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.

Give Kids the World Village

May 13-19, 2017

Each year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The goal of Give Kids The World Village is to provide everything these families need to make their trip the vacation of a lifetime. Since 1986, more than 150,000 children and families have had their dreams come true at the village.

Located in Orlando, Florida, the village depends on volunteers to fill hundreds of shifts every day. Volunteering at Give Kids The World Village means being part of an organization that is truly unique, helping kids and their families create priceless memories in a time when they need it most.

The cost is $600, which includes roundtrip airfare, housing accommodations, trip transportation and meals.

Service Plunge

Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, 2017

Service Plunge provides new 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.

The Office of Community Service is seeking students to facilitate Service Plunge for fall 2017. Facilitators will plan and implement the Service Plunge retreat for incoming students. This includes attending a May training after the semester has ended. Facilitators will be expected to take charge of service events, lead by example and act as a role model to the group. Students who have a passion for community service, leadership and impacting others are encouraged to apply.


Jan. 6-13, 2018

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 $1,700, which 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.

Alternative Spring Break

March 2018

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 2018

Service Plunge 2.0 provides students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through direct and indirect service. This year, the plunge will focus on environmental and hunger issues.