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Alternative Break Experiences

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

VSLC ABE: Urban Poverty and Healthcare

  • Location: Baltimore, MD
  • Dates: March 8-14 (7days)
  • Cost: $255.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities and most food)
  • Limited Spots: The trip is limited to 7 people total
  • Description: This ABE will serve and learn with several area affiliates of Catholic Charities and other local non-profit partners that address issues of poverty and healthcare. This opportunity will allow for students to learn about poverty and healthcare in an urban setting, while asking students to think about different types of service (indirect, direct and advocacy). Service will be with a variety of agencies through Catholic Charities, Healthcare for the Homeless and much more!
  • Contact: For more information, contact Nichelle Shuck at shuckn@ecu.edu.

VSLC ABE: Environmental Justice, Sustainability and Economic Impact

  • Location: Atlantic Beach (Carteret County), NC
  • Dates: March 8-12 (5 days)
  • Cost: $130.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities and most food)
  • Limited Spots: The trip is limited to 12 people total
  • Description: This ABE will serve and learn with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and a few other community organizations. This ABE is very special to East Carolina University because it focuses on service and regional transformation through learning and service, and is in its fifth year partnering with ECU. Service will consist of mostly environmental work, including oyster habitat restoration, clean up and other project maintenance.
  • Contact: For more information, contact Nichelle Shuck at shuckn@ecu.edu.

 

VSLC ABE: A Staycation in our Community - Poverty and Youth

  • Location: Greenville, NC
  • Dates: March 7-10 (4 days)
  • Cost: $70.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities and most food)
  • Limited Spots: The trip is limited to 10 people total
  • Description: Think local, serve local, make local change in our community by being part of the ABE Staycation. This ABE is very special to East Carolina University and our community because it focuses on service and regional transformation through learning and service at a time when many of our students leave to venture home. This is a new opportunity that will allow for our on-going partners to continue to work and deepen our partnership with ECU. Our need for change doesn't stop because ECU is on spring break. Service will range from working with local youth centers, Campus Kitchen partners and our local shelters.
  • Contact: For more information, contact Nichelle Shuck at shuckn@ecu.edu.

Interested? Ready to make a difference? Apply Now!

Please understand the following before applying to attend an ABE Opportunity through the VSLC:

  • 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 associate 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).

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. Applications LIVE in the ABE OrgSync portal November 14
  3. Complete the ABE Application by 5:00 PM on January 21
      • If selected, students will receive an official application approval letter. Your application MUST be approved to participate in an Alternative Break Experience. Selected students will receive an official email from the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center requesting a Reservation Fee Deposit.
  4. If selected, a non-refundable $50.00 Reservation Fee is required to reserve your spot on the ABE by Jan. 28.
  5. Selected participants may pay in full or select a payment plan. All payments must be paid in full by February 6 and will be collected at the Mendenhall Student Center Ticket Office or by the sponsoring department. Payments are non-refundable.
      • Option A: Pay in Full
      • Option B: Student will select a payment plan that works best for them
  6. Students must complete all ABE paperwork and attend ABE pre/post-service sessions.

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

Past Alternative Break Experience Locations

2014

  • Hunger and Homelessness - Baltimore, MD
  • Environmental Issues/Sustainability and Economic Impact - Carteret County, NC

 

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