Winter Trip Applications are due October 5th
Spring Trip Applications are due November 2nd
Summer Trip Applications are due March 16th
The following trips are in development for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Note: Prices do not include transport/airfare
Building Relationships and Adequate Housing: Pine Ridge, SD
450$ May 25th-31st, 2013
With few resources to overcome decades of discrimination and forced destruction of their lands and culture, Indiginous 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.
Health, Education, Peacebuilding, Arts and Environmental Reuse in Bedouin Camps and Schools: The Negev, Israel
1000$ May 25th-June 5th, 2013
Join a group of peacebuilders, photographers, filmmakers and health experts to work with Bedouin youth outside of Beer Sheva, Israel. This program will include visits to holy sites in places such as Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. We will discuss environmental politics at the Dead Sea, climb the historial mountain Masada and live with Bedouin families while teaching, and learning, in Bedouin schools and camps.
Spring Break - March 2013
Ecosystem Restoration: Stuart, Florida
Farming and urban development continues 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 clean-up and park maintenance.
It’s Not Them but Us - Turning the Tide on HIV/AIDS: New York City
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.
Education and Equality, Guatemala
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. Xecanchavox, a rural indigenous community with approximately 500 families, is building La Comunidad Spanish School, which will teach young adults basic courses about trade, agriculture, health and literacy. Students will support this project as well as provide assistance in the local elementary school that offers education through the sixth grade.
Community Activism/Education in Philadelphia
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.
Winter Break - January 2013
Development as Global Obligation: Human Rights in El Salvador
Do international volunteer service programs address development as a charity or 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 and Equality: Jamaica
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.