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.

Alternative Spring Break

March 6-10, 2015

Have you ever wanted to volunteer in the community but can't seem to find the time or the right opportunity? What if you could do that among old and new friends alike? Join us for the Alternative Spring Break, an opportunity for students to give up a portion of their break to volunteer in and around Rhode Island. Students will remain on campus and travel to locations throughout Aquidneck Island and the state. All food and transportation provided.

Washington, D.C.

March 11-15, 2015

This service trip will allow students to experience a different culture, serve a new community and expand their knowledge about the many social issues facing Washington, D.C.

Along with chaperones Shannon Finnell and Jivanto van Hemert, the students will stay at a United Methodist Church and participate in service projects that may include serving food in soup kitchens, sorting clothes, playing with children in after-school programs and painting. The group will also tour the city through an urban plunge and visit museums, monuments and ethic restaurants.

  • Mandatory pre-departure meeting: Monday, March 2 at 5 p.m.

May Break

May 18-23, 2015

Interested in making a difference beyond the Newport community and Rhode Island? Join us for a trip to northern New Hampshire, where we will work with a variety of community organizations. Students will experience need in a new setting while learning about the community and taking on several adventure activities.

Students will travel by van to Copper Cannon Camp in Bethlehem, N.H. for a week of service and adventure. The cost is $220, which includes accommodations, meals, project supplies, a moose tour and an adventure activity. Interested students are invited to attend an information session in Wakehurst, Room 201 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 3.

  • May Break application
  • Applications due: 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18
  • Decisions announced: Friday, March 20
  • Payment due: Wednesday, March 31
  • Mandatory pre-trip meeting: Tuesday, April 21


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.