Winter Trip Applications are due October 4th
Spring Trip Applications are due November 1st
Summer Trip Applications are due March 15th
The following trips are in development for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Note: Prices do not include transport/airfare
Winter Break - January 2014
January 11-18, 2014 (subject to change)
Indigenous Culture, Education, and Equity: Guatemala
Estimated Cost: $400
Nearly half the adult population in Guatemala cannot read or write. Youth often drop out of school to work on fields, but with the farm sector shrinking, many young people leave their homes for low-paying jobs in cities. Projects will be developed in collaboration with the local community in Xecanchavox, a rural indigenous community, and the Kamalbe Spanish School & Volunteer Center. Students will provide assistance in the local elementary school that offers education through the sixth grade with projects that include teaching English, dental hygiene, and environmental awareness. Students may also help develop the playground area, promote non-violent sports, and participate in community beautification projects.
Literacy, Education, and Equality: Jamaica
Estimated Cost: $600
Underfunded and overcrowded, many schools in Jamaica face challenges in creating rich learning communities. Support teachers by assisting with school maintenance and beautification projects as well as spending time in the classroom and on the playground with the children. Projects will be developed in collaboration with the local community and the Volunteer in Jamaica Opportunity Network.
Spring Break - March 2014
March 8-15, 2014 (subject to change)
Ecosystem Restoration: Stuart, Florida
Estimated Cost: $375
Farming and urban development continue to threaten native plant and animal species in Florida wetlands. Help the community return land to its pre-development state. Projects include planting native trees and removing invasive plants, oyster reef building, beach cleanup, and park maintenance.
It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: New York City
Estimated Cost: $575
How do we respond to the ongoing reality of the effect of HIV/AIDS in our communities? Learn from organizations that educate, test and serve individuals with acute AIDS-related illness. Service may include direct outreach to educate individuals in at-risk communities, supporting nonprofit fundraising efforts, and friendly visits with individuals in health care facilities.
Community Activism/Education in Philadelphia
Estimated Cost: $375
Today in Philadelphia, nearly 60% of students aged 6-17 do not have a safe, structured place to go after school. Less than 35% of students score proficient in math and less than 45% score proficient in reading. On average, 1 out of 4 students entering 9th grade will not graduate high school. Volunteer with grassroots organizations addressing the needs of Philadelphia youth through afterschool enrichment programs.
Development as Global Obligation: Human Rights in El Salvador
Estimated Cost: $550
Do international volunteer service programs address development as a charity or social justice? Work with Foundation Cristosal whose strategy is to build community capacity so that citizens can take the lead in organizing and establishing their own approaches to developing just and equitable communities.
Education, Equality and Community Activism: Selma, Alabama
Estimated Cost: $400
Estimated Dates: June 1-7, 2014
With the history of civil rights surrounding the city dating back to 1965 with the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the city of Selma has a lot of history surrounding it. We will join the Freedom Foundation for a hands on learning and service experience of Selma, Alabama. We will provide mentoring services to the youth at local tutoring centers inspiring them to reach their full potential and focus of developing the community. This program will include visits to several historical sites. Optional activities that are to be included are a Montgomery Excursion, Non-Violence Training, and Birmingham Excursion.
Check out this video about Selma, AL: http://www.upworthy.com/these-dancing-teens-are-defying-expectations-statistics-and-maybe-a-few-laws-of-physics-2?c=ufb1
Building Relationships and Adequate Housing: Pine Ridge, SD
Estimated Cost: $450
Estimated dates: May 25-31, 2014
With few resources to overcome decades of discrimination and forced destruction of their lands and culture, Indigenous people are struggling to promote a life of self-sufficiency and respect. RE-MEMBER, a nonprofit organization, engages volunteers in service and cross-cultural learning in order to become advocates and stand in solidarity with the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge reservation. In addition to work assisting with building affordable and adequate housing, volunteers visit sites of historical significance and engage in cross-cultural learning. Project developed in collaboration with Re-Member.