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Spring Break Service Trips

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Valparaiso University annually offers a number of spring service trips that take place over the two weeks of Spring Break. This year we have provided six unique opportunities for students to serve in areas all over the country. Registration for these trips is now closed, but please check back here next year to learn about the next Spring Service Trip destinations.

2015 Spring Service Trip Descriptions:

Camp Restore in New Orleans, Louisiana 

-Departing from North Union Door (Cafe) 8:30am Saturday, February 28th
-Traveling with New Orleans Team to Memphis for overnight stay at Immanuel Lutheran Church
-Will arrive back in Memphis on Friday March 6th and then depart for Valpo following morning

-Returning to Valpo Saturday, March 7th, time to be determined by Team

Focus Area: First Year Students


This trip will provide many opportunities to learn more about the communities, history and people of the New Orleans area. Camp Restore partners with a large number of local not-for-profits so there will be a wealth of different service experiences available to students.

Christian Appalachian Project in Martin, Kentucky 

-Departing from North Union Door (Cafe) 9am Sunday, March 1st- Arrange for Extended Housing

-Returning to Valpo Friday, March 6th, time to be determined by Team

Focus Area: Faith Based Service


At Christian Appalachian Project’s annual WorkFest, students will be serving in teams to repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families in eastern Kentucky. This program has an ecumenical Christian focus and students will have the option to participate in morning and evening devotionals as part of the programming for the week. 

Tree of Life at Rosebud Reservation in Mission, South Dakota 

-Departing from North Union Door (Cafe) 8am Saturday, March 7th- Arrange to be on Campus on time
-Traveling to Sioux Falls for overnight stay at Valpo Alum host family's home
-Will arrive back in Sioux Falls on Saturday, March 14th and then depart for Valpo following Morning
-Returning to Valpo Sunday, March 15th, time to be determined by team

Focus Area: Native American Culture

Tree of Life Ministries, located on the Rosebud Reservation, to the Sicangu Lakota Nation, works to provide assistance on many levels to the impoverished members of the Lakota and Dakota people. Students in this trip will be involved with an array of projects including home repair, food distribution, community activities and childcare. In addition students will participate in cultural exchange via opportunities to learn more of the history and traditions of the Sioux nation.

Douthat State Park, Millboro, Virginia 

-Departing from North Union Door (Cafe) 7am Sunday, March 8th, arrange to be on campus on time
-Returning to Valpo Sunday, March 15th time to be determined by team

Focus Area: Hiking and Trail Maintenance


Students will be traveling to Douthat State Park and working on maintaining the trails in the park. The AHS’ website promises to “combine day hiking, trail work, exploration, crew camaraderie, and FUN into a weeks time”

Urban Services Project in Memphis, Tennessee 

-Departing from North Union Door (Cafe) 9am Sunday, March 1st- Arrange for extended Housing
-Returning to Valpo Saturday, March 7th Time to be determined by team

Focus Area: Fraternity and Sorority Members


Service is a central element to the fraternity and sorority experience, and on this trip participants will engage in many areas of service in an urban setting. Participants on this trip will also tour  three fraternity/sorority headquarters that are based in Memphis, Tennessee as well as a visit to the Civil Rights Museum.

Habitat For Humanity in Gulfport Mississippi 

-Departing from North Union Door (Cafe) 8:30am Saturday, February 28th
-Traveling with New Orleans Team to Memphis for overnight stay at Immanuel Lutheran Church
-Will arrive back in Memphis on Friday March 6th and then depart for Valpo the following morning
-Returning to Valpo Saturday, March 7th, time to be determined by team

Focus Area: Construction


Students on this trip will be working with Gulfport Habitat for Humanity to build a new home in the area. Participants will have an amazing possibility  to work with and connect with the population they are serving.

 

 

For More Information Regarding Spring Break Trips:

What to Expect

Expectations of Participants

Frequently Asked Questions

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Contact Information

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Carolyn E. Whittier, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life, Leadership & Volunteer Programs
carolyn.whittier@valpo.edu

Debbie Lowenthal
Executive Assistant
debbie.lowenthal@valpo.edu