Service retreats 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 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.
South Dakota Service Trip
Aug. 8-15, 2020
The South Dakota service trip 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.
Volunteers help to run activities for the children, such as crafts, games, field trips, special theme events like "superhero week" and more. They also work side-by-side with Simply Smiles staff members to execute a variety of community programs, including sports tournaments, community meals, cooking classes and more.
The cost is an estimated $1,600. (This total includes student fee of $750 to Simply Smiles. Flight travel is estimated between $700-$900).
Sept. 2-6, 2020
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.
Jamaica Service Trip
The Jamaica service trip 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. Mustard Seed Communities was founded in 1978 as a home for children with disabilities on the outskirts of Kingston. 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. The program fee is $1,700, which includes airfare, lodging, most meals and more.
Alternative Spring Break
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.
For more information, or to register, email Matthew Kelly at email@example.com.
Service Plunge 2.0
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. Participants in the environmental group will stay at Camp Rockey Farm in Newport, while participants in the hunger group will stay in the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life.
Florida Service Trip
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.