Alternative Spring Break 2015
Want to attend a rewarding service excursion this spring break with other passionate Suffolk students? Alternative Spring Break hosted by the Center for Community Engagement (previously S.O.U.L.S.) is gearing up for another exciting semester. Accepted students will travel to one of ten locations to assist humanitarian and environmental organizations in a range of activities. Applications can be found on SUconnect and the total cost for the trip, including airfare and living expenses, is $125.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a week-long event where Suffolk students travel to locations such as Philedelphia, Denver (Colorado), Puerto Rico and Virginia. Each location has its own cause that students will be working for, such as teams heading to Virginia will be involved with the maintenance of state reservations. While on-site, groups will team up with their host organizations to do anything from trail clearing to building homes. After attending an ASB trip students are able to be a team leader the following year.
For the first time students can apply to be a Alternative Spring Break member online at SUconnect. The deadline for applications is October 5th by 5 p.m. Afterwards, students are contacted by a Center for Community Engagement representative to set up an in-person interview to determine if they are teamwork oriented and have a strong interest in social and environmental work. Finally, accepted students will be placed into groups headed by their peers and two faculty members. Meetings are held within groups throughout the Spring semester leading up to ASB.
Sarah Anderson, a Junior at Suffolk and Alternative Spring Break leader for 2015, said her ASB experience was life-changing. “I made lifelong friends on my trip, gained leadership skills and most importantly gained a whole new outlook on social justice and community service,” said Anderson. She looks forward to this year with excited anticipation. “I am very lucky to now have the chance to lead a trip and make sure my group members have an unforgettable time as well.”
Students looking to double their ASB experience with course credit can head to Triangle, VA for an environmental trip. They will participate in the Civilian Conservation Corps. class (an examination of the CCC workers and their impact on America today). Not only does it count toward a student’s transcript, but the class fulfills the Extended Classroom Requirement for most majors.
Editor’s note: Melissa Jean previously worked with the Alternative Spring Break program during her freshmen year.