Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break 2014
Kent State University's Alternative Spring Break trips expose students to social justice and cultural issues through direct service, community visits, reflection, and a variety of cultural activities. The purpose of the trips is to engage students in service as well as to inform them about current social issues and encourage their on-going involvement in social change.
Please click here to register for the available service trips.
Participating in the Alternative Spring Break? Consider using the experience to fulfill your Experiential Education Requirement (ELR). You can do this by submitting either a Plus-1 Credit or a Non-Course activity application. Click here for more information about these opportunities. Application deadlines are February 6, 2014.
This trip will provide an opportunity for students to engage in a cultural exchange with our Native American neighbors living in the Buffalo area. In addition, we are planning to participate in a week long, hands-on project with Habitat for Humanity. Transportation, lodging, and most meals are included in the $275 registration fee. Travel dates: Sunday, March 23 – Saturday, March 29, 2014.
Chicago, ILCalling all Change Agents! Students will work with a variety of community organizations, from youth empowerment programs to homeless outreach programs. Students will meet with community leaders to acquire a grassroots understanding of social change. Students will also be immersed in diverse Chicago cultural communities. $380 includes transportation,lodging, and most meals. Travel dates: Saturday March 22 – Friday March 28, 2014.
Cleveland, OHCleveland rocks! Volunteers will spend the week at the Catholic Worker House on the West Side of Cleveland. Volunteers will have an opportunity to do direct service talk to those afflicted by poverty and discuss issues with local social service agencies. $125 includes transportation, lodging and food. Travel dates: Monday, March 24 – Friday, March 29, 2014.
Columbiana County, OH
Stay close to home and make an impact! Students will stay at the East Liverpool Campus of KSU and provide direct service to area residents and local agencies. We will work with a variety of social service agencies and learn more about the Appalachian culture.A registration fee of $80 includes transportation, lodging and food. March 23 – March 28, 2014.
Students will stay and work in the country's largest federally funded homeless shelter located in the shadow of the Capitol building. Vounteer work throughout the week will be done at a women's shelter, homeless shelter, environmental project and HIV/AIDS program. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and other sites. $275 includes transportation, lodging and most meals. Travel dates: Saturday, March 22 – Friday, March 28, 2014.
Our trip to Youngstown, Ohio will find us working in the ministries of the Ursuline sisters – working with people from diverse cultures and assisting in programs directed at children, the poor, elderly, infirmed and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Cost for the experience that runs from Monday, March 24 – Thursday, March 27 is $125 and includes lodging, all meals and transportation. The trip is a great option for those wanting to serve for a few days and explore a diverse range of social service agencies. Special service arrangements can be made for students with special interests/majors. We will begin our work early Monday and return after 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The trip will introduce you to hard work, simple living, coal country and the community; and, you’ll do so by way of discussions, field trips, and yes, some service projects! When you immerse yourself in Appalachia in these ways and combine social analysis, critical thinking and reflection, you will learn a little about your own struggles and beauty, too. You will be invited to step out of your comfort zones and break down stereotypes, and you’ll have an opportunity to build relationships among the local people as well as within our group. Learning more about Mountain Top Removal is also a focus. March 22 – 28, 2014. Transportation, lodging, meals and field tours are included in the registration fee of $400.