Participant Expectations and Results

What You Can Expect?

  • We will provide a variety of opportunities for participants to be involved in "hands on" service throughout the week of the trip;
  • We will enforce a "zero tolerance" policy for alcohol and/or drug use during the experience;
  • We will strive to involve students from the diverse backgrounds that represent the campus community;
  • We will provide you with trained student leaders who will help orientate and prepare you for the experience;
  • We will provide educational opportunities prior to, during, and after the experience that expose you to the social issues we will be addressing;
  • We will provide any necessary skills/training, although some training may take place on site;
  • We will provide a safe and welcoming environment for reflection, whether personal or as a group;
  • We will provide information after your return to campus to help translate this experience into a lifelong commitment to service; and
  • We will strive to provide a sense of community and trust within the group.
What We Expect From You: 
  • You will attempt to participate in all activities for which you are physically and emotionally able;
  • Your will agree to and abide by all service trip policies including
    • You will not use or condone the use of alcohol and/or drugs during the experience;
    • You will attend and participate in all preparation meetings to learn about your group members, agencies you will be serving, and the issues you will face; 
    • You will participate in a post trip service activity upon your return. You will respect the cultural, social, economic, spiritual, and other backgrounds of the group and try to understand their point of view;
  • You will ask any questions you have about the experience, its goals or components;
  • You will participate in any necessary skills training to prevent injury to yourself, group members, or agency clients;
  • You will keep an open mind in group discussions, contribute any thoughts, ideas, and emotions and uphold confidentiality for shared experiences/information;
  • You will commit to staying with the group for the entire trip, even through adversity.

2011-2012 Survey Results:

  • Service
    • 97.6% of service trip participants agree that volunteer services will help develop their leadership skills
    • 93.8% of service trip participants agree that they developed a greater sense of personal responsibility through their service trip
    • 85% of service trip participants agree that there are things they now know they can do to solve social problems
  • Leadership
    • 97.6% of service trip participants agree that volunteer services will help develop their leadership skills
    • 85% of service trip participants agree that there are things they now know they can do to solve social problems
  • Faith
    • 67.5% of service trip participants agree that their faith was an important component to their reflection about their service trip experience
  • Learning
    • 92.5% of service trip participants agree that they learned something new about themselves on their service trip
    • 80.1% of service trip participants agree that they are able to connect their service trip experience to their major and/or related coursework
    • 88.5% of service trip participants agree that they now have a desire to learn about the need in their own home communities at the conclusion of their service trip