Spring Break 2020

Boston, Massachussetts
March 3-8 OR March 7-12
Cost: $385

For the first time, Brethren Volunteer Service is offering a spring break service trip for college students! Join BVS in Boston either the first or second week of March for the opportunity to serve with organizations that are working passionately to end hunger and provide essential resources to the Boston community. Over the weekend, spring break participants will join together to explore Boston and learn more about the city’s rich history. The United Parish of Brookline will host both groups. All college students are welcome. Join us in Massachusetts as we explore what it means to be a just and compassionate global citizen in one of the nation’s oldest cities!


Registrations will be processed starting December 4, 2020 at 9 a.m. (central time). Participants must register on the workcamp webpage at www.brethren.org/workcamps/springbreak. A $150 non-refundable deposit is due seven days after the online registration confirmation is sent. This deposit holds each registrant’s spring break spot. The full balance of the registration fee is due by February 10, 2020. Make checks payable to Church of the Brethren and mail them to Workcamp Office, Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120.
Registration for a spring break trip covers food, housing, local transportation, some recreation, and materials for the project.
No. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the spring break location. However, pick-up/drop-off to and from the airport, train station, etc. will be available.
All students currently enrolled in a college or university are eligible for this trip.
You most definitely do not have to be a member of a Church of the Brethren congregation to attend the spring break trip. You also do not need to attend a Church of the Brethren college or university to attend. We will have a time of worship each day, however, that will be based in the Christian faith and prompted from Church of the Brethren traditions.
The Church of the Brethren workcamp office will provide leadership.
Brethren Volunteer Service’s short-term service opportunities exemplify the Brethren philosophy of simple living and often cross the line to extreme simple living. We eat simple meals, shower at YMCA’s or other public facilities, and often sleep on church floors. Participants will have a chance to serve with local organizations, grow in their faith, and explore a new location. Recreation time is built into the schedule in the evenings and over the weekend.
Short-term service trips challenge us to be more aware of ourselves, our communities, and our world so that we may learn to participate in God’s vision of justice for all people. Through these trips, participants will grow in Christian discipleship, formed by the command to love God and neighbor, and inspired by Christ’s example of humbly serving others. We strive to build relationships of mutual learning and understanding with the communities and individuals we serve. While we seek to make a difference in the lives of others, we know that we are equally benefitted by the difference others make in our lives. We hope that by serving we will deepen our faith and better understand our own privileges and values as we aim to be compassionate and just global citizens and children of God.
Since the spring break budget is based on the number of registrations, there will be no refunds for cancellations after February 10, 2020 (deposits or balances).
We will go into the city of Boston for the weekend. We will travel into Boston with you and are happy to facilitate your time in Boston as much as you would like us to. However, you are also free to explore on your own as you wish. See question about costs below.
You will need spending money for travel to and from the workcamp and for weekend recreational activities. We will provide transportation to and from the city, but lunch and entrance fees for places you want to visit will not be covered.
The Church of the Brethren provides a small, primary group accident insurance policy for its workcamp participants.
Prior to attending the trip, you will need to mail or fax a copy of your health insurance card to the workcamp office. You will also need to submit a Health Form and a Hold Harmless Waiver & Participant Covenant. These forms will be available online January 8th and are due no later than February 10, 2020.