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 17-24, 2015

Program Cost

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

Application Deadline

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Download the Application Form (DOCX)

Information Session

TBA, October 2014

WAC Student Lounge

Program Director

Dr. Andrea Stapleton
Office for Mission Integration and Mercy Heritage
Office: MMC 115
Phone: 773-298-3809
Email: stapleton@sxu.edu