Do something different with your break—become a change agent! Student Life’s Alternative Break (ASB) Program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through community visits, experiential learning, direct service, group discussion, readings, and reflection activities. Our vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our communities. Many students who return from an alternative break experience consider it a life changing event – in both small and daily way, as well as life-path altering decisions.
What is an Alternative Break?
An alternative break is a trip where a group of college students (usually 10-12 per trip) engage in volunteer service, typically for a week. Alternative break trips originated with college students in the early 1980s as a counter to “traditional” spring break trips. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations. Alternative breaks challenge students to critically think and react to problems faced by members of the communities in which they are involved.
Why go on an Alternative Break?
Alternative Breaks help transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting their communities. Many students who return from an alternative break experience consider it a life changing event – in both small and daily way, as well as life-path altering decisions. In particular, many CCBC Alternative Breakers tell us over and over that it was THE BEST thing they did in college.
How expensive is it?
Generally, students pay less than $300. And even that amount can be less depending on the number of service hours Breakers commit to the college and how much fundraising they do.
Where are we going this year?
For Spring Break 2013, we are headed to Pleasant Point Passmaquoddy Indian Reservation, Sipayik, which is off the coast of Maine. There we will be working with the Boys and Girls Club to improve their facilities. This is a beautiful part of the country. Fun fact: about 85% of the world’s blueberry supply comes from this area.
What should I do if I am still undecided or have more questions?
Please contact Dell Hagan Rhodes, the Director of Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was submitted by Dell Hagan Rhodes (photo), CCBC’s college-wide Director of Student Life. Outside of work, she mothers two toddlers, four dogs, and one very bossy cat. Just like you, she looks forward to weekends when she can spend time with her loved ones and do the things she loves, like working out, hiking, and spending time with friends. Dell moved to Baltimore about ten years ago for her job at CCBC and she’s happy that after moving seventeen times in her life as an Army brat and young professional, she’s chosen this great place to be her forever home.
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