Spring & Summer Break 2012 Service Trips Announced

Published on Mon, October 03, 2011

Spring Break and Summer Break 2012 Service Trips Announced
Application due Monday, October 10, 2011

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Service is pleased to announce the options for Spring Break 2012 as well as Summer Break 2012.  Students will be selected to participate in a trip that will take place during Spring Break (March 2-March 10, 2012) and/or Summer Break (May 2012).  The program is open to all currently enrolled Marywood University students.  Participant applications are due in the Campus Ministry Department (Swartz Center) by 4:00 pm on Monday, October, 10, 2011.  Late applications will not be accepted. 

Participating in a service trip includes paying a non-refundable $150.00 deposit (due at the first organizational meeting for the trip on Sunday November 6, 2011 from 5:30-7:30pm for Spring Break, Summer Break meeting TBA), participating in pre-trip preparation and a post-trip follow-up session.

All applicants will be contacted via e-mail with results of the selection process and further information about the first organizational meeting for selected participants. 

Click here to download and save the Spring 2012 and Summer2012 Service Trip Application.

Click here to download and save theRecommendation Form

Click here or see below for specifictrip information.

St. Vincent de Paul Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 4, 2012- March 10, 2012
Students and chaperones live in a community with one another and severe at-risk youth, elderly people, and homeless individuals.  Past groups have enjoyed a wonderful experience here!  The staff at St. Vincent de Paul Center has always provided great service experiences.  Last year’s service sites included:  In-Dwelling Housing Rehabilitation, working with people with mental handicaps, soup kitchens, clothing drives, and after-school programs.


Habitat for Humanity in Franklin, West Virginia

March 4, 2012-March 10, 2012

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has 23 years of service in partnership with low-income families in Eastern West Virginia.  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.


Disaster Relief in Joplin, Missouri

March 3, 2012-March 10, 2012


On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri was struck by a devastating tornado.  This three-quarter-mile-wide tornado tore a path a mile wide and six miles long in the center of Joplin.  Students will work with the organization Citi Impact to assist members in the Joplin community in the rebuilding process as they work to restore their community.


Students Helping Honduras in El Progreso, Honduras

(International Trip)

March 2, 2012-March 10, 2012


Students Helping Honduras is an International Program aimed at gearing up with College Students to help fight extreme poverty in Honduras.  Volunteering in Honduras is an experience like none other.  Expect to learn about Honduras, the Spanish language, and something about yourself through this life-changing trip.

Participants will be traveling to El Progreso, in the province of Yoro.  While in El Progreso, a main focus will be construction at one of our school sites and a visit to Villa Soleada and our Children's Home.  Volunteers will spend a lot of time with children and local families.

Team building is an equally important component of the trips. During the day, participants will work side-by-side with fellow volunteers.  In the evenings, participants will have time to meet and reflect on the day’s events as a group.

Please note, a passport and various immunizations will be required for this trip.


San Lucas Mission in Guatemala

(International Trip)

May 2012


Students from Marywood have traveled to Guatemala to work with the San Lucas Mission in Guatemala for the past several years.  The San Lucas Mission was originally founded by the Franciscan order in the late 16th century, with the building of the Church around 1584.  Guatemala has a well-known mission of long-term devotion to the enhancement and enrichment of the whole person-spiritually, intellectually, and physically- by addressing both the immediate effects of poverty and its underlying causes.


Efforts at the San Lucas Parish attempt to respond to the expressed felt need of the people, working to build the infrastructure necessary so that the people might grow out of the process of poverty.  As a volunteer at the San Lucas parish, students will learn about the efforts in San Lucas and participate in the cross-cultural experience the parish offers.  Groups will spend most of their time working at sites, learning, understanding and appreciating the local culture.  Through working alongside Guatemalans, receiving talks from community members, and observing the goings-on of the area, group members will learn about the richness of the Maya culture, the work of the parish and the life of Guatemala.