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Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry

Alternative Winter Break Application



Alternative Winter Break


January 6-13, 2018

Washington, D.C.| Camden, N.J.

Nazareth Farm, WV


Deadline:  September 29, 2017

*Cost is $100 non-refundable trip fee and intense fundraising*



In addition to the print application, interviews are mandatory for all applicants. Sign up for an interview here.


Mix & Mingle

Friday September 22nd, 3-4:30 PM in Murray Lounge

Come meet all of the trip leaders for alternative winter break trips, learn more about different sites, and get a better idea about the program and communities! Though not mandatory for your application, attending this session is strongly encouraged.

Thank you for your interest in our programs!



About Washington, D.C.Trip:

YSOP (Youth Services Opportunities Project) engages youth, college students and adults in meaningful service experiences through an innovative program that combines an orientation to the issues, hands on volunteer work and reflection. Eleven students, two student leaders, and two advisers do service through YSOP and learn about homelessness, hunger, and injustice in our nation’s capital.


About Camden, NJ Trip:

Romero Center Ministries provides Catholic education and retreat experiences inspired by Archbishop Oscar Romero’s prophetic witness and seeks personal, communal, and societal transformation by living ministry as proclaimed in Christ’s Gospel. Eleven students, two advisers, and two student leaders will learn about Catholic Social Teaching, and the history of Camden. 


About Nazareth Farm, WV Trip:

Nazareth Farm is a Catholic community in rural West Virginia that transforms lives through a service-retreat experience. The community is devoted to living out the Gospel message through the cornerstones of community, simplicity, prayer, and service. Eight students, two student leaders, and two faculty advisors will participate in the life of the farm and community, especially in their practice of radical simplicity.


In order to participate in Alternative Winter Break, participants must:

  • Participate in all large and small group meetings
  • Pay their non-refundable, $100 deposit
  • Work with their team to fundraise for the experience
  • Fill out all required paperwork given by your placement and Merrimack College
  • Approach this experience with openness, excitement, and respect


Large Group Meeting Dates (mandatory for all trip participants):

Wednesday, 11/1 7:30-8:30 PM in Murray Lounge

Wednesday, 11/29 7:30-8:30 PM in Murray Lounge


Please mark the type of service that you feel most drawn to.