Service Retreats

Service retreats offer a unique opportunity for students to volunteer, experience a new culture, build community and reflect on their service experiences. The Office of Community Service invites students to live the mission of Salve Regina through these service programs. Students must complete an online application and schedule an interview for all service retreats.


Jan. 9-16, 2016 (full)

Held annually during winter break, the Nicaragua service trip is run through Mustard Seed Communities, an organization that works with the local Catholic church to serve the needs of abandoned or orphaned children with mental and physical disabilities.

Participants work with children and young adults at Hogar Belen-Diriamba Orphanage while staying in a dorm-style mission cottage on the campus. A majority of the orphanage's residents cannot speak, so participants learn to communicate with the children through other means.

The cost is approximately $1,400-$1,500, depending on airfare. This includes $950 (payable to Mustard Seed) for in-country transportation, housing accommodations, trip insurance, most meals and mission fees. Passport fees and vaccinations are separate.

Please note: Applications for the 2017 trip will be posted in late January 2016.

Alternative Spring Break

March 18-22, 2016

Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to give up a portion of their break to volunteer in and around Rhode Island. Students remain on campus and travel to locations throughout Aquidneck Island and the state.

Service Plunge 2.0

April 1-3, 2016

Service Plunge 2.0 provides students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through active experiences. Through direct and indirect service, "plungees" learn the importance of service, social justice and civic engagement. They also meet community needs, identify and build upon community assets, and share their experiences with the campus community.

This year's Plunge will focus on watershed cleanup. Students will stay in bunks at a retreat center on Aquidneck Island.