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Center for Career and Civic Engagement
The Center for Career and Civic Engagement

Alternative Break Service Trips

The world is increasingly complex. Information and technology brings diverse people and nations into closer interaction. To be effective leaders and agents of change, students need a greater understanding of global political, social and economic issues. Service trips allow students to experience this while visiting different parts of the United States and the world. Through training, orientation and guided reflection, students embark on self-discovery and personal transformation. Under the guidance of the Director of Civic Engagement, Moravian College is proud to offer robust and diverse Alternative Break Trips for students.

2018-2019 TRIPS

Habitat for Humanity Trips

Students traveled March 2-9, 2019 to two different locations: Union-Anson County in Monroe, North Carolina and Houston, Texas. Students and staff advisors worked alongside families to renovate and build new homes in Habitat communities. The Houston group worked with the ReStore and their deconstruction team to salvage reusable household items and appliances for new projects. Activities also included the building of a house frame and roof, painting and various other small construction projects. Students worked with and alongside families who ultimately received their new home. 


Students also have the opportunity to choose to stay right here in Bethlehem and contribute service hours to our local communities. Staycation is a program that provides our local nonprofits, schools and organizations throughout the Lehigh Valley support from students. This year, Staycation students also traveled to Philadelphia to work with children in early childhood programming, and Washington, D.C. In D.C., students painted in a domestic violence shelter, and while half of the group prepared and served a meal in a shelter for families, the other half hosted a St. Patrick’s Day party for the children! Students also spent their week serving at different sites at home: Camelot for Children, Aspire Hospice, Flint Hill Farm, 6th Street Shelter, Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley rehabilitation site in Allentown and painted murals at Lincoln Elementary School.  

Trinidad and Tobago

Over winter break, students traveled to Trinidad for ten days to work with Global Village of Habitat for Humanity. With a staff advisor, students were part of a larger group with people from all over the country. They served together to build a foundation of a new home for a deserving family. Students were immersed in Trinidadian culture while serving. 

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please e-mail the Center for Career and Civic Engagement at or call 610-861-1509.