Spring Break Trips

Spring break trips

Entering a context

Where have we gone?
Take a look at the list below to explore all of our 2016 trips. Click the headers to see details about the experience.

Spring break trips allow a unique opportunity to enter into a different context for a week. By exploring a new city or community, students are faced with the challenge of slowing down, looking others in the eyes and resting in the peace that knows our God is faithful beyond the context we call our own. Plan to be encouraged by community members whose feet are firmly planted in the hope of their context, and prepare to be invited into this hope. These trips are specifically aimed at promoting the education, spiritual growth and vocational understanding of participating students. So, don’t be afraid to see what wonderful opportunities await you on a service-learning spring break trip.

You will travel with student leaders, faculty or staff mentors, and other students. The trips incorporate a service component, outings to discover the community, and group reflection time. These trips are just as much about learning as they are about serving. So, come ready to be transformed by the people you're going to meet.

Spring break 2014 trips montage
Spring Break 2014 Montage

Cost

Trip participants pay $400, which covers all costs related to transportation, lodging, meals and organizational fees.

Give

We offer trips at reduced rates and offer financial assistance thanks to generous gifts from alumni, friends, family members, and congregations. You can support spring break trips too.

Register

To register, complete the application found here.

Contact

To contact the Spring Break Trips Coordinator, email slc@calvin.edu with “ATTN: Jake” in the subject line.

 

Trips for 2017

Coal Mining and Appalachian Culture

SPACE AVAILABLE

Travel to the Big Laurel Learning Center and encounter the economic, social, and environmental impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on a rural community. Gain a truly unique insight into the daily life and culture of Appalachia from lifelong residents. Explore the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains through hiking and through stories told by residents who have been on these mountains their entire lives.

Location:

Kermit, West Virginia
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Student reflections

Social and Racial Reconciliation

SPACE AVAILABLE

The Mendenhall Ministries (TMM) was founded in 1962 in response to the appalling conditions faced by the poor black community in this rural Mississippi area. The vision attracted many concerned people, and grew into a ministry known for providing progressive local leadership within the community to address problems of poor housing, segregated and unequal education, lack of employment opportunities, and lack of capital-trapping institutions within the black community. Join TMM in their work of community development by helping with youth camps, restoring farms and buildings, and participating in various other projects that address community needs.

Location:

Mendenhall, Mississippi
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Food, Community and Creativity in a Rural City

SPACE AVAILABLE

You don’t have to go far on Spring Break to make a difference. Join *culture is not optional as they work to impact their own community of Three Rivers. Work to transform Huss School from an abandoned and forgotten piece of history to a new and vibrant community center. Spend afternoons exploring the community and the dynamics that shape small town America: farms, businesses, arts, journalism, etc. In the evenings stay at the Hermitage, a beautifully converted barn on 62 acres of rich, Southwest Michigan land.

Reflections on the trip:
Three Rivers by Erin Smith

Location:

Three Rivers, Michigan
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Student reflections

Ministry among People in Cycles of Poverty and Storm Damage

SPACE AVAILABLE

Work with Hope Community Church in partnership with the Bayou Baptist Association, a community that Calvin students have been visiting since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. Experience the environmental and cultural beauty of southern Louisiana while encountering the struggles faced by its residents every day. Learn from the marginalized Houma tribe and other local residents about the impact that hurricanes have on daily life in the region and think critically about what can be done to help.

Reflections on the trip:
Houma by Jennie Hartstein

Location:

Houma, Louisiana
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Student reflections

Adults with Intellectual Disabilities

SPACE AVAILABLE

Travel to L’Arche community in Mobile, AL and experience life intentionally for a week. Join L’Arche as they live out their mission of making known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships. Participate with the L’Arche residents in evening meals and other daily life activities. Work may also include spring cleaning, painting, and yard work.

Location:

Mobile, Alabama
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Student reflections

Ministry in a Hurricane-Prone Coastal Community

SPACE AVAILABLE

Spend a week working with the First Baptist Church of Grand Isle. Experience the environmental and cultural beauty of southern Louisiana while encountering the struggles faced by its residents every day. Learn about ministry to transient oil rig workers, shrimpers, and tourists, and those few who stay year-round to keep the community going.

Reflections on the trip:
Grand Isle blog post by Alegria (Allie) Klink

Location:

Grand Isle, Louisiana
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Student reflections

Farming and Intentional Christian Community

SPACE AVAILABLE

Live on a rural Georgia farm for week and learn what it means to farm in the US in the 21st century. Participate with Koinonia Farm (the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity), an intentionally multi-racial community, as they strive to connect their faith with the way they farm and the things they eat. Think critically about food and farming issues in the US and what the implications are for the choices that are made, both by industrial farms as well as by you and your food choices.

Location:

Americus, Georgia
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Student reflections

Christian Community Development

SPACE AVAILABLE

Travel to the home of Rev. John Perkins and partner with The John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation. Help the Foundation fulfill their mission to transform lives in West Jackson, Mississippi. Explore the principles of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), including reconciliation and servant leadership.

Only open to John M. Perkin's Leadership Fellows

Reflections on the trip:
Jackson by Chimes
Jackson by Sarah Stripp

Location:

Jackson, Mississippi
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Urban Community Development

SPACE AVAILABLE

Work with The Pittsburgh Project and join in their mission to love their community. Work will be focused on home repair for vulnerable homeowners in the inner city. Students will also engage and explore the urban culture of Pittsburgh and critical issues such as racial reconciliation and inclusion.

Location:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Student reflections

Racial Reconciliation and Community Development

SPACE AVAILABLE

Spend a week with Sunshine Gospel Ministries on the south side of Chicago in their BridgeBuilders program, fulfilling their motto of "Listen. Learn. Serve. Return." Engage the Gospel issues of race, class, and poverty through daily lessons and discussions, work projects, and venturing out into the city to get the pulse of what is going on where the people are. In the past Calvin students have volunteered in neighborhood churches, the Chicago public and private Christian schools, working with Sunshine's afterschool youth program, and also various construction projects.

CCE credit is an option

Location:

Chicago, Illinois
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Student reflections

Trail Maintenance in the National Parks

SPACE AVAILABLE

SPACE AVAILABLE

Work with Trails Forever to repair and restore some of the 800+ miles of trails in Smoky Mountain National Park, the most visited park in the National Park system. Camp within the park for the week, cook over the campfire, and hike the beautiful mountains.

Location:

Smoky Mountains National Park
Cherokee, North Carolina
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Disaster Relief with World Renew

SPACE AVAILABLE

Join with World Renew – Disaster Response Services to provide relief after a natural disaster. Also spend time engaging local community members and historical sites to delve into the historical, economic, and social forces that have shaped the region.

Location:

Highland Park, New Jersey
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Urban Leadership and Community Development

SPACE AVAILABLE

SPACE AVAILABLE

Join CityLights, a ministry of Restore St. Louis, to learn about community development in an urban setting by working alongside urban missionaries, learning about the neighborhood, and immersing in scripture on topics such as poverty, injustice, racism, and structural oppression. You will also join the ministry in service to one or more of its many partners and programs supporting the people of St. Louis.