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Trip Information

Hurricane Recovery: Puerto Rico

Jan 25 – 31, 2020

Transportation: Air, from General Mitchell Airport

Cost: $1,500

Organization/Service Work: This trip will be working with the continuous efforts to address the impact of Hurricane Maria. Projects will vary, but may include construction, painting, and environmental restoration.

Lodging: Bunkhouse style accommodations.

Food: All volunteers are provided continental breakfast, brown bag lunches and dinners that are prepared by local cooks and are typical Puerto Rican family style meals. Meals are not provided on the days we are traveling.

Special Considerations: 

  • This trip includes hiking, walking, physical service work that takes place in a climate that is approximately 80 degrees.
  • Filtered water is available to all participants
  • Participants must be able to attend a retreat during the January interim.

Service and Leadership: Black Mountain, NC

March 22 – 27, 2020

Transportation: Vans, one night’s stay at a hotel each way

Cost: $500

Organization/Service Work: The Blue Ridge Assembly YMCA will be working with area agencies to arrange service experiences in the area. Each day may be working with different organizations. Issues that might be addressed includes poverty, homelessness, environmental stewardship, food insecurity, crisis services, and veterans’ services.

Lodging: Our group will be staying in one of the all-season cabins at the YMCA. Cabins have stone fireplaces, room heaters, and comfortable porches with rocking chairs. Bedrooms have a combination of single and bunk beds. Each bedroom has linens provided. The bathrooms have towels, wash cloths, toilet paper, and hand soap, but please remember to pack your own shampoo/conditioner.

Food: Most meals are provided. Many meals will take place at camp, on service days lunch will be brown bag style. We do plan to eat two meals out in North Carolina. Those will be an additional expense as are meals while traveling to and from North Carolina.

Special Considerations:

  • This trip includes a ropes course experience at the YMCA

Diversity and Inclusion: Atlanta, GA

March 22 – 27, 2020

Transportation: Vans

Cost: $400

Organization/Service Work: Students will be staying at the Safe House and working with the Lost and Found Youth thrift store. This trip will focus on issues of housing and food insecurity as well as LGBTQ and Trans rights.

Lodging: Bunk style with access to bathrooms and showers.

Food: Most meals will be included in the cost of the trip.

Special Considerations: 

  • Participants will be walking to some service locations


Education and Privilege: Honduras

May 20 – 27, 2020

Transportation: Flying out of Chicago O’Hare

Cost: $1,800

Organization/Service Work: This trip provides exposure to Honduran culture, with a specific focus on their educational system and opportunities.  Participants get to work directly with Honduran youth to improve their school system, while also taking part in unique and fun cultural opportunities. Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) is an innovative youth development non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in El Progreso, Honduras. While not replacing formal education, OYE seeks to supplement, facilitate, and go-beyond what at-risk Honduran youth learn in their home and school environment. The group will work directly with the OYE student scholars and staff on projects to benefit local schools in El Progreso.

Lodging: Lodging is coordinated by OYE staff at a local, secure hotel.

Food: All food is provided on-site cooked by OYE staff, student scholars, or local restaurants.  Dietary accommodations can be made. The cost of all meals, with the exception of travel days are covered in the trip cost.

Special Considerations:

  • Participants will be asked to read and sign off on additional safety considerations for this trip.  UWO staff work directly with OYE on-site staff to take all safety precautions possible to make this a safe experience for all who attend.
  • The cost of a passport and the recommended vaccinations are not included in the trip cost. 
  • Filtered water is provided by the host site.