Applications for Nicaragua service trip now available online

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The Office of Community Service, in conjunction with faculty from the departments of Education and Religious and Theological Studies, will sponsor an international service trip to Nicaragua Jan. 11-18, 2014. Applications are now available online.

Participants will work with children and young adults at Hogar Belen-Diriamba Orphanage and stay in a dorm-style mission cottage on the campus. The trip is organized through Mustard Seed Communities, an organization that works with the local Catholic church to serve the needs of abandoned or orphaned children with mental and physical disabilities.

Mustard Seed operates two orphanages in Nicaragua and provides outreach services to families living near the Managua city dump through Christ in the Garbage Ministries. The sewing center, with which Salve Regina has partnered through the “Rags to Bags” program, is another Mustard Seed ministry. Participants will visit all of these sites during the trip.

The cost of the service trip is $1,300. This includes $950 payable to Mustard Seed for in-country transportation, housing accommodations, most meals, insurance and mission fees (passport and immunization fees are at the student’s expense). Airfare costs are capped at $350 thanks to the generous support of the Nicaragua Service Travel Fund.

Applications are due by noon Friday, May 10 in Wakehurst, Room 202. For more information, contact Kelly Powers in the Office of Community Service at (401) 341-2440 or community.services@salve.edu.

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