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Spring Break

March 6-12, 2016

$300 - Domestic

$600 - International


City on a Hill: Living, Working, and Sharing in an Intentional Community

Among the winding roads of a rural town, sits a dynamic farming, gardening, and handcrafting intentional community that includes adults with developmental disabilities.  Participants will be returning for the third year to this site and will engage in outdoor farming tasks, work in the greenhouses, weaving and crafting activities, and evening meals with the “villagers” and “coworkers.”


Empowering Residents through Food

This group will serve with a Community Food Bank, a very large and well-established center that supports the reduction of hunger in the city.  Participants will work in the Product Rescue Center, the Grocery Floor, and the Mobile Pantry.  The group will also have the opportunity to serve in the organization’s Community Gardens, which provide neighborhoods with fresh vegetables, beautiful land, and a place to meet and work towards positive goals. 


The Road to Opportunity: Providing Support for At-Risk Youth

Alternative Breaks will travel to Cartago, Costa Rica to work with El Pueblito, a non-governmental and non-profit organization located on a beautiful field surrounded by the mountains overseeing the Irazú volcano. The organization offers programs and services for children, teens, and women in crisis due to sexual harassment and domestic violence.  The group will be working on educational activities with the children, mostly English teaching and tutoring, and potentially a small construction project.

In order to apply:  Must have a passport that is valid until at least October 1, 2016.


Caring for Kids as Teachers and as Caretakers

This team will be volunteering at Crisis Nursery Kids, which provides temporary care for young children in order to help prevent child abuse and neglect. The group will serve by giving the children individual attention from rocking and playing to feeding and dressing at the 24-hour shelters.


Beauty Through the Eye of the Storm: Rebuilding Homes and Lives

[In collaboration with SMU Multicultural Student Affairs]

It has been a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans—and there is still much work to be done.  Alternative Breaks will return to serve with a disaster recovery organization called the St. Bernard Project.  This non-profit organization engages youth in the recovery and rebirth of the New Orleans area through rebuilding distressed and foreclosed homes to stabilize neighborhoods.


Empowering Students through an Education in Exploration

This team will work with the Roots and Wings Community School. The school is very understaffed, so volunteers are crucial to creating a positive classroom experience. While at Roots and Wings over Spring Break 2016, SMU Breakers spent a majority of their time tutoring and teaching mini lessons in classrooms. They also repainted the school’s entry hallway and helped with outdoor landscaping and remodeling. SMU students are able to serve as role models for younger children as well as truly inspire and positively influence the lives of many children.


Food as Medicine: Providing Hope and Healing to a Forgotten Community

Alternative Breaks be partnering with God’s Love We Deliver to prepare and serve food to individuals living with serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, who are not able to provide quality meals for themselves as a result of their illnesses. Every day, God’s Love We Deliver prepares and delivers close to 4,600 meals.


Saving the Sea: Sea Turtle Habitat Restoration  [in collaboration with SMU Outdoor Adventures]

UPDATE (as of 11/13/15): This group will be working to maintain and restore the beach environment that many sea turtles call home.  Projects will ikely include beach clean up, habitat restoration, and other environmental projects.  PLEASE NOTE:  Participants will be camping outdoors in tents for the majority of this trip.  While you do not need to be an experienced camper to apply, full consideration should be given to the camping-nature of this trip.