Spring Break Trips

Spring break trips

Trips that transform

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Step fully into a subject area that you're interested in, whether that is disaster relief, intentional community, urban ministry, restorative justice, or more. Delve into a community for a week and come back changed. These trips are specifically aimed at promoting the education and personal growth of participating students. Some students develop long-term relationships with their spring break partnering organization, while others develop a new personal interest. So don't be afraid to see what wonderful opportunities await you on a Service-Learning Spring Break Trip.

Pick from one of many places to serve such as Chicago, West Virginia, Louisiana, or rural Michigan. You will travel with student leaders, faculty or staff mentors, and other students. The trips incorporate a service component, outings to discover the community, and group reflection time. These trips are just as much about learning as they are about serving, so come ready to be transformed by the people you're going to meet.

This year's theme is Stepping Out. James Hunter, in his book "To Change the World," writes that Jesus' call to "go into all the world" has both geographic and social implications. Geographically, Christians must engage the world near and far. Socially, Christians must engage the world in all realms: "Skilled and unskilled labor, the crafts, engineering, commerce, art, law, architecture, teaching, health care, and service." This year's service-learning trips introduce students from all major and walks of life to new and meaningful ways to engage the world.

Cost

All spring break trip participants will pay $400, which covers all costs related to transportation, lodging, meals and organizational fees.

Apply

All trips are full. Wait list applications are available at the Service-Learning Center!

Contact

Questions? Get in touch with Nic Scobey, our Spring Break coordinator.

Read about Spring Break 2012 trips »


Check Out This Year's Trips

Coal Mining and Appalachian Culture

FULL

Travel to the Big Laurel Learning Center and encounter the economic, social, and environmental impacts of Mountaintop Removal coal mining on a rural community. Gain a truly unique insight into the daily life and culture of Appalachia from lifelong residents. Explore the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains through hiking and through stories told by residents who have been on these mountains their whole lives.

Location:

Kermit, West Virginia
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Student reflections

Social and Racial Reconciliation

FULL

The Mendenhall Ministries was founded in 1962 in response to the appalling conditions faced by the poor black community in this rural Mississippi area. The vision attracted many concerned people, and grew into a ministry known for providing progressive local leadership within the community to address problems of poor housing, segregated and unequal education, lack of employment opportunities, and lack of capital-trapping institutions within the black community.

CCE credit is an option

Location:

Mendenhall, Mississippi
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Work with a Residential Treatment Center for At-Risk Adolescents

FULL

Join the Florence Crittenton Agency as they strive to come alongside and help at-risk adolescents in Knoxville, TN. Experience the courage of women who are determined to re-claim their lives from the grip of addiction, a harmful relationship, or poor life choices. Open your heart to the broken and hurt and come back changed. Work will include spring cleaning, painting and all kinds of yard work.

Trip is only open to women

Location:

Knoxville, Tennessee
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Student reflections

Food, Community and Creativity in a Rural City

FULL

You don’t have to go far on Spring Break to make a difference. Join Rob and Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma at *culture is not optional as they work to impact their own community of Three Rivers. Work to transform Huss School from an abandoned and forgotten piece of history to a new and vibrant community center. Spend afternoons exploring the community and the dynamics that shape small town America: farms, businesses, arts, journalism, etc. In the evenings stay at the Hermitage, a beautifully converted barn on 62 acres of rich, Southwest Michigan land.

Location:

Three Rivers, Michigan
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Student reflections

Ministry among People in Cycles of Poverty and Storm Damage

FULL

Work with Hope Community Church in partnership with the Bayou Baptist Association, a community that Calvin students have been visiting since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Experience the environmental and cultural beauty of southern Louisiana while encountering the struggles faced by its residents every day. Learn from the marginalized Houma tribe about the impact that hurricanes have on daily life in the region and think critically about what can be done to help.

Location:

Houma, Louisiana
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Student reflections

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

FULL

Travel to L’Arche community in Mobile, AL and experience life intentionally for a week. Join L’Arche as they live out their mission of making known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. Participate with the L’Arche residents in evening meals and other daily life activities. Work may also include spring cleaning, painting and all kinds of yard work.

Location:

Mobile, Alabama
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Student reflections

Ministry in a Hurricane-Prone Coastal Community

FULL

Work with the First Baptist Church of Grand Isle through the Bayou Baptist Association. Experience the environmental and cultural beauty of southern Louisiana while encountering the struggles faced by its residents every day. Learn about ministry to transient oil rig workers, shrimpers and tourists and those few who stay year-round to keep the community going.

Location:

Grand Isle, Louisiana
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Student reflections

Farming and Intentional Christian Community

FULL

Live on a rural Georgia farm for week and learn what it means to farm in the US in the 21st century. Participate with Koinonia Farm (the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity), an intentionally multi-racial community, as they strive to connect their faith with the way they farm and the things they eat. Think critically about food and farming issues in the US and what the implications are for the choices that are made, both by industrial farms as well as by you and your food choices.

Location:

Americus, Georgia
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Student reflections

Christian Community Development

FULL

Travel to the home of Rev. John Perkins and partner with The Spencer Perkins Center. Calvin students will help the Spencer Perkins Center fulfill their mission "to train and equip a new generation of indigenous leaders who are driven by the love of God to pass on the torch of reconciliation, community and youth development in West Jackson."

Only open to John M. Perkin's Leadership Fellows

Location:

Jackson, Mississippi
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Urban Community Development

FULL

Work with The Pittsburgh Project and join in their mission to love on the community. Work will be focused on home repair for vulnerable homeowners in the inner city. Students will also engage and explore the urban culture of Pittsburgh.

Location:

Pittsburgh, PA
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Student reflections

Racial Reconciliation and Poverty Alleviation

CANCELLED

Spend a week with Sunshine Gospel Ministries on the south side of Chicago and engage the Gospel issues of race, class and poverty through daily Bible lessons and discussions, work projects and venturing out into the city to get the pulse of what is going on where the people are. In the past Calvin students have volunteered in the Chicago Public Schools, a private Christian school, working with Sunshine's afterschool youth program and also various construction projects.

CCE credit is an option

Location:

Chicago, IL
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Student reflections