delmarva Peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay.  Exmore, Virginia is a family friendly small town that offers great hospitality.  This Habitat for Humanity location provides home ownership for those living in substandard housing and not eligible for conventional loans. 

Learn more about Habitat for Humanity: Exmore, Virginia at 


Knox County, Maine- Midcoast Habitat for Humanity

Monday, May 18 to Monday, May 25, 2015

Fundraising Goal:  $300

Midcoast Habitat for Humanity partners with families in need to build affordable homes together operating on Christian principles.  This Habitat for Humanity chapter builds homes in multiple areas in Knox County, Maine; Camden, Rockland, Hope, South Hope, and Thomaston.  Habitat provides a tangible opportunity for people to put their faith and love into action. Midcoast Habitat brings diverse groups of people together to make affordable housing and better communities a reality for everyone. Learn more about Midcoast Habitat for Humanity: Knox County, Maine at


Guatemala - San Lucas & Chichicastenango

Monday, May 18 to Saturday, May 30, 2015

Fundraising Goal:  $800

Students from Marywood have traveled to Guatemala to work with the San Lucas Mission for several years.  The San Lucas Mission responds to the needs of the people, is working to build the infrastructure necessary so that the people might grow out of poverty.  Students will participate in a cross-cultural experience, working alongside Guatemalans, hearing from community members, and learning about the richness of the Mayan culture.  Service projects include assisting at a coffee processing facility, reforestation project, Women’s Center and new projects as they arise.  After 6 days in San Lucas, the group will travel to Chichicastenango to lead fun activities for children at Anunciata school that promote learning of the English language and to build relationships with the children.

***Please note:  A valid passport and specific immunizations will be required for this trip at the participant’s cost.

Learn more about San Lucas Mission, Guatemala at