Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling

Service-Learning 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.


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 U.S. Applications for international trips 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.


Information about the 2018 Service-Learning Trips is COMING SOON!!

2017 Service-Learning Trip Application

You can also pick up a hard copy in the Miller Center (SLTC 133) or email

Important Dates

  • July 15
    Applications available
  • September 13
    Applications due by 3:30 pm
  • September 26 - October 10
  • October 12
    Notification of acceptance
  • October 19
    Trip deposits due
  • December 4
    Bahamas Orientation (6:00-9:00pm)
  • April 23
    Birmingham, AL and Washington DC Orientations (6:00-9:00pm)

2017 Trips

Bahamas (Eleuthera Island)

January 8-15, 2017 

Cost: $400 per student

Passport Required!

Spend a week of winter break on the Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas.  Yes, you will enjoy the famous Caribbean beaches; however, this trip will be unlike any beach trip you have experienced.  Working side-by-side with island residents, students will repair houses, tutor children, and assist in a number of important areas critical to the empowerment of local people. Led by the staff of the non-profits One Eleuthera and Island journeys, students will receive a hands-on introduction to how the community itself understands issues effecting the economic stability and environmental sustainability of the Islands.  The group will stay at the Methodist Mission House at Tarpum Bay. 

Birmingham, AL

May 14-20, 2017

Cost: $100 per student

“I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” These words were written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his famous Letter from Birmingham Jail. The civil rights struggle for integration in the town of Birmingham, Alabama in the late 1950’s and 1960’s was ugly and violent. Through their service work, students will have an opportunity to see first-hand what Birmingham has done to repent of its past and move toward a more just society.  The group will work with the Urban Mission of Birmingham to “offer dignity and compassion” to the underserved of the city by painting homes, participating in after school tutoring and recreation programs, and working in the West End Community Garden. Part of the week will give the group time to explore significant sites of the civil rights movement: the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, and the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Washington DC

May 14-20, 2017

Cost: $200 per student

Travel to our nation’s capital to learn about poverty and homelessness at the heart of our national conscience. The trip will include hands-on service work with agencies serving the homeless as well as those doing political advocacy work on the Hill. We will learn about systemic issues related to poverty and how we can work in our own communities and through our elected officials to create a more just society for all. Our work will be coordinated by the Church of the Pilgrims, just blocks away from DuPont Circle in the heart of DC, and will include agencies working from a variety of religious and non-religious perspectives.

Past Service-Learning 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, Summer 2016
  • 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
  • Camp CAMP (San Antonio, TX)
    Winter Break 2016
  • DOOR (Hollywood CA)
    Winter Break 2016
  • Miami, FL
    Summer 2016