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Service Trips: Frequently Asked Questions


Who can be involved?
Any Messiah College student can participate on a trip. No prior experience is needed. Additionally, faculty members may participate, but on a limited basis so as to allow for greater student participation.

When are service trips sent out?
Service Trips sends multiple teams out during Fall Break, J-Term Break, and Spring Break.

Does it cost anything to go?
Yes, there is a small fee for each participant. These fees cover all transportation, food, and housing for the trip. For Fall Break and J-term break, the cost is $30. For Spring Break, the cost is $90.


Where do service trips go?
Service Trip teams travel to various places within the Eastern United States. These teams work with existing service organizations in a wide range of settings including anywhere from the rural areas of Appalachia and New Hampshire to urban areas such as New York City, Washington DC, Chicago, and Toronto, Canada. (Click here to view some examples of projects that past trips have engaged in.)

Service Trips FAQ


Who leads service trips?
None of these service projects can occur unless the Service Trip Teams have qualified student leaders who are willing to take the responsibility of leading the group. Extensive training is provided for all leaders. If you are interested in possibly leading a trip, contact us for more information.

How do I get involved?
Once you have decided that you want to go on a Service Trip, you will need to fill out an application online.   Applications are generally available online a month prior to the trip date All applications, as well as trip deposits, must be submitted  online three weeks before the trip leaves. Check the "Get Involved" tab at the top to stay updated. If you have any questions, feel free to contact a member of the Service Trips staff by calling us at ext. 5098, stopping by our office in the basement of the Agape Center, or e-mailing us at: