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Service For over 20 years, Marywood has partnered with service organizations across the country and the globe to extend a helping hand and bring hope to people who need it the most.

Education Participants prepare for each trip by thinking critically about poverty, social concern, peace, justice, diversity and current topics. When students return from a trip, they give both formal and informal presentations about their experiences and newfound understanding.

Culture Through food, music, language, dance and recreation, every destination becomes an adventure!

Leadership & Teamwork Student leaders support, motivate and educate all participants work together to challenge themselves, take risks, communicate, build trust and grow more committed to working for social justice.

Faith & Values No matter what faith tradition to which you belong, serving others can be an expression of the religious and personal values we share in common. Reflection, discussion, and prayer are integral aspects of service trips that allow us to connect in meaningful ways to grow in knowledge, respect and unity with one another.

Fun Service trips are about building relationships, self-discovery, skill-building, reaching goals and learning something new. And when you do it all while serving others, what could be more fun?

There’s a trip to fit everyone’s schedule!

Fall Break - October 15-18, 2016

We'll work locally with University of Scranton students to serve a meal, make small home repairs and clean up neighborhoods.

Interested in serving the local community? Sign up for the Fall Break Service Trip!  Each day we will serve the various needs within the Scranton community at organizations such as the Weinburg Food Bank, Neighborworks NEPA, and the Church of the Good Shepherd. $30 fee.

On campus housing and meals provided. To apply visit http://www.marywood.edu/campmin/alternative-break-/ and click on Fall Break 2016 application. Applications and deposits due September 30th. Space is limited and spots fill quickly. Email communityservice@m.marywood.edu or visit Campus Ministry, Swartz Center with any questions.

Spring Break – March 11-18, 2017

Grainger County, Tennessee - Glenmary Volunteer Program at Joppa Mountain

Saturday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18, 2017
Fundraising Goal: $400
This retreat like mission immersion program allows volunteers to experience the mission and ministry of the Glenmary Home Missioners. The Glenmary Home Missioners is a missionary society of Catholic priests and brothers dedicated to establishing an effective Catholic Church presence in counties where the Church is not yet present, serving the poor in these rural counties, and reaching out to those in spiritual and physical need in the counties we serve.
Learn more about Glenmary Volunteer Program at http://www.glenmary.org/


Jamaica – Mustard Seed Communities

Saturday, March 11 to Saturday, March 18, 2017
Fundraising Goal: $1,200
Mustard Seed Communities' home in Montego Bay, Blessed Assurance, is home to over 40 children and young adults with physical and developmental disabilities such as autism, Downs Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Participants engage the residents in activities, play and building relationships. The group will also visit and work at Jacob's Ladder, a residence for 400 adults. They will visit with residents and work on a project on their sustainable farm. A valid passport and specific immunizations will be required for this trip at the participant’s cost.
Learn more about Mustard Seed Communities at
http://www.mustardseed.com/site/PageServer?pagename=who_serve_disabilities


San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala- Medical Mission Trip

Saturday, March 11th to Saturday, March 18, 2017
Fundraising Goal: $1,000
Marywood University continues to build our relationship with the people of Guatemala by serving in health-related activities. Participants will engage in direct clinical and health education experiences and will gain exposure to the social factors of health and the provision of medical care in a resource-poor area of the world. A typical day may consist of assisting local medical staff with clinics and home visits in areas surrounding San Lucas Toliman. In addition to these services, students may visit and possibly participate in community projects such as reforestation, construction, coffee processing and picking, and stove-building. Students participating in this medical mission trip will be highly encouraged to register for and complete the Interprofessional Medical Mission course (ND/NURS 322) which will be offered in conjunction with this Alternative Break Trip. This 3 credit course, scheduled for the Spring 2017 semester, offers an interprofessional approach to clinical screenings and assessments, client education, and health related service in communities in underdeveloped or developing countries. Additionally, this course offers exposure to the cultures of communities in underdeveloped or developing countries and will enhance the students’ cultural competence. Students majoring in Nutrition and Dietetics, Nursing, or Physician Assistant and any student who has a healthcare background and/or is fluent in Spanish are encouraged to apply. Please direct questions regarding the course requirements to Mrs. Jessica Bodzio at jbodzio@marywood.edu.
Learn more about San Lucas Mission, Guatemala at http://www.sanlucasmission.org/


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Change a Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program

Sunday, March 11th to Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Fundraising Goal: $450
Change a Heart Franciscan Volunteer Program is committed to helping young become more aware of religious life and
the commitment it takes, experience professional personal growth from serving others in nonprofits, and be inspired to
always live in right relationship and serve those in need. Change a Heart is a Christian program with a Catholic foundation
and Franciscan identity. Participants will engage in daily service projects which will include indirect and direct service
with an urban social service agency. These projects may comprise of adult education and literacy, children and youth,
health and wellness, environmental protection/preservation, homelessness and hunger, renovation/revitalization/repair,
and senior adult care.
Learn more about Change A Heart at http://www.changeaheartvolunteers.org/index


Summer Break

Exmore, Virginia - Eastern Shore Habitat for Humanity

Sunday, May 21st to Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Fundraising Goal: $350
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

Sunday, May 21st to Thursday, June 1st, 2017
Fundraising Goal: $1,000
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, is 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. A valid passport and specific immunizations
will be required for this trip at the participant’s cost.
Learn more about San Lucas Mission, Guatemala at http://www.sanlucasmission.org/

Resources

Service trip expectations:

  • Submit a complete application
  • Be interviewed by trip coordinators
  • Pay a non-refundable fee
  • Participate in fundraisers
  • Attend group meetings and activities before, during and after the trip
  • Participate actively in reflection, prayer and service
  • Have an open mind
  • Be your best self and have fun!

 

Questions?

Stop in the Office of Service-Learning and Community Service, Swartz Center for Spiritual Life.
(570) 961-4593

alternativebreak@m.marywood.edu