Spring Break FAQ
The SBST 2012-13 Leader Application is available now. Please click here for more information. The Particpant Application will not be available until Novemeber.
We will hold follow-up interviews for leader applicants September 24-26th. Leaders will be notified about selection soon after those dates. Participants will be notified by email about trip placement on November 27th.
This year, our social issues will be disaster relief, environmental conservation, urban education, and refugee resettlement. Information about community partners will be available in the coming months. Until then, have a little fun doing your own research!
Every student plays an important part in the success of a Spring Break Service Trip. Before the trips, there will be large and small group meetings and activities, as well as fundraising. There will be a Meet & Greet just after particpant selection in order for groups to become acquainted. Second semester, there will be an Issue Night that will bring together all groups to learn more about this year's social issues. There will also be a Send Off celebration for all the trips right before Spring Break. In addition, trip leaders will organize a few small group meetings, bonding activites, and local volunteer opportunities.
During the trips, every student will be expected to work hard, be open to new ideas, contribute to the group, and have a positive attitude. Part of a Service Trip is learning how to live simply and be aware of your personal impact on the community. Reflection about what you do and learn is an important part of the trips, which will require thoughtful and respectful participation. At the lodging sites, all students will help cook and clean up. Willingness to build a cohesive group will help develop friendships that you will have throughout your time at Whitman!
The service trips interns will make these arrangements. Details will be posted by the time the participant application is available.
No experience required! Service Trip programs are designed for anyone interested in getting to know communities outside the "Whitman bubble" while meeting new friends and fellow students. Our trips will include both participants with a lot of community service experience and folks who are brand new to it.
Accepted students will receive a detailed packing list before the trip. Essentially, students will need work clothes, a good pair of work shoes (closed-toe, hard-soled), clothes for after work, toiletries, pillow, sleeping bag and pad (if possible), and a great attitude!
Trip cost will vary by location. Estimated trip cost will be available with the applications along with details about the payment schedule. Also note that we ask for your particpation in pre-trip fundraisers.
Yes. The Service Trips Program offers pro-rated trips to students receiving significant need-based financial aid. The Community Service Office will work closely with the Financial Aid Office and the Dean of Students Office to determine eligibility. We have a limited number of pro-rated trips, available on a first-come first-served basis. More information about scholarships will be available in November.
Before the service trips, participants will receive a pre-trip packet from their group leaders, and included will be an overview of the week's itinerary.
The majority of your meals will be prepared as a group at your sleeping location. There will also be opportunities to go out to eat and explore the town in which you are staying. All meals are included in the program fee.
All participants are covered under Whitman's insurance policy. Trip leaders will receive training throughout the school year and will be First Aid certified by the Red Cross. As none of the locations are remote, trip leaders will always have cell phone contact.
No drugs or alcohol are allowed on Service Trips because they inhibit full engagement with the group and the service project. Anyone who uses drugs or alcohol will be sent home at his/her own expense.