Service and Mission Trips
(Serve, Learn, and Get Credit!)

Service or Mission Trip experiences are usually one week or longer, and provide opportunities for participants to gain insight into new cultures or countries through hands-on service.

Christian Appalachian Project Workfest, March 11-17, 2018

Registration and deposit deadline: January 31, 2018

In 2008, Campus Ministry began sponsoring a trip during Spring Break that was not the normal vacation week. Alternative Spring Break sends students to do service for a week. We have sent USF students and a few employees each year to rural Kentucky to participate in the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) WorkFest – joining students from other colleges and universities from around the country, especially the Midwest.

We plan to send a group in March and would love for you to join! The dates this year are March 11-17, 2018. The group will travel to Kentucky in rented vans, driven by a few USF employees who will serve alongside the students. The trip leaves on the Sunday morning of Spring Break (March 11) and returns to campus on the following Friday (March 17). Highlights include:

  • Providing housing rehabilitation (repair, painting, roofing, siding, windows, doors, walls) in Eastern Kentucky
  • Fellowship
  • Life-changing friendships
  • Foot-stomping bluegrass

The cost per person is subsidized by Campus Ministry, so each person only has to pay $100. This includes transportation, lodging and all food. If you are interested in participating in the 2017 CAP WorkFest, please email Kim Brinneman no later than January 31, 2017s to register.

Global Awareness, Cultural Awareness and Service Trips

NEW! Can be combined with THEO 250 (General Education/Religion) course taught in Spring, 2018 for 3 credits! For more information and itineraries for these trips, please contact Katrina Boedeker.

Walk in My Shoes, Cuba 2018, May 19-26, 2018

Registration is open
Cost: $2300

REGISTRATION AND INITIAL DEPOSIT DEADLINE: November 1, 2017

Sponsored by the Holy Name Provence, this Cuban Mission Trip is based on the principle that when we enter other cultures, it is more important for the people to see us, get to know us, and to be known by us; this is the essence of a ministry of presence. Rather than coming with the intention of implementing programs or ministering to the temporal needs of the people in our host country, participants on the Cuba trip will engage in a ministry of presence, spending time with, and listening to our hosts as learners and ambassadors of our schools, faith traditions, and country. Opportunities to practice the ministry of presence include:

  • La Parroquia de Santa Cruz for Sunday Mass
  • Visit the Focolare Community: The Focolare Movement was founded by an Italian woman, Chiara Lubich, in 1943 and has a presence in 182 countries with over 100,000 adherents. Their goal is for lay people to live in community and work more cooperatively to build a more united world by living out the precepts set forth in Christianity in harmony with other religions.
  • Home Meals: Engage with local families from San Antonio and Santa Cruz parishes and enjoy several meals in their homes.
  • Socio-Economic Reality Discussion: Visit the family of one of the Franciscan Friars and discover the resourcefulness and tenacity of Cuban families, and have a discussion about how they supplement the inadequate incomes.
  • Explore a typical farming village
  • Spend Time with the Franciscan Friar Community: Isolated by years of political and social separation, the Franciscan Friars of Cuba are a small, faith filled community who are graciously opened up their home to our group. The friars offer a wealth of witness to the faith over the last 60 years since Cuba adopted a Socialist Government. Enjoy spending time getting to know and appreciate these holy men.

Walk in My Shoes, Morocco 2018, March 10-18 AND June 15-24, 2018

Registration is open
Cost: $3200

REGISTRATION AND INITIAL DEPOSIT DEADLINE: November 1, 2017

Sponsored by the Holy Name Provence, this Moroccan Mission Trip builds upon St. Francis’ experience in 1219, during the Fifth Crusade. At that time St. Francis of Assisi crossed enemy lines to gain an audience with the Sultan of Egypt, al-Malik al-Kamil, ostensibly to help bring an end to the violent conflict. Francis’ humility and authenticity earned the Sultan’s admiration and now Franciscans believe that Francis’ encounter with the Sultan resulted in the two men coming away with a deeper appreciation for, and understanding of each other’s beliefs and values. Sectarian conflicts in our own time are painful reminders that we too are called to enter into dialogue with Muslims so as to evoke Francis’ revolutionary idea to live in harmony with our Muslim brothers and sisters, and with people of all faiths. Our cultural and religious awareness mission trip to Morocco will expose participants to the Islamic faith and practices in both its historical and contemporary expressions, from the early Arab conquest to modern Moroccan society. Our trip will also include a look at the work of the Franciscan Friars in Morocco, including their work with migrants and in the field of interreligious dialogue. Visits to the following places are included with opportunities to practice the ministry of presence.

  • Tour of Hassan II Mosque- the largest mosque in Morocco and the 13th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world's tallest at 689 ft. Completed in 1993, it is the only mosque in Morocco that non-Muslims are allowed to visit.
  • Spend time with Muslim College students for a question and answer session on dating, religion, and culture.
  • Visit the holy town of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune- Moulay Idriss Zerhoune holds a special place in the hearts of the Moroccan people. It was here that Moulay Idriss arrived from Saudi Arabia in 789, bringing with him the religion of Islam, and starting a new dynasty.
  • Visit the friars in Meknes- The friars in Meknes live in the heart of the Medina, or old city. We will visit their language and Culture school and a local women’s association they run which provides literacy classes and apprenticeship for women wishing to start their own business. We will also visit a migrant center founded by the friars for refugees from other parts of Africa, where we will discuss the issues of why people from Africa are migrating to Europe.
  • Tour the city of Fes- Known as the “Mecca of the West” and the “Athens of Africa” Fes was the capital of Morocco until 1925. The city boasts the oldest functioning university in the world, and is a world heritage site with two ancient medinas. It is believed to be the world’s largest urban pedestrian zone.
  • The 2010 film entitled “Of Gods and Men” featured the real-life story of French Cistercian monks living in Algeria who were abducted by Islamic insurgents and murdered. At present, one of the monks who survived the ordeal is still alive and living at Our Lady of the Atlas Monastery in Midelt, Morocco. We will spend a day of reflection with the monks, praying and eating with them, and learning about their way of life and unique contribution to inter-religious dialogue.
  • In 1219 St. Francis commission five friars to set out on mission to preaching the gospel to the “infidels” or Muslims in southern Spain. Five friars volunteered and traveled to the Kingdom of Morocco, to Marrakech which was the capital at that time. Deemed insane by the Sultan for their persistence in preaching the gospel, they were beheaded and their bodies were returned to Assisi. The five friars were sainted by the Catholic Church and are the first saints of the Franciscan order. We will visit the great city of Marrakech and meet with the friars who live at the Holy Martyrs Church and minister to the many migrants who pass through Morocco on their way to Europe.
  • Tour the city of Marrakech and visit several historical landmarks, including the Jardin Majorelle and Jemaa el Fnaa square.