Equity in the South (Brown Leaders/Scholars only)
This trip is focused on exploring the inequities present within the south and being immersed in the historical context that sought to change not only the south but a country. Visit museums, landmarks, and meet leaders of the civil rights. As a group you will be serving in multiple ways and address a variety of justice topics throughout the week.
Lake Charles, Louisiana
After the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, Bellarmine began making yearly trips to Louisiana. Through a partnership with Project Build a Future and Campus Ministry this tradition has continued. You will work closely with fellow Bellarmine University students to do home repair and landscaping. This trip immerses you in the culture of Louisiana, through exploring the food, sights, and tradition of hospitality. In the past students have spent time with college students from McNeese State University, travelled to the Gulf, attended a Mardi Gras Parade, and much more. This trip brings to life the struggles faced by the people of Louisiana post-Katrina and the reminds us of the multiple challenges still ahead. Check out an article about Project Build a Future here.
Become immersed in the culture and beauty of Appalachia with the Christian Appalachian Project WorkFest program. Bellarmine University has had a long standing tradition of attending WorkFest over the years. You will have the opportunity to meet college students from all over the United States, work in teams of approximately 15 to do repair on homes in the McKee region of Kentucky. In the evening take advantage of the beautiful surroundings by hiking, going for a run, or playing games with newly made friends. Each evening there are also cultural experience available, such as; award winning bluegrass performers, historical presentations on the area, campfires, and much more. Need more information? Click here.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The grandeur and excitement of parade culture is embedded with issues of culture. This spring break experience will immerse you in the celebration of Mardi Gras exploring race, sexuality, class, and historical contexts of New Orleans. Throughout the week you will have the opportunity to perform various types of service. This trip will examine culture pre and post Katrina as well as offering the opportunity to explore New Orleans from multiple perspectives. You will visit museums, college campuses, volunteer among the citizens of New Orleans, all in the midst of Mardi Gras.
Virginia (Kiptopeke State Park)
Spend the week on the coast of Chesapeake Bay and work with the State Park system in Virginia to repair boardwalks, plant trees, repair structures, placing rip rap along banks, prepare campgrounds, connecting and exploring the environment. In the evening you will have the opportunity to do geocaching, caving, hiking, visit other local parks, historical landmarks, and much more. Check out the Virginia State Parks here.
This trip will focus on community development through urban farming and sustainable food systems. You will spend the beginning of the trip at Roots Memphis, an urban learning farm in Whitehaven, TN, learning about sustainable farming practices. From there, you will spend time at Grow Memphis, a non-profit that partners with neighborhoods in Memphis and Shelby County, TN to create a sustainable local food system. We will utilize what we learned at Roots Memphis to help build and maintain community gardens in low-income communities. This trip will be physically intensive so bring your green thumb and get ready to make a difference.
There will also be time for us to explore the rich, vibrant culture of the River City and its impact on the civil rights movement and the music industry. We will visit the Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Rock ‘N Soul Museum, plus get a taste of the local cuisine and the Memphis music scene.