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Academic Year Alternative Break Trip Descriptions

Alternative Breaks are 3-10 day service-based immersions into different cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic communities domestically and abroad. Teams take part in service projects that address unmet community needs, gain awareness of critical social issues, enhance their individual growth, and prepare for lives of active citizenship. All alternative break trips are drug and alcohol free.

Prices listed below are all inclusive and include: flights and/or ground transportation, lodging, 3 meals and snacks per day, project supplies and fees, and a program t-shirt. Participants are responsible for the cost of their passport and immunizations for the international trip, as well as personal souvenirs.

Youth Development Weekend
November 3-5th 2017
$100 all inclusive

Get your play clothes ready! Participants on this trip will live and serve at a residential home for children from Friday afternoon-Sunday afternoon. You’ll plan a weekend’s worth of fun for the kids that supports the organizations values: perseverance, nurturance, hope, compassion, and sense of worth. The final itinerary will be planned by your team prior to departure, but could include anything from arts and crafts, to dance, to outdoor recreation, to cooking.

Hunger and Homelessness
December 16-23rd 2017
$550 all inclusive

800,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night across the US. Spend a week partnering with organizations whose mission is to educate and provide services to assist those directly affected by hunger and homelessness. Participants can expect to serve in food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters, as well as explore root causes and solutions through immersion experiences, workshops, guest speakers, and more.

Activity level: moderate. Expect light walking, standing, and lifting.

  • Bunk beds or cots
  • Driving
  • Urban
  • Friendly for all dietary needs

Food Security and Sustainable Living in Nicaragua
December 31-January 10th 2018
$925 all inclusive

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 795 million people, 1 in 9 worldwide, suffer from chronic undernourishment. The international trip partner promotes food security and sustainable living systems in Nicaragua through hands on service on a 26 acre farm. Participants will have the chance to explore permaculture design, natural building, chocolate making and more and should expect to get dirty watering, weeding, harvesting, and building each morning until lunch. Afternoons will be spent in workshops, volunteering at a community center, and exploring the sights and culture of the surrounding area. Get ready to eat! Meals will be farm to table with fresh fruits, eggs, fish, and vegetables. Life on the farm is rustic, so participants should be prepared to have very limited electricity and internet access.

Activity level: high. Expect walking, standing, lifting and bending in direct sun and heat.

  • Bunk beds with mosquito nets
  • Flying
  • Rural
  • Vegetarian/pescatarian friendly (with the exception of cooking oil). Ask about other dietary needs.
  • Passport required

Pediatric Healthcare
January 6-14th 2018
$650 all inclusive

For hospitalized children, time spent having fun can be rare. Spend a week bringing joy to young patients through activities such as baking cookies, crafting, playing games, holding babies, story- telling, and more. Whether the result of a little bump or a life-threatening illness, you’ll see how hospitalization affects everyone—patients, families, doctors and nurses. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to play, laugh, and learn.

Activity level: moderate. Expect light walking, sitting and bending.

  • Beds
  • Driving
  • Urban
  • Friendly for all dietary needs
  • Requires TB skin test, flu shot, vaccination record, and 3 letters of recommendation

Animal Rights
March 10-18th 2018
$400 all inclusive

Did you know there are more tigers in captivity than in the wild? Participants on the animal rights trip will learn about animal exploitation, illegal wildlife trade, and local and state laws regarding exotic animal ownership. Spend a week at a domestic wild cat sanctuary building and restoring enclosures, maintaining grounds, and keeping up with maintenance projects. Don’t expect to come in direct contact with the cats, but you’ll see and hear them every day!

Activity level: high. Expect lots of walking, standing, lifting, and bending in all weather.

  • Air mattresses, sleeping pads
  • Driving
  • Rural
  • Friendly for all dietary needs

Community Rebuilding
March 10-18th 2018
$650 all inclusive

Natural disasters can result in long-term physical, economic and emotional impacts for impacted communities. Spend a week working alongside experts and community members to revitalize, rebuild, and strengthen neighborhoods affected by disaster. No experience is necessary, but participants can’t be afraid to get dirty and must be willing to perform hands-on work like hanging drywall, landscaping, and painting. The days are long, but expect to be completely immersed in the local culture through food, music, and storytelling from morning to night. This service trip does not pertain to recent hurricanes

Activity level: high. Expect standing for long periods, lifting, and bending.

  • Bunk beds
  • Driving
  • Urban
  • Vegetarian friendly (may include spicy foods)

Youth Development
March 10-18th 2018
$400 all inclusive

The human brain does not fully develop until 20-25 years of age. What does it take for a young person to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood and achieve his or her full potential? Spend a week working with a global organization that promotes social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive development in youth populations. Service will include homework help, arts and recreation activities, and more with elementary and middle schoolers. Participants can also expect to participate in indirect service with the partner such as working on trails, landscaping, and sorting and delivering food donations.

Activity level: moderate. Expect light walking, sitting, standing, and bending.

  • Beds
  • Driving
  • Rural
  • Friendly for all dietary needs

Sustainability
March 10-18th 2018
$650 all inclusive

The average American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash every day and about 1.5 tons of solid waste per year! The amount of plastic we throw away each year is approximately 185 pounds per person, which collectively is enough to completely circle the Earth four times. Spend a week at a growing eco village, with residents who have chosen to integrate their activity with the natural world in a way that promotes wellness and sustainability for the indefinite future. Participants can expect to serve across the community in food and medicine gardens, building and maintaining structures, and beautifying shared spaces. Participants will have the chance to share meals and stories with residents, as well as tour sustainable living options like straw bale homes and tiny houses.

Activity level: moderate. Expect light walking, lifting, standing and bending.

  • Beds
  • Driving
  • Rural
  • Vegetarian and vegan friendly, please ask about other dietary needs

Addiction and Homelessness
May 12-20th 2018
$750 all inclusive
This is the only trip open to KSC faculty, staff, and alumni.

In 2016, approximately 20.1 million people aged 12 or older had a substance use disorder (SUD) related to their use of alcohol or illicit drugs in the past year. Our partner for this trip offers a long-term residential program that brings hope and a positive way forward for men struggling with addiction and homelessness. A 200 acre farm provides a bucolic setting for residents academic and vocational studies, life skills classes and counseling. Participants on this trip will work alongside residents to complete daily tasks on the farm and in the kitchen. Tasks could include animal care, planting and harvesting, preparing food, and more. Participants must come with an open mind and be prepared to interact with residents, get to know them, and hear their stories.

Activity level: high. Expect walking, standing, lifting, and bending in all weather.

  • Bunk beds
  • Flying Trip
  • Rural
  • Vegetarian friendly, please ask about other dietary needs
  • Faith based partner

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