About Service Trips

What are Service Trips?
They are a service-learning program for students to explore social issues through meaningful service, education, and reflection during their academic breaks. 
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.
Alternative Spring 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.
Alternative Winter Break- This week long trip occurs either domestically or internationally over winter break.
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 students will:
  • 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 action.​

Active Citizen continuum.JPG 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.

Application Process
1. Find the application on this website.
 2. Print off application and sign all forms and waivers.
 3.  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.
4. Turn in the signed forms, essay responses, and required money deposit to the information and tickets desk in the DUC.
5. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of students and staff.
            - If necessary group interviews will be conducted to choose participants.
6. 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 in full.
Why volunteer with the Service trip program?
·         Looks great on a resume
·         You are working with individuals who care for social justice just like you
·         It is unlike any other volunteer experience
·         Create lifelong friendships
·         It is an affordable travel experience
·         It is an opportunity you can only have in college
Things to know
·         There is no alcohol or drug consumption allowed on each trip
·         Some community partners/housing will be with a religious organization
·         Checked bags are not included in on the cost
What am I signing up for?
-          2-3 pre- trip meetings that educate, train and orientate you to the trip, social issue, and location
-          An alcohol/ drug free trip
-          Fundraising to lower cost of trip for all students
-          A weekend or week of volunteering, education and reflection
o   There is some free time on trips for tourism and fun, but the main focus is to volunteer and learn about different social justice issues.
Pre-trip Meetings
Each trip 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
Purpose of Pre-trip meetings
      Get to know each other
o   Icebreakers
o   Talk about everyone’s previous knowledge or experience with volunteering or working with social issues
o   Bond as a group
      Logistics for trip
o   Packing list
o   Tickets/sign forms
o   Itinerary’s
      Orientation to site
o   Learn information on community partners
o   Culture of the area we will be working in
o   Everyday life of the people/organization or environment we are serving
      Education on issue
o   Articles
o   Statistics of social issue
o   Poverty Simulations
o   Guest Speakers
o   Explore 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:
o   What happened during the day?
o   What did you observe or take part in?
o   How did it make you feel?
      So What?
o   What did you learn?
o   How did the service impact the community, how did it impact the individual?
o   Why does this issue matter?
o   How can we help solve the issue?
      Now What?
o   What is the community doing to help solve the issue?
o   What are we doing as individuals?
o   What can we do, or what is the action plan moving forward?
How can I find out more information?
Please contact Bitty O’Leary, the SIEO Service Trip Coordinator, at sieotrip@uwsp.edu or 715-346-2260 if you have further or more in depth questions.

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