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. Trips are open to all students, and some have a focus population that is ideal for the trip.

Students interested in participating on a Spring Service Trip should apply HERE. The cost is $340.00 per person and the application deadline is December 4, 2014.

Each of the trips also has an opportunity for students to be a Service Trip Leader. This opportunity is for those students who have participated in a Spring Service Trip in the past wither through the University or through another organization.

Student interested in serving as a Spring Service Trip Leader should apply HERE. The cost for Student Leaders is $300.00 and the application deadline is November 13, 2014.


Faculty and Staff interested in completing an Advisor Application should apply HERE.


2015 Spring Service Trip Descriptions:

Camp Restore in New Orleans, Louisiana

February 28 - March 7, 2015

Focus Area: First Year Student

This trip provides 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 is a wealth of different service experiences available.

Arkansas Dream Center in Little Rock, Arkansas

March 1-7, 2014

Focus Area: Tornado Relief Project

The vision of the Arkansas Dream Center is to see thousands of hurting people come to know a new life through the efforts of our staff, volunteers, and recently rehabilitated individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. Participants on this trip will specifically be working on a tornado relief project assisting families that have been directly impacted by the recent tornadoes in Arkansas.

Christian Appalachian Project in Martin, Kentucky

March 1-7, 2015

Focus Area: Faith Based Service

At  Christian Appalachian Project’s annual WorkFest, students will serve in teams to repair substandard housing and build new homes for low-income families in eastern Kentucky. No prior building or construction experience is needed, there will be jobs for people of all skill levels. This program has an ecumenical Christian focus and morning and evening devotionals will be a part of the programming for the week.

Tree of Life at Rosebud Reservation in Mission, South Dakota

March 8-15, 2015

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 there will be chances for cultural exchange via opportunities to learn more of the history and traditions of the Sioux nation.

Restoration Ministries in Harvey, Illinois

March 9-15, 2015

Focus Area: Faith Based

Restoration Ministries focuses on providing assistance to those dealing with addictions as well as disadvantaged youth and teens. Students on this trip will be helping with the running and upkeep of Restoration Ministries resale shop, interacting with residents of their men’s and women’s rehabilitation centers, and working with after school tutoring programs and their food pantry.

Douthat State Park, Millboro, Virginia

March 8-15, 2015

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

March 1-7, 2015

Focus Area: Fraternity and Sorority Members

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

Rebuild Pearlington in Pearlington, Mississippi

February 28 - March 7, 2015

Focus Area: Experienced Service Trip Adventurers

Students on this trip will be working closely with a local church to provide much needed repairs to homes in the area. This trip provides an amazing possibility for people to work with and connect with the population they are serving.  

Habitat For Humanity in Gulfport Mississippi

February 28 - March 7, 2015

Focus Area: Construction

Students on this trip will be working with Gulfport Habitat for Humanity to build a new home in the area. This trip provides an amazing possibility for people 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

Contact Information

Contact Information

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Carolyn E. Whittier, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students for Greek Life, Leadership & Volunteer Programs

Debbie Lowenthal
Executive Assistant