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Alternative Break Experiences

Alternative Break Experiences at East Carolina University

Mission: East Carolina University Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) create active citizens, leaders and advocates for lasting social change.

We believe at East Carolina University that Alternative break Experiences (ABE) are learning opportunities that immerse ECU community members in diverse environments that address social, economic, political, environmental, spiritual, and cultural issues through the exchange of ideas, personal reflection, critical thinking, and applications of academic concepts beyond the classroom. Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) challenge all participants to critically reflect upon their role and ability to make lasting social change in our local, regional, and global community.


2015 Volunteer and Service-Learning Center ABE Opportunities

Social Cause: Poverty and Healthcare

  • Dates: March 8-14 (7days)
  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Cost: TBD (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities and most food)
  • Service Sites: Variety of agencies through Catholic Charities, Healthcare for the Homeless, and much more!

Social Cause: Environmental Issues/Sustainability and Economic Impact

  • Dates: March 8-12 (5 days)
  • Location: Atlantic Beach (Carteret County), NC
  • Cost: TBD (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities and most food)
  • Service Sites: North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and much more!

 Social Cause: Youth, Hunger and Homelessness

  • Dates: March 7-10 (4 days)
  • Location: Greenville, NC
  • Cost: TBD (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities and most food)
  • Service Sites: Greenville Community Shelter, Third Street Community Center, Campus Kitchens at ECU, and a variety of other youth-based agencies in the Greenville area

Student Learning Objectives

Participants in Alternative Break Experiences (ABE) will:

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

Ready to make a difference?

ABE Application Process

  1. Students join the ABE OrgSync portal. This is how communication will occur among site leaders, staff and students before and after the alternative break experience. 
  2. Complete the ABE Application in the OrgSync portal (coming soon!)
  3. If selected, students will receive an official application approval letter. Your application MUST be approved to participate in an Alternative Break Experience. 
  4. Approved participants will receive an official email from the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center requesting deposit.
  5. Approved participants must submit a non-refundable $50.00 Reservation Fee by Dec. 17 to secure spots with ABE teams.
  6. Approved participants may pay in full or select a payment plan. Payment will be collected at the Mendenhall Student Center Ticket Office. Payments are non-refundable.
      • Option A: Pay in Full
      • Option B: Participant selects a payment plan
  7. All payments must be paid in full by Jan. 28, 2015.
  8. Approved participants must attend pre- and post-service sessions and complete all required paperwork.

Please understand the following before applying to attend an ABE opportunity through the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center:

  • I understand that this application does not guarantee me a spot on an ABE service trip with the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center
  • I understand all requirements for participating in a service trip and agree to attend all relevant activities and pay associated fees in full by the due date
  • I understand the need to have overall good health that is compatible with an ABE service trip
  • I must follow all rules set forth by East Carolina University as they relate to student travel
  • I must be in good standing with the university and be approved to travel
  • I must be approved by ECU to legally travel outside of the state of North Carolina (if applicable)

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Nichelle Schuck, VSLC Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at shuckn@ecu.edu

Past Alternative Break Experience Locations

2014

  • Social Cause: Hunger and Homelessness
    • Location: Baltimore, MD
    • Service Sites: Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Moveable Feast, Johns Hopkins Campus Kitchen and much more!
  • Social Cause: Environmental Issues/Sustainability and Economic Impact
    • Location: Carteret County, NC
    • Service Sites: North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and much more!

2013

  • Social Cause: Environmental Issues/Sustainability and Economic Impact

 

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