Campus Ministry

Why Go on an Alternative Spring Break Trip?

The Alternative Spring Break Trip is an opportunity to work with your peers on a short-term immersion experience in a community.  The trips themselves provide you the chance to participate in direct service, reflection, and learning.

As you work with each other, you will learn from each other and about the communities in which you are working.  You will also meet residents from those communities and hear their stories. As we learn from them, we will also learn about social justice and biblical perspectives of service.

For more information on Alternative Spring Trips, please email the Campus Ministry Office at

Alternative Spring Break 2013 Antigua, Guatemala

During Holy Week, Antigua, Guatemala hosts one of the most spectacular celebrations in the world, complete with elaborate processionals, lavish carpets made of flowers, seeds and dyed sawdust, and dramatic readings of the passion story. This year, participants not only got to enjoy this tradition and culture, but also got to spend time with Common Hope. This organization focuses on providing education, healthcare, and other services to the people of Guatemala. The University Congregation sponsors a child, Otto, and his family through Common Hope, who students met in Guatemala.

Parkland Stay-Cation and Holden Village 2014

Parkland Stay-Cation was a "trip" that introduced students to Parkland and helped them better understand the needs of the community. They visited students at the schools surrounding PLU, talked to students about the importance of college, did yard work for members of the community who could not do it alone, volunteered at a food bank, and much more!

Holden Village is a secluded and beautiful Lutheran ministry nestled in the North Cascade mountains in Washington. Students took part in a week of service, reflection, outdoor recreation, worship, learning, and more!

Guatemala, 2013