Service Trip Opportunities


Want to make an impact serving communities while bonding with other UNCG students?
Then participate on a Spartan Service Trip!


What are Spartan Service Trips?

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!

How can you sign up for a Spartan Service Trip?

The way to sign up for the UNCG Spartan Service Trip Program is by completing an online application. We also have two BIG Sign-Up events for the academic year, which is an opportunity to meet staff and trip leaders and ask them any questions you may have.

  • The Fall/Winter trips event date: 9/29/2016 EUC Azalea
  • Spring/Summer trips event date: 1/26/2017 EUC Azalea

Learning Partner Applications are OPEN!

Participant Applications are OPEN!

Once you have completed the online application, you must bring in the deposit amount to secure your spot on the trip. Amanda McDole is the person who collects these payments and her spring 2017 office hours are:

  • Mondays & Tuesdays 9am-3pm
  • Wednesdays 9am-1pm

What commitments and expectations do participants have to Service Trips?

  • No previous service or leadership experience is necessary; however the ideal participant has a passion for social change.
  • Participants will serve as active members of the Service Trip Program and are required to attend all pre-trip meetings (dates and times set by individual trip leaders) and the post-trip Reunion event on Wednesday April 13 from 5-7pm.
  • For a weekend trip: Participants are required to pay a non-refundable $30 fee
  • For a week-long trip: Participants are required to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit and $100 fee
    • This payment covers food, housing, and transportation for the entire week/weekend. Cash is accepted (exact change needed) or checks can be made out to UNCG – OLSL.
  • The trips are designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in their community. Therefore, each student participant is expected to be open to developing new relationships with peers and mentors as they learn together in the shared experience.
  • Participants are expected to maintain communication with their trip leaders and OLSL.
  • All students and staff/faculty will pledge to an alcohol and drug free experience on all alternative break trips, including pre- and post-trip events.


Fall weekend trip: November 18th-20th Cost: $30

REACH youth Missions: SOS: Community development through serving our soldiers (FILLED)

We believe the real empowerment will come as the people being served realize that they too have something to give back, a way to serve others, and they feel the happiness that comes with that service. I believe that once people fully grasp the happiness that comes from serving others, that attitudes, lives, and entire communities will be transformed for the good. I believe that each and every individual has the ability to change the world for the better, right here, right now, with the resources at hand. Our purpose is to facilitate that process, and in so doing help them to discover their passion for service. We were all born with that passion – the passion to serve one another. We see it every day in the small things, a smile, a hand, a kind word.

REACH youth mission provides a variety of service experiences. An example of a weekend serving with our organization includes partnering with several non-profit organizations and tackling a few community development issues at once. We can do any and all of the following: Dinner and service at homeless shelter Rescue Mission with activities for children that follow dinner, breakfast and work at local food bank, assistance with home repairs and cleanups through Renovation Alliance, community event at local churches on social justice, environmental work or cleanup on the last day near small waterfall. All of this depends on the current needs of the community and capacity for asset building.

Camp Royall: Where Kings and Queens Claim Their Throne (FILLED)

Since 1972, the Autism Society of North Carolina has provided summer camp recreational opportunities for individuals with autism. In 1997, the Autism Society of North Carolina opened Camp Royall, a 133-acre facility located near Pittsboro. Camp Royall now houses the nation’s oldest and largest summer camp program for people on the autism spectrum, year-round programs, and a wide variety of other functions and services throughout the year. In 2014, more than 2,000 people participated in programming through Camp Royall.

Student participating on this service trip will have the opportunity to be a counselor at one of Camp Royall’s mini-weekend camps! Mini-Camp is an overnight camping experience from Friday 4 PM until Sunday 12 Noon. It is also very fun and a great opportunity to get to know our wonderful campers. Group members to be either one-on-one counselors or activity leaders, depending on their preferences, experiences, and strengths. Mini-Camp Weekends provide a weekend camping opportunity for individuals of all ages on the autism spectrum. We do all of the activities that our campers enjoy at summer camp, weather permitting. We are lucky enough to have many great indoor spaces, so whatever the weather, there is fun to be had at Camp Royall!

Winter week trips: January 2nd-8th Cost: $150

City of Refuge: Women and Children affected by Homelessness (FILLED)

The City of Refuge is a non-profit organization dedicated to community development efforts that lead to the stability and sustainability of the local African American community. The mission of City of Refuge is to bring light, hope and transformation to Atlanta. We provide resources that arrest crisis, restore self-respect and transition individuals and their families back on the road to independence and positive social engagement with life-building tools to individuals and families in Atlanta who are living on the margins. Our services span multiple areas of need – from food, clothing and shelter to job training, placement, housing, healthcare and education. Our goal is to provide access to and information about the best possible opportunities for success to those who are willing to work hard for positive change.

Students on this service trip will be fulfilling the needs listed above through various tasks such as serving in the 180 kitchen, activities with residents and participating in after-school programs with children! The group can expect to spend quite a bit of time interacting with our 250 residents (all women and children) on campus. The emphasis of the service experience will be relationship building with the residents and educating the group on homelessness in the southeast. While there will be some “doing for” on the trip, the emphasis will be on “being with.”


Spring weekend trips: March 3rd-5th Cost: $30

MAD House Living/Learning Community Lumbee Tribe Volunteer Services: Cultural Issues and Food Sustainability (FILLED)

Mission Statement: The mission of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Volunteer Program is to enhance the lives of our fellow tribal members. We will strive to help develop integrity, dependability and a lasting relationship through community outreach. Final Goal: The final goal of the Tribal Volunteer Program is to provide an opportunity for Tribal members to contribute to the betterment of their community creating a sense of ownership and enhanced Tribal pride and participation.

