Outreach Trips 2012 - 2013

Fall Break, October 12-16, 2012

New Orleans, LA

The University of the South has a 20+ year history of service in New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, students from Sewanee served as tutors in an inner city school. After Katrina, the Outreach Office shifted its focus to reconstruction and relief efforts. On the fall break trip, we will be partnering with local organizations in their revitilization and rebuilding efforts through using our man power in construction work.

  • Group Size: 30 students and 3 staff
  • Cost: $185
  • Online Application (due Monday, September 24)

Winter Break, January 2-12, 2013

Kingston, Jamaica

Sewanee has been involved in outreach in Jamaica for the past 21 years. The trip to Jamaica will give students a chance to know personally people whose lives are far different from their own, who in many cases manage to live with an amazing amount of love and joy and faith in the most unbelievably tough conditions. While engaging in community service activities, you will have the chance to experience Jamaican culture in ways most tourist do not; from dance and music, a national theater production, oral story telling, craft production and remote recreation. In past years, students have painted murals, created mosaics, and worked on a community center in Trench Town, the birth place of reggae legend Bob Marley.

  • Group Size: 15 students and 2 staff
  • Cost: $1,503.39
  • Online Application (due Wednesday, October 17)

Spring Break, March 7-16, 2013

Online Application for all trips due Wednesday, November 7.

Quito, Ecuador

Ecuador participants partner with Youth World, a Christian organization whose emphasis is training youth ministry leaders and working to reach out to youth in Quito. Our site host, Cameron Graham, is a Sewanee alumna who has served as a missionary in Ecuador for the last 10 years. The Ecuador Experience consists of working with one of Youth World's partner sites, "Remanso de Amor" which serves as a school, community center, and church in one of the communities in Quito. Sewanee has been sending volunteers to work with Remanso for the last 10 years and has watched it grow from an empty pasture to a 5-story building that is flourishing. Participants also have the opportunity to travel to a community outside Quito; recent trips included a visit to the jungle and a visit to the coast. Recent service included minor construction projects, skits and crafts with kids, and youth workshops. Every evening there is a time for group reflection and discussion. The Ecuador trip is Christian in nature, but participants come from all faith backgrounds and are encouraged to process the experience through their own personal lens.

  • Group Size: 13 students & 1 staff
  • Staff Leader: Brittany Roper
  • Cost: $2036
Montrouis & Cange, Haiti

This trip is part of the Sewanee/Haiti Initiative. A dentist, dental assistant, and two doctors from Sewanee lead a group of students to conduct clinics in rural Haiti. The group will be providing dental and medical services to residents in villages through the Episcopal Church. Students interested in dental or medical care may want to take advantage of this opportunity, although it is open to all students. In addition to the medical/dental clinic, students will also participate in a micro loan bank, student sponsorship, and goat project. Students spend two nights in a homestay. Creole/French language skills are not necessary.

  • Group Size: 23 students & 5 leaders
  • Staff Leader: Dixon Myers
  • Cost: $1436
Miami, FL

This trip centers around classroom tutoring at the secondary level. In the past, volunteers have also participated in a Habitat for Humanity project, worked with a local nursing home, and helped with a special needs outdoor program called "Shake-a-Leg". Sewanee has a long history working in Miami. Students stay in a hostel on South Beach and have the opportunity to explore the city.

  • Group Size: 10 students and 1 staff
  • Staff leader: Barbara Banks
  • Cost: $1,275
New Orleans, LA

The University of the South has a 20 year history of service in New Orleans. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, students from Sewanee served as tutors in an inner city school. After Katrina, the Outreach Office shifted its focus to reconstruction and relief efforts. The work of this trip is twofold: partnering with the Episcopal Community Services of Louisiana in rebuilding efforts and tutoring at a local elementarty school. Volunteer work days are divided between construction projects and tutoring. Construction projects may include planting trees, painting, and rebuilding homes. Students will also have the opportunity to experience New Orleans culture through various activities and lectures. Through this trip, students will gain a broader perspective of how Hurricane Katrina has impacted the area.

  • Group Size: 10 students and 1 staff
  • Cost: $782
New York, NY

The New York outreach trip participates in an alternative break program with three organizations: GMHC (the Gay Men's Health Crisis Center), the Momentum Project, and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. Students will participate in direct service, receive a hands-on education on the topic of AIDS, and witness how a large non-profit organization operates. It has more than 8,400 clients and uses 6,500 volunteers and 300 staff members with a $30 million yearly budget. The Momentum Project is a traveling soup kitchen for people with HIV/AIDS. The group will travel to different parts of the city to serve the wider community. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen serves over one thousand people each day regardless of documentation, socio-economic level, and other factors that could prevent someone from getting a meal. Students will also take advantage of the many cultural advantages in the city.

  • Group Size: 10 students and 1 staff
  • Staff Leader: Catherine Outten
  • Cost: $1,262