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Service For over 20 years, Marywood has partnered with service organizations across the country and the globe to extend a helping hand and bring hope to people who need it the most.

Education Participants prepare for each trip by thinking critically about poverty, social concern, peace, justice, diversity and current topics. When students return from a trip, they give both formal and informal presentations about their experiences and newfound understanding.

Culture Through food, music, language, dance and recreation, every destination becomes an adventure!

Leadership & Teamwork Student leaders support, motivate and educate all participants work together to challenge themselves, take risks, communicate, build trust and grow more committed to working for social justice.

Faith & Values No matter what faith tradition to which you belong, serving others can be an expression of the religious and personal values we share in common. Reflection, discussion, and prayer are integral aspects of service trips that allow us to connect in meaningful ways to grow in knowledge, respect and unity with one another.

Fun Service trips are about building relationships, self-discovery, skill-building, reaching goals and learning something new. And when you do it all while serving others, what could be more fun?

There’s a trip to fit everyone’s schedule!

Fall Break - October 10-13, 2015

We'll work locally with University of Scranton students to serve a meal, make small home repairs and clean up neighborhoods.

Interested in serving the local community? Sign up for the Fall Break Service Trip!  Each day we will serve the various needs within the Scranton community at organizations such as the Weinburg Food Bank, Neighborworks NEPA, and the Church of the Good Shepherd. $30 fee.

On campus housing and meals provided. To apply visit and click on Fall Break 2015 application. Applications and deposits due September 30th. Space is limited and spots fill quickly. Email or visit Campus Ministry, Swartz Center with any questions.

Spring Break – March 5-12, 2016

*New Orleans, Louisiana - Break A Difference

Saturday, March 5 to Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fundraising Goal:  $450

Over the last decade, as New Orleans has rebuilt after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, an array of initiatives have developed not only to replace what was lost, but to build some of the supports that didn’t exist prior. Participants may help with urban gardens, youth development programs and environmental projects that help families keep more of their earnings while also reducing their carbon footprint.

 Learn more at


*Killeen, Texas (Ft. Hood) - Break A Difference

Saturday, March 5 to Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fundraising Goal:  $550 

The world’s largest military base is the core of this Central Texas community. Military service impacts families in unique ways. This ASB will focus not only on providing direct services to military-connected children, but also to increasing volunteers’ understanding of the challenges and benefits military service provides to families.

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*San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala- Medical Mission Trip

Saturday, March 5 to Saturday, March 12, 2016

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 direct clinical and health education experiences and will gain exposure to the social factors of health and the provision of medical care in a resource-poor area of the world.  A typical day may consist of assisting local medical staff with clinics and home visits in areas surrounding San Lucas Toliman.  In addition to these services, students may 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 Mission course (ND/NURS 322) which will be offered in conjunction with this Alternative Break Trip.  This 3 credit course, scheduled for the Spring 2016 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 healthcare background 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


*Cumberland County, New Jersey - Habitat for Humanity
Saturday, March 5 to Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fundraising Goal: $300

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit corporation building affordable homes which low income families can purchase through interest-free mortgages. Home ownership is open to all races and religions. It serves the communities of Cumberland County, New Jersey. The principal cities are Bridgeton, Millville, and Vineland.

 Learn more at

 *Washington D.C. - Youth Services Opportunities Project

Sunday, March 6  to Saturday, March 12, 2016

Fundraising Goal:  $300   .

Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) is committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them how even their smallest actions can make a difference in the lives of others. YSOP’s intense immersion program of Workcamps helps student volunteers to understand services and homelessness. During Workcamps, students, in small service teams will volunteer at different sites around Washington, D.C. YSOP works with over 30 different organizations in the Washington, DC area that provide a wide range of services including food, shelter, clothing, medical services, job training, and much more. Participants will visit a different site each day.


Learn more about YSOP at and on YouTube.


Summer Break – May 16-23, 2016

Spend one week serving in the U.S. with Habitat for Humanity.

*Nashville, Tennessee - Center for Student Missions

 Monday, May 16 to Monday, May 23, 2016

Fundraising Goal: $500

Center for Student Missions provides a variety of service opportunities that the students will be involved in during their service trip in Nashville. Some of the populations that CSM works with include the homeless and senior citizens. Some of the organizations that they work with include Fifty Forward, The Salvation Army, Campus for Human Development, and Nashville CARES.


To learn more about CSM and for more detailed information on each service site, please visit their website:

Summer Break – May 16-27, 2016

International Immersion: Guatemala

*Guatemala - San Lucas & Chichicastenango

Monday, May 16 to Thursday, May 26, 2016

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, accompanying local Mayan women and their children at a Women’s Center, participating in building stoves in various communities, and new projects as they arise. The second part of the experience will be in the town of Chichicastenango, where participants will join in the daily activities of the indigenous children and the Dominican sisters in the residence and collaborate in the educational mission of the Centro Educativo Anunciata, a school which offers education from pre-school to teacher education to children with scarce economic resources.

A 12-day immersion experience where participants live in communion with local residents, working on a variety of projects with the San Lucas Mission and Annunciata Elementary School in Chichicastenango.


Service trip expectations:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Be interviewed by trip coordinators
  • Pay a non-refundable fee
  • Participate in fundraisers
  • Attend group meetings and activities before, during and after the trip
  • Participate actively in reflection, prayer and service
  • Have an open mind
  • Be your best self and have fun!



Stop in the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.
(570) 961-4593