Immersion Trips - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)

Center for Student Engagement

Immersion Trips

The Center for Student Engagement offers Immersion Trips as off-campus transformative opportunities for all Geneva College students. We believe in the power of experiences to shape the narrative of our relationships with self, God, creation, and neighbor. These opportunities provide a variety of options to engage the world around us in new and exciting ways. 

Spring Break 2020

There are five Immersion Trip options for spring break 2020. Please read the descriptions of each trip and use the link below to apply for all experiences that you are interested in attending. The Center for Student Engagement will review all applications and consider the needs and group makeup of each trip. If you are accepted as an Immersion Trip participant, we will let you know which trip you have been selected you for by Reading Day.

Participants are expected to attend a meeting on Reading Day in December, 4-6 pre-trip meetings during the spring semester to prepare with your team, as well as a post-trip celebration event. All trip experiences will begin and end on Geneva's campus (dates specific to each trip are below); participants are expected to travel and remain with the group at all times during the duration of the trip. The trip cost covers all components of the trip including travel, all meals, lodging, and most cultural experiences. The Center for Student Engagement also offers a variety of fundraising options to subsidize the cost for participants.

Quest Trips are service-learning trips that allow students to explore new cities, serve with different organizations, and learn how people are engaging in their local communities in ways that serve God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Trip Focus: Community development and theology of place
Aliquippa history tells the story of great economic success and eventual downturn with the crash of the steel industry, yet the city is full of hope as various organizations work together to love the city well.  Students will engage local non-profits, government, and businesses to see what urban community development looks like while being rooted to a particular place.
Location: Aliquippa, PA
Cost: $150
Dates: Saturday, March 7 – Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Trip Focus: Refugee experiences in America
Clarkston, Georgia is noted as “the most diverse square mile in America” and “the Ellis Island of the South.” Students will partner with Friends of Refugees, a Christian organization desiring for refugees to experience abundant life in flourishing communities, to learn more about what it is like to arrive as a refugee in a new country. 
Location: Clarkston, GA (a suburb of Atlanta)
Cost: $450
Dates: Saturday, March 7 – Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Trip Focus: Living alongside individuals with intellectual disabilities
At L’Arche communities around the world, adults with and without intellectual disabilities commit to one another to share life and friendships in community. Students will live alongside this community in their daily rhythms and serve to meet the needs of the house, caretakers, and core members.
Location: Clinton, IA
Cost: $450
Dates: Saturday, March 7 – Saturday, March 14th, 2020
Trip Focus: Urban education and racial reconciliation
Students will partner with Serve901 to focus on urban education and learn more about social issues facing inner city children. Serve alongside local organizations as they meet different needs and experience what intentional neighboring looks like in the community of Memphis. Visit the National Civil Rights Museum and explore the ongoing conversation around race in our nation.
Location: Memphis, TN
Cost: $450
Dates: Saturday, March 7 – Saturday, March 14th, 2020


Adventure Trips are wilderness-based trips that offer students the opportunity to explore new areas, get off campus, connect with other students, learn new skills, grow in faith, experience the outdoors, enjoy a break, and meet students who share similar interests.

Trip Focus: Exploring Western Colorado
Explore the beautiful and unique landscapes in Colorado’s Garden of the Gods, Red Rock Canyon, Great Dunes National Park, Colorado Springs, the Spanish Peaks while considering how the features of these places inform how we understand and navigate life. Each day we will consider how these wild, rugged, & beautiful places shape our relationships with self, others, God, and creation. This trip will involve temperatures that could range from 10-70 degrees Fahrenheit, extended exposure to sunlight at altitude, dry climate, and sleeping in tents at campgrounds where the sound of wind may constantly be present.
Location: Western Colorado
Cost: $450
Dates: Friday, March 6th (5:00 PM) thru Sunday, March 15th

Visit the CSE office, call 724-847-6644, or email