March 8-14, 2015
$250 - Domestic
$400 - International
Growing an Intentional Community at Camphill Kimberton
Among the winding roads of rural Kimberton, Pennsylvania 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.”
Sanctuary for the Spirit: Rescue and Healing for Animals and Humans
[in collaboration with SMU Outdoor Adventures]
Alternative Breaks is thrilled to be partnering with SMU Outdoor Adventures to host a camping trip in Taos, New Mexico. Participants will work with the Northern New Mexico Friends of Animals organization to inventory wild horses in the Wild Horse Mesa area. Additionally, the group will partner with the Equine Spirit Sanctuary to beautify the grounds, clean stables, do some painting projects, and more. 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.
Everything Isn’t Always Peachy: Cultivating Food Access in Atlanta
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.
AB Stands with LGBT: D.C. Edition
Alternative Breaks will travel to our nation’s capital this year to work with LGBT issues. This trip will partner with the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community and will give participants the opportunity to serve in HIV prevention, education, and outreach, as well as with other service and advocacy initiatives. As the LGBT continues to fight for equal rights, this trip will shed light on the issue from a political perspective.
At-Risk Youth: Inspiring the Next Generation through Caregiving and Teaching
This year, 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, 2015.
Nurture over Neglect: Finding a Safe Haven Away from the Home
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.
Rising Above the Storm: Rebuilding Homes and Lives
[in collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs]
Alternative Breaks will return to New Orleans, Louisiana 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 New Orleans area through rebuilding distressed and foreclosed homes to stabilize neighborhoods.
The Road to Freedom from Violence and Exploitation
This group will travel to Atlanta, Georgia to serve alongside three amazing organizations: Wellspring Living, YouthSpark, and BeLoved Atanta. Participants will engage in facilities maintenance, meal preparation, outreach, and more, while learning about issues related to domestic violence and human trafficking.
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 2013, 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 in the Concrete Jungle
In New York City, New York, 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.
Deconstructing Our Borders through Service and Solidarity
This group will travel to El Paso, Texas to partner with Annunciation House, a non-profit organization that accompanies migrant, homeless, and economically vulnerable peoples of the border region through hospitality, advocacy, and education. Participants will repairs rooms, organize meals, and other projects, while learning about what constitutes just relationships between people and countries.