Campus Connections

Serving together to reach your campus and the toughest places

Today college students value serving the world around them. They seek hands-on, relevant opportunities to impact the lives of others. Our involvement with Cru® campus ministry and international field staff members positions Unto® to help you build your campus movement and reach more students.

We accomplish this through the provision of international and on-campus opportunities focused on helping students express the kindness of Jesus in the toughest places on earth by relieving suffering, restoring dignity, and revealing hope.

How will your campus connect with Unto?

Your campus can get involved with Unto when students are on campus throughout the academic year or off campus over summer or spring break. The Unto campus team offers opportunities that are specifically designed with students in mind by applying their studies on an international humanitarian trip or serving at an on-campus outreach event.

Summer Missions

Students can use their majors on mission during a hands-on, humanitarian experience.

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On-Campus Events

Unto events can help you reach more students by providing opportunities to serve.

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Spring Break

Students can participate in short-term national and international humanitarian trips.

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Summer Mission

Unto Summer Missions help you reach your campus by providing students with a hands-on, humanitarian experience. Each Summer Missions opportunity is designed so that students can apply their studies in areas like agriculture, natural sciences, nursing, public health, and more in a humanitarian context. Students will work alongside Unto and international Cru ministries as they use their majors on mission to express the kindness of Jesus in the toughest places.

On-Campus Outreach Events

Unto’s on-campus outreach events help your campus organization reach more students by providing opportunities to express the kindness of Jesus in their own campus community and around the world. On-campus events are designed to help you build your movement by engaging students, staff, and faculty on your campus. Your campus can host an event such as a:

Students will learn how to restore dignity and reveal hope to the refugee neighbor in their community.

Students will help restore the dignity of women in the toughest places on earth by making LuoPads that are provided to women during women’s health workshops.

Students will help students in the toughest places by collecting school supplies and hosting a packing event.

Students will participate in an interactive event where they will experience the realities of people in the toughest places who walk miles each day for water.

Students will experience the life of families in the toughest places on earth through an interactive simulation that illustrates the daily challenges of buying food, fetching water, and caring for children.

Spring Break

Unto Spring Break trips help your campus reach more students by providing them with flexible opportunities to gain hands-on, humanitarian experience. Students can participate in short-term national and international trips that focus on one of our initiatives like disaster relief, refugee care, critical aid, and more. Students will interact with other Cru ministries as they apply their majors on mission and use their passions to express the kindness of Jesus.

PACKHOPE Experience

Individual students or various campus clubs and organizations can provide clean water or critical aid for people living in some of the toughest places on earth by creating a personalized fundraising campaign. Students working together can bring help and hope to people living without access to safe, clean water by funding a new water well or providing lifesaving critical aid to people in the toughest places. Contact us to learn how!

Clean Water Campaign

Upcoming  Student Trips

Unto volunteer humanitarian teams work with partners in countries across the globe to serve those in need and express the kindness of Jesus. Students can take part in transforming lives through a dynamic, hands-on humanitarian trip designed specifically with them in mind.

March 9-16, 2024
Orlando

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Becoming People of Welcome: Orlando

Cru City: Immigrants, Internationals, and Refugees (IIR) and Unto invite you to travel with us to express the kindness of Jesus to our refugee and immigrant neighbors in the Orlando area. Come ready to learn, serve, and share with others during this multi-ministry and multi-generational opportunity. In the mornings we focus on training so we can better serve people. Our afternoons will be spent doing practical ministry with immigrants and refugees. This trip is multi-generational so you will be working alongside Cru Staff, Community non-profit partners, and College Students as we seek to cultivate a holistic approach to becoming people of welcome.

Trip Cost: The price for 4 to a room is $399

Trip Dates: March 9-16, 2024

Trip Location: Orlando

Trip Leader: Bekah, rebekah.nichols@unto.com


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March 30-April 6, 2024
El Salvador

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El Salvador Spring Break Vision Clinics (Destino)

El Salvador — a land of beautiful beaches, sprawling coffee plantations, and lush rainforests — is the most densely populated country in Central America, with 40 percent of its population living in poverty. Be part of a Unto® volunteer trip that helps relieve suffering by providing eyeglasses to many with impaired vision.

As a student on this trip, you will travel to the nation’s capital, San Salvador. The team will conduct eyeglass clinics in the city as well as in nearby rural areas. In the clinics you will meet with individuals to provide glasses and demonstrate the kindness of Jesus. You also will have the opportunity to talk with students at the local university campus to share the hope of Jesus.

No experience is required. Trip participants will receive training for eyeglass fittings at the beginning of the trip.

Students only. This trip can accommodate a maximum of 15 people.

Trip Cost: TBA

Trip Dates: March 30-April 6, 2024

Trip Location: El Salvador

Trip Leader: Wes


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May 17 – June 3, 2024
Zambia

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Zambia Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Summer Mission

Are you passionate about helping people gain access to clean water and basic hygiene? Around 2 billion people around the world do not have access to safe drinking water and approximately 2.3 billion people lack basic hygiene services, including soap and water at home.

Unto is the humanitarian ministry of Cru and serves in the toughest places on earth to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal the hope of Jesus. One way we do this is through our Clean Water Program.

