What Will Happen
- Form community with other students
- Learn about another culture, history and issues of social justice
- Continue to pursue justice after your return
- Discover a new sense of community, which crosses the many borders of race, culture, land, and language.
Because of the nature of the experience, we ask that you think seriously about the commitment you will be making, and that you accept the responsibilities that it demands.
- Presence at all orientation sessions on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 pm
- Active fundraising
- Full participation in the service immersion experience and the reflection sessions
- Cell phone fast
- Participation in the ‘re-entry’ program
Talk it Over with Friends & Family
Your decision to participate in this type of experience should not be made in isolation. We encourage you to speak with friends and family about your decision prior to applying for the program. Their reflections and concerns could be helpful in clarifying your own thoughts about particular areas and/or practical concerns.
Application & Selection Process
- Complete the application by Monday, September 17th at 11:59 p.m.
- This program is highly competitive, so you must thoroughly express your commitment through the application as we will not be having interviews for the domestic program
- If selected, you will be notified on Friday, October 5th and asked to confirm participation a week later by submitting all forms and a non-refundable deposit of $200.
All Stonehill students planning on traveling with the college need to have the Travel Pre-Authorization Form completed in consolation with your health care provider. This is to ensure you are cleared for travel and know what steps you must take to keep yourself healthy.
On the application, please inform us of any medical history/current conditions, which we should be aware of on this immersion.
Health insurance is required of anyone who will make any of the trips. If you are on the Stonehill College Plan, you are covered out of state. If you are on your family’s plan, you may not be covered for medical emergencies out of state; in that case would need to purchase an insurance rider. Please consult your family on this matter. Again, to participate in any trip, you must be covered by medical insurance.
For all travel, it is recommended you receive a flu vaccination prior to departure as we desire to keep the vulnerable populations we serve healthy.
What Can Be Triggering through H.O.P.E.?
H.O.P.E. in and of itself will create anxiety in the most healthy of people. When thinking of applying for H.O.P.E., please remember the following scenarios are possible:
- Driving upwards of 18 hours to location
- Sharing small space with entire delegation
- Experiencing rural or urban poverty
- Limited access to showering
- Restricted communication with support networks
- Possible homestay within a different cultural context
- Testimony from people who have been through trauma
- Learning about privilege and oppression
- Not controlling food options
- Uncontrollable travel delays or changes
- Learning about justice issues and everyday struggles of others
Knowing your limits is the most important aspect of living a healthy life. If you believe these types of experiences may be too much for you right now, it is best to wait until you have further developed resiliency in coping. Speak with your therapists, family and medical providers for honest reflection on your abilities to handle the stress of travel. If you are triggered on these immersions beyond your comfort level, your presence could have an impact on the group dynamic and receiving community. The staff and student leaders who travel with you will notify the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry about possible issues that come up so you can adequately get the help you may need.
Support Upon Return
If you encounter a very triggering experience, the staff or student leader will follow-up with the Assistant Director of Campus Ministry. The Assistant Director may follow-up with you directly and encourage you to avail yourself of services at the college for further care and health. In some cases, the Assistant Director may go directly to the Dean of Students to set in motion a plan of care for your well-being. Your health and well-being are of primary concern at all times.
Payment & Fundraising
- You are responsible for payment & fundraising towards administrative cost of the program
- Nonrefundable deposits of $200 must be paid at the time of acceptance.
- H.O.P.E. Domestic received a large grant from the Flatley Foundation last four years to cover the cost of the trips. It is our hope to have this grant again but if we do not receive it, it is your responsibility to pay for and fundraise the cost of the trip.
- The total cost of the trip will vary per site. A payment schedule will be given to you after acceptance. You will participate in group fundraising in the fall semester and for those going on a winter trip, your final payment will be due by Reading Day.
- Students must raise or pay their cost in full, in order to be able to go on the trip. If you are unable to pay for your trip and do not fundraise enough money a hold will be placed on your college account until payment has been made.
Financial hardship could prohibit some students from applying and participating in the program. We have the opportunity to provide some need-based scholarships to reduce your obligations to the program. Please see MaryAnne Cappelleri in Campus Ministry for more information.
- Monday, September 17th: Applications Due
- Friday, October 5th: Decision Sent
- Friday, October 12th: Return Acceptance from Applicants and Non-Refundable Deposit of $200 Due
- Wednesday, October 17th: Participant Orientation from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 30th: Group fundraising Due for Winter Trips
- Friday, December 7th: Winter Payments Due in Full
- Friday, February 8th: Group Fundraising Due for Spring Immersions
- Friday, February 15th: Spring Payments Due in Full
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