Tagged with Short Term Trips

Blood for Missions

Blood for Missions

Have I mentioned that college students pull off some great stuff? Most recently, our students partnered with Blood for Missions to host a blood drive on our campus.  We’ve long wanted to work with Blood for Missions, and it finally worked out. The model is simple.  You host a blood drive and each successful donor … Continue reading

Would you buy this Groupon?

Would you buy this Groupon?

Perhaps you’d pass this up because you, like me, have never heard of Victoria Falls Excursions or Botswana Safari, and you’d rather take travel plans into your own hands.  Or because if you wanted to serve in Africa, you would prefer to travel with a people you knew or with a non-profit partner you already … Continue reading

On Russia and Love

On Russia and Love

I interviewed one of my best friends, becuase well, I wanted to.  Also because it’s fun to hear from someone you know well, but in a different sort of way. Most of all, I believe our stories are worth telling, and that when we do, the seemingly ordinary stuff of life can become something more. … Continue reading

Dear Project Serve,

To the 184 college students who are setting out to serve on Spring Break next week: First, you deserve credit.  You have chosen a particular experience for this week that many of your peers do not choose.  While they are on a cruise, or sleeping in at home (both fine choices in their own way), … Continue reading

Working, Not Waiting

Two students coordinate all of our Spring Break Service Trips–18 teams at both domestic and international locations for a week.  A few days before the trips leave, we bring them together for a Send-Off event. Last year I had the pleasure of working with Michael Miguel, who was the coordinator for two years in a … Continue reading

Book Review: When Helping Hurts

At our university, we offer short term service trips over the week of Spring Break.  This year, I’m the primary staff person working with two amazing student leaders who run this program.  Over the summer, as we built partnerships for 2012, I found myself encountering the same title over and over again. “Have you read … Continue reading

The Poverty Tourism Conversation

Last week I was working on some materials for when our staff returns (in two weeks, three days!)  They return before classes begin and spend a week training together.  Part of the week is the URT, but we also cover office policies, team building, and some more formal learning.  As I prepared, I stumbled my … Continue reading