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SERVE Trips

SERVE trips are programs that allow students to spend academic breaks helping others. The program has been a part of Lehigh University since the spring of 1995, and since that time over 1000 students and approximately 30 advisors have participated. The purpose of SERVE trips is to enable participants to build partnerships with people sharing a common goal, to gain greater awareness of the need in our country, and to deepen their commitment to social action. This is an opportunity to spend time helping those in need, while having fun and gaining experience that will last a lifetime.

Previous experience is not necessary. These trips are all student run, so students work together to come up with fundraising ideas, but it will be the responsibility of each student to take advantage of these opportunities to raise the cost of their trip.

Participant Application Re-Opened!
Fill out our on-line Application - Apply Here! 
(must use lehigh email to complete application)
Trip Cost for All Trips: $300 per person (per trip)

Information Sessions

Information sessions are a great way to learn more about each trip, the application process, scholarship opportunities, and the expectations while on a SERVE Trip. Each session is less than an hour, and will have plenty of time for Q&A. Our next sessions are:

   The Application Process - Read more about SERVE on this page!

        1. Fill out our Online Application - Apply Here!
        2. Pay the $100 Deposit. This payment will be returned if you are not selected for a trip. 
            Pay SERVE Deposit Online Now
       3.  If accepted, apply for a scholarship! More information will be provided when you are accepted. Scholarships are
            only granted to students on financial aid or students that are currently employed with a work-study.
        4. If accepted, pay the remaining $200 in trip costs within 14 days of your acceptance.
  
   DEPOSIT:  Pay SERVE Deposit Online Now

 

Locations

winterSERVE: January 15 - 21, 2017

Habitat for Humanity - Burlington, North Carolina

springSERVE: March 12 - 18, 2017

Habitat for Humanity - Marion, SC
Environmental Conservation - Leicester, NC
Youth Development - Charleston, SC
Urban Renewal - Roanoke, VA

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Past locations:

(2014) Burlington, NC — Habitat for Humanity (Affordable Housing)

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit working towards affordable housing for all. Volunteers will spend their week working to build houses in partnership with their future owners. No construction experience is necessary!

(2014) Spring Locations:  Chicago South Suburbs, IL; Marion, SC; Well, ME

(2013) Baltimore, MD — Catholic Charities of Baltimore (Urban Poverty)

Interested in meaningful work experience while serving people who are marginalized and working for social justice? Catholic Charities of Baltimore assists 160,000 families through 80 programs. We will assist serving meals to those who are hungry, work with children in day care programs, and countless other ways!

(2013) Willowick, OH — Lake Metroparks (Environmental Issues)

Volunteers will be working on a number of different environmental projects for Lake Metroparks, depending on the weather during Spring Break. We will be cleaning beaches and restoring ski trails while staying in a log cabin with a fire place!

(2013) Grand Rapids, MI — Habitat for Humanity (Affordable Housing)

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit working towards affordable housing for all. Volunteers will spend their week working to build houses in partnership with their future owners. No construction experience is necessary!Other Important Information

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