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Information sessions for Alternative Spring Break available this month

Information sessions for Alternative Spring Break available this month

Information sessions for Alternative Spring Break available this month
October 09
07:30 2013

Andrew Freeman / Staff Writer

An information session for the Center for Leadership and Service’s Alternative Spring Break program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in room 170 of the Stovall Temporary Union Building.

With the program in its fifth year and 15 different trips to choose from, Alternative Spring Breaks give students an opportunity to travel to perform community service for the week, according to CLS Director Amy Simon.

“It’s life changing, and a way to do good,” Simon said. “We’re hoping it has a powerful impact on the students who choose to participate and will help the communities they work with.”

Trips range from being as close as Camp Summit in Argyle, to as far as St. Louis, Mo., and range in price from $25 to $250. The price includes lodging and food.

“Where we go is based on issue and location,” Simon said. “We try to get a diverse group of students for each trip.”

While there are alternative weekend trips for Oct. 19 and Nov. 16, and a winter break trip from Jan 4-10, the spring break trips will take place from March 8-14. Students will leave Saturday and travel back the following Friday.

“Last year when I applied, I just wanted to be part of something that wasn’t about drinking and partying,” social work senior Morgan Hull said. “I love that it gives us an opportunity to reach out to communities and make a difference.”

This is Hull’s second year in the program, and not only is she a site leader for the trip to New Orleans, La., to do environmental work, she is also on the ASB executive board.

“A lot of students are probably on the fence about doing it, but it’s about the relationships you’ll build while there,” Hull said. “I encourage every student to take part in this program during at least one of their breaks.”

Each group will consist of eight to nine students and one faculty member, though one trip will be a double, and consist of 18 to 20 students. The application is available online and is due by 5 p.m. Oct. 23.

“I think it is a great opportunity for people to branch out and help others,” said Jaime Seloover, finance senior and treasurer of the national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. “As a member of a service fraternity, I think it’s very important to get involved within the community, because not a lot of people have the opportunity to do so.”

If students are unable to attend Thursday’s information session, there will be another at the same place and time on Tuesday.

“It’s really different when you immerse yourself in a community, and you learn how issues that aren’t directly connected to you have an impact,” Simon said. “It’s a really powerful week, personally and through the work you’re doing.”

Guadalupe Castillo, wildlife worker, Maria Perez and Amanda Ravotti throw up Eagle claws at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka, AR. Feature photo courtesy of Amy Simon. 

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