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Service Trip to Valparaiso, Chile

When: December 28, 2013 to January 9, 2014
Where: YMCA in Valparaiso, Chile

Escape winter and engage in a life-changing experience through USF’s first international service trip working with urban underprivileged youth in Valparaiso, Chile! This service immersion trip will take place over Winter Break, 2013-2014, during the high summer season of Chile (temperatures in the 80s).


The 13-day trip may be taken as a stand-alone service trip, or in conjunction with a special 3 credit hour section of SOHS 110, Introduction to Service Learning. SOHS 110, Introduction to Service Learning, is a general education course meeting GE learning outcomes 4-7 in the area of social responsibility. It is open to all students. This trip will give students the opportunity to serve and lead, while learning a new language and culture. Spanish knowledge is NOT mandatory, although students will be encouraged to learn some basic Spanish prior to the trip.

Trip Leaders

Leaders of the trip are Julie, USF Admissions Counselor, and Francisco Townsend, Jorgenson YMCA Youth and Family Director. Husband and wife Julie and Francisco also served as leaders of USF’s trip to Chile in 2012-2013 and are passionate about the culture and people of Chile. Fluent in Spanish, their past experiences living and working for the YMCA in Valparaiso, Chile provide a unique focus for the trip.

Host Agency

The YMCA in Valparaiso will serve as the host agency and will provide housing, transportation and service opportunities for this trip.

The Valparaiso, Chile YMCA is the country’s oldest YMCA and was founded in 1912. The organization’s mission is to help young people in particular develop mind, body and spirit. The YMCA has numerous social outreach programs which include:

Service Activites

Excursion in Chile
Examples of service activites include:

Housing and Meals

Valparaiso, Chile YMCAStudents will stay in dormitory-style bedrooms in the YMCA building and will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner on-site. Toilets are located on the same floor as the dormitories. The facilities are located in downtown Valparaiso and only a few steps from the ocean and the city boardwalk. The residence includes basketball courts, a weight room; a cycle fit room, dance studio, showers and a computer lab (with Internet access). Wi Fi is also available. The building is located within walking distance of two large supermarkets, Valparaiso’s finest restaurants, shopping centers, artisan markets, banks, train and bus stations and the beach.


Excursion in ChileWe will be in Valparaiso during their summer season, when temperatures hover in the 80s and there are multiple street and cultural festivals related to the holidays.

Possible excursions include:


The program fee will be $2,700 – $2,900. This fee includes:

Please note the above program fee is based upon current estimates from our travel agent. The final trip cost will ultimately depend on cost of airfare. Passport and Visa fees are not included. Tuition for SOHS 110 is also not included in the program fee.

Application due date is April 15, 2013. A non-refundable registration fee of $250 is required no later than April 30, 2013. Checks should be made payable to USF, with “Chile Service Trip” in the memo line. Checks should be brought in person to Katrina Boedeker, in the Center for Service Engagement Office (SW corner of Trinity Hall, separate entrance) between the hours of 9 a.m. - noon, and 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or may be mailed to:
Katrina Boedeker
Center for Service Engagement
University of Saint Francis
2701 Spring Street
Fort Wayne, IN

Payment Schedule

In order to purchase plane tickets, but also provide you with time to raise the funds for this trip, we have adopted the following payment schedule:
April 30, 2013 - $250 Initial Deposit Due
May 30, 2013 - $750 Due
June 30, 2013 - $850 Due
November 30, 2014 - Balance Due (TBD, $850-1050 due)

Final payment of the balance of the program fees is required by no later than November 30, 2013. All fees, except a $150 processing fee, will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.

Application and Course Registration Process

Students who desire to register for the special section of SOHS 110 must do so by visiting the Registrar’s Office. All students who wish to participate in the service trip (either through SOHS 110, or as a trip alone) must complete the application by no later than April 15, 2013. Spots on the trip will be available on a first come, first served basis.


Meetings will be held in late spring and early fall of 2013 to discuss possible means of raising at least a portion of the funds for the trip. Students are also encouraged to plan ahead through personal budgeting.


What happens before the trip?

Pre-trip meetings will cover material from the SOHS 110 syllabus and information about Chilean culture, language and other cultural issues. Pre-trip meetings will also include the creation and practicing of activities to be used in Chile.

All students who have registered for the section of SOHS 110 tied to this course are required to attend eight (8) pre-trip course meetings to be held during the last 8 weeks of the Fall, 2013 semester. Students who have committed to participating in the trip (for no credit) are also strongly encouraged to attend (no cost).


Reserve your spot today!