Service and learning. Both are vital parts to a mission trip. On Miller Center mission trips, we take it a step further. We believe that students can serve and learn from those in need. But we also realize the importance of a student’s growth. Students can grow in their understanding of the work and life to which they are called. Because of this belief, trip participants are expected to participate outside of the physical labor through directed group discussion, journaling, and spiritual reflection. Students from any spiritual perspective are welcome to participate in Miller Center mission trips. Worship with host congregations will occur in a Christian context that is open to those of all faiths.
Student costs listed for each trip include lodging, food, transportation, and cultural outings. The costs also include any construction fees to the service agency. Students will also be asked to pay for passport fees, visas, vaccinations and meals in
the airport. Personal spending money will also be needed.
A copy of an updated passport is required at the time of application for trips outside the US. Applications without passport copy attached will not be considered, and the passport must be valid six months beyond travel dates.
If you are abroad or on leave in the fall semester, you will not be able to apply for the January trip. If you are abroad or on leave in the spring semester, you will be unable to apply for the spring and summer trips.
You must be a degree-seeking student at Hendrix to apply.
August 1 Applications available
September 17 Applications due by 3:30p.m.
September 30-October 15 Interviews
October 16 Notification of acceptance
October 23 Trip deposits due
November 24 Mandatory Orientation for the Dominican Republic trip
March 9 Mandatory Orientation for the Seattle trip April 27 Mandatory Orientation for the Kosovo trip
Dominican RepublicJanuary 11-18, 2014
Beyond the front of luxury resorts along beautiful Caribbean beaches in the Dominican Republic, one finds a rural population locked in poverty. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development, over half of the rural population lives
in poverty. Along the country's lower river valleys are "batey," or rural slum communities that develop around the sugar cane industry. Students participating in this Winter Break mission trip will work with Rivers of the World, an organization that works
with local members of the batey communities to combal the debilitating effects of poverty. While our specific work is subject to change depending on the need of the area at the time we are there, anticipated projects for the mission team include helping
install a water purification system and assisting with the Dominican version of a Habitat for Humanity House. We may also help with construction for a school, church, or hospital. The mission team will reside in a mission house a two-hour drive from
Santo Domingo. One day of the trip will be given to enjoying cultural and historical sites chosen for us by our Dominican hosts.
|Cost: $300 per person
March 22-28, 2014
While one may think of Seattle as the city of coffee, music, and the Space Needle, the community struggles with the persistent social issues of shelter and food insecurity for those who are displaced in society. The Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness
(SKCCH) "works collaboratively to ensure safety and survival for people who are homeless, and to end the crisis of homelessness" through a ten-year plan. First United Methodist Church of Seattle has been a strong player in the efforts to reach out to the
homeless in providing food, shelter, and place. The mission group will spend the week volunteering with these programs in a Community Breakfast on Sunday morning and during the evenings with displaced men in the Blaine Center. Other service projects include
focusing on the food insecure through time spent at the Northwest Harvest Food Bank. The end of the week will give the team an opportunity to explore the International District, to view the sights along the Pier, and visit the Seattle Art Museum.
Cost: $150 per student
Kosovo May 18-27, 2014
Since the end of the Balkan Wars in 1999, more than 200,000 Kosovars have left the country in search of stability and security, most to nearby Serbia. The international community has responded by offering infrastructure, agriculture, development and
education programs. In partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities, we will spend 10 days working with local villagers to construct a youth recreation center and assist agricultural infrastructure projects (such as drainage canals and
freshwater wells) in remote regions of Kosovo. The mission trip has the pledge of cooperation of His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Kosovo-Metohija, which allows visits to ancient Serbian Monasteries, including accomodations within Visoki Decani and Gracanica
Monasteries, which date back to the 14th century. We will have the opportunity to learn much about the culture, history and tradition of the people in this disputed region in Southeastern Europe.
Cost: $500 per student
Past Mission Trips
- Chincha, Peru Summer 2001, 2002 & 2003
Kansas City, Missouri Spring Break 2002
- Boston, Massachusetts Spring Break 2003
- Arlington, Texas Spring Break 2003
- Tarpum Bay, Bahamas Summer 2003 & 2004
- Taize, France Summer 2003
- Chicago, Illinois Spring Break 2004
- Shiprock/Santa Fe, New Mexico Spring Break 2004
- Quesada, Costa Rica Summer 2004
- Ekaterinburg, Russia Winter 2005
- San Diego, CA/Tijuana, Mexico Spring Break 2005
- Taize, France Summer 2005
- Quesada, Costa Rica Winter 2006
- San Francisco, California Spring Break 2006
- Boston, Massachusetts Spring Break 2006
- La Paz, Bolivia Summer 2006
- New York, New York Spring Break 2007
- Koinonia Farms, Georgia Summer 2007
- Bagamoyo, Tanzania Summer 2007
- Eleuthra Island, Bahamas Spring Break 2008
- Pascagoula, Mississippi Spring Break 2008
- Beverly, Kentucky Summer 2008
- Tambo de Mora, Peru Summer 2008
- San Francisco Winter Break 2009
- Shiprock and Santa Fe, NM Spring Break 2009
- Taize, France Summer 2009
- Mekong Delta, Vietnam Summer 2009