Service Trips

Service Trips

"We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise." 

Elms offers a number of week-long service opportunities in destinations in the U.S. and abroad. The goals of the service trips are to teach community building, further the mission of the college and the Sisters of Saint Joseph, to implement the Catholic social teachings that form the base of the Elms experience, to instill the importance of cultural sensitivity and service to others, and to teach students how to safely conduct themselves in new environments and cultures.

There are four phases to each trip:

  • selection process
  • preparation program
  •  on-site program
  • return program

Students pay their own way, but there are numerous school-sponsored fundraisers you can participate in to raise money, as well as soliciting individual sponsors to finance your trip. Every trip is led by student leaders, who are overseen by faculty and staff on the trips.

Past Service Sites Include

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Jamaica
  • San Jose, California
  • Concordia, Kansas
  • New Orleans, LA 
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Honduras 

2015 Service Trips

Informational Sessions

Monday, September 8,2014 or Tuesday, September 16 

12:15 P.M at the Faculty Dinning Room 


Compassionate Hearts Service Trips Application 2015

Service Trips Information 2015

Application Essay Questions

January 2015

Baltimore, MD 

March 2015
Agape- Hardwick, MA
Chinandega, Nicaragua
Mandeville, Jamaica
New Orleans, LA
San Jose, CA

Contact Us

Office of Campus Ministry
Carol A. Allan, SSJ, M.A.T.