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. 

**Become a Service Trip Leader**

Service Trip Leaders are critical.  Mount Mercy University Alternative Break trip leaders have many titles including leader, follower, financial manager, educator, fundraiser, and supervisor.  A trip leader finalizes the project details with community organizations, sets group itineraries, helps lead reflection, and much more.  This is a valuable leadership opportunity for any student looking to gain a meaningful experience while addressing societal needs and making real connections between academics and lived experiences.  To lead a trip, fill out the following application.  For more information, contact Jamarco Clark at

Information for all 2017-2018 service trips will be released soon.

Alternative Fall Break Trips: October 17-22nd 

$85 fee for both trips, cost covers travel, lodging, program supplies, and most meals.

Detroit, MI: to work with Cass Community Social Services with work focusing on poverty. To learn more about Cass Community Service, you can visit

Our leaders for this trip will be: Sydney Franks, Sarah VanHoe, and Greta Gustafson

Advisor: Amanda Mayotte

St. Louis, MO: to work with various community organizations, focusing on hunger, homelessness, and poverty.

Our leaders for this trip will be: Autumn Miene, Jess Hiney, and Jaime Araiza

Advisor: TBD

Alternative Spring Break Trips: March 19-23rd

Locations: TBA

End-of-Year Service Trip: Gros Morne, Haiti - May 31 - June 7, 2018

$2200 - (flights, all meals, housing, tours, ground travel, mount mercy travel insurance, program and supervision)

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 Jamarco Clark at, or by phone at 319-363-1323 x1025.