“It was probably one of the most challenging yet rewarding weeks of my life.” Jessica Chu, SMU student
2017-2018 Trips and Locations
In Hartshorne, Oklahoma we’ll partner with Rebuilding Together Kiamichi Country to work on home repairs and improvements for low-income homeowners. Rebuilding Together strives to develop “A safe and healthy home for every person.”
SMU Alternative Breaks is proud to host its very first farming-related service trip in Austin, Texas, partnering with Green Gate Farms. In four short days, participants will be physically and educationally immersed in the world of organic farming. The group will learn how to farm and most importantly come to understand how to support the production and delivery of quality produce to all of society.
Legacies of Civil Rights
Selma, Alabama is considered one of the most historic cities in American history as the center of the Civil Rights movement. Volunteers on this trip will dive deep into the historic educational initiative at the McRae-Gaines Learning Center to further their mission of excellent education and assist students in realizing their potential. Service activities will likely include cleaning and organizing, playing with the kids, and assisting the staff and teachers.
Education in a Rural Setting
In Taos, New Mexico we will work with 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, 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. Volunteers will spend a week helping sort out can donations, package meals together, and help shipments of the food to areas with high rates of food insecurity.
Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Louisiana in 2005, thirteen years later a large majority of the St. Bernard Parish remains abandoned. In partnership with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, students from SMU will be traveling to the vibrant New Orleans to help rebuild homes for families whose lives were disrupted by Hurricane Katrina.
Creating Community with People with Disabilities
In 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, Camp Hill Kimberton, and will engage in outdoor farming tasks, work in the greenhouses, weaving and crafting activities, and evening meals with the “villagers” and “coworkers.”