What are Service Trips?
They are a service-learning program for students to explore social
issues through meaningful service, education, and reflection during their
Each trip focuses on a different
social justice issue such as poverty or environmental justice. Each trip has a
different cost; prices can be found on each trips individual webpage or the
application. There are pre-trip meetings before the trips that each participant
is required to attend. The meetings are very important to educate, orientated,
and train students for the trip. It also allows the participants to become
familiar with each other. Each trip has
a different schedule, but typical days of service include 4-8 hours of work
with reflection at night. Depending on the location and service on the trip,
there is some free time for tourism and fun.
SIEO offers 3 types of trips;
Weekend Trips- These weekend
Outdoor Outreach or InterCity Impact trips occur once during the fall semester
and once during the spring semester and are usually Friday-Sunday. InterCity
Impact trips are co-sponsored in partnership with Diversity and College Access.
Break (ASB) Trips- These trips occur over spring break every year. For spring
break 2017. We have two trips scheduled occurring March 19 through 25.
Fess are varied based on location.
Check out our Youtube channel to see
a real inside some of our past service trips!
Purpose and Goals:
The purpose of all our volunteer programs is to offer inclusive
volunteer opportunities that prepare student to be active citizens engaged
in the community and world.
Through participation in service trips, UW-Stevens Point
- Describe their
own identity and examine how personal, societal and institutional factors
influence assumptions, prejudices and privileges.
- Engage in
opportunities for cross-cultural interaction and communication with those
who come from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
- Develop strong
interpersonal connections with students who are different from themselves.
- Contribute to
the community in ways that build on community identified strengths and
address community needs.
- Demonstrate an
awareness of social justice issues and the skills needed to promote social
The Active Citizen Continuum is the
basis of our selection process, our pre-trip meetings, and our service and
reflection on our trips. We are looking for students at all different stages,
from a member to a conscientious citizen, the more diversity the group has in experiences in knowledge the more
participants can learn and grow from one another.
Find the application on this website.
2. Print off application and sign all forms
Complete the essay portion of the application.
The essay portion of the application is the most important aspect; each
question should be answered in at least 1 descriptive
paragraph. All responses must be typed, and
include students ID number.
Turn in the signed forms, essay responses, and required money deposit to the
information and tickets desk in the DUC.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee of students and staff.
- If necessary group interviews will
be conducted to choose participants.
Students will be notified in due time if they have been selected. If students
are not chosen to participate on the trip, they will receive their deposit back
Why volunteer with the Service trip
great on a resume
are working with individuals who care for social justice just like you
is unlike any other volunteer experience
is an affordable travel experience
is an opportunity you can only have in college
Things to know
is no alcohol or drug consumption allowed on each trip
community partners/housing will be with a religious organization
bags are not included in on the cost
What am I signing up for?
pre- trip meetings that educate, train and orientate you to the trip, social
issue, and location
alcohol/ drug free trip
to lower cost of trip for all students
weekend or week of volunteering, education and reflection
is some free time on trips for tourism and fun, but the main focus is to
volunteer and learn about different social justice issues.
has 2-3 required pre-trip meetings. Dates and times of these meetings are set
by the service trip coordinator. If students are unable to attend pre-trip
meetings these are asked to specify the reason why, or email the service trip
coordinator. If a participants are absent at pre-trip meetings it is up to that
student to set up an additional meeting with the service trip
to know each other
about everyone’s previous knowledge or experience with volunteering or working
with social issues
as a group
information on community partners
of the area we will be working in
life of the people/organization or environment we are serving
of social issue
the root causes of social issues
After each day of service the group will participate in a
reflection facilitated by the coordinator or site leader. These reflections can
last from 20-60 minutes. This is a crucial part to the service trip experience
because it dives deeper into each participant’s experience, and also allows
students to participate in a safe and constructive dialogue about real issues.
Our program shapes are reflections on trip on the “What? So What? And Now What?” model. It
allows our students at all different stages of the active citizenship continuum
to learn and progress. Here is an example of
questions that are covered in each type of reflection:
happened during the day?
did you observe or take part in?
did it make you feel?
did you learn?
did the service impact the community, how did it impact the individual?
does this issue matter?
can we help solve the issue?
is the community doing to help solve the issue?
are we doing as individuals?
can we do, or what is the action plan moving forward?
How can I find out more
Please contact Bitty O’Leary, the SIEO Service Trip
Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-346-2260 if you have
further or more in depth questions.