Community Service Trips
In addition to volunteering each afternoon with children in eight inner city communities, two service trips take place each year. "It can be tough. The students leave their comfort zones on a regular basis," acknowledges Joli Anderson, Director of Community Service.
Each year, 10 students are selected through an extensive application process for a spring break trip to Jamaica, funded by Baylor School. Here, students work in the squatter community of Ferry, the Marigold Orphanage in Kingston, and a Trench Town school in Kingston. A second group travels back to Jamaica each summer. This group not only includes current students, but also alumni who participated in the trip while at Baylor. Selection for the Jamaica trip is among the highest honors a Baylor student can receive.
During fall and winter breaks, community service volunteers travel to Asheville, N.C., where they live and work in a homeless shelter. The trip puts students into community with those who are living without a reliable source of food or housing.
New York, NY
Seniors representing Baylor's RESPECT Board (community service's leadership council) travel to New York City on a service trip scheduled for mid-October. On this trip, students teach classes in middle schools in Harlem, NY; serve in distributing meals to those facing daily hunger; and meet and work with Columbia University's Community Impact Executive Council.