How to sign up for a Spring Break trip

If you couldn't attend sign ups back on November 2nd, but still want to go on a trip, you still can - it's never too late to do the right thing 😜
Here are the steps to make that happen:
1. Watch the Spring Break Reveal video & get an idea of what happens on Spring Break, and which trips we have this year! 

2. Click here to access the Trip Availability document, and make sure the trip you're interested in has availability. You can read trip descriptions for available trips below!

3. If you're IN, contact Tanner with the form at the bottom of this website, and we'll make it happen! We fill spots on a first come, first served basis from the time a form is filled out. Tanner will respond with next steps ($150 deposit, Filling out Application, etc.) as soon as he can!

Scroll down to see the trips CM has to offer for CMSB '23! Each trip has a description, cost, and some basic information you will need about that location. To jump to a location, just select one of the buttons below...
A couple notes:
  • Various spots on each trip will be reserved specifically for men and women, as well as some reserved for 21 year olds who can drive rental vehicles. Those categories are noted, and anyone can sign up for the "Any" spots!
  • We intentionally design a variety of trip options because we know our community has a variety of skills, passions, and needs. If you have a special circumstance or disability that you need accommodations for, we would love to talk to you about which trip could be the right fit for you or anything else you may need. Just contact us below and we can talk it through - and we are more than happy to keep it confidential.
***As a reminder, the current reality & impact of COVID here in West Michigan is not the same everywhere else. Some of these communities we will serve in have been hit really hard by COVID, and as we are going first to serve, we want to respect their wishes. None of the sites require vaccinations, but some highly recommend them because of their communities, and we recommend it for any trip. Please be mindful of this when choosing your trip!***
One more note: It can be easy to look at the prices on these trips and say "I can't afford that." But REMEMBER! We serve a God who provides!! If you find yourself in a tough financial spot, please don't let that be the reason you choose not to go on one of these trips. Check out the Fundraising Resources below and/or contact us - we'd love to talk to you about your options!!

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Bithlo, FL

Located just outside of Orlando, you may associate it with magic and mouse ears, but this trip will give you the opportunity to step beyond the pixie dust into a low-income community just west of downtown Orlando. Serving alongside United Global Outreach in Bithlo, your team will help as they cultivate a place of hope, connection, and growth that equips youth for leading a thriving community. You will reach out to the surrounding community and serve with members of the neighborhood to engage the homeless, repair homes, and help integrate the church into the community.

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $975

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Black mesa, AZ

In Black Mesa, Arizona lies a Navajo Reservation full of strong culture, deeply loving people, and rich history. As you partner with Pastor JR to help with various projects in the community, you will not only grow your handyman skills, but also expand your worldview through this culturally immersive experience. You will hear from members of the community about how Jesus is moving in their lives, and have the opportunity to build your own connections with the various people you serve.

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $975

Team size: 16

COVID VACCINE: Not required, but very encouraged, as this community was hit very hard with COVID and is still suffering.

Chimaltenango, Guatemala

Guatemala, located in the heart of Central America, is home to ancient Mayan ruins, beautiful scenery, and more than 50% of its nation living below the poverty line. This is a great opportunity to be immersed in a culture very different from America. You will help run a soccer program for kids, tutor classes in English, and support local ministries and orphanages. Your free day will include seeing the beautiful sites of Guatemala, visiting the local market, and you may even get a good hike in. You will fly with a team of 15. (Spanish-speaking not required, but helpful. Passport required.)

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $1600

Team size: 15

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Detroit, mi

What comes to mind when you think of Detroit? Is it Crime? Poverty? The Lions? A Blank Slate? We invite you to come see Detroit through Jesus' eyes: to walk alongside Detroit leaders, learn about Christian Community Development, and serve alongside us in restoration projects. We'll immerse you in the life and community of our neighbors and community partners, welcome you into conversations on race and justice, and make sure you see some of Detroit's hidden secrets along the way. You'll leave filled with stories to share and a new hope in how Jesus is faithfully working in Detroit and in your life.

