Community Immersion Orientation Trips

The Community Immersion Orientation Trips are intensive four-day experiences spent confronting social, economic, and environmental issues, while also celebrating what makes Maine communities vibrant and unique.


Community Immersion Orientation Trips, along with the Bowdoin Science Experience and orientation trips organized by the Bowdoin Outing Club, provide first-year students with an introduction to the Bowdoin community that challenges them and engages them in existing and emerging areas of interest. The experience includes daily service projects, field trips to sites of interest, discussions with staff from area non-profits, nightly reflective discussions, and social activities that support local businesses. Students build life-long friendships while fostering a commitment to service that will hopefully last their stay at Bowdoin and beyond.

2022 Community Immersion O-Trips: Leadership Opportunities

Applications are now open to be a Community Immersion O-Trips Leader for the summer of 2022. You can apply using this link. Applications are due on Tuesday, March 1st at 11:59 pm. Please consider applying!

We also are looking for someone to be our O-Trips Coordinator for summer 2022. The application for that is live here. This is a great opportunity to cultivate program management skills, budgeting, communicating with a wide array of stakeholders, and to be a key player in the orientation process for the newest members of our Bowdoin community. The application is due on Friday, February 18th.

Past McKeen Center Trip Experiences

Student Leadership

Many students who have taken part in the Community Immersion Orientation Trips program often go on to become Orientation Trip leaders and help first-year students begin to navigate college life and the local community. Whether it is organizing service projects, leading discussions about important community issues, modeling responsible community engagement, or making first-years feel more comfortable by leading fun ice-breakers, these leaders devote four days to making new students feel at home once they arrive at Bowdoin.