Service Trips

Service trips 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 trips.

Washington, D.C.

March 11-15, 2015

This service trip will allow students to experience a different culture, serve a new community and expand their knowledge about the many social issues facing Washington, D.C.

Ten undergraduates will be selected for the trip. Along with chaperones Shannon Finnell and Jivanto van Hemert, the students will stay at a United Methodist Church and participate in service projects that may include serving food in soup kitchens, sorting clothes, playing with children in after-school programs and painting. The group will also tour the city through an urban plunge and visit museums, monuments and ethic restaurants.

The cost is $250, which includes housing, transportation and meals (except meals during travel).

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11. Decisions will be announced Friday, Feb. 13, with payment due by Friday, Feb. 20. A mandatory pre-departure meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Nicaragua

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.

StayBreak

The Office of Community Service and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life co-sponsor this alternative spring break to provide students the opportunity to give back to the community. Students have completed service projects throughout Rhode Island with partners such as the Rhode Island Food Bank, St. Mary's Home for Children and the Salvation Army. For more information, like the Office of Community Service on Facebook or stop by the office on the second floor of Wakehurst.