How are you planning to spend your 2019 spring or summer break? Are you interested in doing something different? Phi Kappa Psi is proud to offer a new service-learning experience for you: the 2019 Service Immersion Trips program.
30 undergraduate Phi Psis will be selected to travel to a major city to participate in these life-changing experiences. If you choose to apply, you’re seeking to break out of your comfort zone, immerse yourself in a new culture, and take part in a series of hands-on service projects with local nonprofits and Phi Psi alumni. Two trips are scheduled:
March 24-30, 2019 – Denver, CO
May 12-18, 2019 – Twin Cities, MN
We are now accepting applications through Sunday, November 18.
(Tentative) Schedule of the trips:
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.
What is it?
The Phi Kappa Psi service immersion trips are a unique opportunity for a select group of Phi Psi undergraduates to participate in a week-long experience with a targeted cause in a community of need. Led by staff and volunteers, students learn about the social, political and cultural factors that can affect a community, while dedicating their time and energy towards to hands-on service projects to learn about the potential for community impact and change. Students learn about themselves as servant leaders, how they can become advocates for important causes, how to get others involved in important service initiatives, and why a lifetime of service is an important commitment of a Phi Kappa Psi brother.
Who is it for?
Phi Kappa Psi is seeking undergraduate men who demonstrate a strong moral character, a commitment to serving their communities, and academic excellence to apply for this program. Brothers must be in good standing with their chapter to attend. New members are also encouraged to apply and attend, but must be initiated by the time of the trip. Though the selected brothers will pay a registration fee, most of the trip costs will be covered by grants through the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation.
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.