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Project Serve Sites 2019

Project Serve 2019 is the 18th year in a row Pepperdine students will choose to serve on spring break. This year, once again, we are excited to send students to communities across the United States and internationally to connect and to learn. 

It is easy to want to go to beautiful places. However, we encourage you to focus on the work being done by our carefully selected partners. Please read the descriptions of each site to determine which ones may be the best fit for you.

Boys & Girls Club Apache Nation

Mentoring Youth in San Carlos, Arizona

Project Serve teams have been partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of the San Carlos Apache Tribe for many years now. The San Carlos Apache Indian Reservation in southeastern Arizona was established in 1871 as a sovereign reservation for the Chiricahua Apache tribe. Currently, a devastating 60% of the people within this community live below the poverty line. Team members will have the opportunity to experience a rich and fascinating culture firsthand in a wide variety of meaningful ways. Examples of potential projects include cleaning and organizing the Boys and Girls Club facility, painting murals, facilitating after school projects, and leading seminars for local high school students about the college application process. The team will stay at the Boys & Girls Club.

Fundraising goal: $350

Eye on the Rainforest

Environmental Stability in Puerto Rico

We will be returning to work with Eye on the Rainforest located in Las Casas de la Selva, Puerto Rico. This team will be working alongside the Tropic Ventures Sustainable Forestry & Rainforest Enrichment Project. Tasks can include a range of activities, including painting, pruning, tree identification and tagging, and carpentry. You will also learn about the efforts the people of Puerto Rico are taking to help their country with conservation efforts. In addition to sustainability efforts, students may have the opportunity to continue the ongoing efforts of hurricane recovery.

Fundraising Goal: $1,200

Friends of Refugees

Refugee Support in Clarkston, Georgia

Friends of Refugees is a Christian non-profit with an overall vision for developing abundant, life-flourishing communities for refugees and displaced persons in the United States. Founded on this mission, they strategically empower refugees by providing opportunities for one's well-being, education, and employment. This organization is located in the heart of Clarkston, Georgia-- a city strongly recognized for its diverse population as it now has become a key location for many displaced persons. Thus, students will be able to immerse themselves in a deeply rooted cross cultural environment. The team will help refugees find jobs, assist in a preschool classroom, participate in the Refugee Sewing Society, tackle a community garden project, and much much more. This is an invaluable opportunity to meet those seeking asylum in the United States, learn the logistics behind refugee and forced migration crises, as well as understand the realities faced by resettled refugees in an unfamiliar country. Take advantage of this great experience to act on one of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time by following Jesus's model.

Fundraising Goal: $750

Monteverde Institute

Environmental Stability and Community Development in Costa Rica

The Monteverde Institute programs are based on the belief that to achieve sustainability—both locally and globally—a combination of environmental, social, cultural, economic, and technological factors must be carefully considered. To that end, MVI fosters a synergistic approach that blends international experiences, applied research, and community engagement. Participate in a weeklong homestay program where you engage personally with locals who are engaged in sustaining the largest rainforest in North America while supporting the efforts of locals to thrive economically.

Fundraising Goal: $1400

Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans

Inclusive Community in New Orleans, Louisiana

Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO) is a Christian non profit started after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Since then, RHINO has partnered with other non profits around New Orleans to help make the city what it is today. However, the city can still use your help! While in NOLA, you will be partnering with an organization called Magnolia Community Services, which is a nonprofit that houses around 250 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During your time, you will do arts and crafts, cook, garden, and more. You will also get to experience the beginning of Mardi Gras, which is a big part of the culture of New Orleans today.

Fundraising Goal: $800


Healthcare Support in Memphis, Tennessee

Serve901 is a nonprofit organization in Memphis, Tennessee that works with nonprofits around the city to put together service trips for different groups. While in Memphis, you will be focusing on healthcare and get the chance to work with nonprofits in the area. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the realities of life in Memphis, visit the National Civil Rights Museum, and get a chance to explore the city. Please be aware that we will not be providing healthcare services but will likely be supporting organizations providing access to community members in need.

Fundraising Goal: $750


Education in New York, New York

With a population of just over 19 million, 14.2% of New Yorkers have lived below the poverty line since 2009. This team will work with ShilohNYC , a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to equipping at-risk youth with the tools to build hope. Team members will become a part of a community that will teach, mentor, and befriend the youth to promote their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. The team will partner with a public school in the South Bronx where you will tutor children and support teachers throughout the school week with small projects or reading/math centers. Not only will the team members impact the students, they will also provide much needed support and encouragement to teachers who are often over-worked, under-paid and under-appreciated. They will help to strengthen the bond of the school, the teachers and students building a better community. Lodging is within the community of the South Bronx.

As this is a domestic service opportunity we encourage you to consider a return trip and supporting the ShilohNYC mission be it through a return trip or summer work at the camp that is run for the same children of the South Bronx community. Priority will be given to students who are returning or plan on returning as indicated by their applications.

Fundraising Goal: $750

Story International

Education Access in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Guatemala ranks in the lower 50% in GDP per capita in the world with an estimated 59% of its population below the poverty line (2018). Story International strives to meet the education needs in Huehuetenango with a special emphasis on the orphans and single parent families in the community. Students will split their time between the children's homes and schools onsite, offering assistance to teachers and providing ways to support the needs of the students. In addition, Pepperdine students might help with general repair and rehabilitation of facilities.

Fundraising Goal: $1400

Surfing The Nations

Hunger and Homelessness in O'ahu, Hawai'i

At Surfing the Nations (STN) the motto is "Surfers Giving Back." Surfers lead the way, but anyone who is willing and able is encouraged to join. Their mission is to see lives changed inside and outside of the organization with a focus on hunger and homelessness and at-risk youth. Hawaii, the state with the 3rd highest rate of homelessness, has 10.4% of its residents living in poverty and 14% experiencing food insecurity. STN is doing remarkable work in Wahiawa to give hope to those in need. Team members will participate by joining STN staff members in worship and prayer as they prepare for sorting donated goods, rehabilitating a lake, and distributing food to the needy and homeless.

Fundraising Goal: $750

The Painted Turtle

Camp Counselor in Lake Hughes, California

All children deserve a chance to be a kid at camp. The Painted Turtle makes sure this happens through their incredible campgrounds in Lake Hughes north of Los Angeles. Kids with serious medical conditions can come to The Painted Turtle to forget about what they are going through and just be kids. With top notch medical facilities and personnel, the Project Serve team can work with the campers on arts and crafts, fishing, and other traditional camp activities.

This opportunity is only a three-and-a-half-day commitment!
Applications are open to students who are not on the Malibu campus for fall as well as though who are.

Fundraising Goal: $30

Union Gospel Mission

Hunger and Homelessness in Seattle, Washington

Made famous by its music and coffee, Seattle is a city rich in cultural diversity. However, many don't recognize that Washington's King County has up to 8,000 homeless people on any given night. Of those served by food banks in Seattle, 25% are families with children.

The team will work with Union Gospel Mission, an organization providing programs for drug recovery, transitional housing, educational and career resources. Their mission is "To serve, rescue, and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ." The team will prepare and serve meals and help around the facility as needed.

Fundraising Goal: $450

L’Arche (Great Books)

Inclusive Community in Seattle, Washington

L'Arche Seattle is a part of the worldwide L'Arche movement that seeks to create homes for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. It runs three homes and a day program, where people with and without disabilities share their daily lives in communities of faith and friendship. During Project Service, team members will help out for a day at the Farms and Garden of the L'Arche Tacoma community an hour away. This trip is only available to current Great Books students.

Fundraising Goal: $150