Students participating in this service trip will be able to spend a day working with children through the boys and girls club on their Friday or meeting Lorretta Oxendine and her husband who can showcase their cultural artifacts and how they produce traditional Lumbee crafts. The weekend work will depend on the needs of the tribe and nearby university. Projects could include working with community members on restoration projects or working at Hawkeye farms. Students will also have the opportunity to experience some of the culture and learn about the amazing history and way of life of the tribe through tours of UNC Pembroke.


Spring week trips: March 12th-18th Cost: $150

WellSpring / Cool Girls Inc.: Women and Youth Empowerment (FILLED)

Cool Girls is dedicated to the self-empowerment of girls. We inspire girls to change their world. Cool Girls’ community partners, mentors, and volunteer networks support girls in all aspects of their development – breaking the cycles of poverty, low self-esteem, and teen pregnancy. Our life skills programs develop girls into confident women through education and exposure to a broader world of opportunity. Students will volunteer the afternoons of Monday-Wednesday at our Girls Club, an after school program that has different subject focuses, around spring break we may be on the topic of puberty. Students will receive an orientation before working with the girls!

Wellspring Living’s mission is to help domestic sex trafficking victims and the “AT RISK”, to develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed. Students serving with us will participate in our Wellspring Living’s Student Mobilization project! We welcome students from throughout the nation to spend a few days serving with us each Spring! Next year’s dates will be Thursday and Friday! The days are combined with education about Domestic Sex Trafficking, tours of our residential facilities and an opportunity to serve in tangible ways!


Semilla Arts Initiative: Arts initiatives, Social Change, and Community Development (2 spots available)

Semilla Arts is a grassroots initiative that uses art as a catalyst for social change and artistic collaboration as a means of empowering individuals and strengthening communities. Collaborative art is a process more accessible to a larger audience. It has a set goal that addresses the needs and conditions of its participants. It embodies multiple visions working towards a common goal. Collaboration within a community setting inevitably acts as a “Semilla” for changing social circumstances. It creates a safe, nurturing environment that cultivates self-esteem, creativity, dignity and respect. It empowers the community with a voice, preserves culture, establishes strong communities that reflect positive attitudes, builds skills and awakens talent found in its members. Semilla’s goal is to unite the community by actively involving them in the process of physically transforming their own neighborhood and by exposing them to solutions and possibilities. The vitality of any community can be found in the strength and stability of its members and in their ability to overcome the complexity of today.

Students in past projects have created murals for art museums, public spaces, gardens, etc. The mural, any painting and artwork will be based on the current needs of the community and partnership with the city. The participants work in Casanas’ studio on any and all public projects she is involved in. They learn how execute each project from from design to completion. Through a hands on approach students learn how to manage and work with diverse groups from all over the world. Students could be working with community members, up and coming local artists, and individuals who have or have not been exposed to public art. Participants should have a strong love of learning and working communally on public art that has the potential to cause social change.


Spring weekend trips: April 7th-9th Cost: $30

Greensboro Staycation: Food Justice and Security in Greensboro

The staycation will begin with us gathering for a shared dinner and guided reflection with Guilford College’s Food Justice Club. They focus on promoting food sovereignty, not just food security. We hope this event will be opportunity for students at each school to network, share ideas, learn from each other’s experience serving in Greensboro, and maybe even build some friendships that inspire partnerships between our two universities. The Saturday will will begin by volunteering at the Greensboro Farmer’s Curb Market, especially with the Farmer Foodshare Donation Station. The donation station helps connect people who grow food with people who need food. Customers donate produce or cash to the Donation Station table at the market, then we donate the collected produce to community organizations addressing food insecurity in Greensboro. The farmers make some extra sales and the food gets out to folks who need it – everyone wins! After lunch, we will head to the Renaissance Community Cooperative for a tour and an opportunity to speak with staff about the history and development of the grocery store. The Renaissance Cooperative opened last fall in what had otherwise been a food desert. It’s a pretty powerful example of local grassroots, community-driven activism– community members had been trying to bring corporate grocery stores back to the neighborhood after the local Winn Dixie closed 16 years ago, but the profit margins wouldn’t be high enough to incentive a corporate chain to move back. Not wanting to be without a grocery store, community members organized and fundraiser to build a new Cooperative, owned and operated by residents in that area of town. It created jobs, and increased the neighborhood’s access to healthy, affordable food. Afterwards, we will canvass on behalf of Renaissance Cooperative to raise awareness about the new grocery store. Our on our final day a speaker from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems will be giving an introductory workshop on racial equity in food systems. We have some flexibility throughout the weekend for more service depending on the needs from community members and organizations as well.


Summer week trips: May 14th-20th Cost: $150

Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Refuge: Animal Welfare and Youth Education (8 spots available)

The Sharon Charitable Trust is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of domestic animals and the preservation of wildlife. This will be accomplished by: Medical Care, Shelter, Adoption and Education Services, Preservation and Protection, and People. The owners of the sanctuary chose this fund to purchase and ensure the preservation of the Horse Creek Wildlife Sanctuary and Animal Refuge. With over 2,000 acres devoted to the safety and security of wildlife native to the area, it provides medical care for and houses abandoned and abused dogs and seeks good, caring homes for them.

Students would be working with the dog rescue program. We try to find homes for the dogs we have rescued and volunteers help make sure the dogs are socialized, walk on leashes well and are ready for adoption. This summer we will also have several school visiting us for educational programming days. UNCG students will have the opportunity to run education stations and take part in the activities we design for the days that kids are visiting. This service is not only affecting the lives of these animals that deserve forever homes, but also affect the families that are willing to make them part of their home and our community! Our organization uses a lot of volunteer power to keep running and we are excited to be working with UNCG!

 If you have questions contact Amanda McDole @