Students to volunteer abroad during Mardi Gras break

Wed, 02/11/2009 (All day)

Feb. 11, 2009

MOBILE – A dedicated group of Spring Hill College students will spend their Mardi Gras breaks serving others on international “immersion” trips. During the week of Feb. 21 – March 1, four groups of 31 students and nine faculty and staff members will travel to Belize City and Punta Gorda, Belize; Cutupu, Dominican Republic; and Managua, Nicaragua.

For the past six years Spring Hill’s Campus Ministry office has coordinated the immersion trips. In Belize City and Managua, the students again will work with Hand in Hand Ministries, a faith-based international service organization. In Punta Gorda and Cutupu, they will work with local Jesuit parishes. This is the first time a group will travel to the Dominican Republic. 

The students meet weekly to form community with one another before and after the trips, discussing cultural and political aspects of the country and engaging in prayer and reflection. In addition, the students also take part in numerous fund-raising activities, including letters sent to family and friends, annual “Exam-a-grams,” doughnut sales, and a jambalaya luncheon. The SHC community and local parishes donated suitcases, food, necessities and supplies.

“The value of these trips continues to be found in the personal transformation students experience when confronted with poverty in the third world. Their work allows them to be with ‘the other’ and work alongside of those they go to serve,” said Maureen Bergan, director of Campus Ministry.

For more information on the international immersion trips and Spring Hill College, visit