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Mission Trips

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Since 1999, the Academy of the Holy Names has sponsored mission trips for high school students to locations ranging from the heart of Tampa to the Dominican Republic.

Mission trips take place during the annual high school Mini-Course Week, between the third and fourth quarters. The entire school community supports the trips through initiatives including prayer, fundraising and collections. The popular program proves to be life changing for all involved.

Appalachia

Who are the adults on your trip? Ms. Pantelis, Ms. Babin and Mr. Raimo.

What type of work does your trip do? We typically do single family home renovation, local community outreach, or volunteering with disenfranchised youth in the Pipestem/Bluefield, WV areas.

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? We sleep in cabins at the Appalachian Folklife Center. Girls are four to a room and we share two bathrooms. There is a separate common area where we eat and gather for prayer services.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? The missionaries are assigned to groups. As a whole group, we shop at the beginning of the week. Each individual group does meal planning and will be responsible for dinner prep on at least two evenings. Our groups rotate responsibilities (i.e. cleanup, making brown bagged lunches for our worksites, conducting prayer services, dinner prep, etc.).

How do you get to your destination? Our group flies to Charlotte, NC. From Charlotte, we make a three-hour drive to Pipestem, WV.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? The approximate cost of our trip is $950, which includes airfare, baggage fees, car rentals, meals, gas, other incidentals, etc.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Who are the adults on your trip? Ms. Dubee, Mrs. Krukar, Ms. Dobrin

What type of work does your trip do? Working on homes of flood victims

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? At a local church/center. We will need air mattresses.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? Meals will be provided by Catholic Mission Trips.

How do you get to your destination? We will fly to New Orleans and drive one hour to Baton Rouge.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? $800

Costa Rica

Who are the adults on this trip? Ms. Louder and Mrs. Moses (and another Spanish speaking adult)

What type of work does your trip do? It depends on the community’s needs. Last year we painted two churches, cleaned the town’s rec. center and created a tire park for children.

Where do the missionaries sleep on your trip? We sleep at a boarding house, Dona Christina’s, authentic to how the average Costa Rican lives.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? Dona Christiana cooks our breakfast and dinner; we eat authentic Costa Rican food and she’s a great cook.

How do you get to your destination? We Fly to Liberia, Costa Rica, then take a three-hour bus trip to Samara. This year we will be flying Southwest Airlines.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? $1,500 per person.

Dominican Republic

Who are the adults on your trip? Mrs. Rodriguez, Ms. Danica Rodriguez (the learning resource specialist from 2014-2017), Mr. Jay Kubiak, and Mrs. Raimo.

What type of work does your trip do? We visit the schools in the town to fit the children with shoes. We also paint houses, visit the elderly and homebound, and deliver rescue baskets to the poorest in the town. We hold a sewing workshop for the women in the town. We visit babies and toddlers at the town’s Nutrition Center daily.

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? We sleep in a convent in the center of town, which is clean and well protected.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? The nuns cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner for us. We eat traditional Dominican meals, with rice and black beans as the main staple.

How do you get to your destination? We fly to Miami and then to Santo Domingo. We take a bus to the town, about an hour outside the capital.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? Our trip this year will cost approximately $1300.

Heart of Tampa/Ruskin

Who are the adults on your trip? Mrs. Wiley, Mrs. Troutman, Mrs. Stagg, Mr. Butterly, Mr. Bland

What type of work does your trip do? We work on the Mary Help of Christians campus, building fences, painting, animal care, etc. We travel to Ruskin to work with migrant children at RCMA Centers.

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? All missionaries sleep in an air-conditioned room on bunk beds, with full bathroom/shower set-up.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? We have gourmet cooks who plan and prepare meals (aka: Mrs. Wiley & Mrs. Troutman).

How do you get to your destination? Parents drop off students at Mary Help of Christians Center on Sunday afternoon, and return to pick up students on Friday afternoon. We rent SUVs to travel to Ruskin for service throughout the week.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? Cost per person is $375. This includes food, project materials, and transportation.

Mississippi

Who are the adults on this trip? Mrs. Holland, Mrs. Meyer, and Mr. Boardman, as well as two parent volunteers.

What type of work does your trip do? We repair homes of residents in Jonestown, Mississippi, and get to know Sr. Kay Burton, SNJM, who has been living in the Mississippi Delta helping the residents of Jonestown for 40 years.

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? We will be spending one night with Sr. Kay Burton, sleeping at her house in sleeping bags. The remainder of the week we will be sleeping in a dormitory for missionary volunteers.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? We do our own cooking, preparing meals with the help of one of our adult volunteers.

How do you get to your destination? We fly from Tampa to Memphis and drive 90 minutes to Jonestown in vans.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? $800 per person covers everything.

San Juan, Texas (near the Mexico border)

Who are the adults on your trip? Ms. Mizzell, Mrs. Kimbler, Ms. Hathaway, Mrs. Nitchals, Ms. Doherty

What type of work does your trip do? Home repair, new construction, welcoming immigrants at the Sacred Heart Respite Center and disaster recovery.

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? At the Basilica Hotel of San Juan Del Valle. Three girls to a room.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? The Catholic Mission Trips staff at the hotel.

How do you get to your destination? We will be flying to Corpus Christi, Texas, and renting vans.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? $1,000-$1,100

Scranton

Who are the adults on your trip? Sr. Lisa Perkowski, Ms. Kelly, and possibly one parent.

What type of work does your trip do? Students will have the opportunity to work at a daycare for medically fragile children, a center for handicapped adults, women’s shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, church youth groups, and more. Our trip allows students to get out in the local community and focus on human connections and impacting lives in the Scranton. We work closely with the IHM sisters and even get to visit the nursing home for the older sisters.

Where do the missionaries on your trip sleep? Missionaries stay in the IHM Center, which is where the sisters live on Maywood University’s campus.

Who provides the food that missionaries eat during the trip? Breakfast is eaten at the IHM center, lunches are packed by the kitchen staff at the center and we take bagged lunches with us to our work sites. Dinner most nights is eaten in community with the sisters, unless we are out working at a sight (then we bring them dinner).

How do you get to your destination? We fly out of the Tampa airport into either New Jersey or Philadelphia and take a bus to Scranton.

Approximately how much does your trip cost? $800.00