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $475

Team size: 12

COVID VACCINE: Preferred, but not required

Guadalupe, Mexico (Fabens, TX)

God is moving in Mexico, and you get to cross the border and see it for yourself! You will stay in Fabens, Texas, and cross the border into Guadalupe, Mexico each day to serve alongside Tapestries of Life Ministries. You will spend your week helping build an orphanage and participating in a food delivery ministry, all while immersing yourself in Mexican culture and learning from the people you are serving alongside. (Spanish-speaking not required, but helpful. Passport or Enhanced Driver's License Required.)

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $1500

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

HATTIESBURG, MS

Hattiesburg, Mississippi houses a resilient population to say the least. Though 75 miles from the coast, in 2005, they were hit very hard by Hurricane Katrina and have been continually hit with natural disasters ever since. Your team will partner with World Renew to complete various disaster relief construction projects, likely to help those still affected by a tornado from 2017. You'll experience southern hospitality, stomp in some good 'ol Mississippi mud, and grow both your construction skills and your community!

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Jonesville, VA

If you are looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of college, Jonesville is the place for you! Located in the beautiful, peaceful, Appalachian Mountains, the sunrises and sunsets are unbeatable. Join forces with the team at Covenant Mountain Mission Bible Camp to destruct old things, construct new things, and get the camp ready for another year of serving students! This is a returning trip by popular demand, and the source of a lasting partnership with CMMBC!

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Laurel, MS

M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I! Laurel, Mississippi is a charming southern town to visit. Your will partner with The Glory House to serve their neighbors in need all while sharing the love of Christ to their community by loving God and loving people. You will have the opportunity to sort, stock, fill and distribute food bags to hungry neighbors through their Bread of Life Food Pantry, assist in planning and preparing for their Kids Club Spring Break Camp, visiting, praying for and providing needed assistance to widows in their community, and lead an after school program in a Hispanic mobile home park.

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

New Bern, NC

New Bern, North Carolina is located just upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, and home to a Volunteer Village program in Craven County. They work very closely with volunteer teams and the local Long Term Recovery Organization that is still working very hard to put homes that were damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018 back together.  Partnering with experienced volunteer couples stationed down there long-term, your team will take on the work that needs to be done, working right alongside a local disaster recovery team, and be able to also support them in a variety of ways as the week unfolds.

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Mystery 1, USA

Can’t decide where to go?! Let us decide for you! Embrace the adventure of the unknown by  joining 13 other students and traveling to an unknown destination. Where will you be going? You’ll find out! What will you be doing? You’ll find out! How will you get there? You guessed it -- you’ll find out!!  You will travel and share accommodations with your group of 14 while serving for the week!

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Mystery 2, USA

We decided that one Mystery Trip wasn't enough! Once again, if you can’t decide where to go, let us decide for you! Embrace the adventure of the unknown by  joining 13 other students and traveling to an unknown destination. Where will you be going? You’ll find out! What will you be doing? You’ll find out! How will you get there? You guessed it -- you’ll find out!!  You will travel and share accommodations with your group of 14 while serving for the week!

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

plymouth, NC

Plymouth, North Carolina is a quaint town an hour from the Outer Banks and two hours from the mountains. Hurricanes have hit Plymouth in the last few years but because so much of the population lives under the poverty line, they are unable to complete the necessary repairs on their homes. You will partner with Carolina Rebuilding Ministries and World Renew to step into that need. You may paint, drywall, clean, install insulation, or anything in between--the possibilities are endless!

trip details

Type of trip: 🚐

COST: $650

Team size: 18

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Portland, OR

The Portland of the west coast is home to diverse thinkers, believers, and backgrounds with nearly 25% of the population identifying with “no religion.” This city sits between glorious mountains and vast forests, but is one of the most unchurched locations in the nation. The need for spreading the Gospel of Christ is great, so help be a light in this broken city. You will dive right in serving with a variety of local ministries, serving the under-resourced people there & interacting with people with all kinds of stories and experiences. You will fly to Portland with a group of 14 and have a chance to not only make a difference, but explore the Northwest Pacific.

