Applications for our 2015 Winter Break Service trip to Belize are now available! Click here to download your application!

Service trips immerse students and staff in communities throughout the US and abroad to empower others to see their circumstances and help meet their needs. Students will confront underlying societal needs by asking questions and making real connections between their academics and lived experiences. Before, during and after service trips students engage in intentional reflection to make sense of their observations, develop inter-group friendships on a deeper level, and enhance their identities as engaged citizens.

At Dickinson three student groups organize multiple service trip opportunities annually. These trips can include a weekend of service in the fall, an international trip, several options over spring break, and a summer trip. Dickinson faculty and administrators also participate in each trip, serving side by side with students and strengthening the Dickinson community. If you have any questions, please contact servicetrips@dickinson.edu or volunteer@dickinson.edu (during the summer months).

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Service Trip to Philadelphia

Service Trip to Philadelphia.

2014-2015 Service Trips

Winter Break Trip:

  • Belize (January 2015)

Spring Break Trips:

  • Upper Sand Mountain, Alabama (March 7th-15th)
  • Greenwood, South Carolina (March 7th-15th)
  • Macon, Georgia (March 7th-15th)

Weekend LGBTQ Trip:

  • New York, NY (April 2015)

 

May Trip:

  • Arizona and New Mexico 

 

Service Trip Applications

2014-2015 Service Trip Coordinators have now been chosen! Please stay tuned for Service Trip applications for the upcoming year.

Questions? Contact servicetrips@dickinson.edu

Service Trip Outcomes

Why go on a service trip? Why take your vacation and help others? Why pay and raise all this money?

Each year an annual survey is completed by trip participants to gather comments, suggestions and reflections. Service trips help one to:

  • enhance cultural understandings
  • develop skills in leadership and emotional intelligence 
  • increase self realization of strengths 
  • increase ability to articulate personal values and life priorities
  • see areas of need in home community in a new light 
  • become more engaged in community service upon return to Dickinson

Past Service Trips

FOCUSING ON ALLEVIATING POVERTY
New York City (weekend), Wheeling, WV (fall pause), Miami, FL(spring break)

FOCUSING ON DISASTER RELIEF
New Orleans, LA (spring break), Pisgah, AL(summer), Nashville, TN (January break)

FOCUSING ON INTERFAITH SERVICE
Philadelphia, PA (weekend), Harlan County, KY (spring break)

FOCUSING ON EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT
Cuenca, Ecuador (January break), Black River Jamaica (January break), San Pedro Guatemala (January break), Puerto Plato Dominican Republic (January break)

FOCUSING ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Macon, GA (spring break), Greenwood, SC (spring break) Philadelphia (weekend), Washington, DC (weekend), Pisgah, AL (spring break)

Guidebooks

Every student and administrator applying for a Dickinson service trip must read the appropriate service trip guidebook. These guidebooks cover everything from expectations to meals to team dynamics. These guidebooks also share quotes from past participants, thoughts on the trip process, and aim to answer all your questions about a service trip at Dickinson. While these are not specific to each trip, the basic format and outline is used in every service trip at Dickinson.

Every student and administrator applying for a Dickinson service trip must read the appropriate service trip guidebook. These guidebooks cover everything from expectations to meals to team dynamics. These guidebooks also share quotes from past participants, thoughts on the trip process, and aim to answer all your questions about a service trip at Dickinson. While these are not specific to each trip, the basic format and outline is used in every service trip at Dickinson.

This must be read by every service trip participant before participating in any service trip.

Student Service Trip Guidebook (pdf)

Administrator Service Trip Guidebook (pdf)