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Spring Break

March 6-12, 2016

$300 - Domestic

$600 - International


Growing an Intentional Community at Camphill Kimberton

Among winding roads and beautiful countryside sits a dynamic farming, gardening, and handcrafting intentional community, called Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Participants will be returning for the second 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.”

[Repeat site]


Everything Isn’t Always Peachy: Cultivating Food Access

This group will travel to work with the Community Food Bank, a very large and well-established center that supports the reduction of hunger in a large 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.

[Repeat site]


At-Risk Youth: Inspiring the Next Generation through Caregiving and Teaching

 Alternative Breaks will travel 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.

[Repeat site]

In order to apply: Must have a passport that is valid until at least October 15, 2016.


Nurture over Neglect: Finding a Safe Haven Away from the Home

Participants on this trip 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.

[Repeat site] 


Rising Above the Storm: Rebuilding Homes and Lives

[in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs]

Alternative Breaks will return to serve with a Hurricane Katrina disaster recovery organization called the St. Bernard Project. This non-profit organization engages youth in the recovery and rebirth of the city through rebuilding distressed and foreclosed homes to stabilize neighborhoods.

[Repeat site] 


Empowering Students through an Education in Exploration

 This 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 2014, 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.

[Repeat site]


Food as Medicine in the Concrete Jungle

Again this year, 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 4,6000 meals.

[Repeat site] 


NEW!   Environmentalism Trip

[in collaboration with SMU Outdoor Adventures]

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.