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $975

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

Rehoboth, NM

Rehoboth is located in the northwest corner of the beautiful state of New Mexico, and is home to a great diversity of people & backgrounds, including a heavy Native American population. We will be partnering with Rehoboth Christian School to serve in the community and school in a wide variety of ways and with local partners, including soup kitchens, orphanages, and at the school. As a bonus to the service you get to do, you will have the opportunity to experience other parts of New Mexico and the Native American culture on your free day!

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $975

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, CA

Known for its ideal weather and the Hollywood sign, there is so much more to Southern California that doesn't get too much attention. Though home to many A-List celebrities, Southern California also has a large population of people experiencing food insecurity. You will partner alongside Saddleback church to help with their various ministries throughout the week such as their food pantry and distribution center, their farm, and their PEACE centers, all while learning from people who serve in the area full time.

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $975

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not required

St. Thomas, USVI

Sitting in the Atlantic Ocean, just east of Puerto Rico, this small tropical island is home to just over 50,000 people. Although they have mostly recovered from Hurricane Irma and Maria in 2017 in their rebuild efforts, St. Thomas Reformed Church is actively helping its community continue to recover where there is still need, as well as partnering with local ministries and organizations to provide hope for the people of the island. You will interact with members of the community in a variety of service opportunities. As for free time, enjoy the beautiful U.S. Virgin Island by exploring the beautiful coasts and walking around downtown. You will fly directly to the island with a team of 14. (Passport not required.)

trip details

Type of trip: ✈️

COST: $1600

Team size: 14

COVID VACCINE: Not Required

FAQ

1. Does my $150 deposit go towards my trip?
Yes! Consider it like a "down payment" you would do on a purchase. For example, if you trip costs $650, after the $150 deposit is submitted, you will only owe $500 more.

2. How do I see how many spots each trip has left for guys/girls, 21+ students, etc?
You can go to the trip availability spreadsheet and see how many of each kind of spot is available for each trip. 

3. What is included in the cost of the trip?
The cost listed on this website covers travel, housing, meals, and everything you need for the week! (The exception to this is travel meals & optional spending money for souvenirs or extra purchases.)

4. Who is in charge of my trip?
Each trip is led by two Campus Ministry student leaders (a guy & a girl), and many trips also have an adult staff member on them in case of emergency. If your trip doesn't have an adult staff member, one of the nearby trips will! Also, each site we work with is an established local organization in the city you will be in.

5. Where will be be staying?
The answer to this question varies per trip! What you need to know, though, is that safety is a primary value of you as GVSU students & Campus Ministry students. Each of the sites we work with has a safe & secure facility where you will be sleeping & operating primarily out of. 

SPring Break Sign-ups information

Sign-ups have already happened, but if you still want to go on a trip, check out how to still sign up here!
WHAT YOU NEED:
  • $150 deposit (cash, check made out to "Campus Ministry GVSU", or credit/debit card, NOT Venmo)
  • A mobile device or laptop
  • A Managed Missions account before you arrive! If you have been on Spring Break, Israel, or Passion with CM before, you should already have an account. Make sure you can log in!
  • A list of trips you want to go on - no bad trip, so be flexible!
WHAT TO KNOW:
  • Arrive between 8:45-9:00PM; not earlier or later.
  • You'll receive a wristband with a number on it, and we'll draw numbers in random order, then you can go sign up for a trip when your number is called. (You must be present to get a wristband!)
  • If you cannot attend sign-ups, please contact Tanner.
  • Various spots on each trip will be reserved specifically for men and women, as well as some reserved for 21 year olds who can drive rental vehicles.
  • Have back-up options - we can't guarantee you will get a spot. There are no bad trips!

watch the reveal video again

Questions? Concerns? Wanna sign up for a trip??

We'd love to hear from you. Fill out the form & Tanner will get back to you as soon as he can!








GIVE TO HELP STUDENTS GO ON SPRING BREAK

Fellow student? Alumni? Friend? Someone who believes in the mission of CM Spring Break trips? If you want to give towards helping students go on a Spring Break trip who need help financially, click the link below. We are so grateful for your generosity!!

Reminder: to give towards a specific student, contact them directly to learn how they are raising money.
Any questions at all, feel free to contact Tanner!