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Middle/High School, DC - 5 day

The Journey

Through interactive service-learning programs and learning about the founding fathers, students will be inspired to develop innovative ideas that promote productive change within their local communities. Remembering that YOUR school will participate in creating the itinerary that best suits their class or trip needs.  Students will learn about early pioneers like Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and George Washington as they come to understand leadership principles that helped lay the foundation of this nation and its capitol.


On each DC Journey, we create a moment for your students. They will learn the how-to’s of how to navigate the train/metro system, engage in the Great Race designed to instill leadership, team building, and team work – along with other purposeful activities to cultivate a Journey to remember.


CLICK HERE for us to design a Journey that is customized to your class size, dates, and lodging preferences


We engage students in meaningful service projects easily and swiftly. For example, after your students enjoy time at the Capital Building tour, we may bring them nearby to a food packing event where they will learn about the issues of hunger and homelessness that our Capital (among many other cities) face. Then, students will move along to another section of the city and continue their time in DC.


The idea behind intentional serving while on a class trip, whether the 8th grade or the 10th, is to link an educational, service oriented, and/or global perspective where they go.  This can be done in a variety of ways, all being crafted for your school.


Some of the sites that may be included in your customized itinerary are:

Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the White House, Iwo Jima Memorial and Dr. Luther King, Jr. Memorial.



Quick Info

Or register below for the Journey dates of:

Middle School Students
High School Students


TBD - customized for your school/class

Customized for your class/dates/size & may include all transportation (from school), Journey Leader/guide, serve day coordination, train/metro tickets and meals.


Food/Hunger Event 60%
Community initiative 20%
Local Serve, customized 20%


Serving Meals, Changing Hearts

SERVICE LEARNING ~ CHATTANOOGA, TN Cave crawling, hiking, and helping prepare over 700 meals at Thanksgiving time! This wonderful serve team engaged in meaningful project ...

Serving and Learning in the Nations Capital

SERVICE LEARNING ~ WASHINGTON, DC In it’s fourth year, St. John’s Academy has traveled with us for both their Thanksgiving and their spring breaks. This year we ...

Reforestation Efforts Support a Local Family

SERVICE MISSION ~ COSTA RICA What happens when you bring a group of serving hearts together from Kansas, Georgia and Texas? Amazing things! A group ...

Making the Classroom Come Alive

SERVICE LEARNING ~ COSTA RICA This special team of students joined in many engaged learning activities while they studied and earned 2 credit hours. A ...

Exploration in Service

SERVICE LEARNING ~ KEY LARGO, FL During this Journey a group of middle school student engaged in exploring the Florida Keys while making a difference! ...

2100 Square Feet of Tongue and Groove

SERVICE ADVENTURE ~ WEAVERVILLE, NC On this winter Service Mission, a small team of 12 accomplished a huge service project! They renovated and replaced over ...

All Walks of Life Serve Together

SERVICE ADVENTURE ~ COSTA RICA A group of 22 people, with a variety of backgrounds, traveled to Costa Rica to serve and play for a ...

Computers, Soccer & The Bible!

SERVICE MISSION ~ COSTA RICA An amazing team of 6 people headed to Santa Theresa to create and engage in a serving week that they ...

Leaving a Legacy over Spring Break!

SERVICE ADVENTURE ~ COSTA RICA A student and faculty team from Georgia College decided to leave a legacy over spring break. This fun-spirited team painted ...

Kitchen Camp-n-Serve

SERVICE MISSION ~ OCALA, FL This is an all-time favorite Service Journey! We go to Southwind every fall. On this trip team members support an ...

Changing Hearts and Replacing Walls

SERVICE MISSION ~ JASPER, GA What a super way to spend Valentine’s week! This team showed a lot of love to our partner camp in ...



It’s here, right where we live. It affects every single neighborhood in our region. It impacts people of every age, race, religion, and ethnicity. Hunger robs children of a chance to learn, undermines health, and makes getting and holding good jobs hard.

The Capital Area Food Bank is the largest organization in the Washington metro area working to solve hunger and its companion problems: chronic undernutrition, heart disease, and obesity. By partnering with 444 community organizations in DC, MD, and VA, as well as delivering food directly into hard to reach areas, the CAFB is helping 540,000 people each year get access to good, healthy food. That’s 12% of our region’s mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and grandparents.

SOME (So Others Might Eat) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation’s capital. We meet the immediate daily needs of the people we serve with food, clothing, and health care. We help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity one person at a time. We invite you to join us.



We have many lodging partners in DC for you to choose from. We provide lodging at either a partner hotel (4 to a room), a bunkhouse in the city (private to your class) with a full kitchen for team cooking, or cabins with full facility (6-12 to a house) that is a 20 min train ride into the city. You choose the lodging that fits your class size/needs.


Flights, trains, metro and all details are included and customized depending on the size of your class.


Walking shoes, close toed for serve projects, sunscreen, journal, toiletries


Arrival Day

On arrival day we settle the team in and head out for a first tour of either the Capital Building or the National Cathedral.


* Schedule is created based on the size of your Journey and the type of Journey.

* All journeys and schedules are customized based on the location and type of Journey.


SAMPLE for Florida School to DC, 5 DAY

Day 2, 3, 4 - Tour & Serve DC

Each day we will design a walking/metro tour of the highlights of Washington. Each day will be filled with the sights and sounds of DC, and all of it’s rich offerings – plus, meaningful service components that can be linked with a course curriculum, if you choose. The schedule is customized for your class but may include:

  • – Tour of the Capital Building and the Pentagon
  • – Visit the Museum of Natural History, National Gallery of Art, National Archives, Museum of African Art, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
  • – Take part in a 2 hour serve and food packing event with food partners
  • – Preview the National Air and Space Museum
  • – Optional Night Bus Tour of: Washington Monument, World War II Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Korean War Memorial, White House (photo stop only), Iwo Jima Memorial and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial.

Day 5 - Continuing the tour

  • – Visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier & Arlington National Cemetery
  • – Zip Line, or high ropes/climbing wall team building activity optional!
  • – Depart for home

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