Alternative Spring Break Trips

NEW! All of these trips may be combined with THEO 250 (fulfils social justice or theology GE requirements) or SOHS 110 (fulfils Social Justice GE requirements), a 3 credit hour course taught in Spring, 2019 for 3 credits. Students may also choose to go on the trips for no credit. For more information and itineraries for these trips, please contact Katrina Boedeker

Christian Appalachian Project Workfest, March 10-15, 2019

Registration and Deposit deadline: January 31, 2019

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 10-15, 2019. 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 10) and returns to campus on the following Friday (March 15). 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 2019 CAP WorkFest, please email Kim Brinneman no later than January 31, 2019 to register.Spots on this trip are on a frist come, first serve basis.

Spring Break Social Justice/Learning Tour to the Dominican Republic, March 10-16, 2019

Registration Deadline, November 1, 2018, Deposit of $1000 due 11/1/2018. Remaining payment may be made from USF Travel grants if application is completed by registered student.

The Dominican Republic is best known for its emerald blue oceans, white sandy beaches and beautiful all-inclusive resorts, but USF’s trip with NCP (New Community Project) will take you to a different side of that world. Live in a Batey community, learning about life for poor and marginalized immigrant Haitian/Dominican sugarcane workers who earn less than a dollar a day; explore environmental issues of the Caribbean region including deforestation, water scarcity, and the direct impacts of the climate crisis.

See community development projects in action, learn from inspiring local activists, and get your hands dirty working alongside villagers to reforest their rugged mountainous homeland, creating edible forest ecosystems. Stay with village families in remote areas (no students will stay alone). REGISTRATION and $1000 Deposit DEADLINE – November 1, 2018. Total cost of trip projected to be $1300-1400 pp. USF Travel grants available to offset cost of trip for all who complete application requirements. Apply Here

Service-Cultural Immersion Trip to Valparaiso, Chile, March 8-17, 2019

In partnership with the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, USF student are invited to travel to Valparaiso, Chile to engage in a life-changing service experience with underprivileged children and adults serve by the YMCA in Chile. Service opportunities will include everything from construction, beautification, and repairs of the local YMCA school, serving meals to the homeless and leading activities for urban youth at a camp in the Andes Mountains. Application Deadline is September 30, 2018. $250 deposit due at that time with remainder of trip fees ($2250) due November 1, 2018. Apply Here.