Sponsored by the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy, our Siena Stands With... Service Immersion Program offers students, faculty, and staff transformative experiences in communities, both close to home and abroad, struggling with poverty, injustice, and inequality. Philadelphia, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Jamaica are just some of the places in which Siena Stands With.

Domestic Trips


Following are some examples of previous trips that may be offered again in the future:

St. Francis Inn - Philadelphia, pa, usa
January 2020, St. Francis Inn Courtyard

St. Francis Inn is a Franciscan community called to live and minister with the poor and homeless of the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The Inn endeavors to meet the immediate daily needs of the local people of Kensington with food, clothing, compassion, dignity, and hospitality.

Important components of this trip include prayer, service, and community. Participants will volunteer in a number of ways: preparing and serving food for the guests at the Inn, working at Maria’s Closet (clothing and thrift store), assisting with collections and donation pick-ups, volunteering at the Women’s Center (females only), or any number of other special projects. This trip serves as a wonderful opportunity for students to interact and work directly with Franciscan friars, Franciscan Volunteer Ministers, and guests of the Inn.

Border trips - arizona, usa

The reality of life on the borderlands is much more complex and unjust than most people realize. This trip will offer experiential learning opportunities that explore the difficulties of migration and life along the U.S./Mexico border. This trip aspires to connect divided communities, raise awareness about the impact of the border and immigration policies, and inspire action for social transformation.

Goals of the experience:
  • Explore historical and current immigration policies and their impacts on communities across the borderlands and throughout the Americas
  • Speak with people directly affected by migration, including migrants and others who live in the borderlands, and with advocates for migrant justice
  • Build connections with people and organizations fighting for migrant justice on both sides of the border
  • Think critically about solutions to the root causes of migration
  • Develop tools to take action for positive social change in your home communities

The Double H Ranch, located in New York’s Adirondack Park, is a demonstration of the commitment and generosity of philanthropist Charles R. Wood and actor Paul Newman. Since the Double H officially opened its doors on July 4, 1993, it has served over 20,000 children dealing with life-threatening illnesses from around the world. It was the second “Hole in the Wall Camp” in what has become a worldwide network of not-for-profit recreational and therapeutic experiences for children with serious illness.

The facility resides on 320 acres of land with waterfront access to Lake Vanare. Facilities include camper cabins that are able to accommodate 126 campers, staff cabins that are able to accommodate a total of 125 staff members, and volunteer cabins that are able to accommodate 50 volunteers. Program areas include an indoor and outdoor pool, a high ropes course, archery, horseback riding and pasture, picnic pavilion, stage area, dining hall, Arts & Crafts building/ski chalet, and various other outdoor spaces used for recreational play and opportunities to explore nature.


International trips


Following are some examples of previous trips that may be offered again in the future:

costa rica
Costa Rica, 2020

With a focus on solidarity and immigration, traveling to Costa Rica will move and inspire you to become a more engaged Franciscan citizen upon your return. Combining both urban and rural components, participants will be immersed in the Costa Rican culture, engage with the local community, and hear testimonies from Salvadorans, Guatemalans, and Nicaraguans who have fled their homes due to war, gang violence, and extreme poverty. Participants will also partake in a two-to-three-night homestay in a Salvadoran Resettlement Community, which has been internationally recognized for its work as a sustainable agricultural and eco-tourism site. Costa Rica will not disappoint in being a powerful and challenging experience, deeply rooted in Siena’s Franciscan tradition.

Guatemala, 2020

Develop social and cultural awareness on this memorable trip to Guatemala! From the charming colonial city of Antigua, to Lake Atitlan and its surrounding volcanos, to the colorful tapestry of Mayan history, there is an abundance of things to see and learn. Hear the testimony of the women of the “Ruth and Noemi” weaving community about human rights violations that occurred in their community, visit various initiatives of the Catholic Parish of San Lucan, enjoy an open air market where vendors sell pottery, food, handicrafts, etc., and enjoy an overnight stay with a host family. End your week with a visit to the archeological site of lximche, the capital city of the Kaqchikel May kingdom from 1470 with its pyramids, temples, palaces and Mesoamerican ball courts.


Develop social and cultural awareness by joining us on our trip to seek out the perspectives of people working at the grassroots level for social change in Jamaica. Nurture an appreciation of the culture and customs of Jamaica and be exposed to economic and social realities faced by the average Jamaican by experiencing daily life as it is lived by people from various socio-economic levels.

puerto rico
Puerto Rico, 2019

Immerse yourself in the lives of organic farmers in Puerto Rico. Visit a small, organic farm that is focused on educating people about sustainable agriculture and establishing more hands on island farming and food production. Visit the historical city of Old San Juan, home to the San Juan National Historical Site with buildings, culture, and history dating back to the 16th century. Come volunteer with your fellow Siena students at HUNGER Corp with volunteer opportunities focusing on farming.


FCSA/Club affiliated trips


habitat for humanity - spring break service trips

The Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy supports the Habitat for Humanity Club at Siena College and assists them in the planning, organization, and execution of their Spring Break Service Immersion Trips. For more information, please contact Habitat for Humanity Club Presidents, Abigail Sheridan at ak28sher@siena.edu or Taylor Roadarmel at t28road@siena.edu