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Alternative Break Experiences

TRIPS (Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service) -- Alternative Break Experiences

Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service (TRIPS) is a student-led program within the VSLC.  The program began as response to Hurricane Katrina and the disaster relief work that was needed in the area as a result.  The TRIPS program is centered on providing ECU students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service work during fall, spring, summer, or winter breaks.  While the type of service work may vary, the program is designed to introduce students to disaster relief service efforts.

2014 TRIPS Locations

Social Issue:  Hunger and Homelessness

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Dates: Sunday March, 9th –Saturday March, 15th
Cost: $350.00 (can be paid in full/by payment plan)
Service Sites: Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Moveable Feast, John Hopkins Campus Kitchen and much more!

Social Issue:  Environmental Issues / Sustainability and Economic Impact
Location: Carteret County, NC
Dates: Sunday March, 9th – Thursday March, 13th
Cost: $200.00 (can be paid in full/by payment plan)
Service Sites: North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, and much more!

Student Learning Objectives

Participants in TRIPS 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. 

To participate join the T.R.I.P.S. OrgSync Portal at: or contact Nichelle Shuck, VSLC Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at  Visit the ECU Campus Living Alternative Spring Break website to learn more about other immersion trips at ECU.

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