Alternative Spring Break Application 2020
The USC Caruso Catholic Center will be sponsoring 4 Catholic Trojan mission trips this upcoming Spring Break!

Join us as we encounter Christ in one another and the people that we will be working in solidarity with in:
- Tijuana, Mexico
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Los Angeles, CA
- New York City, New York (Women's Only)

*please set aside some time to fill out this application, as we ask for health insurance information and short responses later on.
Tijuana, Mexico
When was the last time you contemplated the blessing of having a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, and the basic comforts of a home? After this week of mission, your heart will be changed, not just your sense of gratitude and blessing. Our mission in Tijuana is to work in solidarity with Mexican families and Esperanza International (http://esperanzaint.org/) to provide a roof over their head and a place to call home.

The goal of this trip is to work for the common dream of providing sustainable, dignified housing for all people across international borders. Spanish speaking skills are helpful, but not necessary.

Mission Dates: Sunday, March 15th through Saturday, March 21st

Mission Cost (per student): $700 (need based scholarship offered)
The Dominican Republic
If you love children and have a passion for hard work, this is the mission for you! Be prepared to pray while breaking a sweat and laughing till you cry as you grow in relationship with your fellow missionaries and the people you serve. USC has served in partnership with Thrive & Joy Ministry for the past three years (http://www.thriveinjoy.org/new-home/). This year we will be working with children at Remar Orphanage in Santo Domingo through Vision Trust International (https://www.visiontrust.org/where/country/id/dominican-republic).

The mission behind this trip is to bring love to the children supported by Vision Trust's 11 Dominican Republic projects. Spanish speaking skills are helpful, but not necessary as there are many translators on this trip.

Mission Dates: Saturday, March 14th through Friday, March 20th (flights home might arrive early AM on Saturday, March 21st)

Mission Cost (per student): $1,800 (need based scholarship available)
Los Angeles, CA (Men Only)
We see the homeless surrounding us on the streets of Los Angeles and pray. But what if you could do more? What if you could take a week of your life and enter into community with your brothers and sisters on skid row and serve them in a way that makes a difference in their life and yours?

This is the call to mission in Los Angeles this spring break. This is what we like to call the Urban Plunge. Missionaries will be living at the St. Vincent de Paul during the week in neighboring housing. You will be serving the homeless throughout Los Angeles at various locations including: St. Vincent de Paul's Cardinal Manning Center, Catholic Worker's Hippie Kitchen, Downtown Women's Center, Habitat for Humanity, Para los Ninos, and Homeboy Industry.

Mission Dates: Monday, March 16th through Saturday, March 21st

Mission Cost (per person): $600.00 (need based scholarship available)
New York, New York (Women Only)
This mission is a wonderful opportunity to serve and discern your vocation alongside religious sisters passionate for serving the poor. Join a beautiful sisterhood of women praying, serving, and discerning their religious vocation near and at convents throughout the city. Visit the United Nations and the Sisters of St. Joseph's mother house in Long Island, serve at the Bread and Life Soup Kitchen, and play tourist during a day in New York City complete with a visit to the 9-11 Memorial, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and other major New York attractions.

Whether you have been seeking out religious communities or attending "Come and See" retreats previously, this is an excellent opportunity to share in various religious sisters rhythm of prayer, service and lifestyle. Come and see the fullness of religious life and all our sisters are doing to build the Kingdom of God on earth.

Mission Dates: Sunday, March 15th through Saturday, March 21st

Mission Cost (per student): $800 (need based scholarship available)
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