Spring Break Service and Immersion Trip Application, March 2017
Please read the application carefully, and completely. Completed applications are due by Wednesday, November 30, 11:59pm. Applications are not considered complete until a $150 deposit has been paid. Deposits may be paid by cash or check in the parish office, 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. They may be paid with a credit card online here: https://staparish.weshareonline.org/ws/opportunities/SpringBreak2017, but a 5% non-refundable surcharge will be added to the total to cover fees. Deposits are non-refundable after December 15th or after the purchase of plane/train/bus tickets, whichever comes first, unless there are serious mitigating circumstances. Full participation in the fundraiser, Tom's Event, is REQUIRED to be considered for a trip.
Name as appears on ID or passport
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Passport number if applying for international trip
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Local address
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Permanent address
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Cell phone number
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Email
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Birthdate mo/da/year
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Parent's or legal guardian's names, contact numbers, and emails
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Emergency contact if different from parents
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Major(s)
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Anticipated graduation date
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Employer
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Personal Reference, list name, phone, email
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Work Reference, list name, phone, email
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Choose Your Trip
Each trip is different in length and character and is designed to offer a unique immersion experience. Each has an element of service, but immersion in culture is the primary goal. Below the following descriptions, choose the three trips that most interest you.
1. Appalachia
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Williamsburg, KY. March 10-19, 2017. Overnight on the way to and from in Central Illinois. Do local home repair projects, work at thrift store, experience life and culture of Appalachia. May include visit to Cumberland Falls for hiking. Estimated out of pocket cost per participant, $190.
2. Chicago
David Darst Center, March 11-18, 2017. Radical hospitality with the poor and needy. Service and immersion projects that help dispel myths about hunger and homelessness and give tools to understand underlying issues. May include ½ day off to enjoy Chicago sights and culture. Estimated out of pocket cost per participant, $220.
3. Monastic Experience
Conception Abbey and Clyde Monastery, Conception/Clyde, MO. March 12-17, 2017. Visit men’s and women’s Benedictine communities to learn about Monastic life and ministries. This trip may not involve a great deal of service, but more of an immersion into monastic life and ministry; both contemplative and apostolic. Estimated out of pocket cost per participant, $175.
4. San Isidro, Nicaragua
In partnership with EOS, International, March 10-20, 2017. This trip requires travel on the Friday before and the Monday after spring break. Immerse yourself in Nicaraguan culture including home stays, learning about alternative technologies that improve lives, and experience local parish life. May include weekend trips to an ecological reserve and a beach. Estimated out of pocket cost per participant, $820.
5. Washington, DC
The Pilgrimage, March 11-18, 2017. Fly to DC, and then use public transportation to experience the inner workings of our nation’s capitol at the street level. Serve in a variety of hunger and homeless service programs, hear from people who have lived homeless, and learn how to approach legislative advocacy. May include a free morning or afternoon to visit the Holocaust Museum and/or the Capitol Mall. Estimated out of pocket cost per participant, $400.
My top three trips, in order, are:
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Short Answer Questions
Answers to questions should typically be more than one sentence, but no more than a full paragraph each.
1. Describe yourself in a creative way.
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2. Why are you interested in the immersion experience for which you are applying?
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3. Our hope is that you learn about and connect with people at your site, without judgment. How might we help you achieve this expectation? What expectations do you have for this experience?
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4. What is your experience with service activities? Briefly describe the impact of one experience.
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5. List one strength and one weakness that you bring to this experience. How would you capitalize on the strength and minimize the weakness?
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6. What skills would you bring to this break experience? (e.g., carpentry, roofing, plumbing, prayer leading, cooking, languages) What is your level of skill?
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7. Describe how you would facilitate an evening reflection during the trip.
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8a. How would you respond to the following situation. You are uncomfortable with the driving capabilities of a member of your group and feel as if he/she is being unsafe. You…
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8b. How would you respond to the following situation. Several members of your group are advocating activities not in keeping with the mission of Service Trips claiming it is their break and they should get to choose what they do. You…
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8c. How would you respond to the following situations. You have to share a bed, take cold bucket showers and/or use outdoor toilets.
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9. Do you have any medical, dietary or other conditions that might affect your participation? Please explain.
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Participant Responsibilities
1. Three organizational meetings before your trip, including some kind of service together. 2. Mandatory fundraising work dates (choose 2 of 3)
January 14, 1-5pm;
January 16, 5:30-9:30pm;
February 5, 11:30am-3:00pm.
3. Fundraising dinner on January 30, 2016, 4-10pm.
4. Sell 20 raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle. 50% of the proceeds of the raffle go to the winner, the other 50% to the event.
5. Preparation and presentation of post trip project with your trip team. Could be video, slideshow, or other creative idea.
Do you understand these responsibilities?
Do you have any further questions or comments?
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