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.
The Office of Community Service and the Mercy Center for Spiritual Life will co-sponsor this alternative spring break to provide students the opportunity to give back to the community. In 2013, students completed service projects throughout Rhode Island with partners such as the Rhode Island Food Bank, St. Mary's Home for Children and the Salvation Army. For more information, like the Office of Community Service on Facebook or stop by the office in McAuley Hall, Room 209-210.
Click here to see the video from the 2013 trip.
Service Trip Application
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 will 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 will learn to communicate with the children through other means.
The total cost will be approximately $1,400-$1,500, depending on airfare.
"The trip to Nicaragua was my first real international experience. The country is so different from the United States and it is beautiful. I would have to say that one of the greatest things about the country is how friendly and accepting the people there are. They love to talk to you and take the time to try and understand what you are saying and communicate with you. That is so rare to find here, that it was refreshing while we were there. The country and people are filled with so much love, that leaving them after only a week was so hard." - Vittoria Penna, 2014 service trip participant
"I really connected with a young, deaf teenager named Brayan. My first impression of him was that he didn't like me because when I approached him and said 'hi,' he didn't say anything. After realizing that he was deaf, things made a lot more sense and I began to develop a relationship with him through sign language and other hand gestures. Brayan is my inspiration, and I am constantly hoping that one day he will get to live the life he has always dreamed of." - Alex DiMauro, 2014 service trip participant
Click here to see the video from the 2014 trip.