Spring Break FAQ

Where can I access the application?

When will I find out if I’ve been accepted to a service trip?

Do you have any more information about the social issues of the trips?

What are the expectations of a service trip participant?

How do schedule and travel plans work? When and where do Spring Break trips end? 

I haven’t done a lot of long-term volunteering or volunteer trips before. Is that okay?

What should I bring?

What is the cost of the trip and when is the payment due?

Are pro-rated trips available?

How do I know exactly what I'll be doing during the week?

Where will I be staying and working?

How are meals going to be handled?

How does the program address safety issues?

What is the drug and alcohol policy?


How long is the application?

The SBST 2012-13 Leader Application is available now. Please click here for more information. The Particpant Application will not be available until Novemeber.

 

When will I find out on which service trip I've been placed?

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.

 

Do you have any more information about the social issues of the trips?

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!

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What are the expectations of a service trip participant?

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!

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How do schedule and travel plans work?  When and where do Spring Break trips end?

The service trips interns will make these arrangements. Details will be posted by the time the participant application is available.

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I haven't done a lot of long-term volunteering or volunteer trips before. Is that okay?

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.

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What should I bring?

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! 

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What is the cost of the trip and when is the payment due?

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.    

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Are pro-rated trips available?

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.

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How do I know exactly what I'll be doing during the week?

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. 

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Where will I be staying and working?

     Participants will be housed at local churches (or possibly another low-cost alternative) and will be driven by trip leaders to their work site every day. 

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How are meals going to be handled?

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.

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How does the program address safety issues?

     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.

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What is the drug and alcohol policy?

     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.

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