Alternative Spring Break Programs
2011 Service Trips
- Refugee Student Alliance:
Location: Atlanta, GA
Activities: The host organization provides opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. In Atlanta and many other regional offices across the country, IRC helps them rebuild their lives. Participants will be put into smaller groups and participate in different areas each day. The small groups will rotate in an English as a Second Language classes, a computer lab, and a resettlement shop that.
- M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence:
Location: Rochester, NY
Activities: Students will be introduced to the work of the Gandhi Institute, which seeks to "help individuals and communities develop the inner resources and practical skills needed to achieve a nonviolent, sustainable, and just world" (www.gandhiinstitute.org). We will volunteer at organizations that work to promote nonviolence, restorative practices, and sustainability.
- Habitat for Humanity:
Location: Newcastle County, Delaware
Activities: H4H provides houses for applicants that show need and are willing to put in 400 sweat equity hours to the building of their homes and the homes of others. Families then have 20 years to repay a small, interest-free mortgage. Activities will range from setting the foundation, to constructing walls, to adding insulation, to painting and carpeting.
- Catholic Newman Community:
Location: Baltimore, MD
Activities: Volunteer to work with inner-city children, volunteer at soup kitchens, and attend speakers & presentations on poverty in the Baltimore/DC area.
- UR Rotaract:
Location: Virginia State Park, VA
Activities: UR Rotaract will travel to Northern Virginia to participate in a spring break project that will be run by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Our group will clean up trails, create trails, prevent erosion by creating barriers on the shores of the parks, and renovate playgrounds.