Learn to serve, serve to learn

It’s more than a missions trip. It goes beyond charity and volunteerism. Service-learning at Calvin is a whole way of experiencing and understanding the world. It’s learning to serve your community with a heart that’s always open to learning new things. Think you know why people are poor? Serve dinner at a homeless shelter and prepare to hear some mind-blowing stories. Want to help refugees learn English? Expect to be blessed as your pupils introduce you to the cultures of Bosnia and Eritrea. In the end, you’ll have a whole new way to think about the world and your role in it.

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Service-Learning Center
Explore the mission and values behind Calvin’s commitment to service, as well as a full list of service opportunities.

Quick Facts
  • 1,854

    students participated in service learning projects in 2015–16

  • 12

    spring break service learning trips in 2015–16

  • 99%

    of students participate in service-learning opportunities

Ways to serve

Opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ are endless. From weekly community service to once-in-a-lifetime trips, there are all sorts of ways to get involved.


As a new student, spend one day of orientation doing service learning in Grand Rapids. Learn more.

Academically-based service learning

Join with classmates in a project that gives you service experience related to your class subject. Learn more.

Residence hall community partnerships

Work at a community organization that has partnered with your residence hall. Learn more.

Spring break trips

Spend a week serving and learning at one of 13 locations across the country. Learn more.

Find your own opportunity

Find an opportunity that fits your interests and schedule. Search opportunities.


Our Stories

Looking to make a difference during spring break?

Looking to make a difference during spring break?

We don't call them "mission trips," but each spring break Calvin students travel across the country to serve. Find out what they do and what they learn in the process.

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Calvin receives highest federal recognition for service-learning

Calvin receives highest federal recognition for service-learning

Calvin College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Learn to lead

If you discover that service-learning is a passion, you may want to consider inspiring others to get involved.

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