Service-Learning Trips

Serving and learning form the dual mission of a Miller Center Service-Learning 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.  The Service Learning Trips are pre-approved for Odyssey SW or GA credit.  


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 (valid 6 months beyond the travel dates) is required at the time of application for trips outside the U.S. or a copy of a submitted application for a passport.  Applications without either of these copies will not be considered.   

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.


The 2023 Application is available HERE.

You can also pick up a hard copy in the Religious Life Suite (SLTC 133) or email

Important Dates

  • August 23
    Applications available online
  • September 16
    Applications due by 3:00 pm
  • October 3-7
  • October 12
    Notifications of acceptance
  • December 1
    Trip deposits due
  • March 5
    Mandatory Orientation Meeting

2023 Trip

Costa Rica

March 19-25, 2023

Cost: $500 per student

The Hendrix group will spend 7 days in Costa Rica, where the Children’s Eternal Rainforest offers one of the most biodiverse areas on earth.  Guided by Elbert L. Fausett Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology and Health Sciences Dr. Matthew Moran, who knows both Hendrix College and Costa Rica well, trip participants will learn about conservation efforts, visit the cloud forest, tour a coffee farm, and assist with trail work in the preserve and some light maintenance at the clinic and community center in San Luis.  While those traveling will have significant cultural interaction working alongside local residents, it is the hope that students, faculty, and staff will gain a greater understanding of the complex relationship of people with the environment, an appreciation of the rich culture and heritage of Costa Rica, and a deeper sense of one’s vocational journey.  

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, Summer 2017
  • 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
  • Bahamas
    Winter Break 2017
  • Washington DC
    Summer 2017
  • Ferguson, Missouri
    Winter Break, 2018
  • Taizé, France
    Spring Break, 2018
  • Belize City, Belize
    Summer, 2018
  • New York, NY
    Summer, 2019
  • Gashora, Rwanda
    Summer, 2019
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Spring Break, 2022
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
    May 2022