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Service Trips


Rochester students have a long history of undertaking service trips during winter, spring and summer breaks. The destinations range from Rochester to various domestic sites to international projects. Some trips have been in place for many years, allowing students to have a sustained relationship with community partners, and an extended, positive impact. Many of these trips are student led, and in addition to contributing to and learning about local communities, students gain invaluable and transformative leadership experiences.

The Rochester Center for Community Leadership provides advisement and coordination to ensure that service trips are well planned, safe and successful.

Alternative Spring Break Trips 2017

Students Helping Hondurasstudents helping honduras 2015
Location: San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Trip Leader: Kiara Martinez, 


After getting its start in 2013, the University of Rochester's chapter of Students Helping Honduras will hold its third annual alternative spring break trip this year. Over the past few years, over 40 students have participated in SHH ASB trips and this March, 30 students will depart for their own trip to San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Working side by side with members of the Honduran community as well as SHH staff members, the UR volunteers will contribute to constructing a school in rural Honduras using the funds they have raised throughout the year. In addition, volunteers will have opportunities to tutor local children and will engage in educational activities on a variety of topics ranging from Honduran current events and culture to the ethics of global development projects. Throughout this week, volunteers will contribute to the construction of a school that aims to empower youth through education, while simultaneously making lasting friendships with Honduran families and broadening their understanding of Honduran culture and SHH's work.

cnc2015asbCatholic Newman Community
Location: Frenchville, PA

Trip Leader: Ivan Suminski, 


This year, Catholic Newman Community will be traveling to Frenchville, Pennsylvania in order to volunteer through the organization Young People Who Care. Frenchville, PA is located in the Central Appalachia Region of the Eastern United States, which is a very poor and very rural region of the country. Young People Who Care reaches out to those in need within Frenchville, including those struggling financially, those who are elderly or sick, and those who are homebound. As such, we will participating in a variety of service activities, such as doing minor home repairs, yard work and painting, visiting with the sick and elderly, and bringing food and other necessities to those who could not otherwise access or pay for the things they need. This is a great opportunity to help those in need, learn a new skill, meet new people from our own campus, as well as students from other schools who will be volunteering alongside us, all while learning about the daily struggles of those we help and the ways in which we can help them. The lessons learned on this trip can be carried into our daily lives, our coursework, and the way in which we help others.

Habitat for Humanityh4h2015
Location: Greensboro, NC

Trip Leader: Eric Hebert, 


Habitat for Humanity strives to give hard working families a hand up by partnering with them to build homes.  We will aid in the construction of a habitat home during our time in Greensboro. Although what exactly we will be doing there is unknown at the moment we could be framing, putting up drywall, installing doors/windows or any other task that goes into the construction of a home. One of the great things about Habitat is that it requires future homeowners to work on their own home. This embodies a sense of pride in the homeowners once the house is built and displays this act as a partnership not a handout. Because of this we will probably be working along side the future homeowner family and be able to see just what this home means to them. 

Past Alternative Spring Break Trips

Want to know more about spring break trips? Check out the links below for pictures and info about contributions UR students have made in the past on the annual Alternative Spring Break trips!

Previous Alternative Spring Break Trips: