Service Retreats

Service retreats offer a unique opportunity for students to volunteer, experience a new culture, build community and reflect on their service experiences. The Office of Community Service invites students to live the mission of Salve Regina through these service programs. Students must complete an online application and schedule an interview for all service retreats.

Service Plunge

Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, 2016

Service Plunge provides new students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through active experiences. Through direct and indirect service, "plungees" learn the importance of service, social justice and civic engagement. They also meet community needs, identify and build upon community assets and share their experiences with the campus community.

This year's service sites are Child & Family and the Methodist Community Gardens.

Child & Family holds two core beliefs: That individuals and communities thrive when supported by strong families, and that a community works best when it accepts responsibility for all of its members. Service Plunge participants will be working with children in Child & Family's Sandpipers Early Learning Center.

Founded in 1996, the Methodist Community Garden annually donates thousands of pounds of vegetables to area soup kitchens, senior centers, shelters and food pantries, and last summer farm stands were set up around Aquidneck Island. Volunteer opportunities include digging, picking and caring for the gardens and working the farm stand.

Nicaragua

Jan. 7-14, 2017

Held annually during winter break, the Nicaragua service trip is run through Mustard Seed Communities, an organization that works with the local Catholic church to serve the needs of abandoned or orphaned children with mental and physical disabilities.

Participants work with children and young adults at Hogar Belen-Diriamba Orphanage while staying in a dorm-style mission cottage on the campus. A majority of the orphanage's residents cannot speak, so participants learn to communicate with the children through other means.

The cost is $1,700, which includes $950 (payable to Mustard Seed) for in-country transportation, housing accommodations, trip insurance, most meals and mission fees. Passport fees and vaccinations are separate.

Alternative Spring Break

March 2017

Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to give up a portion of their break to volunteer in and around Rhode Island. Students remain on campus and travel to locations throughout Aquidneck Island and the state.

Service Plunge 2.0

Spring 2017

Service Plunge 2.0 provides students with a challenging and fun opportunity to lead and learn through active experiences. Through direct and indirect service, "plungees" learn the importance of service, social justice and civic engagement. They also meet community needs, identify and build upon community assets, and share their experiences with the campus community.

Post-Orientation Service Experience (POSE)

June 2017

The Post-Orientation Service Experience offers first-year students an extended stay after their Orientation session. Participants immerse themselves in their new community by volunteering with Salve Regina's community partners.

Participants are led by upperclassman facilitators and staff from the Office of Community Service. In addition to service, students participate in leadership activities to learn more about the differences they can make once they arrive in Newport in the fall.