Service Learning, Volunteerism and Community Engagement

Alternative Breaks

Mission
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.

 

Alternative Winter Break 2015 - January 11 - 17, 2015:

Arts In Medicine at Shands HealthCare Hospital in Gainesville, Florida

Total Estimated Cost: $300 plus airfare (Deposit: $100)

Shands Health Care Hospital provides patients and their families the opportunity to experience art firsthand. Volunteers will be assisting Artists run workshops and other group activities for pediatric and/or adult patients.

*An extra cost will be added to this trip for airfare*

Participant

  Participating in an AB trip is very rewarding; it also requires commitment and dedication from those involved. Participants are required to attend regular trip meetings, and service projects, where they will get to know their fellow trip members, become educated about their issue, and help plan their trip. After returning, they will also participate in post-winter break meetings, and scheduled service projects. See link for application: Application is due to the SLVCE Office by 4:00 pm on 10/8/14

AWB participant

If you are interested in becoming a student leader for an alternative breaks trip?

Student Leaders needed:

The Student Leader position is a time-intensive, demanding, and rewarding enterprise. Student Leaders prepare throughout the entire year in order to lead their trip over academic break, and this leadership opportunity is certain to become a very personal and integral part of one's collegiate experience. Student Leaders are held to high standards, and we seek dedicated individuals who will delve into the social issues explored in their service. Dedicated students will emerge as well-rounded and educated leaders who are ready to take their community service experience to a new level and become active citizens.

The responsibilities of the Student Leaders prior to trip are:

Design a trip itinerary

  • Maintain contact with service sites
  • Educate participants and the public about their social issue
  • Plan a pre and post-trip service project in the local community
  • Attend weekly 1-on-1 planning meetings with Service-Learning Office
  • Work with participants to organize fundraisers throughout the year
  • Interview and select a Trip Advisor

The responsibilities for the Student Leader during the trip are:

  • Establish and support positive group dynamics
  • Daily organization of the volunteer team
  • Lead daily reflections
  • Address and deal with participant concerns
  • Manage the trip budget along with the chosen Trip Advisor
  • Work to ensure a meaningful experience for the entire Rowan team.
  • See link for application. Due by 4:00 pm on 9/26/14

AWB leader

Advisors needed:

Your role as an advisor: Participating in an AB trip is very rewarding; it also requires commitment and dedication from all those involved. Each trip is led by a coordinated team of the Student Coordinator and the Faculty/Staff/Graduate Advisor. It is most important for the Student Coordinator and the Advisor to work together while maintaining the leadership role of the student leader. The responsibilities of the advisor are as follows:

  • The Advisor is charged with handling of all money for group expenses. Money will be provided to the Advisor prior to the trip’s departure. The Advisor monitors all group spending (such as gas, tolls, groceries, housing), and must save all receipts from expenditures.
  • The Advisor is asked to work with the Student Coordinator to address any/all group concerns during the trip. However, the Advisor is asked to take the lead during emergency situations.
  • The Advisor is expected to fulfill all activities and responsibilities of a general participant, including attendance at regular trip meetings, and service projects, where they will get to know their fellow trip members, become educated about their issue, and help plan their trip. After returning, they will also participate in post-spring break meetings, and scheduled service projects.
  • The Advisor is required to complete Van Certification and Training with Rowan University. In connection with this, the Advisor is the sole driver for the duration of the AB trip.
  • Given that the SLVCE office requires that each AB trip have an Advisor, the SLVCE office is committed to fully funding all expenses for the Advisor. There are no AB fees or payments in order to join an AB trip as an Advisor. See link for application: application is due by 4:00 pm on 10/8/14.

AWB advisor

 

Alternative Spring Break - March 2015- there are two to chose from:

1. Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, Florida

March 15th – 21st , 2015

Total Estimated Cost: $300 plus airfare (Deposit: $100)

Give Kids the World Village (www.givekidstheworld.org) is a nonprofit organization that fulfills the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses by providing them with a magical, joyful, cost-free getaway.  Volunteers help make the children’s experience magical by helping with the entertainment, food service, and various projects that will put a smile on each and every child’s face. Volunteers will have close interactions with the families and children to enrich their own experience in the village.

*An extra cost will be added to this trip for airfare*

 

2. Hurricane Sandy/Rowan Relief Efforts in New Jersey

March 16th  – 20th , 2015              

Total Estimated Cost: $150 (Deposit: $50)

Volunteers will immerse themselves in a variety of service opportunities throughout the Jersey Shore region. Projects will be arranged through the St. Bernard Project community organization (sandy.stbernardproject.org). Volunteers will assist in direct home construction/demo projects. See link for application: applications due by 4:00pm on 10/8/14

ASB participant

ASB Student Leaders needed:

Student Leader position is a time-intensive, demanding, and rewarding enterprise. Student Leaders prepare throughout the entire year in order to lead their trip over academic break, and this leadership opportunity is certain to become a very personal and integral part of one's collegiate experience. Student Leaders are held to high standards, and we seek dedicated individuals who will delve into the social issues explored in their service. Dedicated students will emerge as well-rounded and educated leaders who are ready to take their community service experience to a new level and become active citizens.

The responsibilities of the Student Leaders prior to trip are:
  • Design a trip itinerary
  • Maintain contact with service sites
  • Educate participants and the public about their social issue
  • Plan a pre and post-trip service project in the local community
  • Attend weekly 1-on-1 planning meetings with Service-Learning Office
  • Work with participants to organize fundraisers throughout the year
  • Interview and select a Trip Advisor
The responsibilities for the Student Leader during the trip are:
  • Establish and support positive group dynamics
  • Daily organization of the volunteer team
  • Lead daily reflections
  • Address and deal with participant concerns
  • Manage the trip budget along with the chosen Trip Advisor
  • Work to ensure a meaningful experience for the entire Rowan team.
  • see link for application: forms due to the SLVCE Office by 4:00 pm 0n 9/26/14

ASB leader

Advisors Needed:

Participating in an AB trip is very rewarding; it also requires commitment and dedication from all those involved. Each trip is led by a coordinated team of the Student Coordinator and the Faculty/Staff/Graduate Advisor. It is most important for the Student Coordinator and the Advisor to work together while maintaining the leadership role of the student leader. The responsibilities of the advisor are as follows:

  • The Advisor is charged with handling of all money for group expenses. Money will be provided to the Advisor prior to the trip’s departure. The Advisor monitors all group spending (such as gas, tolls, groceries, housing), and must save all receipts from expenditures.
  • The Advisor is asked to work with the Student Coordinator to address any/all group concerns during the trip. However, the Advisor is asked to take the lead during emergency situations.
  • The Advisor is expected to fulfill all activities and responsibilities of a general participant, including attendance at regular trip meetings, and service projects, where they will get to know their fellow trip members, become educated about their issue, and help plan their trip. After returning, they will also participate in post-spring break meetings, and scheduled service projects.
  • The Advisor is required to complete Van Certification and Training with Rowan University. In connection with this, the Advisor is the sole driver for the duration of the AB trip.
  • Given that the SLVCE office requires that each AB trip have an Advisor, the SLVCE office is committed to fully funding all expenses for the Advisor. There are no AB fees or payments in order to join an AB trip as an Advisor. see link for application: leader forms due by 4:00 pm on 10/8/14.

ASB Advisor

For ASB 2015 application, please stop in the SLVCE Office, Suite 210, SC or email your request to: volunteer@rowan.edu