Break-Away: Serve like never before!
Get away and experience America with the Mount's nationally recognized Break-Away program! Over each break, the Office of Social Justice heads across the country in partnership with some of the best community-based organizations in the world! Students spend a week in service to others while learning about systemic inequalities found in America and discovering more about their responsible role in society.
Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves in two very different communities.
Trip one will be to Philadelphia, Pa. Working alongside the Daughters of Charity, trip participants will be learning about organizations and agencies, including schools/after-school program, thrift stores, and community construction/revitalization. Time will also be spent learning about the Philadelphia community (with plenty of time to sample an authentic Philly Cheese Steak).
Trip two will head southwest to Vanceburg, KY. While staying at Glenmary Farm, trip participants will fully immerse themselves in community service and without electronics or even knowing what time it is, students can begin to understand life in a community in Appalachia.
ENCOUNTER: BELFAST-Join the Office of Social Justice as we travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Explore the historical context and current situation of The Troubles. Meet with members of Loyalist and Republican organizations, as well as the youth centers bringing about peace through mediation. Students must complete an application to be considered for travel.
Discover fair and equitable housing opportunities through Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge. Choose between Eastern Shore Virginia or Jacksonville, Florida, for a week of construction and reflection. Our third trip this spring brings us to Camden, NJ- a developing community. Those interested in post-grad service will enjoy spending a week with DeSales Service Works community, working in a variety of community ministries.
Take part in the trip of a lifetime with Encounter: Belize; a 12-day expedition to Punta Gorda, Belize with the Office of Social Justice. Dive in depth into the cultural and environmental ecology of this beautiful country. Snorkel, hike, and swim in a waterfall; immerse yourself in a Mayan village home stay, and spend 5 days working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. This is one experience you won't want to miss. Check out the video from the Belize Trip 2012.