International Service Trips
Every January an International trip occur every year to Mandeville, Jamaica. Other trips in the past have been to Guyana, Peru, and Belize, Texas border at the end of the Spring semester. The Jamaica trip is a Service trip is for upper class students, where students spend a week getting to experience the culture of Jamaica all while serving alongside the people of Jamaica. Students must apply and interview for this trip.
Every other year students have the opportunity to attend a Mercy Young leaders conference in Dublin Ireland, the birthplace of the Sisters of Mercy. Student spend a week touring various parts of Ireland and then attend a three day conference.
KEY ELEMENTS OF THESE TRIPS:
PRAYER AND REFLECTION
INTEGRATION OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
FROM A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
SERVANT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Jamaica Service Trip: This trip has been a part of Misericordia’s Office for Mission, Ministry and Service program for over 10 years . This trip takes place in January over Winter break for one week. The course is held in the Fall Semester. Students stay in the diocese of Mandeville (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 a veterans home, visit with the elderly abandoned people, and 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. The group is hosted by the Diocese of Mandeville.