Organized by the McKeen Center, Community Immersion Orientation Trips are intensive four-day experiences of hands-on work confronting the social, economic, and environmental issues facing Maine communities. 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 throughout their stay at Bowdoin and beyond.
A complete list of all 2013 Orientation Trips may be found here.
Past projects during Community Immersion trips have included:
Many students who have taken part in the Community Immersion Orientation Trip 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 endurance and patience in backbreaking work, 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.
For more information about Community Immersion Orientation Trips, including how to become a leader, please contact Caitlin Callahan.