Service Trips

Service trips 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 trips.

Nicaragua

Jan. 9-16, 2016

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 approximately $1,400-$1,500, depending on airfare. This 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 18-22, 2016

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.

Washington, D.C.

Held in March 2015, this service trip allowed students to experience a different culture, serve a new community and expand their knowledge about the many social issues facing Washington, D.C. Students stayed at a United Methodist Church and participated in service projects. The group also toured the city through an urban plunge and visited museums, monuments and ethic restaurants.