Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What are Spartan Service Trips?
A: UNCG’s Spartan Service Trips are immersive service experiences in regional domestic communities. Organized and led by trained student Leaders, service trips involve meaningful service, educational opportunities, reflection, fellowship with UNCG students, and fun!

Q: What is the commitment to be a part of Spartan Service Trip?
A: The commitment for Spartan Service Trips consists of required pre-trip meetings, the trip, and post-trip meetings. In addition, trip participants are expected to engage in organized activities while on the trip and to remain completely drug and alcohol free the entire time while on the trip.  Read more here.

Q: What do you do on a Spartan Service Trip?
A: Students typically work 5 to 8 hours per day on tasks that support communities across the region.

Q: What type of service do Spartan Service Trips engage in?
A: The service may include diverse projects, such as construction, environmental preservation, organizing supplies, or volunteering with food pantries and schools.

Q: Do I need prior volunteer experience in order to participate on a Spartan Service Trip?
A: Although prior volunteer experience is great, it is not necessary. All you need is a strong work ethic and an open mind to new things. Any necessary training will be provided.

Q: Who participates in the Trips?
A: UNCG undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty and staff can participate. Each trip has up to 12 student participants, two student Trip Leaders and one UNCG staff/faculty member who serves as a Learning Partner.

Q: How do I sign up to participate with a Service Trip?
A: You should submit the application found on OLCE’s website and bring your deposit to OLCE (EUC 217). Trips are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so apply early!

Q: Where do Service Trip teams sleep?
A: Teams are housed in simple volunteer accommodations, ranging from cots to bunk beds in shared rooms. Past sleeping arrangements have been made at hostels, community centers, churches, and cabins. Depending on the circumstances, floor sleeping arrangements may also occur.

Q: What do teams eat on Service Trips?
A: Meals are prepared by the group or are provided cafeteria-style. Example meals include bagels, cereal, and fruit for breakfast; sandwiches for lunch; and spaghetti for dinner. Accommodations for dietary restrictions are easily made and all participants are expected to help in the preparation and clean-up of meals. Eating out at restaurants may result in participants having to cover their own cost for that meal.

Q: What are pre-Trip meetings?
A: Pre-Trip meetings are very important to the Spartan Service Trip Program. These meetings give students the opportunity to get to know each other and bond prior to the experience. They also serve as a means to discuss the basic details and logistics of the trip, in addition to exploring the relevant social/environmental themes of the trip and at times, preparing ahead for service projects that will take place during the Service Trip.

Q: How much do the trips cost?
A: The cost of each trip varies depending on location and arrangements. A typical Weekend Service Trip costs approximately $30; a typical week-long Service Trip costs $150. Trip cost covers transportation, lodging, and food. Food expenses on travel days are to be covered by the participants. Additionally, groups often decide to eat one meal out in the community during their Service Trip experience; if the group decides to do this, the cost is to be covered by the participants.

Q: When do Service Trips take place?
A: Weekend Service Trips take place over various weekends late in fall semester and throughout the spring semester. Weekend experiences usually depart Friday afternoon and return Sunday afternoon. Week-long Service Trips typically take place during Spring Break. Week-long experiences usually depart Sunday morning and return sometime Saturday later afternoon/evening.

Our Spartan Service Trip dates for the 2017-2018 year are as follows (subject to change):

  • Fall weekend: November 10-12
  • Fall weekend: November 17-19
  • Spring weekend: February 9-11
  • Spring weekend: February 23-25
  • Spring break: March 4-10
  • Spring weekend: March 30-April 1

Q:  How many Service Trips can I participate in each year?
A:  OLCE would like to provide this opportunity to as many students as possible. Thus, we typically accept students for one Spartan Service Trip per year. On occasion, students are able to participate in more than one trip.

Q: Who may I contact if I have more specific questions?
A: For any additional information please contact Amanda Davis at You may also phone OLCE at (336) 256-0538.