Service trips allow students to immerse themselves in communities other than their own for a short period of time (usually for a weekend, fall, winter, spring or summer break) in order to complete community service projects and participate in experiential learning. Service trips afford students the opportunity to learn about social problems faced in other communities and to get involved in diverse environments enabling them to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.
The Community Service Office is committed to ensuring that all community service trips organized for Washington University in St. Louis students are safe, impactful and educational. In addition to individual advising and consultation, we offer training and consultation for service trip leaders, organize participant training, and collect emergency contact information and other essential forms from all students participating in a trip.
If you are interested in leading a service trip or participating in one, please contact Shiloh Venable. Please also subscribe to our email newsletter to receive information about upcoming trips and other community service opportunities.
Read more about the domestic & international service trips organized by and for students in recent years.
To ensure that all service trip participants are properly prepared for their volunteer experience, service trip leaders and participants are expected to participate in all pre-trip trainings and take responsibility for filing the appropriate paperwork with the Community Service Office.