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Holy Cross Alumni Immersion Service Trip to Haiti

Be Like Brit

Thursday, June 7 – Saturday, June 16, 2018

Holy Cross Alumni Travel has partnered with the Chaplain’s Office to offer our first immersion service trip for alumni. Based on the student trip in January 2017, our group will be working with the Be Like Brit Foundation in Haiti to assist families affected by the devastating earthquake of 2010. The goal of Holy Cross immersion trips is to be in solidarity with the people of each country to gain a sense of their values and their faith, to experience gracious hospitality, and to witness first-hand the poverty that so many in our world live with each day.

This seven-day service experience will be preceded by two days at the Thomas P. Joyce ‘59 Contemplative Center in West Boylston, MA. This time will allow participants to meet and bond together in faith.

Our group has a capacity of 12 participants and will be accompanied by Rev. James Hayes, S.J. ’72 of the Holy Cross Chaplains Office and Rosie Henry ’14, a past tour participant and Be Like Brit group leader.

The Haiti Experience

Alumni will stay in the Brit’s Home – formally named the Be Like Brit Orphanage — in the town of Grand Goâve, approximately 38 miles southwest of Port-au-Prince. The group will spend mornings building a home for a family in need, and will spend afternoons running activities with the children at Brit’s Home, as well as participating in cultural immersion experiences. The group will also take in the natural beauty of the country with visits to surrounding towns.


Thursday, June 7: Arrive at Holy Cross campus by 5:00 p.m. for group transport to the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center. Dinner and overnight. (Participants may leave their cars on campus.)

Friday, June 8: The day will include a visit to Be Like Brit Operations Center in Worcester, MA for orientation and instruction. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight at JCC.

Saturday, June 9: Group transfer on Saturday morning from Center to Logan International Airport for flight from Boston to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Saturday, June 16: Depart Port-au-Prince for flight to Boston. Late afternoon/evening arrival expected. Group transfer from Logan to Holy Cross campus.

Cost & Registration

The cost of the program is $2,100 which includes all accommodations, meals, flights, and transportation from June 7-16. Participants will be responsible for the background check fee which can range from $25-100, depending on state of residence. Once your deposit and registration steps are complete, you may elect to have a personal fundraising page set up by Be Like Brit to help cover your trip fees (up to $1950).

A deposit of $100 is due by Feb. 7, 2018. Make check payable to Holy Cross and mail with name(s) of participants to:

Office of Alumni Relations
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street
Worcester, MA 01610.

You will be contacted to confirm your spot on the trip.

Click HERE to read the Britsionary Informational Packet. Once you have been cleared to participate, you will receive the Britsionary Acceptance Packet with more details information.