Alternative Spring Break Program Information and Application
2019 Alternative Spring Break Programs
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips are an opportunity to give of yourself and your time to the service and benefit of another. This year’s trips will take place during the 2019 University Spring Break (Saturday, March 16-Saturday, March 23). There are four different trip options this year for which you may apply. You may select one, two, three or all four trips for which to be considered.
These trips are not solely service trips but an immersion experience. You will be exposed to real-life conditions of people who live in different communities and their lived realities. All trips may have some component of physical activity such as cleaning, painting, climbing etc.
If selected, a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit (amount based on trip, see below) will be due by Thursday, Dec. 20. Participants who do not submit the deposit by the deadline will no longer be eligible to participate on the ASB trip.
Trip Options (Please read descriptions carefully.)
Trip A: HUNGER & HOMELESSNESS
This Alternative Spring Break experience will provide exposure to the life and culture those who experience homelessness. The participants will stay at the Steinbruck Center and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in an extended volunteer program, providing all manner of services to the Washington D.C., homeless and needy. The trip leaves Sunday, March 17, and returns Saturday, March 23. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $50 (in addition to a $50 deposit) to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.
Trip B: IMMIGRATION AND BORDER ISSUES
This Alternative Spring Break trip will work with Borderlinks in Tucson, Ariz. and focus on immigration, border control, the global market and the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. The group will stay in a dormitory. You must be a U.S. citizen with a valid passport in order to participate since one of the day trips may be crossing the border from Nogales, Ariz. to Nogales, Mexico. This will depend on travel restrictions at the time of trip. The trip leaves Sunday, March 17, and returns Saturday, March 23. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $150 (in addition to a $75 deposit) to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.
Trip C: REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT & EDUCATION
This Alternative Spring Break trip will revolve around the Refugee Resettlement communities in Clarkston, Ga., known as the "Ellis Island of the South." The New Alternatives program will focus on education about refugee resettlement and opportunities to serve refugee youth and families. Students will learn about the humanitarian reasons for refugee resettlement and the challenges that come when new neighbors unite. Service will entail working with the students at a school. The trip leaves Sunday, March 17, and returns Saturday, March 23. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $50 (in addition to a $50 deposit) to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.
Trip D: PRESERVATION OF THE ENVIRONMENT & ITS PEOPLE
This Alternative Spring Break trip is a hands-on learning and serving experience in Puerto Rico. Participants will work on various conservation projects and with a Boys and Girls Club. The trip leaves Saturday, March 16, and returns Saturday, March 23. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in order to participate (you do not need a passport but you do need a government-issued ID and a copy of your birth certificate.) Each participant will be expected to fundraise $200 (in addition to a $100 deposit) to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community.
Quick Facts to Know:
- Students will be provided with meals, housing and transportation during the trip; however, some trips require students to prepare their own meals.
- No alcohol or drugs will be permitted.
- Students will be expected to fully participate in all activities. There may be some light to moderate physical work. You will also be asked to reflect on each day’s activities, keep a journal and share personal experiences.
- Students should be prepared for the elements of the immersion area.
- Students will be required to participate in a presentation to share their experiences and what they learned, held on March 28 at 6 p.m.
- Have a minimum 2.00 GPA and be in good standing with the University
- Be an enrolled NEIU student for both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
- Attend all the pre-trip meetings
- Participate in the mandatory fundraisers
- Plan and participate in a presentation to the NEIU community on Thursday, March 28, 2019
- Participate in pre- and post-trip evaluations
- Attend a MANDATORY information session, unless you have been interviewed for an ASB trip in previous years. Session dates and times are listed below.
- Submit an application by Friday, Nov. 16.
- Everyone will be notified by email on Wednesday, Nov. 21 to let them know if they are invited to the group interviews.
- Group interviews will be scheduled for Nov. 26-30.
- Final decisions on who is selected will be announced on Monday, Dec. 10, via email.
- Once selected, sign all travel paperwork and attend all pre-trip orientation sessions. Dates to be arranged once the group is selected.
- Fundraise the set amount for the given trip cost.
- There will be an alternate list of participants in case a spot opens up for one of the trips.
Mandatory Information Sessions: (30 minutes)
(If you have been through the ASB group process before, you do not have to attend)
- Friday, Nov. 2, 12:30 p.m., 4 p.m.
- Monday, Nov. 5, noon, 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6, 3 p.m., 5:45 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 7, noon, 3 p.m.
- Thursday, Nov. 8, 11:30 a.m. (at El Centro), 5 p.m.
- Email Rae Joyce at email@example.com if these days/times do not work for you.
Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.
For any questions or concerns, please contact Rae Joyce Baguilat at firstname.lastname@example.org