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Alternative Breaks 2018-2019

 

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Alternative Break Travel Dates 2018-2019:

Spring Weekend Break | Feb. 8-10th

Alternative Spring Breaks | March 17-22nd

Alternative May Breaks | May 12-17th

 

 

 

ARMSTRONG STUDENTS –

We are proud to offer our inaugural Armstrong Campus Alternative Spring Break this March!

CLICK HERE to learn more & apply


Welcome Back, Eagles!

As you settle in for Spring semester, you’re likely thinking about goals you hope to achieve in the coming year. Maybe (and entirely likely, if you’re on this page), one of those goals is to volunteer more. Well, friends, I have just the thing for you! The Georgia Southern Alternative Breaks program is happy to announce that our applications for the Spring Weekend Break AND Spring Alternative Breaks are open Monday, January 14! Check out the blurbs below to learn more about our spring community partners!

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? No problem! Contact any of our Alternative Break Board members or feel free to take the brief Social Issues Inventory to get a feel for the type of service projects/issues you might be interested in. 

 


May Alternative Break Dates: May 12-17, 2019

We are so excited to announce that MAY SITE LEADER applications are now open! When you think back on the high points of your AB experience, most of those great relationships & fun memories were likely the product of something created by your Site Leader! Wouldn’t you love to be a part of making a memorable experience for new breakers? For May, we are looking for excited, dedicated, & passionate student leaders to create meaningful May Alternative Breaks for our students!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TODAY!

For more detailed information about the Site Leader role, please reach out to the Alternative Breaks Graduate Assistant, Lexi Booth (alexandria-booth@georgiasouthern.edu).


Spring Weekend Break – Travel Date: February 8-10, 2019

Application Closes: January 27th

APPLY HERE FOR THE SPRING WEEKEND BREAK


Let’s Work Together: Inspiring Health & Wellness through Community Enhancement
Social Issue: Food Security & Agriculture

 

Cost: $25.00 (all inclusive: housing, food, and transportation)

Young tomatoIn urban spaces, it can be more difficult to find access to quality, fresh produce. Often times, these residents will have to rely on the local supermarket, however, this product may not be high quality or may be outside of the resident’s grocery budget. This community partner advocates for healthy living within the community through a variety of community development initiatives, one of which is a community garden accessible for all residents. This community partner also provides garden-related educational programming for youth in the area, and a produce delivery program for older adults in the area.

Interested? Participants on this break will help to maintain the community garden in this space; this may include light gardening and outdoor maintenance. Participants may also work with the Youth Farm Stand, an initiative to teach high school students life skills through gardening. Finally, participants may also assist in harvesting crops and delivering to partners and older adults in the community.


Spring Alternative Breaks – Travel Dates: March 17-22, 2019

Applications Close: February 3rd

APPLY HERE FOR WEEK-LONG SPRING ALTERNATIVE BREAKS

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. 


Imagine: Empowering Individuals to Spark Local Change
Social Issue: Community Development | Social Programming

Cost : $150.00 (all inclusive: housing, food, and transportation)

Silhouette of People during Golden HourCommunities are complex creatures; that is, there is typically more than one thing happening in a specific location. This community partner works to serve a multitude of local agencies in order to enhance opportunities throughout the community for all. On this Alternative Break, we will have the opportunity to serve with an organization that empowers groups and individuals alike to serve and engage within their own community with the mission of helping all members learn the power of being a citizen. If this is your first time on an Alternative Break, or you’re new to the world of volunteering, this could be the break for you!

Interested? Participants on this break will receive a wide variety of experience throughout the week. Breakers will have the opportunity to work with many different community agencies, such as a local food bank, the Salvation Army, a center for refugees and/or persons experiencing homelessness.


Home Grown: Working Together for a Greener City
Social Issue: Urban Agriculture

Cost : $150.00 (all inclusive: housing, food, and transportation)

Selective Focus Photography of Vegetables in BasketUrbanization can bring lots of benefits to an area but can also negatively impact the environment. Decreased biodiversity and pollution are just some of the negative effects urbanization on our environment. On this Alternative Break, we will work with a community partner that seeks to alleviate the negative effects of urbanization on the environment and empowers its citizens to love and care for it.

Interested? This break will require getting your hands dirty! Some of the service projects will include river cleanups, waste reduction initiatives, maintaining orchards and nurseries and more!

 


Stronger: Supporting the Growth of a Community Impacted by Disaster
Social Issue: Disaster Recovery | Environmental Focus

Cost : $150.00 (all inclusive: housing, food, and transportation)

Gray Trunk Green Leaf Tree Beside Body of WaterIn the wake of a natural disaster, there is a certain amount of immediate response needed that we are exposed to through different aspects of the news media. However, what does not get as much attention are the long-lasting and long-term effects of these storms. Often times, it is these long-term projects that need the most help from student-level volunteers, like us! On this Alternative Break, you will work with a community impacted by a disaster by engaging in a variety of service projects related to environmental disaster recovery.

Interested? Participants on this break will work with a variety of service projects, all related to disaster recovery. Projects may include light landscaping, building rehabilitation, and tree planting.

 


Fight Song: Inspiring a Brighter Tomorrow for Our Youth
Social Issue: Children’s Medical Services

Cost : $150.00 (all inclusive: housing, food, and transportation)

Group of Children Walking Near Body of Water Silhouette Photography

Children are the future, and while we immediately think of smiling, playing toddlers when we hear the word children, this is not the reality for many young people. Illnesses affecting children can inhibit their ability to “just be kids.” On this Alternative Break, we will have the opportunity to brighten the lives of some of these children struck by illnesses.

Interested? On this break, we will work with varying aspects of children’s medical care, including organizing events and helping with the day-to-day operations of the medical center.  

 


I’m Coming Out: Evoking Change Through Solidarity
Social Issue: LGBTQIA+ Initiatives

Cost : $350.00 (all inclusive: housing, food, and transportation)

White and Multicolored Love Is Love BannerFor years, the LGBTQ+ community has been discriminated against. In response to this, cities all across the country have started initiatives that are working tirelessly to combat issues faced by this marginalized community. On this Alternative Break, we will work with a variety of organizations focusing on different issues faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community including homelessness, poverty, and elder care.

Interested? Participants on this break will have the opportunity to directly connect with members of the LGBTQ+ community through service projects. Through your service, you may discuss struggles and triumphs of these individuals in a variety of contexts.


Upcoming Application Timelines

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.

Alternative May Breaks | Monday, February 25th – Sunday, March 17th

 


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If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Hoffman at brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu or by dialing 912-478-1435.

Last updated: 1/18/2019