Service Trips

Service Trips give you the opportunity to serve where genuine need exists in another area of our country. You'll gain first-hand perspective of the rich cultural diversity of our country and its people while building relationships with fellow volunteers and people at the service site. Service trips open your eyes and expand your horizons, giving you a new perspective to bring home. 

Fall Diversity Immersion Trip: Chicago – October 18-19th

Cost: $75

Students will have the opportunity to better understand diversity as they serve people in need and explore the unique culture of Chicago. This short-term trip will provide a distinctive experience to help Mount Mercy students gain a better understanding of how diversity impacts our culture, as well as develop skills for working with individuals with special needs and complex cultural backgrounds.

Registration Due: October 1st, 2013

Contact: Brooke Oehme,

Alternative Spring Break: New Orleans – March 24-30th

Cost: $125

Spend Spring Break helping to make a difference in New Orleans.  We will be serving St. Anna’s Episcopal Church as they tutor children, continue repairing buildings damaged in Katrina, and help those living in the Treme with multiple other ministries.  Tourist options will include time in New Orleans’ famed French Quarter and the French Market.

The cost for this trip will include room, food and travel expenses. 

Registration Due: December 6th

Contact: Brooke Oehme,

End-of-Year Service Trip: Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota – May 19-24th

Cost: $125

Our first trip to Pine Ridge Reservation, this service experience will offer students an opportunity to connect with a distinctive way of life and approach to service.  This trip will be planned in part with Mount Mercy’s Education department to help students further explore their coursework in real-world situations.

Registration Due: TBD

Contact: Brooke Oehme,



Service Trips are limited in size, and are first-come, first-served. All service trips are open to Mount Mercy students, faculty, staff and alumni, unless otherwise stated. A full application for each service trip will also be available on the Mount Mercy Mission & Ministry Facebook page. To participate or for more information on Service Trips, contact Brooke Oehme at, or by phone at 319-363-1323 x1396.