Service Trip FAQs

Who participates on a trip?
Most trips will consist of 2 student trip leaders, 7-12 student participants & 1 faculty/staff advisor. Here is a video with information about a variety of service trips.

What issues might you be working with?
Trips have worked with a variety of issues in the past. Some of those issues include:

  • Affordable Housing
  • Disaster Relief
  • Education/After School Programming
  • Environmental/Sustainability 
  • Homelessness/Poverty
  • Homelessness/Poverty
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Native Americans
  • Women's Domestic Violence    
  • Persons with Disabilities
  • GLBTQ Youth

What does it cost?
The cost per trip varies. Check out the trip information overview. If you are experiencing a financial hardship and need assistance with paying the program fee please see the instructions for applying for a reduced application fee.

Where might you go?
We try to stay within an 1500 mile radius but our trips travel all over the United States. Check out our current trips under the Trip Information tab to find out where we have been in the past check out this map. 

How does participant selection work?

  1. Potential Participants will fill out an application by the deadline. Well-organized, concise, original, and insightful applications are looked upon favorably.
  2. The executive board will sort applications based on issue interest rankings. Participants should recognize they are ap
    plying for the service trip experience not a specific trip. Participants cannot be guaranteed placement based on their rankings.
  3. The Eboard will review all applicants and make selections based on: reasons for participating; expression of commitment; group dynamics and cohesion; personal qualifiers (i.e. Age, Gender, Major, Previous experience, etc); importance of issue; and site limit of participants
  4. Participants will learn their trip placement through attending the "Big Reveal Event". See the calendar for dates.
  5. If more participants apply than there are spots, participants will be placed on a waiting list and added to trips should spots become available.
  6. In the event that a participant would rather be placed on another trip (i.e. issue based reasons, participant conflict or a medical condition), the participant must inform their current trip leaders. The trip leaders will then work with the eboard on possible arrangements. Placement on another trip cannot be guaranteed. Reasonable accommodations will be made for students with medical conditions.