International trips occur every year and travel to Guyana South America and Cross Keys, Manchester Jamaica. Both trips are a Service-Learning course that is tied into a religious studies class where students can take the three credit course and travel as part of the course.
KEY ELEMENTS OF THESE TRIPS:
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
INTEGRATION OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
SERVANT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Guyana Service Trip: This trip has been a part of Misericordia’s Campus Ministry program for over twenty years. This is the longest standing service learning course we have had here. The Guyana trip takes place the end of the Spring Semester for two to three weeks. Students stay in Georgetown Guyana and have different service opportunities while there such as, tutoring young orphan boys, working in a hospital, a rehabilitation center for elderly and children. Students live together, sharing meals, reflection, and prayer all while being immersed in the Guyanese culture. The Sisters of Mercy are our primary contacts in Guyana.
Jamaica Service Trip: This trip has been a part of Misericordia’s Campus Ministry program for the last eight years. This trip takes place in January over Winter break for one week. The course is held in the Fall Semester. Students stay with Fr. Patrick Mwangi in his rectory in Manchester Keys (mountain area) of Jamaica. The students travel as a group visiting different service sites and interacting with the Jamaican people and are immersed in the Jamaican culture. Students have the opportunity to visit children with severe disabilities; children with HIV; visit with the elderly abandoned people; a boys orphanage; They also work at a preschool, do home visits with the homebound or spend the day painting and doing some physical labor.