SXU Sponsored Programs

Belize: International Mercy Service Trip

The International MercyBelize Mercy Service Project Service Trip to Belize, Central America, offers students the opportunity to experience a new culture while building a house for a needy family.

Students visit Altun Ha, an ancient Mayan cultural site, meet and visit with the Belizean Sisters of Mercy, spend time at a daycare center for children affected by HIV-AIDS and enjoy an outing to one of the Caribbean cayes. The emphasis, however, is on service, and students work daily to construct and paint a simple house for a family in need of decent shelter.

"A life changing experience" say students who have been to Belize and encountered realities that prompt new thoughts about life in the U.S. and the rest of the world.

Program Details

Activity Level

High. Eight hours per day building a house: carrying materials, hammering and sawing, raising walls, painting, etc.


Students reside in dormitory style rooms in a modest but comfortable guest house.


Open to undergraduate and graduate students in Good Academic Standing.

Program Dates

May 18-25, 2014

Program Cost

$1,800.00. Program cost includes roundtrip airfare, local transportation, lodging and all meals.

Application Deadline

Monday, November 18, 2013

Download the Application Form (DOCX)

Information Session

Monday, October 21, 2013
4:30 - 5:15 p.m.
WAC Student Lounge

Program Director

Sr. Joy Clough, R.S.M.
Office for Mission and Heritage
Office: MMC 115
Phone: 773-298-3430
Email: clough@sxu.edu