Service Learning Trips
Our service learning trips are where the idea of service really gets ratcheted up a notch. With some trips, you work here in the United States. We’ve rebuilt homes in Mississippi after Gulf Coast hurricanes and taught children on a Navajo Reservation in Arizona.
Recently you may have worked in the Trenton Soup Kitchen, helped clean up several community neighborhoods in response to devastating floods, and collected food for local food pantries.
On international trips, you are definitely not in Kansas (or Pennsylvania) anymore. Students have worked on conservation efforts in Africa, helped children in Vietnam, and renovated churches in Cuba.
Sara received not only an education from George School, but also a new perspective on the world.
Updated Requirements for the Class of 2022
George School will require a minimum of 25 hours of engaged activity in pursuit of the improvement of our society for the Class of 2022, given restrictions required during COVID. We will not offer any overnight service trips this academic school year. The current health information and consideration of the potential risks both to our community and those we would be partnering with, limit our normal options.
There are several exciting ways for members of the Class of 2022 can fulfill the requirement:
- You can complete an independent service project. If you have an idea for a project, please submit a proposal. If you have already completed a service-based CAS project, that will count but you need to confirm with the service learning coordinator to receive credit. If you have already fulfilled these service hours, but have not told anyone about it or submitted anything official, please contact the service learning coordinator to explain the work you completed (and plan to complete this journal to submit by the end of the first semester).
- You can participate in a George School-sponsored service project. A list of opportunities can be found below. If you wish to apply for one of these projects, submit a letter of interest (with your advisor’s signature) that (1) explains why this project is of interest to you personally, (2) identifies and supports any necessary skills, and (3) articulates what goals you have for in this work.
- You can commit to fulfilling the service hours throughout the year through a variety of activities. If you plan to piece together your service hours through a variety of activities (for example through attending periodic Student Activities Board service events, please confirm this plan by contacting the service learning coordinator.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss these options further, please schedule a meeting with Service Learning Coordinator Meredith Baldi ’01.
Service Learning Trip Opportunities 2021-2022
Capital City Farms (Trenton)
Capital City Farms, located in Trenton, New Jersey, is Trenton’s first urban farm, managed by the Garden State Agrihood, owned by the City of Trenton, and established by D&R Greenway Land Trust. Its mission is to preserve and care for land, and inspire a conservation ethic. The vision of permanently preserving two blighted acres next to the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen was realized in 2013. Capital City Farm provides local jobs and locally-raised fresh produce to support healthy food options in the community. Students will dedicate their time supporting the farm’s work, and duties will include (but are not limited to) weeding and planting, mulching, harvesting, and organizing/moving items (compost and straw).
Students will work on Saturdays between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (exact hours TBD).
Cradles to Canyons (Philadelphia)
Cradles to Canyons, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is an organization that strives to alleviate childhood poverty by providing children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play. Their vision is that one day every child will have the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. Students will work in The Giving Factory Warehouse, which involves hands-on processing of the donated goods that flow in on a regular basis.
Students will work weekday hours during March Break.
Friends Home & Villages (Newtown)
Friends Home & Villages, located in Newtown, Pennsylvania, is within walking distance from campus. A non-profit senior living community inspired by Quaker Values, FHV provides moderately-priced, small-community retirement living in a caring environment. Its residents enjoy the tangible items that offer security, like affordable housing and excellent services, and the intangible things that provide comforts like respect, inclusion, and companionship. Students will collect oral histories or develop and lead wellness programming. Filmmaking is recommended to collect oral histories, but those versed in strong writing and media-making will be considered. For those interested in wellness programming, you should have demonstrated experience running this type of programming (e.g. if you teach music or yoga already).
Students’ work will be based on their projects and schedules (to be developed in consultation with the organization).
Law Office of Sheena Bediako (Yardley)
Law Office of Sheena Bediako, located in Yardley, Pennsylvania, works to ensure the right to asylum and advocacy. Students will perform legal research and writing. They should be experienced in academic research, have strong writing skills, and be able to work independently.
Students will work one hour for one day each week in the afternoon.
Mercer Street Friends (Trenton)
Mercer Street Friends, located in Trenton, New Jersey, is a Quaker-affiliated organization that honors the equality of all people and strives for a just, prosperous, and peaceful society for all. They respond to the needs of the community to build alliances that will have the most meaningful impact in addressing issues of poverty. Students will be working in their food bank and distribution services and should have the ability to participate in regular lifting and light manual labor.
Students will work weekday hours during March Break.