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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.

2016-2017 TRIPS

Appalachian Trail, North Carolina

Students and staff traveled to North Carolina to serve with the Nantahala Hiking Club as they worked on 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Working alongside the trail crew, the students helped clear felled trees, fix trails, dig our roots and prepare the trails for the season. Students and staff got the opportunity to walk the trail and explore part of our beautiful park system. 

Habitat for Humanity Trips

16 students traveled March 5-12, 2017 to two different locations: New Orleans, LA and Beaumont, TX. Students and staff advisors worked alongside families to renovate and build new homes in Habitat communities. Activities 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.

Lake Atitlan at San Pedro, Guatemala

Over winter break, students traveled to Guatemala 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 worked together to build smokeless stoves for residents of San Pedro, a village that works tirelessly on coffee farms. Students were immersed in Guatemalan culture while serving and had the opportunity to experience a coffee bean plantation and picked their own coffee beans!


Students also have the opportunity to chose 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. Students spend their week serving at different sites such as: Peaceable Kingdom Animal Shelter, YMCA of Allentown and Bethlehem, Central Moravian Church, William Penn Elementary School and Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley construction sites and ReStore.

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.