March 12-18, 2017
$300 - Domestic
NEW! Domestic "Mystery Trip"
Join us on an exciting adventure somewhere in the U.S. The location, social issue, and service details will be revealed to participants at a later date (but don't worry, we aren't going to just put you on a plane and say, "SURPRISE!"
Families in Crisis: Stopping the Cycle of Abuse and Neglect
In St. Louis, Missouri participants 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.
Rx Nature: Keep the Whitewater Flowing
As a continued celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, we're committing to assist the Service with preserving unimpaired "America's Best Idea" for future generations by partnering with Obed Wild and Scenic River in central Tennessee. Recognizing the immense benefit parks have to ecological biodiversity, public health, and local economies, participants will work alongside park staff to preserve its natural state for the enjoyment of its native floral, faunal, and human visitors alike.
Food as Medicine: Providing Hope and Healing to a Forgotten Community
In New York City, New York, Alternative Breaks is 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.
Beauty Through the Eye of the Storm: Rebuilding Homes and Lives
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.
It Takes a Village: Creating Community with People with Disabilities
Among the winding roads of rural Kimberton, Pennsylvania 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 Students through an Education in Exploration
In Taos, New Mexico, the group 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.
Empowering Residents through Food
This group will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to work with the Atlanta 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.