Spring Break: February 28 – March 7, 2015
The Center for Civic Engagement sponsors a program called Alternative Break, where students spend college breaks traveling to national and international destinations to participate in community service, explore exciting places, and make new friends! All trips are led and planned by students and are completely substance-free.
Step 1: Attend an information session or stop by an information table to learn more:
Tuesday, Oct 21st at 11:00am in Lightsey 203
Wednesday, Oct. 22nd at 1:30pm in Lightsey 203
Monday, Oct. 20th: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Cougar Mall
Tuesday, Oct 21st: 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM at Cougar Mall
Step 3: Apply online!
Step 4: Submit your non-refundable application fee of $25 to the Center for Civic Engagement (Lightsey 203)
Applications due Friday, October 24th by Noon
Rooted n’ Included: Farmworker health in south Florida (Miami, FL; $430)
This public health focused trip will explore the issues of farmworker health in the Miami/Florida City area. Our service will look into various aspects of farmworker health such as, maternal & child healthcare, education, access to health care, sexual health (HIV/AIDS), and working conditions. Our vision is to learn about farmworker health
through service both in the Miami and Charleston areas. We will be partnering with various organizations such as The Coalition for Immokalee Workers, Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Red Cross of the Greater Miami area, and many others. Join us for a week of adventure, advocacy, an all around great time!
No More Damsels in Distress: Pursuing female empowerment (Miami, FL; $325)
Did you know that one in three females is impacted by physical or sexual violence in their lifetimes? Did you know that a child born to a mother who can read is 50 per cent more likely to survive? Did you know that women remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination and exploitation? This spring, join Alternative Spring Break as we explore the ramifications of these statistics in the American South East. We will observe, learn about, and address the social issue of women’s empowerment alongside four prominent non-profits in the area.
Artistic Abilities: Abilities, disabilities, and the arts in Music City (Nashville, TN; $485)
Nashville is a city rich in music and the arts. This year, Alternative Spring Break will focus on ways in which the arts can connect individuals with and without disabilities. This group will have the opportunity to work with organizations such as Rochelle Center, which offers support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Art Tank, an art studio which allows artists with and without disabilities to work collaboratively, and more.
Different Drum, Same Beat: indigenous rights of the Snowbird Cherokee (Maryville, TN; $465)
The Cherokee tribe used to be one of the largest Native American tribes in the eastern United States. However, due to political, environmental, developmental and societal pressures their numbers have dwindled. While their land is protected by federal law, they very much rely upon their community and each other. Our Alternative Spring Break group will be working directly with the Snowbird Cherokees and completing projects such as home repair, tutoring, and other tasks requested by the community and other while learning more about their culture.
Are You Fracking Me?: Policies, problems, and possible solutions (Glenwood, CO; $970)
This environmental focused experience will explore the issue of hydraulic fracking and its effects in the Glenwood Springs, Colorado community. This group will spend most of our days learning about fracking and what can be done to slow or prevent the negative effects. Both sides of the fracking debate will be considered, as well as work with local communities who feel the effects of fracking.
For more information about spring break or other Alternative Break experiences, please send us an email.
The Center for Civic Engagement
Lightsey Center, Room 203