Alternative Spring Break Application 2019

The USC Caruso Catholic Center will be sponsoring 5 service immersion 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:
- New York City, New York
- Tijuana, Mexico
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Ireland (FOCUS)
- Peru (FOCUS)

*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 ( 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 10th through Saturday, March 16th

Mission Cost (per student): $600 (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 ( This year we will be working with children at Remar Orphanage in Santo Domingo through Vision Trust International (

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: Sunday, March 10th through Saturday, March 16th

Mission Cost (per student): $2,000 (need based scholarship offered)

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: Saturday, March 9th through Saturday, March 16th

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

Ireland (FOCUS Greek)
Come experience the very land where St. Patrick taught the Catholic faith with the aid of the 3 leaf clover. On this mission, we will work alongside the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, striving to bring hope to our brothers and sisters in Northern Ireland. In response to the past conflict between Protestants and Catholics that has left devastating results on the faith, we will be spreading the love of Christ by teaching discipleship and mentorship to the young adults in the area while inviting those far from the faith back into relationship with Jesus Christ.

This trip is for students who are in Greek Life at USC.

Mission Dates: Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 17th

Mission Cost (per person): $2150.00

Peru (FOCUS, Medical Missions)
Imagine waking to an altitude of 14,000 feet, breathing in the crisp air of the Andes, and praying before the tombs of two of Peru’s greatest Saints: St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin de Porres. This is what awaits you on your mission in Peru.

You and your fellow missionaries will venture high into the Andes Mountains to the remote villages that populate the scenic Colca Canyon – “The World’s Deepest Canyon.” Picture yourself hiking the rugged, mountainous terrain to the fields, homes, and pastures of the people as you build relationships and experiencing firsthand the beauty of the Peruvian people and culture! Your mission here will shift to leading daily youth catechesis where there is a tremendous lack of regular availability to the sacraments and Catholic religious education.

Upon your return to Lima, you will have the opportunity to work at a children’s home where disabled and abandoned children from all over Peru are brought for medical care. Work side-by-side with volunteers from across the world as you serve those in need.

Mission Dates: Friday, March 8th through Sunday, March 17th

This trip is for students in pre-med or the medical field.

Mission Cost (per person): $2,200.00

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