We hope you’re considering going on the spring break mission trip with Wesley! If you’re not considering it (yet) you should be! It’s a great opportunity to serve others, learn about other faiths and cultures, and to get to know an awesome group of people. If you’re on the fence, I’d love to talk to you about the trip! Here’s all of the information you need to know…
This year we’ll be going on an interfaith spring break trip along with students and leaders from Hillel (a Jewish group on Grounds) to Appalachia, where we will be volunteering with the Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, NC . Prior to the trip, we’ll be organizing several fundraising opportunities and meetings to go over additional details and to get to know everyone going on the trip.
Where will we be staying?
We’ll be staying in a lodge (2-4 people per room with a bathroom) and the staff at Hinton will prepare meals for us during the week. Hinton is a large property with access to a lake, trails, and plenty of space to hang out or just sit on the porch.
What will we be doing?
When we get closer to the trip we’ll know more about the specific work sites and types of work but generally we’ll be doing home repair for low-income residents in the area. We may be working inside and/or outside during the week.
What will the schedule be like?
We’ll arrive for dinner Sunday, March 9, volunteer Monday and Tuesday, take a day to explore the area on Wednesday, volunteer again Thursday and Friday, observe Sabbath Friday night and Saturday, and drive home Sunday, March 16. During the week there will be time for personal reflection, group conversation, learning about the area’s culture, and worship.
How much does it cost?
Participant fee is $370. This includes organizational fees and materials, lodging, transportation, and most meals. You will be responsible for your own lunch/snacks on the trip to and from North Carolina, as well as dinner on our free day. We encourage you to ask your home church, family, and/or friends to contribute to the cost of the trip. Home churches especially like to see how we, as college students, are staying involved in the church. We know it can be difficult to ask for support so there’s a letter attached to make it easier. Try talking to your pastor about how you can best approach the congregation (newsletter? a short announcement in service? announcement in the bulletin?).
How do I sign up?
· Turn in completed Hinton registration and medical release from
· Turn in completed Hinton skill sheet
· Turn in the participant fee
· In late January, once you have signed up, you will receive an email link to complete two additional forms required for the trip. We’ll send the link and instructions out to you at that time.
Deadline to turn in all trip forms and participant fee is 6pm Thursday, January 23rd at 6pm.
Make checks payable to “The Wesley Foundation at UVA.”
How do I fill out these forms?
· If you’re under the age of 18, let me know so I can send you the correct registration form
· On the medical form under allergies/special problems indicate any dietary restrictions (vegetarian, gluten allergy, etc) – Don’t forget to include any Lenten dietary restrictions (eg, “vegetarian for Lent”) if that applies.
· On the skills form at the top indicate if you are willing to drive your personal vehicle on the trip and tell us what type of car and how many passengers you can fit
· Include your email address on the top of your release form
Contact the Wesley Foundation student organizer, Sarah Clifton (skc5np)
Or try one of these folks:
Rabbi Jake Rubin – jake AT brodyjewishcenter.org | 434.295.4963
Rev. Deborah Lewis – Deborah AT wesleyatuva.org | 434.977.6500
We hope you’ll join us! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the spring break planning team, Deborah, or Jake.
Sarah Clifton, Hannah Crockett, and Kelly Stewart
Spring break trip planning team