Current Service Trip Information

Please note that since Easter falls over Tour Week, some trips aren’t leaving until after the holiday on Monday morning. Apply accordingly.

Trips Leaving on April 19:

Children Refugees in the United States of America – Refugee Resettlement
This trip will focus on providing service to an organization that shelters refugee children from Spanish speaking countries, primarily Central and South America. Through our service, we will help the organization to create an environment that can nurture the children who have left their families and come to the United States in search of a better life for them and their families. It is strongly advised that participants in this trip speak Spanish as the refugees speak very little to no English.
Leaders: Kaitlin McElroy & Chantal Knepper
Advisor: Ashley Lang

“New York is a Sucked Orange” – Ralph Waldo Emerson – Disaster Relief & Youth Development
This trip will include two parts. First we will be assisting with various rebuilding and revitalization activities in homes in the Rockaways with Friends of Rockaway. Friends of Rockaway is a non-profit residential rebuilding organization with the goal of helping residents in need to rebuild their homes. They focus specifically on the Rockaway Peninsula and they depend heavily on grant funding and volunteer groups that come to Rockaway to donate their time and learn about the community. The second part will involve working with the Junior Achievers (JA) program in an elementary school in the Bronx area. The volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. This trip is open to all majors.
Leaders: Brenna Lien & Lindo Simelane
Advisor: Dr. Bechtel

Serving Young Knights – Youth Development
We will be working with the Youth Service Opportunity Program(YSOP) helping young people become part of the solution to societal problems by showing them how even their smallest actions can make a difference in the lives of others. We will work with former homeless young adults, help prepare and distribute food at food pantries, do diverse activities with the participants of the program and so on.
Leaders: Braulia Carlos & Lindi-K Matse
Advisor: Lisa Nelson

Trips Leaving on April 21:

Building Hope by Building Homes – Affordable Housing & Faith
This trip will be traveling to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to work with the local Habitat for Humanity chapter in the area.  An organization dedicated to providing affordable housing for families with lower incomes, Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to helping deserving individuals.  As we will be aiding in the erection of a home there will be opportunities for caulking, drywall, insulation, painting, trimming, and construction.  We also look forward to building relationships with the family of the home and other members of the Winston-Salem community. 
*Sponsored by Student Alumni Council (STALC) this trip will also include an opportunity for students to network with alumni from the Winston-Salem area during our visit.
Leaders: Anna McMullen & Kathryn Werner
Advisor: Abbie Smith

Feed My Starving Children – Hunger & Youth Development
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship these meals to nearly 70 countries around the world.
Leaders: Fatima Pai & Kofi Manteaw
Advisor: Yvonne Ayesiga

Melting Pot of Colorado – Hunger & Affordable Housing
We will be traveling to Denver, CO to serve in multiple places! First on our agenda is preparing a meal for the individuals at the Ronald McDonald House. Secondly, we will be lending a hand to the Denver Rescue Mission. To end the week, we will be helping with a build for Habitat for Humanity. We have scheduled in a day of FUN as well with plans to attend a Colorado Rockies game! We are extremely excited to be able to help three different organizations!
Leaders: Paige Homyak & Jordan Higgins
Advisor: Angie Shaffer

Preserving Tradition and Culture of Native Americans – Native American Rights
The objective of this service trip is to learn the value of contribution as well as teamwork by being an avid participant in protecting and promoting history of Saponi and Siouan-speaking Indians who occupy the Piedmont of North Carolina. The organization that we would be working with is Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, providing social, economic, and educational resources, opportunities, and services that will contribute to the well-being of tribal community.
“CHANGE is not something you should wish to see, it is an ACTION you should INITIATE”
Leaders: Anh Nguyen & Selasi Ametewee
Advisor: Anna Epley

Winter Break (March 7-16)

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"Urban Mission Outreach"
Topic(s): Homelessness, Hunger, Faith
Leaders: Tawanda Murinda (’15) & Selasi Ametewee (’15)
Advisor: Ruth Tibbott
Come experience the beauty of St. Louis while reaching out to the homeless. Volunteer at the local food bank, provide community meals and take part in a "walk" around the streets of St. Louis. Experience service in an urban setting. Deepen your faith as well through fellowship.

“If You Build It, They Will Come”
Topic(s): Affordable Housing
Leaders: Marcus Schmidt (’15) & Robert Seubert (’15)
Advisor: Tanya Derner
We will be working with Habitat for Humanity to help provide affordable housing for lower income families in the San Antonio, Texas area.  We will be working hand and hand with these families and will have the opportunity to connect and socialize with the families that we are building for.  There are plenty of opportunities to work on this trip including painting, trimming, building, caulking, and helping others.

Not just an ordinary day, we’re doing it the Heifer Way!
Topic(s): Hunger
Leaders: Sam Lippens (’15) & Jill Sadler (’15)
Advisor: Allyson Rafanello
Our trip will be heading down south to Perryville, Arkansas where we will be engaging in service and learning at Heifer Ranch! Heifer Ranch is part of the Heifer International project with a mission to, “work with communities to end hunger, and poverty, and care for the Earth.” Our volunteering will engage us in hands on service and activities to fuel this mission. Come prepared to experience what true ranch life is like!  Best start practicing your southern drawl!

Going Green for the Greater Good: Urban Farming in the Inner-City
Topic(s): Sustainability/Environmental Awareness/Food Security
Leaders: Sarah Kielly (’15) & Kellie Solberg (’15)
Advisor: Anne Duncan
The purpose of this trip is for students to focus on sustainability, environmental awareness and food security issues.  Skills learned on this trip can be applied to the Wartburg-Waverly community, and also in students’ hometowns.  We will be constructing and planting raised garden beds and helping out at an after-school art program.  The Urban Farming Guys is a nonprofit organization that provides sustainable resources within inner-city communities.  Projects this organization is doing includes community gardens, aquaponics, composting, and urban backyard farming.  We hope this trip will inspire others to recognize the importance of food security and poverty within their communities and take action.

James River Blues
Topic(s): Environmental Awareness
Leaders: Connor Sheagren (’14) & Abby Shannon (’14)
Advisor: Kip Ladage
This trip will be going to James River St. Park in Virginia.  We will be working on updating and maintaining a children’s natural play area.  There may also be work on maintaining trails and cleaning various facilities throughout

Disaster & Diversity - New Orleans the Second Chapter”
Topic(s): Disaster Relief
Leaders: Rachel Kleitsch (’15)
Advisor: TBA
This season a typical work week would include: one day of work at the Louisiana Nature Center doing trail clearing, invasive species removal and tree planting. Two days of working at our two plant nurseries. One day of doing a planting project which often includes rides on airboats and other motor boats. And one day of work restoring historic Fort Pike and Fort Macomb. Both forts were built in the 1820's and are situated along the Gulf of Mexico to the east of New Orleans. Volunteers will get to excavate portions of the fort that have been buried and any volunteers with masonry skills can work on patching the old bricks. This work site is only a short ride to the beach where we can do some post work BBQ!

Service in the Mountain
Topic(s): Disaster Relief
Leaders: Geoffrey Adams (’14) & Mullohoji Juraev (’16)
Advisor: TBA
This service trip will be going to Estes Park, CO. We will be working with the local YMCA on helping the community recover from recent floods. This will involve cleaning property, helping the local school, and whatever else is available at the time. We will also be part of a church café.