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Service Immersions

Center for Community Engagement and Service

Service immersions offer a unique opportunity for students to volunteer, experience a new culture, build community and reflect on their service experiences. The Center for Community Engagement and Service invites all students to live the mission of Salve Regina through these programs.

Service Plunge

Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2021

Service Plunge provides first-year students with an introduction to service through direct and indirect active experiences. Participants 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. Selected students will move to campus early and meet new friends through this annual Salve Regina experience.

Service Plunge 2.0

Service Plunge 2.0 provides all students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through direct and indirect service. Participants have the option to focus on environmental or hunger issues.


The service immersion in Jamaica is run through the 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. The majority of their programs are dedicated to the care of children with serious physical and mental disabilities, children affected by HIV/AIDS and teenage mothers and their babies. Mustard Seed’s highly developed program for volunteers is based on meaningful interaction with the children, tangible work projects and participation in an inclusive Christian community.

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to spend their break participating in service projects related to the critical concerns of mercy on Aquidneck Island and around Rhode Island. In March 2021, participants worked to advance the mission of the local chapter of the NAACP. This retreat is co-sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Service and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.

Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids the World Village's mission is to provide the vacation of a lifetime to children with life-threatening illnesses. Since 1986, more than 150,000 children 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 the 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.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation

The service immersion in South Dakota is run through Simply Smiles, an organization that provides bright futures for impoverished children, their families and their communities. Students volunteer at the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation, sharing their attention, energy, talents and experiences with children. They organize activities for the children and work side-by-side with Simply Smiles staff to execute a variety of community programs, including sports tournaments, community meals, cooking classes and more.