By Ayush Adhikari, freshman, biochemistry and MCDB
Summer is fast approaching. Looking for something meaningful to do? Check out the Alternative Breaks maymester trips.
Every summer we send students out to work on two week, community-based projects. Through these trips students get to learn about issues that different communities around the country -- and even the world -- are facing and that they might have never encountered. We have seen students take what they have learned from their service trips and work to improve their own community. Through this, students are also becoming more active citizens with other social justice issues they encounter in their own lives. The Alternative Break movement inspires students to engage with open hearts and give their time. Alternative Breaks uses that time and passion to best serve communities’ needs and promote a powerful learning experience for everyone involved.
This coming summer we have two great trips that last for approximately two weeks each. The domestic trip we have planned is to Chicago and will be based around community development. The domestic trip is to Chicago, where we are partnered with the Association House of Chicago. Established in 1899, the association works to serve a multi-cultural community by providing comprehensive, collaborative and effective programs in English and Spanish. We will work with the association to help advance their goals of promoting health and wellness, and to help create opportunities for educational and economic advancements within their community of Humboldt Park, a neighborhood comprised mostly of Latino and African-American people. We are helping to create a change in lives of Chicagoans in need by offering effective programs that address the goals of self-sufficiency.
The other trip is to Nicaragua. This will be the fourth year that the CU Alternative Breaks has worked with the nonprofit organization Comunidad Connect. Established in 2006, this organization's mission is to help Nicaraguan communities meet environmental, economic and social opportunities through local and global resources. The trip will focus around two locations. The first one will be in the central region of the country where we will work with an organization that provides shelter and care to children who used to live on the streets, suffering from a variety of devastating conditions, including addiction to sniffing glue. The other location will be in the northern region where we will work with residents of a rural community on a construction project. We also plan to go to the beach, hike a volcano, swim in a crater lake, take a mural tour and visit Nicaragua’s historical capita, Granada.
Both trips currently have a few spots open, so apply soon! For more information or to sign up visit volunteer.colorado.edu. If you have questions stop by our office at UMC 358 or email us at email@example.com.