Alternative Break Service Trips Program

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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 13-16, 2018

Marywood University students and staff will join together to work locally to serve a meal, make small home repairs and clean up neighborhoods. 

Email or visit Campus Ministry, Swartz Center

Spring Break – March 9-16, 2019

Multiple groups travel nationally and internationally for seven days of service to connect with communities and learn, lend a hand and be a loving presence to others.  We often work with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Youth Services Opportunity Project.

Summer Break 2019 - May 10-25, 2019

Spend on e week serving in the U.S.  Location will be announced in August 2018.

Summer Break 2019 - May 19-30, 2019  - International Immersion:  Guatemala






  • Fall Break 2018 Application - Will Be Available in August 2018
  • 2019 Service Trips Descriptions - Will Be Available in August 2018

  • Alternative Break 2019 Participant Application - Will Be Available in August 2018

  • Advisor Forms

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!




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