Service Learning, Volunteerism and Community Engagement

Alternative Breaks

The mission of the alternative spring break program is to promote service on local, regional, national and international levels through volunteer experiences that immerse students in different settings and cultures. Students visit communities where they perform short-term projects while learning about issues such as poverty, educational and cultural literacy, racism, hunger, the environment, homelessness and health related issues. These educational experiences are designed to heighten social awareness and promote lifelong social action and community involvement.

Program Overview
Alternative spring break trips are organized by the Service Learning, Volunteerism & Community Engagement Office(SLVCE)as well as individual faculty members. When trips are run through the SLVCE, students do not receive course credit. When faculty members organize trips, they are usually associated with a specific course, or students can sometimes receive general education credits.

Past trips have been to:The Carolina Tiger Rescue in North Carolina, Shands HealthCare Hospital in Gainsville, Florida Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service (MCCCS) in Washington, D.C.Give Kids the World Village and Camp Boggy Creek in Florida where students worked with severely ill children, Mason Neck State Park in Virginia, rebuilding trails, camp clean up and painting. The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration in Pensacola, Florida.Sociology and Engineering faculty members offered trips to Mississippi and Louisiana where students helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina. And a civil and environmental engineering professor took students to Honduras as part of their volunteer work with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to help improve the region’s water supply.

The Rowan University EWB chapter was started in 2003. Engineers Without Borders student chapters help communities around the world obtain clean water, treat waste water, produce energy, improve shelter, and develop sustainable industries. Their trips are open to all students, not just Engineers. For additional information, please visit the EWB Site.

Fundraising and Program Fees
Participants who participate in domestic Alternative Spring Break trips sponsored through the Office for Service Learning and Volunteerism are usually required to pay for a portion of the trip costs. Depending on the trip, students may also be encouraged to organize several fundraising events.


For ASB 2014 application, please stop in the SLVCE Office, Suite 210, SC or email your request to:

Alternative Spring Break Trips:

#1: The Carolina Tiger Rescue in Pittsboro, North Carolina (March 16th  – 22nd)

Total Estimated Cost: $250-$350 plus airfare (Deposit: $150)

The Carolina Tiger Rescue is a non profit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild. Volunteers from the Carolina Tiger Rescue trip will be working with the organization to improve the animal habitats and raise awareness. *An extra cost will be added to this trip for airfare*

#2: Local: The Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, NJ (March 17th  – 22nd )  Total Estimated Cost: $100 -$150(Deposit: $50)

CFET directs it's efforts to all people, particularly those who live in Camden, New Jersey. They seek to educate people into a more environmentally responsible way of living on our planet. Equally important, they see to engage in sustainable modes of food production, storm water management, and waste recycling for the benefit of the people of our neighborhood and the resident of the entire city.