Service Immersion Trips
What service trips?
- Alternative Winter Break in early January,
- Alternative Spring Break in mid-March, and the
- International Service Experience and Mystery Service Trip in late April/early May.
Why service trips?
All of these trips provide students an opportunity to see the world in a different light, while offering service to those less fortunate. Participation gives students and colleagues a chance to live the charisms of the Sisters of Mercy and the Society of Jesus. It's a chance for direct service, combined with reflection on how our perspectives and hearts are touched by others. In this, they live out the Jesuit goal of education of being "men and women for others" and the Mercy tradition of "compassionate service to those in need."
Breakers Making Waves
"Spring break is a time of service for some UDM students"
ASB article in The Michigan Catholic!
In March 2009, students and Colleague Service Partners traveled to El Paso TX, Biloxi/Waveland MS, Sacramento CA, Mt. Pleasant SC and New Orleans LA. Students had the opportunity to learn new skills, but more importantly they realized that all people need love and care, no matter where they live.
View 2009 ASB Overview Video (.wmv)
This Winter, UDM students will travel to New Orleans, LA for disaster relief. During this trip students will accompany those who have been affected by natural disasters. In August 2005 and again seven years later, New Orleans and southern Louisiana were ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Isaac.New Orleans and the surrounding area, particularly Plaque mines Parish to the southeast, experienced harsh weather, flooding and high wind damage severely impacting the community.
For pictures from AWB, please visit our
University Ministry Facebook page.
- Milwaukee, Wi
- Detroit, MI
- Sacramento, CA
- Chicago, IL
- Salem, WV
- Pittsburgh, PA
Each site will focus on one issue of social justice: working with disabilities, hunger and homelessness, urban poverty, family issues, urban issues, and environmental sustainability.
|For pictures from ASB, please visit our University Ministry Facebook page.|
|For ASB blog entries courtesy of our 2011 Breakers, please click here.|
Right after finals, students will travel to Central America to work with communities in El Salvador. Jesuit Fr. Dean Brackley said of El Salvador, "First, it will break your heart, then you fall in love, then you're ruined for life." The history of El Salvador is a painful memory still lived very much in the present. The people of El Salvador still struggle to heal emotionally from a devastating civil war in the 1980s and continue to struggle in the midst of globalization. The story of the people of El Salvador is full of resilience and joy despite their despair and tragedy.
Mystery Service Trip
Right after finals, students will travel to a mystery location in the United States! Without knowing where they will go or what type of service they will engage, students cultivate their openness and trust, committing to service and accompaniment wherever it leads. We ask that you come as you are, with a heart prepared to enter an unfamiliar place. No details will be given until the week before the trip.