Campus Ministry: Alternative Break Service Trips

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About Alternative Break Service Trips

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?

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Fall Break: October 12-15, 2019

Philadelphia, PA

Participant Fee: $30

The Blessed Sarnelli Community (BSC) is located in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. The ministry began there over ten years ago as a ministry of the Redemptorist community of priests and brothers. The service includes preparing and serving meals and sorting and distributing clothing and being present to people who are poor and abandoned. Learn more about Sarnelli House at

Application and $30 are due by October 4.

Spring Break: March 7-15, 2020

Multiple groups travel nationally and internationally for seven days of service to connect with communities and learn, lend a hand and be a loving presence to others.  We often work with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Youth Services Opportunity Project.

Summer Break: May 17-28, 2020

Experience international Immersion in Guatemala. Students 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 5 days in San Lucas, the group travels to Chichicastenango to lead educational activities for children that promote learning of the English language and to build relationships with the children.

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!

Questions & Contact

Stop in the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.

(570) 961-4593

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