Each session of Service Odyssey will include opportunities to serve, learn, and explore the Davidson and greater Charlotte area.

About Service Odyssey

Service Odyssey is an immersive community engagement experience. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to engage in service opportunities with community partners from the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte areas while learning about social issues that impact these communities. Each day, you will critically reflect on service and educational materials related to the social issue in focus. You will also take time to explore cultural attractions in the area and develop relationships with your peers. 

Session Dates

  • Session One

  • June 23-29, 2024
  • Session Two

  • July 14-20, 2024
  • Session Three

  • August 15-19, 2024*

*International students and students participating in another pre-orientation program will be given priority for session three.


We encourage all students interested in Service Odyssey to register for the lottery as soon as you are able. We will email all Early-Decision students with an update of their placement by February 28. Non-Early Decision applicants will receive placement by May 7. If students confirmed into a session of Service Odyssey cancel their registration, we will contact the next student on the waitlist. When we contact you, we will give you a deadline to confirm your new spot.

Fees & Financial Aid 

Cost for Sessions 1 and 2: $200

Cost for Sessions 3: $150

Although there is a cost to the Service Odyssey program, we offer financial aid for the cost of the program. Any incoming student receiving financial aid to attend Davidson can receive aid for Service Odyssey. The minimum price for Service Odyssey registration is $25.

Learn More About Fees & Financial Aid For The Program

What to Expect from Your Experience

  • Spend several hours each day completing service projects, engaging with community and nonprofit leaders, and learning about important social issues
  • Engage with educational materials that deepen our understanding of our issue in focus as we reflect daily on our experiences
  • Visit cultural attractions and explore the Lake Norman and Charlotte areas during free time
  • Connect with other incoming Davidson students and our returning-student trip leaders
  • Lodging facilities are usually local churches or campus facilities where we can gather each evening to cook dinner, play games, and continue building community together. Students usually sleep on the floor in sleeping bags (provided) or cots


If you have questions about Service Odyssey, please send us an email or contact Shane Reilly, Assistant Director for Civic Engagement and Lula Bell's.

After Odyssey Civic Engagement at Davidson

Service Odyssey is organized by Davidson's Center for Civic Engagement. Learn more about civic engagement at Davidson and how you can be involved after Odyssey!

Center for Civic Engagement