SpIL Trips

The Office of Spiritual & Intercultural Life (SpIL) offers students annual opportunities to participate in SpIL Trips (formerly Summer Serve, May Serve, etc.). These international trips last anywhere from one to four weeks and challenge students to learn from and work alongside great people and model organizations in the context of their culture, community and complexities. These trips are designed for a team of students to both befriend and serve "Christ in the least of these" amidst the various and complex realities of under-resourced people and communities, and doing so while immersed in their contexts and perspectives which exist outside of students' familiar home culture.

The teams go with the mind-set of being both learners and servants. Our primary goal is to serve our global ministry partner organizations as they continue to serve their community neighbors in their context long term. We aspire to listen and learn, encourage and serve alongside to help enhance their ministry and community development, with the goal of coming away with a greater understanding of the global kingdom of God and our role in it.


The basic purposes of SpIL Trips are:

  • To provide an experience in which students will be personally challenged – spiritually, emotionally and culturally, to "think with clarity, act with integrity and serve with passion."
  • To enhance awareness, exposure and deeper understanding of other cultures and explore future involvement in God's mission in the world.
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2017 Winter SpIL Trips

Nepal with Evangelical Friends Mission & the Northwest Friends Yearly Meeting

This particular trip will be a time of intense exposure to people and missionaries who have experienced extreme disaster following multiple earthquakes. In the context of a dying world (both physically and spiritually), we will be seeking God's heart for these people and also how God would have us respond to the suffering of the majority of the world's population.We will be working with Evangelical Friends Mission and partnering with missionaries that create and distribute dignity packs for women and children who are experiencing marginilization, especially after the earthquake.

Dates: December 27, 2016 - January 8, 2017 
Cost/Person: $3,600
Other: Trip Full/Closed

Home PDX - Portland

A six-day immersion trip in downtown Portland, in which students work with a number of ministries that work with our friends who live outside under the guidance of Bruce Arnold, the head of HomePDX. This trip is a combination of learning experiences and service opportunities, all centered around building relationship with people who live on the streets or in shelters.

Dates: January 3 - 8 
Cost/Person: $100 
Application Deadline: November 28
Training Meetings: November 29 - 9:30p & December 6 - 9:30p
Apply: Using the following link

JOIN - Portland

JOIN exists to support the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing. Their efforts are directed at individuals sleeping outside or in their car in the Portland Metro area. This trip will allow you to learn about issues involved in homelessness by engaging in dialogue with folks living on the street. 

Dates: January 3 - 8 
Cost/Person: $100 
Application Deadline: November 28
Training Meetings: November 29 - 9:30p & December 6 - 9:30p
Apply: Using the following link

Portland 101 

To wrap up Kingdom Come Week, students will embark on a four day immersion into the city of Portland. We will explore the things we otherwise cannot see until we are deep in the communities of Portland. This experiential learning trip will give insight into how God is working through and in the city; bringing reconciliation and recognizing the hardships.  

Dates: January 19- 22 
Cost/Person: $100 
Application Deadline: November 28
Training Meetings: November 29 - 9:30p & December 6 - 9:30p
Apply: Using the following link


2017 Spring SpIL Trips

Urban Impact - Seattle

A team of students will serve with Urban Impact in Seattle, focusing on building relationships and serving in the community through the local church. The team will do a variety of work projects, which may include tutoring, service projects, administrative work and cleaning.

Dates: March 25 - Apri 1
Cost/Person: $100
Application Deadline: TBD
Training Meetings: TBD
Apply: Using the following link

Flying H Ranch - Yakima, Washington 

This trip is located at the Flying H Ranch, located 30 miles west of Yakima, Wash. The ranch ministers to at-risk youth. On this trip, students will do physical labor as well as spend some time with the boys in worship, devotions, meals, games and conversation. Cost/person: 

Dates: March 25 - April 1
Cost/Person
: $100
Application Deadline: TBD
Training Meetings: TBD
Apply: Using the following link

Camp Attitude

Students will partner and serve with Camp Attitude, which is  a not-for-profit Christian organization dedicated to providing a unique faith based camping experience for families in the disability community. Students will help complete projects for the camp and maintain facilities for the special needs community. Cost/person: $50

Dates: March 25 - April 1
Cost/Person: $100
Application Deadline: TBD
Training Meetings: TBD
Apply: Using the following link

LA - Word Made Flesh 

This trip will go to Los Angeles to work with Word Made Flesh, a center that focuses on establishing beloved community in a low-income neighborhood of Los Angeles. They are reaching out to thier neighbors, cultivating relationships, and establishing partnerships with local churches and nonprofit organizations. 

Dates: March 25 - April 1
Cost/Person: $500
Application Deadline: TBD
Training Meetings: TBD 
Apply: Using the following link

Global Immersion Project - Immigrant's Lab - San Diego & Tijuana

The Global immersion Project (TGIP) - The Immigrants' Journey Learning Lab is an opportunity for you to immerse into the human reality surrounding immigration, learn from on-the-ground peacemakers who are addressing this polarizing issue, and cultivate tangible practices that will help you live out the peacemaking way of Jesus in your everyday life. We invite to you to learn a little more with this video

Dates: March 25 - April 1
Cost/Person: $500
Application Deadline: TBD
Training Meetings: TBD
Apply: Using the following link


2017 Summer SpIL Trips

Romania/Moldova with Word Made Flesh

Word Made Flesh Romania serves Jesus among the most vulnerable there: at-risk children, street youth and poor families. Christians from Romania and other nations come together from various local churches to seek the kingdom of God in community. Through ministry on the streets and educational programs at a community center, they strive for a transformed society in which the poor are redeemed and empowered.
Dates: May 2016
Cost/Person: $3,600 ($200 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: November 28
Interview Dates: November 16 (4p-6p or 8p-10p)
Mandatory Training Dates: November 22 at 9:30p -10:30p, December 9 at 3:30p-5:00p, January 6-8 at Twin Rocks Camp
ApplyApply and find further information here

Kenya with Open Arms International

Join Open Arms International on a service trip to Open Arms Village in Eldoret, Kenya. The village is home to more than 100 children, most of whom have been orphaned, abandoned or removed from homes due to neglect or abuse. The village provides a Christ-centered environment for physical, emotional and spiritual healing and a quality education at the Open Arms Academy. Teams conduct medical clinics, outreach events and children's programs where you can serve these precious children. During the trips, Open Arms focuses on medical aid, feeding programs for needy children, construction, and work projects. Some trips may also include prison visits and training conferences.

Dates: May 2016
Cost/Person: $3,600 ($200 deposit upon acceptance)
Application Deadline: November 28
Interview Dates: November 16 (4p-6p or 8p-10p)
Mandatory Training Dates: November 22 at 9:30p -10:30p, December 9 at 3:30p-5:00p, January 6-8 at Twin Rocks Camp
Apply: Apply and find further information here







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SpIL Trip Timeline

Information for the SpIL Winter, Spring & Summer Immerse & Serve trips are announced in October during chapel and online. There is an informational meeting specifically for the trips with applications available at this meeting. Applications are usually due two weeks later. Applicants will then be notified if they are chosen for an interview. The team is selected from the interview process and meets two times prior to Christmas break. Spring semester they meet weekly for fundraising, planning, prayer and preparation. Team members chosen are those who display a strong commitment to Christ, desire to learn, humility and flexibility.

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More Questions?

Email spirituallife@georgefox.edu.