Spring Break 2014 & Summer Break 2014

Duran, Ecuador - Rostro de Cristo

Sunday, March 2nd to Saturday, March 8th 2014

Fundraising Goal: $900

Rostro de Cristo is a Lay Volunteer Program committed to challenge young people to deepen their spirituality and education by living and working among the poor. Arbolito is a developing community in Duran, Ecuador that was first constructed in 2002. Students will serve in various ways with the local church, local hospital clinic, local nursery school, soup kitchen, and community improvement projects. A major service students will be involved in is at the John Drury Technical School, an after-school program for children. A key aspect of participating with Rostro de Cristo is to build strong relationships with community members through these services. Learn more about Rostro de Cristo in Arbolito Community in Duran, Ecuador at http://www.rostrodecristo.org/where-we-work/arbolito

San Antonio, Texas - Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR)

Sunday, March 2nd to Saturday, March 8th 2014

Fundraising Goal: $500

Discovering Opportunities for Outreach and Reflection (DOOR) is a faith-based network that is devoted to providing opportunities for service, learning, and leadership development in urban areas. The week-long DOOR program is designed to challenge and motivate participants by responding to the issues and concerns facing an increasingly urban world. Participants will be introduced to the diverse culture of San Antonio, Texas. Participants will focus their services on helping specific areas of homelessness, social concerns, and helping those who struggle to afford housing or daily living costs. Learn more about DOOR at http://www.doornetwork.org/

New York City, New York - Youth Service Opportunities Project

Sunday, March 2nd to Friday, March 7th, 2014

Fundraising Goal: $400

Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP) is committed to helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them how even their smallest actions can make a difference in the lives of others. YSOP’s intense immersion program of Workcamps helps student volunteers to understand services and homelessness. During Workcamps, students, in small service teams will volunteer at different sites around New York City, New York. YSOP works with different organizations in the New York City area that provide a wide range of services including food, shelter, clothing, medical services, job training, and much more. Participants will visit a different site each day. Learn more about YSOP at http://www.ysop.org/

Greenbrier County, West Virginia - Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity

Sunday, March 2nd to Saturday, March 8th 2014

Fundraising Goal: $300

Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity has over 20 years of service in partnership with low-income families in Eastern West Virginia. Greenbrier, West Virginia is located right in the heart of Appalachia. Accompanying the inescapable beauty, the community of Greenbrier County is faced with extreme poverty. Since 1989 Almost Heaven Habitat has built and sold over 110 new houses in partnership with low-income families making their dream of homeownership a reality. Students will work with construction supervisors in building and restoring homes in this West Virginia community. Learn more about Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity at http://almostheavenhabitat.org/

Philadelphia, PA - St. Vincent de Paul Center

Sunday, March 2nd to Saturday, March 8th 2014

Fundraising Goal: $100

Participants will serve at-risk youth, elderly people, and homeless individuals. The St. Vincent de Paul Center is located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. Participants will serve for and with the poor and marginalized for a week, reflect upon their experience and the impact the poor and marginalized have had on their lives, how they can continue to serve as their return to their schools, communities, and families. Students will not only experience and form community among themselves and with the poor and marginalized but will also learn about the Vincentian Charism, Catholic Social Justice teaching, causes of poverty, possible solutions and systemic change. Learn more about St. Vincent de Paul Center at http://svdpcenter.org/

Exmore, Virginia - Eastern Shore Habitat for Humanity

Monday, May 12th to Monday, May 19th 2014

Fundraising Goal: $300

Eastern Shore of Virginia Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry which serves two of Virginia’s poorest counties on the rural Delmarva Peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Exmore, Virginia is a family friendly small town that offers great hospitality. This Habitat for Humanity location provides home ownership for those living in substandard housing and not eligible for conventional loans. Learn more about Habitat for Humanity: Exmore, Virginia at http://easternshorehabitat.org/

Guatemala - San Lucas & Chichicastenango

Tentative Dates: Monday, May 12 to Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fundraising Goal: $800

Students from Marywood have traveled to Guatemala to work with the San Lucas Mission for several years. The San Lucas Mission responds to the needs of the people, working to build the infrastructure necessary so that the people might grow out of poverty. Students will participate in a cross-cultural experience, working alongside Guatemalans, hearing from community members, and learning about the richness of the Mayan culture. Service projects include assisting at a coffee processing facility, reforestation project, Women’s Center and new projects as they arise. After 6 days in San Lucas, the group will travel to Chichicastenango to lead fun activities for children at Anunciata school that promote learning of the English language and to build relationships with the children. Learn more about San Lucas Mission, Guatemala at http://www.sanlucasmission.org/

 


*Please note: A valid passport and specific immunizations will be required for this trip at the participant’s cost.