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Volunteer Service Corps at Wake Forest University

Service Trips

Through support from the Office of Service & Social Action, students have many unique opportunities to volunteer throughout the United States and internationally.

Students initiated the establishment of many of the service trips that we offer. These trips provide students with the opportunity to act globally and to understand the challenges facing people living both in other parts of the world and in the United States. Participants are selected through an application process several months before the trip. The group, which includes a faculty/staff adviser for the international trips, holds weekly meetings in preparation to serve the community where they will travel. Upon return, students are expected to share their experiences with the campus through presentations and informal discussion. The cost of trips are $350 for WAB trips and varies for international trips depending on travel costs. For more information or to receive an application, please e-mail .

International Service Trip Overviews

City of Joy- Calcutta, India

Founded by a WFU student in 1995, the City of Joy program creates opportunities for students to witness, know, love, experience, and serve the poorest of the poor. A team of students, a returning student leader, and a faculty/staff member travel to India over winter break and volunteer for two weeks in conjunction with the late Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Helping Hands- Moscow, Russia

Due to discriminatory laws in Russia and political tension between the US and Russia, we will not be sending Wake Forest students on the Helping Hands Trip to Moscow in May 2014. We will offer an alternative trip; please check our website for more information at the end of the fall semester. For questions or comments, contact Marianne Magjuka at .


The Peacework Ambassadors program provides an opportunity for students to help build a school in a small town outside of Rach Gia, Vietnam for a two week period. A team of students, a returning student leader, and a faculty/staff member travel to Rach Gai, Vietnam and work primarily on minor construction projects such as painting, spackling, sanding, etc. Participants will also spend time with the children playing games and doing crafts. Educational excursions through the town, Rach Gia, Ho Chi Minh City and Phu Quoc Island are also included. The trip is organized through Volunteer Services and Peacework International ( and departs shortly after the Christmas holiday.


In 2013 we took our inaugural trip to Rwanda led by Rwanda student Dianne Uwayo and staff members Marianne Magjuka and Dr. Mary Gerardy.  The Rwanda service trip studies the history of the country and serves alongside young adult members of Generation Rwanda in schools throughout the country.

Dominican Republic

This year we are excited to launch our first trip to the Dominican Republic to work with partner Mission Emmanuel.  On this inaugural trip in the Spring of 2014, students will work with this community based non-profit on projects from construction to education to basic healthcare.


Wake Alternative Break (WAB)

WAB organizes annual service-related spring break trips for students. In the past, students have traveled to the Everglades, New Orleans, Chicago, and Appalachia. All of our WAB trips are organized around a social justice issue area like environmental conservation, affordable housing, or food security. The 2014 application is available here.  You can read about all of the trips by clicking on the application link, a list of trips and leaders is available below.  All trips are $350 with the exception of the Staycation which is $100.  The deadline for applications is January 24th.

Affordable Housing (post disaster relief): New Orleans, LA.  Led by Erin Hellmann & Ryan Riccordella

Urban Community Development: Casa Central Chicago, IL.  Led by Matt Mancuso & Camry Wilborn

Environmental Conservation: The Everglades (National Park System) Florida City, FL.  Led by Oriana Wright & staff member Brad Shugoll

Food Security (co-sponsored by The Campus Kitchen @ WFU): Washington, DC.  Led by David Hale & Brittany Fornoitis

Special Needs Youth: Nashville, TN. led by Sarah Fine & Alexa Erb

Environmental Conservation: Knoxville, TN. led by Alyshah Aziz & Alex Palazzo

Literacy Staycation (co-sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Library): Winston-Salem, NC. led by Nora Kane & Hannah Duane

Health Disparities: Baltimore, MD. Led by Rachel Tay, Amber Hubert, and staff member Dawn Allen

Sustainable Agriculture: New Orleans, LA.  Led by Kelsey Wessels & Nick Bennett

Shenandoah Valley: Virginia National Parks Service.  Led by Pam Denish & Alisha Giri

For Faculty/Staff interested in advising a trip

Each international service trip is lead by a past trip participant, and this student leader selects the faculty/staff adviser for the trip. The advisor assists the student leader in charge of the trip and attends the weekly meetings, which enable the group to learn about the country, culture, complete necessary paperwork, and for team building. The faculty/staff member’s expenses are paid for by the Office of Service & Social Action. For faculty/staff interested in advising who would like to stay closer home, we also need one-two advisers each year for the WAB trips that travel furthest away over Spring Break.  If you are interested in being an adviser or would like to receive more information, we would love to hear from you! For more information, please contact .