Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling

Mission Trips

Serving and learning form the dual mission of a Miller Center trip. Students work on projects that benefit communities suffering material or social disadvantages; building relationships with those they serve, students learn about the world's needs and gain vocational self-understanding. Through guided discussions and journal writing, students explore their values and social concerns, beliefs and commitments, gifts and limitations. Service teams may be hosted by churches or other faith communities; however all activities are led in ways appropriate for individuals from any faith or non-religious perspective.

Costs

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.

Passport

A copy of an updated passport is required at the time of application for trips outside the U.S. 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 trips. If you are abroad or on leave in the spring semester, you will be unable to apply for the summer trips.

You must be a degree-seeking student at Hendrix to apply.

Application

The current 2016 Mission Trip application can found here.

You can also pick up a hard copy in the Miller Center (SLTC 133) or email millercenter@hendrix.edu.

Important Dates

  • August 1
    Applications available
  • September 15
    Applications due by 3:30 pm
  • September 28 - October 12
    Interviews
  • October 14
    Notification of acceptance
  • October 21
    Trip deposits due
  • November 15
    DOOR Hollywood (CA) & Camp CAMP (TX) Orientations
  • April 24
    Promise for Haiti (Haiti) & Red Bird (KY) Orientations

2016 Trips

DOOR Hollywood (CA)

January 10-16, 2016

Cost: $150 per student

Hollywood, CA, brings America’s economic disparity into sharp relief. The Hollywood Hills overlook one of the poorest immigrant communities in Los Angeles. Homeless youth sleep in the shadow of the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater along star-studded Hollywood Boulevard. Staying in a community house just steps away from Paramount Studios, we will be working with DOOR Hollywood to serve some of the poorest residents of America’s glitziest city. Work sites may include working with former gang members at Homeboy Industries, serving the homeless at Lord’s Lighthouse, and delivering meals to those living with AIDS, HIV, and other terminal illnesses through Project Angel Food. We will also have a chance to explore Hollywood Boulevard, hike to Griffith Observatory, or take a studio tour.

Camp CAMP (TX)

January 11-18, 2016

Cost: $100 per student

Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) was founded in 1979 on the vision that no one, regardless of his or her disability, illness, or ability to pay, should be denied a summer camp experience. Today, 1,000 individuals with special needs experience the joys of campfires, canoeing, riding horses, and more every year! What CAMPers long for is an opportunity to do things they don’t get to do anywhere else while supported, encouraged, and assisted with respect and dignity by compassionate counselor volunteers every step of the way. Just like the CAMPers, the facilities face challenges and need a little tender loving care to help them reach maximum potential. On this trip students will get to do both – work directly with CAMPers, helping them reach their maximum potential, and help CAMP’s facilities be all they can be. A great trip for those exploring a call to work with special needs children. There will be time to discover San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country.

Pignon, Haiti (Haiti)

May 15-21, 2016

Cost: $300 per student

Passport required!

When the devastating earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, many in the world responded with relief and aid to secure the infrastructure of an already struggling country. Haiti’s recovery process continues as the rates of unemployment keep it one of the economically poorest countries in the world. The “Promise for Haiti” program in Pignon, Haiti was the vision of Dr. Guy Theodore, the son of a lay minister who as a young boy accompanied his father on visitations to the sick and dying in Pignon. He witnessed many children who could have been saved from preventable diseases if only a doctor and medicine were available. At eleven years old, Dr. Theodore discerned his vocation to become a doctor and made a “promise” to give back to Haiti once his education came to completion. Since that time, more than 145,000 people have been helped through the Hospital Bienfaisance in partnerships with local Haitian leaders to provide healthcare and education in the region. Students will serve alongside the Promise for Haiti staff through light construction, painting, and repair needs for the area. Some of the week will also be spent volunteering with children and other projects to better the living conditions of community members. Time during the week will be available to tour local bakeries, open markets and farms, schools, churches, and to take part in cultural gatherings.

Red Bird Mission (KY)

May 16-23, 2016

Cost: $150 per student

Considered by many as one of the most beautiful areas of the United States, rural Appalachia is also one of the most isolated and impoverished regions of our country. Serving the rural mountain communities of Southeastern Kentucky, Red Bird Mission (in operation since 1921) seeks to improve lives, empower individuals and work for justice by meeting five areas of need: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Outreach, Economic Opportunity and Community Housing Improvement ( www.rbmission.org/). Serving through their Work Camp, our group will provide home repair and maintenance for low-income community members and/or the Mission itself. Other opportunities could include volunteering with the local Senior Citizen’s center, Red Bird Clinic, or Community Craft Store, depending on the Mission’s needs when we arrive. Our day off will provide a chance to explore the beauty and history of Appalachia by visiting Cumberland Gap National Park and/or the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Monument.

Past Mission Trips

  • Chincha, Peru
    Summer 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2008
  • Kansas City, Missouri
    Spring Break 2002
  • Boston, Massachusetts
    Spring Break 2003 & 2006
  • Arlington, Texas
    Spring Break 2003
  • Tarpum Bay, Bahamas
    Summer 2003, 2004, Spring Break 2008 & Summer 2012
  • Taize, France
    Summer 2003, 2005, 2009 & 2013
  • Chicago, Illinois
    Spring Break 2004 & 2012
  • Shiprock/Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Spring Break 2004 & 2009
  • Quesada, Costa Rica
    Summer 2004 & Winter Break 2006
  • Ekaterinburg, Russia
    Winter Break 2005
  • San Diego, CA/Tijuana, Mexico
    Spring Break 2005 & 2010
  • San Francisco, California
    Spring Break 2006, Winter Break 2009 & 2013
  • La Paz, Bolivia
    Summer 2006 & 2010
  • New York, New York
    Spring Break 2007
  • Koinonia Farms, Georgia
    Summer 2007
  • Bagamoyo, Tanzania
    Summer 2007
  • Pascagoula, Mississippi
    Spring Break 2008
  • Beverly, Kentucky
    Summer 2008
  • Mekong Delta, Vietnam
    Summer 2009
  • Dumas, Arkansas
    Spring Break 2010
  • Poland
    Summer 2010
  • Cuba
    Winter Break 2011
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    Winter Break 2011
  • South Africa
    Summer 2011
  • Birmingham, Alabama
    Summer 2011
  • India
    Winter Break 2012
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Summer 2012
  • Epworth by the Sea
    Spring Break 2013
  • Alaska
    Summer 2013
  • Dominican Republic
    Winter Break 2014
  • Seattle, Washington
    Spring Break 2014
  • Kosovo
    Summer 2014
  • Guatemala
    Winter Break 2015
  • New Orleans
    Spring Break 2015
  • Arkansas Delta
    Spring Break 2015
  • Pine Ridge Reservation
    Summer 2015