Service Learning Trip FAQs

Do George School service learning trips satisfy the sixty-five-hour graduation requirement for students?

Yes. Every George School sponsored service trip fulfills the sixty-five-hour graduation requirement.

Do I need to complete a parent permission form?

Every student has a choice between participating in a George School service learning trip, or completing and independent service trip. Some families like the opportunity for their child to travel with other George School students to volunteer. Other families may find the independent service project model a better fit because the service project can be tailored to their interests and schedule.

If you and your child decide to apply to a George School service learning trip, review the form and rank your choices. You may exclude trip options by selecting NA. Once you submit the permission form, your child will receive a random number based on their grade, with seniors receiving the lowest set of numbers, juniors the second lowest set of numbers, and sophomores the highest set of numbers.

Students will select their trip in number order. After their selection, they will receive an opportunity to confirm their choice via email and your George School account will be charged a $500 nonrefundable deposit. Registration packets will be mailed to families with further details.

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What does the cost of the trip cover?

The cost of the service learning trip covers the following:

  • Transportation to and from the destination
  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Sightseeing, where applicable

Additionally, students will receive three meals per day and snacks. The trip fee does not include immunizations, passport fees, trip insurance, personal spending money, personal gear, or equipment.

Is there financial aid available?

Financial aid for service learning trips is awarded on a case-by-case basis, with trip grants ranging from 10 to 50 percent. There is no need to apply.

Where will students who participate in the Philadelphia service learning trip stay?

The Philadelphia trip is a local service option. Students meet every morning at Drayton Circle and travel by van to Philadelphia. The project cost covers sponsoring meals. Each student receives $15 per meal per day and can choose to donate those funds to the project.

Lodging is not provided and boarding students stay in George School residential halls. Day students are encouraged to spend the night in the residential halls or to invite boarding students on the trip to spend the weekend at their home.

Are freshmen and sophomores allowed to participate in service learning trips?

George School students may only participate in service learning trips when they are juniors and seniors. Sophomores may participate in summer service learning trips, usually planned during June, when they are rising juniors.

My child is a sophomore or and junior and wants to wait another year to participate, can they?

If a family decides to wait to apply to take a George School trip, please do not complete the survey this year. However, note that although Arizona, Nicaragua, Washington DC, and Mississippi trips are offered almost every year, there are many trips that are only offered every other year or periodically.