Domestic Week-Long Experiences 

Students sign up for a break based on a social issue they are interested in, as opposed to the location of the break. The location and organization are disclosed to the group following sign-ups. Students meet weekly with their group prior to departure in order to assist with planning and to work on education of their social issue. Students will also learn about the Eight Quality Components of an Alternative Break, as well as the Active Citizen Continuum, according to the Break Away model for Alternative Breaks.

Going on an Alternative Breaks is a wonderful experience. As a participant, you will attend weekly meetings with your group to get to know one another, plan details of the break, and become more educated on the social issue you will be serving. In addition to weekly meetings, participants will attend program wide events including Orientation, Kick-Off and the Re-Orientation Celebration. 

Participants must follow the participant policy , which can be viewed by following the link provided. The participant policy covers the billing process to your student account, the Alcohol and Drug-Free policy, being a committed, contributing member of your site, attending meetings and events, and risk management policies such as staying with a site leader at all times.

 

Alternative Winter Breaks

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2018 Alternative Winter Breaks (AWB) depart Saturday, December 15, 2018, and will return Saturday, December 22, 2018. This time period covers all possible travel time.

Sign-ups for domestic 2018 Alternative Winter Breaks will be held on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. on the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center's OrgSync page. Stay tuned for more details.


AWB 2018 Issues 

Access to Sports and Recreation: Creating close, convenient and safe settings for children to play outside.

Housing Inequality: Working to build affordable housing options for communities impacted by natural disasters.

Veteran's Support & Outreach: An opportunity for students to work in a veteran affairs system to give back to men and women of all ages who have served our country.

Animal Rescue: Working to better the lives of endangered animals.

Wildlife Rehabilitation: Working to better the lives of rescued animals.

Community Restoration: Working with community-identified needs to assist in rebuilding.

Early Childhood Development:  Providing support in an educational setting focused on children from 6 weeks old to 6 years old.

Community Building within Aging Populations: Improving the quality of life for older adults at an assisted living home.

Ending Animal Exploitation: Working to better the lives of previously exploited animals.

Environmental Conservation: Working to conserve and better Earth's natural environment.

Food Justice: Working to ensure nutritional accessible food is available for all communities.

Historical Preservation: Working to maintain historical sites and landmarks.

Food Insecurity & Homelessness: Assisting with food preparation and service for individuals experiencing homelessness

Supporting Immigrant Populations: Working to provide support services to families and individuals who immigrated to this country.

Natural Disaster Restoration: Working to relieve communities that have been affected by natural disasters.

Protecting Public Lands: Working to restore and protect the environment and its natural habitats.

Access to STEAM Education: Working to enhance the lives of children through science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Survivors of Aggression: Assisting girls and young women who have experienced domestic violence.

Urban Sustainability: Working with conservancy of nature in urban areas.

Uplifting Children & Families: Bringing hope and fun to children and families in need by engaging in uplifting activities.

Youth Advocacy: Encouraging children and young adults by providing moral support and appreciation.

Youth Development: Bettering the lives of children and young adults by helping them grow into strong, healthy, and well-adjusted individuals

And more!

Alternative Spring Breaks

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips take place during academic spring break in March. 

Sign-ups for domestic 2019 Alternative Spring Breaks will be held on Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. on the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center's OrgSync page. Stay tuned for details. 


Alternative Spring Breaks will depart Saturday, March 2, 2019, and return Sunday, March 10, 2019. These dates include all possible travel time.

 

ASB 2019 Issues

Access to Sports & Recreation: Creating close, convenient, and safe settings for children to play outside.

Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Working to help individuals with a physical or mental disability.

Civil Rights: Assist all racial and ethnic groups in achieving social and economic equality by supporting programs, services, research, and advocacy.

Coastal Restoration: Working to enhance and preserve lost wetlands and wildlife in environmental areas. 

Supporting Elementary Education: Interacting with youth, grades K-6, in a classroom setting.

Leadership through Education: Interacting with youth, grades K-5, in a diverse classroom setting at a school focused on leadership. 

LGBTQ+ Solidarity: Working in the LGBTQ community to promote education, awareness, and advocacy for equal rights. 

Neighborhood Nutrition: Working to ensure that nutritional, accessible food is available for youth and others in a community.

Nutritional Support for Health Recovery: Helping to provide housing and nutritional assistance to individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Refugee & Immigrant Development: Working to help international youth transition to the American school system.

Rural Poverty: Assisting with food distribution for individuals living in a rural community.

State Parks & Preservation: Preserving the land of state parks for future generations to enjoy. 

Urban Education: Working alongside students in urban settings at an after-school program. 

Urban Revitalization: Working to make housing affordable by providing maintenance and repairs.

Youth Development: Bettering the lives of children and young adults by helping them grow into strong, healthy, and well-adjusted individuals


 Alternative Summer Breaks

Science and Tech.jpg Alternative Summer Break (ASumB) trips depart following the spring semester and are a week in length.

Sign-ups for domestic 2019 Alternative Summer Breaks will be held on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. on the Mary Ellen Brandell Volunteer Center's OrgSync page under "Events."

Most Alternative Summer Breaks will depart Saturday, May 4, 2019, and return Sunday, March 12, 2019. These dates include all possible travel time.


ASumB 2019 Issues

Access to Sports & Recreation: Creating close, convenient, and safe settings for children to play outside.

Access to STEAM Education: Working to enhance the lives of children through science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.

Animal Endangerment: Rescuing at-risk animals while improving their natural habitat.

Arts and Activism: Incorporating a variety of arts into an urban school system. 

Children with Disabilities: Serving in a rural setting to establish an atmosphere of support, respect, and health for children with disabilities.

Environmental Conservation: Working to conserve and better Earth's natural environment. 

Food Justice: Working to ensure that nutritional, accessible food is available for all communities.

Food Insecurity & Homelessness: Assisting with food preparation and service for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Historic & Environmental Preservation: Volunteers will help to restore and maintain exhibits vital to preserving historty. 

Housing Inequality: Working to relieve communities that have been affected by natural disasters.

Leadership through Education: Interacting with youth, grades K-5, in a diverse classroom setting at a school focused on leadership. 

LGBTQ+ Solidarity: Working with an LGBTQ+ organization to promote education, awareness, and advocacy for equal rights.

Neighborhood Nutrition: Enhance the lives of individuals with medical concerns by providing nutritional support. 

Protecting Land & Water: Participants will work to protect and steward land and water resources vital to our quality of life and an appreciation and understanding of the natural world. 

Substance Abuse: Volunteers will serve with an organization whose goal is breaking the cycle of addiction and homelessness. 

Supporting Elementary Education: Providing moral support to youth and their families in a healthcare setting.


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