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Alternative Spring Break Program Information

Alternative Spring Break trips are an opportunity to give of yourself and your time to the service and benefit of another. This year’s trips will take place during the 2017 University Spring Break (Sunday, March 19th – Saturday, March 25th). There are four different trip options this year you may apply for. You may select one, two, three or all four trips to be considered for. 

These trips are not solely service trips but an immersion experience. You will be exposed to real life conditions of people who live in the different communities and their life realities. All trips may have some component of physical activity such as cleaning, painting, climbing, etc.

If selected, a NON-REFUNDABLE $50 deposit will be due by Monday, December 5th. Participants who do not submit the deposit by the deadline, will no longer be eligible to participate on the ASB trip.

Trip Options (Please read descriptions carefully)

Trip A: BUILDING UP THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY - This Alternative Spring Break experience will provide exposure to the life and culture of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a rural community in the capitol of the Cherokee Nation. The group may visit museums in the area to learn about Cherokee History. Because this trip will be run by Habitat for Humanity, students will also learn how to frame a house and how to safely use power tools. You will begin framing a house for a family who currently has no running water inside their home. Students will sleep in a volunteer center at a local children's home and use the facilities to prepare their meals. Students will also interact with the students of Northeastern State University which is a Native American Serving Non Tribal Institution. The trip leaves Sunday, March 19th and returns Saturday, March 25th.  Each participant will be expected to fundraise $50 to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.

Trip B: IMMIGRATION AND BORDER ISSUES - This Alternative Spring Break trip will work with Borderlinks and focus on immigration, border control, the global market, sweat shops, and the relationship between Mexico and the United States. The group will stay both in dormitory and with local host families. You must be a US citizen or green card holder to participate and have a valid passport because one of the day trips may be crossing the border from Nogales USA to Nogales Mexico. This will depend on travel restrictions at time of trip. The trip leaves Sunday, March 19th and returns Saturday, March 25th. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $150 to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.

Trip C: REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT  - This Alternative Spring Break trip will revolve around the Refugee Resettlement communities in Clarkston, GA, known as the "Ellis Island of the South. The New Alternatives program will focus on education about refugee resettlement and opportunities to serve refugee youth and families. Students will learn about the humanitarian reasons for refugee resettlement and the challenges that come when new neighbors unite.  The trip leaves Sunday, March 19th and returns Saturday, March 25th. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $50 to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.

Trip D: FREEDOM, SERVICE  & CIVIL RIGHTS  - This Alternative Spring Break trip is a hands-on learning and serving experience in a setting famous for its role in the Civil Rights Movement. As a place of significance both in the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis, TN is very much in touch with its past. Few places can match Selma as a living textbook on the Civil Rights Movement and present-day race relations. Through Serve901, participants will have a variety of diverse service and learning experiences. The trip leaves Sunday, March 19th and returns Saturday, March 25th. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $50 to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.

Quick Facts to Know:

  • Students will be provided with meals, housing, and transportation during trip; however, some trips require students to prepare their own meals.
  • No alcohol or drugs will be permitted.
  • Students will be expected to fully participate in all activities. There may be some light to moderate physical work. You will also be asked to reflect on each day’s activities, keep a journal and share personal experiences.
  • Students should be prepared for the elements of area.
  • Groups will be required to plan a service project based on the trip. This will be done after their return to NEIU.
  • Students will be required to participate in a presentation to share their experiences and what they learned. Dates will be determined by interview day.

Requirements:

  • Have a minimum 2.00 GPA
  • Be an enrolled NEIU student both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
  • Attend all the pre-trip orientation sessions
  • Participate in the mandatory fundraisers
  • Plan and participate in service project
  • Plan and participate in presentation to NEIU community
  • Participate in pre- and post-trip evaluations

Application Process:

  • Submit an application by Friday, November 4th.
  • Everyone will be notified by email on Sunday, November 6th  to let them know if they are invited to the group interviews.
  • Group interviews will be scheduled November 7th-11th.
  • Final decisions on who is selected will be announced on Monday, November 28th via email.
  • Once selected, sign all travel paperwork and attend all pre-trip orientation sessions.  Dates to be arranged once group selected.
  • Fundraise set amount for projects
  • There will be an alternate list of participants in case a spot opens up for one of the trips.

Application deadline is Friday, November 4, 2016.  

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Any questions or concerns can be directed to Rae Joyce Baguilat at r-baguilat@neiu.edu.

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