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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 per day, project supplies and fees and a program t-shirt.

Weekend Trip: Remembering Those Who Served / December 13-15, 2019 / $100

Travel to Washington DC where we’ll join thousands of volunteers participating in Wreaths Across America Day. Participants will honor and remember our nations veterans by laying wreaths on 253,000 veterans graves in Arlington National Cemetery. As each wreath is placed, the name of the veteran is read aloud. Participants will also have free time to explore the nation’s Capital.

Activity level: Moderate; expect walking and standing outdoors Driving: Less than half day
Sleeping Arrangements: Individual beds in a co-ed room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Education and Equality / December 14-22, 2019 / $600

Have you ever wanted to work first hand with children in an urban setting? Participants on this trip will be champions for students and teachers in a large, diverse system with 200 schools and more than 100,000 students. Service activities will include direct work in classrooms and after school programs—think reading with a child or homework assistance—to indirect service like beautifying the neighborhoods where kids live. When you aren’t serving, you’ll be treated to local music, food and inspirational stories told by members of the community committed to education equity, civil rights and criminal justice reform.

Activity level: Moderate; expect walking, standing and sitting for extended periods. Driving: Multi-day drive each way. Sleeping Arrangements: Individual bunk beds, may be co-ed room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Safe Housing / December 15-21, 2019 / $425

Natural disasters can result in long-term physical, economic and emotional impacts for effected communities. Spend a week working alongside experts and community members to revitalize, rebuild, and strengthen neighborhoods by providing critical repairs and upgrades to homes damaged by or at risk of damage from natural disaster. No experience is necessary, but participants can’t be afraid to get dirty. Service projects will be hands-on and could include installing roofs, landings or steps, building ramps, painting, gutting, and more.

Activity level: High; expect standing for long periods, lifting, and bending Driving: One day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Individual bunk beds, may be co-ed room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Urban Plunge / January 4-12, 2020 /$675

Participants on this trip will explore ways to leverage their passions and skills through service addressing a variety of social issues. Each day will offer a unique itinerary customized to the interests of the team with service projects that could include work with youth, seniors, food systems, individuals experiencing homelessness, refugees and more. Be ready to gain new skills and knowledge while you serve with your hands and heart.

Activity level: Moderate; expect some sitting, standing and walking Driving: Two-day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Air mattresses and sleeping mats in a co-ed community room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Wilderness Adventure / January 12-18, 2020 / $675

There are no street lights or traffic lights here. Participants on the wilderness adventure trip will learn about protecting culture and environment while living in the foothills of ancient mountains. Activities will include service with indigenous communities, trail restoration and invasive species removal, and traditional homesteading during the day. Evenings will bring storytelling, bonfires and walks in the woods. Expect spectacular mountain vistas, abundant wildlife, and true hospitality!

Activity level: High; expect standing and walking for extended periods, lifting, and bending Driving: One day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Individual bunk beds, may be co-ed room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Time to Cut Carbon / March 13-21, 2020 / $1000

On this trip we will explore a living blueprint for building sustainable and resilient communities, and rural regeneration. We’ll experience permaculture design integrated through biodynamic food systems, biodiversity enhancement, green building, and renewable energy systems while considering what it means to transition to a low-carbon society. We’re going to Ireland! Our visit will include opportunities to experience local food, music, crafts, history and Celtic spirituality.

Activity level: High; expect long days with periods of standing, bending and walking on uneven terrain. Participants may experience jet lag. Flying: 6-7 hour flights; ground transportation up to 3 hours in country Sleeping Arrangements: Individual bunk beds, may be in co-ed rooms Meals: Catered; mostly vegetarian. Meals can be adjusted to meet all dietary needs.

On the River / March 14-22, 2020 / $500

Watersheds can be as small as a footprint or encompass thousands of square miles. Healthy watersheds sustain life–they provide habitat for wildlife, drinking water for people and animals, and opportunities for recreation. Participants on this trip will take part in hands-on water quality improvement projects like tree planting, bank stabilization and invasive species removal designed to solve problems before water quality is threatened or impaired. You’ll get your hands dirty and have plenty of free time for things like hiking and canoeing.

Activity level: High; expect standing for long periods, lifting, and bending Driving: One day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Individual bunk beds, may be co-ed room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Building the Beloved Community / March 14-22, 2020 / $650

Dr. Martin Luther King envisioned a society based upon justice, equal opportunity, and love of one’s fellow human beings, which he referred to as The Beloved Community. The participants on this trip will learn the history of the Civil Rights Movement and immerse themselves in the many ways that they can become co-creators of the Beloved Community. Service projects may include voter registration, community canvassing, collecting oral histories, and beautification of community spaces. Participants should expect to reflect upon the root causes of physical, political, psychological, environmental, economic, and racial violence.

Activity level: Moderate; expect some sitting, standing and walking Driving: Two-day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Air mattresses and sleeping mats in a co-ed community room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Animal Rights / March 14-22, 2020 / $350

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 long periods of standing, walking, bending and lifting in all weather conditions Driving: One-day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Air mattresses and sleeping mats in a co-ed community room Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

Healthy Coastlines / May 10-17, 2020 / $600

More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic trash are currently floating in our oceans, but that’s just one challenge threatening humans, animals, and coastlines in our host community. Participants on the healthy coastlines trip will support vibrant fisheries, natural and productive shorelines, a coast free of marine debris, and a strong coastal economy. Service may include planting native vegetation, building reefs with oyster shells, maintaining rain gardens, storm-water projects, and coastline clean ups. You’ll see first-hand how ocean plastics impact sea turtles, explore barrier islands, and witness some of the best sunsets on the East Coast.

Activity level: Moderate to high; expect walking, lifting, standing and bending on uneven terrain including sand and wetlands Driving: One-day drive each way Sleeping Arrangements: Individual beds in a multi-bedroom house
Meals: Team prepared; flexible for all dietary needs

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