Phi Kappa Psi is proud to offer a new service – learning experience for our members: the 2019 Service Immersion Trips program.
In spring 2019, 30 undergraduate Phi Psis had the opportunity participate in our first ever week-long service experience. While taking part in a series of hands-on service projects with local nonprofits and Phi Psi alumni, attendees were also encouraged to break out of their comfort zone by immersing themselves in a new culture. Two trips took place during the spring term: March 24-30, 2019 – Denver, CO & May 12-18, 2019 – Twin Cities, MN.
“The whole purpose of the trip was to truly understand poverty and learn what we can do to prevent it. I’ve learned that poverty can be broken down into three main components; lack of food, lack of shelter, and lack of education. Each of the nonprofits that we worked with emphasized a different component of poverty. So by the end of the week we were able to experience all three phases of what it takes to fight poverty at the community level.”- Troy Barnes (Oregon State ’17)
- Arrival on Sunday, departure on Saturday.
- Monday, Tuesday and Thursday will consist of 1-2 projects with local nonprofits, educational speaker(s) and group reflection.
- Wednesday will be a day to explore the city and its culture.
- Friday is an opportunity to complete one last service project, interact with local alumni, and participate in closing activities.
- The cost to attend is $100. The bulk of the cost is covered by generous donations to the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation.
- Students will participate in hands-on projects with at least three nonprofits in each city who are devoted to addressing poverty.
- Students will hear from a variety of speakers and engage with local alumni.
- Additionally, students will be given time throughout the week to explore the city and its culture.
- Attendees will participate in ongoing educational discussions and reflections to ensure the experiences make an impact on students.
- Students will walk away with a renewed sense of commitment to The Great Joy of Serving Others.
The goal of these Service Immersion Trips is to provide attendees with a transformative cultural experience by learning about history of the community, the stories of the people, and other aspects of the local culture and its influencers. Through this program we plan to bring together brothers from across the country to build comradery and develop lifelong connections through the actions of service. This trip aims to instill a deeper commitment to service by helping the attendees understand just how much they can impact a community through their own personal efforts. It is important to recognize specific talents and passions an individual possesses so that they will continue to grow and contribute their time and efforts after this trip.
The Service Immersion Trips will challenge attendees to explore the tough concepts of social identity and privilege. They will be taught to analyze the roles that these social identities play in their own interpersonal relationships and lives, and learn how their experience differs from that of their peers. They will be asked to recognize the concept of privilege, how it affects their communities, and how it can be used to serve others. This reflection will prompt attendees to explore how they can use their social identity to make a positive difference through service, philanthropy, and advocacy work during the trip and back home in their own respective communities. Those participating in these trips will also be taught at least two practical hands on skills of a trade or craft during the service activities.