Over half of Zambia’s population resides in rural areas and less than 50 percent of the rural population have basic access to a safe water source. By joining the WASH Summer Mission with Unto®, you have the opportunity to participate in a project to install solar powered remote monitoring systems on existing hand pumps. The team will also participate in repairing non-functioning pumps and providing basic hygiene training.

In addition to the field work, you will explore ways to integrate ministry into your career as you spend time with local Cru® staff members sharing the hope of Jesus with people in Zambia.

Trip Cost: $4,500

Trip Dates: May 17 – June 3, 2024

Trip Location: Zambia

Trip Leader: Unto


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May 19 – June 21, 2024
Greece

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Greece Refugee Care Summer Mission

In recent years, news broadcasts have been filled with stories of violence in the Middle East resulting in a refugee crisis. Men, women, and children flee from their homes, jobs, and friends, hoping to escape war and find safety. More than 1 million refugees traveled through Turkey, piled into small, overcrowded rubber boats, and faced the dangerous journey across the Aegean Sea to the shores of Greece. They hoped to pass through the islands and continue into Europe and beyond.

However, most European countries have closed their borders leaving those seeking asylum trapped in camps — unable to travel to a new destination and powerless to return home.

You can help relieve suffering, restore dignity and reveal the hope of Jesus to struggling refugees by traveling with Unto, Cru’s humanitarian branch, to a camp in Greece.

You will serve refugees by distributing aid, working in Men’s and Women’s community centers, playing with the kids and doing work around the camp.

Trip Cost: $4,900

Trip Dates: May 19 – June 21, 2024

Trip Location: Greece

Trip Leader: Unto


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May 31 – June 22, 2024
Colombia

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Colombia Women’s Health Summer Mission

Women around the world face many physical, social, and spiritual challenges. In some cases, women are told little about their health, even to the point of becoming pregnant and giving birth without understanding what is happening to their bodies. Some women are uneducated; perhaps because their families won’t allow it, many lack feminine hygiene products so they miss a week of school every month and eventually drop out. And some women are silenced, oppressed; prevented from sharing their thoughts and coerced into believing someone else’s. Even with all of this going against them, we still believe that women are the key to a healthier society, as the ones who often raise a family and nurture a community. We seek to follow Jesus’ examples throughout Scripture, as he sees women and treats them with the dignity ascribed to them as ones created in the image of God.

You can help bring physical and spiritual healing to marginalized women by joining the Unto Women’s Health Summer Mission trip. In partnership with National Cru staff and their partners, you will participate in teaching health education workshops that provide life saving information, while building relationships that lead to Gospel conversations. When you participate in this trip, you help to share the kindness of Jesus in incredibly tough places by relieving suffering, restoring dignity, and revealing hope.

The Unto Women’s Health Summer Mission trip is open to female students with health related majors who have completed approximately two semesters with clinical rotation. Female students of other majors may be considered providing they have a medical/science background with some clinical knowledge and experience. Please still reach out if you’re interested but don’t quite meet this criteria yet…we’d love to talk more and see if this would be a good fit for you!

Trip Cost: $4,500

Trip Dates: May 31 – June 22, 2024

Trip Location: Colombia

Trip Leader: Unto


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June 9 – June 23, 2024
Lancaster, PA

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Lancaster, PA Humanitarian Ministry Summer Mission

Trip Cost: $2,300

Trip Dates: June 9 – June 23, 2024

Trip Location: Lancaster, PA

Trip Leader: Unto


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June 20 – July 12, 2024
Guatemala

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Guatemala Agriculture Summer Mission

Are you passionate about the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20) as well as natural sciences, community development and sustainability?

Within the Humanitarian aid world, the concern is are we creating sustainable communities or dependency problems.

Unto is the humanitarian branch of Cru, an international ministry that creates movements everywhere, so that everyone knows someone who truly follows Jesus . Unto serves in the toughest places on earth to relieve suffering, restore dignity, and reveal the hope of Jesus. One of the ways we do this is through agriculture workshops.

We serve farmers of all scales and backgrounds, coming alongside them by relieving food insecurity, empowering people through agricultural education, and revealing hope. Our workshops include components such as raised garden beds, composting, nutrition, drip irrigation kits, and pest management. We also include other content in our workshops considering what the specific community needs help with.

You can help relieve the suffering of people in Guatemala who struggle to make a living as subsistence farmers. The biggest challenges for Guatemalan farmers are changing markets, commercialized competition, and poor agro-practices. By joining the Agriculture Summer Mission with Unto®, you have the opportunity to teach communities about how they can increase their yield, and farm more sustainably. You will see firsthand the practical and spiritual impact your agriculture, soil science, or natural science passion/education can have on a community.

In addition to participating workshops, you will explore ways to integrate ministry into your career as you spend time with local Cru® staff members, and local students sharing the hope of Jesus with people in the heart of Guatemala. We will perform four-day workshops in villages, teaching families techniques to grow more while restoring soil for future generations.

Applications are open to all students, both Quarter or Semester schools! Click apply to submit an application to join us this summer in Guatemala!

*Please note that your support goal covers your international flight, but the cost of your travel to the team departure airport will be your responsibility. If you raise extra support, you are able to submit a form to be reimbursed for some or all of your personal payment for this expense. The application deadline is Monday, April 1st, 2024.*

Trip Cost: $3,500

Trip Dates: June 20 – July 12, 2024

Trip Location: Guatemala

Trip Leader: Unto


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