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Alternative Break Experiences through Student Affairs

A variety of offices in the Division of Student Affairs offer alternative break experiences - cultural trips, alternative spring breaks, outdoor experiential education programs - throughout the academic year. Visit the websites below to learn more about each program.

Office: Campus Living

Program: Alternative Spring Break

Description: Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a student organization that is housed in Campus Living. This organization helps to provide students the opportunity to dedicate their spring break to benefit society. This program places teams of college students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning. Students perform short-term projects for community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, ageism and the environment. ASB not only seeks to involve, educate and heighten students' social awareness, but to encourage lifelong social action.

2014 Trip Locations

Trip One: Urban Poverty
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Dates:  Tuesday, March 11- Sunday, March 16
Cost: $125 (can be paid in full or by payment plan) (Trip receives supplemental assistance from Campus Living)

Volunteers will work in the Atlanta metro area to do service projects that benefit lower income areas. This trip affords students the opportunity to see firsthand the poverty in urban settings and the efforts that are being made to assist people in need. This group will complete a different service project each day to provide a better sense of what is needed in an urban setting.

Trip Two: Habitat
Location: Sumter-Lake, Eustis, Florida
Dates: Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15
Cost: $125 (can be paid in full or by payment plan) (Trip receives supplemental assistance from Campus Living)

Volunteers will help to build homes for low income families. These families work alongside volunteers to accomplish the dream of owning a home. Students will work with tools, paint, help move items into the home and have the opportunity to see the varied stages of the home being built.

Objectives:

  1. Help students gain a better understanding of problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no contact.
  2. Show students ways that they can make a difference in a community.
  3. Engage students in the act of volunteering and promote lifelong service.

Time & Duration: Spring Break, 1-week trips

Learn More Here

Office: Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

Program: TRIPS (Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service)

Description: Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service (TRIPS) is a student-led program within the VSLC. The TRIPS program is centered on providing ECU students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service and learning around a specific social issue. TRIPS will be offered during fall, spring, summer, or winter breaks. Participants in TRIPS will:

  1. Learn about the reality of social, structural, and environmental inequalities and how to respond in creative and productive ways.
  2. Develop civic leadership skills and learn how to use those skills to contribute to a common good.
  3. Explore facets of their identity related to diversity, privilege, race, class and gender, and how those identities impact their perspective.
  4. Develop relationships and enhance their social skills, establishing a community on campus based on values and common interests.

To participate join the  T.R.I.P.S. OrgSync Portal

2014 TRIPS Locations

Hunger and Homelessness - Students will be exploring the issues of hunger and homelessness in Baltimore, Maryland from Sunday March 9th - Saturday March, 15th. Service sites will likely include: Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Moveable Feast, John Hopkins Campus Kitchen and much more!

Environmental Issues/ Sustainability and Economic Impact - Students will explore environmental issues, sustainability, and the economic impact in Carteret County, North Carolina from Sunday March, 9th – Thursday March, 13th  Service Sites will likely include: North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and much more!

Time & Duration: Spring Break, 1-week trips, short service/immersion weekend trips,

Learn More Here

Office: Campus Recreation and Wellness

Program: Adventure Programs

Description: On a break trip, explore stunning locations across our country. Trips range from sea kayaking in Florida, climbing rocks in TN, backpacking in a gorge in the Ozark Highlands. During the break, we live as a small group, working as individuals in a team to explore dynamic, wild and beautiful environments. The Adventure Program offers equipment rentals, trips, climbing wall and clinics to assist the ECU community in going outdoors and experiencing new challenges with friends and new acquaintances.

Time & Duration: 6-8 days

Learn More Here

Office: Ledonia Wright Cultural Center

Program: Spring Cultural Exploration

Description: The Spring Cultural Exploration is an annual overnight trip to a culturally significant destination on the east coast of the US. Trips are designed to increase awareness and critical thinking related to culturally significant events, landmarks, and people. In 2014, the SCE will be to Charleston, SC during the first week of March.

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Participants will be able to discuss the historical and cultural significance of Charleston, SC related to African-Americans.
  2. Explore their personal identity (race, gender, privilege…) and how their identity impacts their feelings and views of historical landmarks, events and people.
  3. Develop relationships and enhance their social skills with those they would not have normally associated with.

Time & Duration: First week of March

Learn More Here

Office: Center for Student Leadership and Engagement

Description: This program encourages students to become critical and creative thinkers, understand values based leadership, and to explore how civic engagement can positively contribute to a better work environment.  This program allows for leadership learning to happen outside of the borders of East Carolina University, aiding students in their understanding of how to enact positive change in a variety of ways. Students have travelled to Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA learning about the various dynamics of leadership that exist within a city.

Program: Leaders without Borders

Time & Duration: Weekend trip in the fall and spring semester (Spring 2014 dates TBA).

Learn More Here

Dates: Sunday, March 9 – Saturday, March 15
Cost: $125 (can be paid in full or by payment plan) (Trip receives supplemental assistance from Campus Living)

Volunteers will help to build homes for low income families. These families work alongside volunteers to accomplish the dream of owning a home. Students will work with tools, paint, help move items into the home and have the opportunity to see the varied stages of the home being built.

Objectives:

  1. Help students gain a better understanding of problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have had little or no contact.
  2. Show students ways that they can make a difference in a community.
  3. Engage students in the act of volunteering and promote lifelong service.

Time & Duration: Spring Break, 1-week trips

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