"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others"              Mahatma Ghandi

Service in college is about engaging our community to learn about the community, our neighbors, and ourselves. At Dickinson we intentionally take time to hit the pause button and reflect. We pause to take time to think about our service and make connections with current class work, future vocations and larger social justice issues within the community.

Service Trip Reflections 

Service Trip 2015-16

Students on a weekend service trip to Washington D.C.

Service trips are an intense time of service, bonding with teammates and engaging a new community. While on service trips, our ideals and values are tested, our comfort zones are stretched and our teams wrestle with privilege, power and inequities within the host communities.

Each service trip has two types of reflections. Nightly, the teams participate in a verbal reflection, sharing their perspectives about how they saw the day, what they experienced and issues of challenge. Additionally, team members write twice in the team journal. These writings help us take a step back and personally remember and reflect on the day, sharing moments that touched or challenged the author. At the end of the trip, these journals are complied and given to each team member.

We find ourselves when we serve others in neighborhoods far from Carlisle. These neighborhoods help us see what a new Carlisle or home communities could be. One day, one weekend, one week can change us.

2016 Service Trip Journal

Cameroon, January 2016

Georgia, Spring 2016

2015 Service Trip Journals 

Belize, January 2015

Georgia, Spring 2015

Alabama, Spring 2015

Detroit, Spring 2015

2014 Service Trip Journals

Ecuador, January 2014

Georgia, Spring 2014

Kentucky, Spring 2014

Alabama, Spring 2014

2013 Service Trip Journals

New Orleans, Winter 2013

South Carolina, Spring 2013

Alabama, Spring 2013

2012 Service Trip Journals

Dominican Republic, January 2012

South Carolina, March 2012

Alabama, March 2012

New Orleans, March 2012

Alabama, May 2012

2011 Service Trip Journals

Serve the World: Nashville TN, January 2011

Alternative Spring Break: Arizona, March 2011

Habitat for Humanity: Miami FL, March 2011

Serve the World: New Orleans LA, March 2011

2010 Service Trip Journals

Serve the World: Guatemala, January 2010

Serve the World Bonner Leaders: New Orleans Alumni Trip, May 2010