Alternative Breaks 2018-2019
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Alternative Break Travel Dates 2018-2019:
Fall Weekend Break | Sept. 21st-23rd
Alternative Winter Breaks | Dec. 9-14th
Spring Weekend Break | Feb. 8-10th
Alternative Spring Breaks | March 17-22nd
Alternative May Breaks | May 12-17th
Winter Break applications are open until October 14th.
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We are the World: Bridging the Gap Between Education & Income in an Urban Community
Social Issue: Education Access & Civic Engagement
On this Alternative Break, we will be diving into an educational system in an urban area to critically examine the ways in which low socioeconomic status students are uplifted in and outside of the school system. We will also have the opportunity to explore the history of our host city to understand how it got from where it was to where it is now. Through this break, we hope to provide a new understanding of educational systems and the importance of understanding community. Interested? If you go on this break, you can expect a variety of service projects, but leave the hard hat at home. Participants can expect to assist in day-to-day classroom work, homework help, and may engage in recreational activities with children at an after-school program.
We Built this City: Restoring Homes & Independence through Construction
Social Issue: Housing Rehabilitation
In 2016, the US Census found that 18.1% of older adults are living in poverty. Not only are they physically unable to keep up their homes, but they are also increasingly unable to pay for resources to keep up their homes. On this Alternative Break, we will be heading to a rural community to provide assistance to an organization that helps to provide home rehabilitation to older adults and people with disabilities. We will also have the opportunity to participate in construction courses at a local hardware store to ensure that we are correctly completing service projects. Interested? Pack your hard hat & let’s go! If you go on this break, you can expect a variety of construction-based projects all centered around home improvement! You may be working outside to do projects like building wheelchair ramps or you may be working inside on projects such as patching a ceiling in a home.
Don’t Stop Believing: Ensuring a Future for Homeless & Abandoned Animals
Social Issue: Animal Welfare
Do you have what it takes to run an animal shelter? Participants on this break will help in the day-to-day operations of a donation-run shelter for dogs and cats. While this break is hard work, members will have a chance to show their animal love by walking the dogs and playing with the kittens! Interested? This break is for our animal lovers! On this break. you’ll spend a great deal of time around animals. Service projects may include walking dogs or socializing with other animals.
What a Wonderful World: Understanding Environmental Impact in Appalachia
Social Issue: Environmental Sustainability
Many environmental concerns are multifaceted. While there are mainstream practices that are damaging to the environment, many of these practices are deeply personal and contribute to people’s livelihood. On this Alternative Break, we will focus on repairing an area damaged by an environmental practice that also provides jobs for many in the community. Interested? The service projects will include planting trees, trail building, and other environmental repair projects so be ready to work outside! The break will also include a learning component, in which you will be able to hear opposing views on the practice from community members and learn about the rich community itself.
Where is the Love?: Exploring Human Rights & Advocacy in a Historic Community
Social Issue: Human Rights & Advocacy
Participants will work to fight the battle against segregation in school systems. They will work closely with the community to help restore the value of equal education. Breakers will also have the opportunity to be involved with other movements in the community, including non-violence training solutions for youth. Interested? Participants on this break will focus on educational initiatives related to human rights and advocacy.
Walking on Sunshine: Aiding in the Upliftment of Individuals with Mental Disorders
Social Issue: Mental Health & Wellness
*This break will require participants to have a passport. Passport fees will be the responsibility of the applicant.*
Mental health is an issue that is deeply stigmatized in many communities. Among marginalized communities, this stigma runs deeper and resources are few and far between. On this Alternative Break, we will have the opportunity to serve with an organization that provides resources to people experiencing homelessness and suffering from mental illnesses. This organization seeks to provide skills for these clients so that they can improve their quality of life. These skills include personal care, job training, upkeep of medical appointments and medicine. Interested? If you go on this break, you will have the opportunity to interact with the clients served by the organization. You will also be able to facilitate activities for the clients and work with other community partners in the area.
We’re so glad you are here!
You may be curious to learn what exactly an Alternative Break is. At the core, an Alternative Break is a week-long *or weekend* immersive, service experience. Teams of students (usually 10-12) travel away from campus during breaks from school with the goal of engaging within a new community through education, service, and reflection. The Georgia Southern Alternative Break (AB) program has seen extensive growth since it was first developed in 2006. Like many programs across the country, it was born out of the desire to assist with relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina. Our program has continued to grow and change throughout the subsequent years through the tireless efforts of the OLCE staff and our dedicated students. Today the program is led by the Alternative Break Board consisting of 9 students, the AB Graduate Assistant and the Coordinator of Alternative Breaks and Community Partnerships. On average we send 20+ Alternative Breaks a year! Our mission is to create a community of Active Citizen by empowering students to make a global impact through life-changing service opportunities.
Note for new participants: The Georgia Southern Alternative Break program operates with an “issue first” focus, meaning we keep our site locations quiet until Site Reveal each week-long break cycle. this is done so you can focus on selecting a social issue you are passionate about first and foremost during the application process.
Not sure what social issues you are interested in?
An application link will be available on this page during the dates listed below for each break cycle. When you are ready to apply, make sure to give yourself at least 15 minutes to complete and submit the application.
Fall Weekend Break | Monday, August 20th – Sunday, September 3rd
Alternative Winter Breaks | Monday, September 24th – Sunday, October 14th
Spring Weekend Break | Monday, January 14th – Sunday, January 27th
Alternative Spring Breaks | Monday, January 14th – Sunday, February 3rd
Alternative May Breaks | Monday, February 25th – Sunday, March 17th
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Last updated: 9/26/2018