Thank you for your interest in serving as a H.O.P.E. student leader for the 2024-2025 academic year!

H.O.P.E. student leaders serve a year-long term. Leaders commit to:

  • Meeting one-and-a-half hours per week as a leadership team (Tuesdays 4:00pm-5:30pm)
  • Weekly pre-immersion and re-entry meetings with your trip participants (Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:00pm)
  • Work an additional 1.5-3 hours weekly preparing curriculum for all meetings and utilizing resources from the H.O.P.E. team


Must have participated in at least one immersion prior to serving as a leader. The team is responsible for working with the director to oversee the 2024-2025 H.O.P.E. Service Immersion Program, including:

  • advertising and recruiting
  • pre-immersion preparation
  • curriculum development
  • group fundraising activities
  • small group facilitation
  • information dissemination
  • facilitating and leading reflections
  • Regular communication with Colleen Schoeck regarding trip details and preparation
  • group re-entry & ongoing advocacy
  • Preparing for and participating in Advocacy Day in the spring

You should be prepared to commit at least 5 hours a week to this program before site groups are chosen and up to 7 hours per week once site groups are selected. As mentioned above, leaders are expected to engage in a variety of administrative roles to assist the program throughout the year. A leader must be flexible, willing to adapt to changing situations, and react responsibly and maturely in a variety of settings. Potential leaders should be comfortable confronting their peers and dealing with stressful and unexpected situations.

Benefits include:

  • Leadership Training
  • Leadership Experience both before, during, and after trips
  • Opportunity for travel
  • Experience for Resume
  • No Deposit Required ($200 value)
  • ½ off final payments (example: if participants pay $230 each after fundraising, leaders would only pay $115)
  • Transformational Experiences!

Please fill out the H.O.P.E. Student Leader application form and include a photo of your State ID or Passport. If you are a New student Leader you will also need to provide one reference using the H.O.P.E Leader Reference Form. This should be filled out by an adult who knows the applicant fairly well, it can be a staff member, faculty, employer, mentor etc.

All applicants will have an interview with HOPE Program Director, Colleen Schoeck.  Interviews begin mid-April.

Required Pre-Travel Medical Screening

Domestic and International Travel programs can be physically and emotionally demanding, and clinical resources may be limited at some locations. Stonehill College requires this medical review process to help you anticipate your medical needs and enable you and your clinician to formulate a plan of support and care.

Chapel of Mary, – Office of Campus Ministry

Inspired by the enduring values of a Holy Cross education, and the belief that learning is enhanced when it takes place in the context of a compelling situation, H.O.P.E. seeks to engage members of the Stonehill community in cross-cultural service experiences. H.O.P.E. further endeavors to challenge the Stonehill community to grow in love of God and neighbor by embodying the Church's commitment to a preferential option for and with the poor.