If you haven't made plans for spring break, it's not too late to try an alternative break. The Alternative Breaks Program, part of the CU Volunteer Resource Center, sends teams of college students to engage in community-based service projects across the country during each college break. This spring, openings are still available for trips to San Francisco (food access), San Diego (urban poverty), Cincinnati (immigration rights), Atlanta (youth advocacy), New Orleans (disaster relief) and New Jersey (disaster relief).
Students interested in learning about the issues faced by members of communities with whom they may otherwise have little or no direct contact, an alternative break is a great option, according to Jen Ross, director of the Volunteer Resource Center on campus.
"CU Alternative Breaks is first and foremost designed to serve students on the CU-Boulder campus," said Ross. "Our service to students is providing the possibility for out-of-classroom learning opportunities on important social issues such as poverty, disaster relief, ecology, inner-city education, HIV/AIDS services, wildlife preservation, nutrition and wellness, and border issues. This spring we have added a disaster relief trip to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey."
The immersion in diverse environments enables students to experience, discuss and understand social issues in a significant way, ultimately moving students toward action to make a positive impact in their own communities, she said.
Students interested in an Alternative Spring Break trip in 2013 should apply at their earliest convenience by visiting http://volunteer.colorado.edu/programs/alternative-breaks. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.