Wake Alternative Break (WAB) Participant Applicant: Rolling
The Wake Alternative Break (WAB) program originated approximately 16 years ago and is loosely modeled on the nationwide Break Away program (http://alternativebreaks.org/). The mission of WAB is to facilitate service in the community, connect participants to each other, encourage experiential learning around a social issue, and inspire participants to return to campus motivated to positively impact their university, local, national, and international communities. All WAB trips are student led and while a few trips may have staff participants, most do not. All transportation and on-sight leadership is performed by student leaders. Participants should discuss this with their parents in advance of applying to participate.
We are looking for passionate and enthusiastic participants for this year’s WAB trips. Students of all ages are welcome to apply, regardless of past WAB trip, travel, or service experience.
Cost: Most of the 2016 WAB trips cost $350. Some of the trips will be available at a reduced rate to participants or will provide financial aid. Participant fees for WAB trips cover the costs of transportation, housing and meals OR a meal stipend to defray the cost of food for the entire week. Applications will be accepted through on a rolling basis. Accepted participants must pay the cost of their trips. Please contact Fahim Gulamali (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have any questions regarding funding. Although our scholarship deadline has passed, there are other sources on campus he can direct you to for potential funding.
Participant expectations: During the trip, students should expect to work hard, think critically, and have fun! Take lots of pictures and notes about your experiences. Leaders will provide participants with short readings and reflection prompts and participants should be prepared to reflect on the work they are doing and the issue area it is tied to. Leaders will lead their group in reflections each day. Upon return, WAB groups will participate in a WAB celebration where they will creatively share reflection from their trip with VSC, the Pro Humanitate Institute, other WAB participants, peers, and administrators. In addition, evaluations will be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the trip, and to see if the particular location could be a potential site for future trips.
Application and Contacts
If you have any questions about the applications please feel free to contact this year's student trip coordinator, Cazandra Rebollar email@example.com
See the WAB Descriptions Below:
1. Economic & Food Justice Staycation: Students interested in staying in Winston-Salem over Spring Break can serve in collaboration with our Americorps VISTAs on this staycation WAB trip! The trip's cost is much reduced, $100, and students will serve in a dual focus looking at intersections between economic and food justice. In the evenings students will have access to special locations on campus and exciting opportunities in the community.
2. Washington, DC Interfaith: Interested in putting your faith into action, and learning about the ways in which different faith traditions respond to the call to serve? WAB Interfaith is an opportunity for people of every faith tradition, spirituality, and philosophical worldview to learn about and participate in the incredible work of the faith-based non-profit world in Washington D.C. No matter where you orient yourself around religion and spirituality, WAB Interfaith promises to be an engaging witness to faith in action! The trip is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain.
3. Virginia State Parks: Conservation and Mindfulness: Students will serve in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley with the Virginia State Parks service combating invasive species, performing trail restoration, and exploring the beautiful mountains. This trip will focus on mindfulness, encouraging participants to unplug and be present in nature. This trip is co-sponsored with the Office of Wellbeing.
4. Once Upon a Time in Appalachia: Students will serve and learn from the Snowbird Cherokee Community, part of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee in Tennessee. Through this service, students will learn more about the community through its members while providing a variety of services ranging from relationship building with children and elders to light environmental work in the national park .
5. WWOOF: Students will serve on an organic farm for the week. They will gain exposure to organic farming methods and form relationships with the farmer while exploring themes related to sustainable agriculture. This trip is co-sponsored by Campus Kitchen.
6. Asheville,NC Sexual Assault Prevention: Participants will volunteer with OneVoice, a rape crisis center in Asheville, NC, in order to engage in community-oriented sexual assault prevention education. Through participating in direct activism through a bar outreach program, students will make immediate community impact while exploring Asheville and gain insights into their strengths as burgeoning activists. Through ongoing dialogues students will strengthen their ability to discuss critical issues mindful of intersectionality. If you are interested in campus leadership or simply broadening your knowledge base, this is an incredible opportunity to and learn the language of activism and advocacy! This trip is co-sponsored by The Women's Center.