Alternative Spring Break trips allow students to leave their familiar surroundings, stretch beyond one’s comfort levels, and serve the Lord in new ways. Past trips offered unique opportunities to embody deep questions of life and faith, and fellowship. Fruits gained from service can be applied in all areas of life. The bonds of love and fellowship between the Church and communities are reinforced. The Catholic Campus Ministry inspires students to lives of faithful service to their community, the Church, and to the world. Virginia Tech moto, Ut Prosim, “that I may serve”, mirrors this way of life.
This program is at the heart of our work. Trips are part of the Newman Outreach Project (NOP), which is the Service Immersion Experience Program of the Catholic Campus Ministry. Students begin their preparation months before their trip. In weekly meetings, they explore Catholic social teaching, learn about the communities they will be visiting, and grow together as a group. Coupled with these meetings is a fundraising effort, enlisting the support of friends, family, and other Hokies. Each year during VT spring and winter breaks, the Catholic Campus Ministry sends nearly 100 students to locations domestically and abroad.