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Pushing Boundaries and Creating Change

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

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Connect. Take Action. Create Change. 


2019 ABE Student Leadership Applications

Voyage Beyond Service: Voyage beyond Service is a student organization supported by the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement that focuses on supporting past ABE students in community-based service projects beyond the break and planning ABE opportunities which give students an opportunity to learn about the how to create positive social change within our local, national and global communities.

Voyage Beyond Service Applications (COMING SOON)


2018-2019 Alternative Break Experiences 


Fall 2018 Alternative Break Experiences

Apply here by September 24th, 2018

Fall Alternative Break Experience: Think Local & Design Change

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location: Washington, North Carolina
  • Dates: Saturday, October 6th, 2018 leave campus by 8:45 am – Monday, October 8th 2018 return to campus by 6pm. The group will stay away for 2 nights and complete 3 days (8 hours of service/day) of service at the sites.
  • $50.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 5 student participants
  • This NEW Fall ABE will stay local and serve in Little Washington, North Carolina. This experience will allow for students to intentionally connect with local initiatives and non-profit organizations by the riverfront who are working to combat varying social issues impacting Eastern North Carolina. Students will work through an international design thinking curriculum called Design for Change which will allow space to reflect on what social issues matter to them, identify possible solutions or ways to combat specific social issues, and develop a plan of action to continue or begin serving organizations/initiatives throughout their ECU experience. This ABE will inspire students to create the change they wish to see in Eastern North Carolina. Service will range from working with local non-profit partners and community centers to learning about how local leaders design the change they want to see in their communities. This is an opportunity for you to connect with leaders, think local, and learn with community members how we can design change that address the issues facing local communities. By the end of this weekend, participants will be trained on the Design for Change curriculum and complete at least 25 service hours.
  • Contact: For further information, please contact Sarah Callihan (callihans18@ecu.edu) or Brittney DeWitte (dewittebr17@ecu.edu).

2019 International Alternative Break Experiences

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Priority Deadline: 10/29/18
Final Deadline: 11/16/18

International ABE: Global Service-Learning in Northern Ireland

  • Dates: March 1-9, 2019 (this includes travel time)
  • Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Limited Spots: 20 student participants; 2 staff leaders
  • Description: This global service-learning Alternative Break Experience is a week-long, hands-on, examination of the history of the Troubles and modern efforts of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland. Programs take place in and around Belfast, collaborating directly with youth workers and government agencies inside youth clubs. Northern Ireland is still very much considered a post-conflict area, having only relatively recently come out of the Troubles. Northern Ireland’s historical residue is still present in many communities, and youth are uniquely impacted. ECU student participants will learn how cultures and past histories among people living there, including conflicts addressed by the Belfast Agreement of 1998 (Good Friday Agreement), still impact communication and daily life of people in local communities. Hands-on service-learning experiences at YouthWorks (youth clubs) as well as visits with officials representing various perspectives will offer learning about peace-building and peace-keeping efforts and will build skills in working collaboratively with people in another country. You can learn more about our partner and service here.
  • Cost: Total: $825.00 This includes lodging, transit, most food, program fees, and supplies. This DOES NOT include airfare. Students are asked to follow the payment plan below:
    • 12/03/18 - Payment One: $275.00
    • 01/11/19 -  Payment Two: $300.00
    • 02/11/19 - Payment Three: $250.00
    • Airfare Cost; purchased directly by students by 1/25/2019. Recommended to fly to Dublin; or directly to Belfast.
  • Sponsored by: This program involves cross-campus partnerships between the ECU Honors College, the College of Education, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Amizade, a nonprofit service-learning organization with 24 years of experience working with youth clubs and governments in Northern Ireland, will coordinate local arrangements and partnerships.

International ABE: Global Service-Learning in Puerto Rico

  • Dates: May 4-11, 2019
  • Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico and surrounding communities
  • Limited Spots: 20 students participants; 2 staff lead
  • Description: This 7-day global service-learning Alternative Break Experience will focus on hurricane relief and interact with themes of land rights, environmental justice, Puerto Rico-US relationships, social change, democratic citizenship, leadership, and international development. This program will include re-building mangrove forests that were destroyed by the recent Hurricane Maria. In addition, there may be other clean up or rebuilding activities related to communities near the forests. Participants will spend the week based in and around San Juan meeting with local community and professional leaders; serve with local organizations on the frontline of community development; and explore the country and culture through field trips and community events, including hikes through El Yunque and visits to Old San Juan. Participants will engage in a number of service opportunities relating to human and environmental needs. The main community partner organization will be Caras, an innovative organization that focuses on two main projects: (1) working on developing different mechanisms to introduce seed germination of red mangroves and mangrove restoration and (2) after school programs in vulnerable communities around San Juan including the community of Vietnam. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Caras has been on the front lines of the relief effort assisting with rebuilding community centers, ensuring residents have urgent needs met, and replanting mangrove forests. You can learn more about our partner and service here.
  • Cost: Total: $800.00 This includes lodging, transit, most food, program fees, and supplies. This DOES NOT include airfare. Students are asked to follow the payment plan below:
    • 12/03/18 - Payment One: $250.00
    • 01/11/19 - Payment Two: $250.00
    • 03/11/19 - Payment Three: $300.00
    • Airfare Cost: purchased directly by students by 1/25/2019. Recommended to fly directly to San Juan.
  • Sponsored by: This program involves cross-campus partnerships between the ECU Honors College, School of Dental Medicine, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Amizade, a nonprofit service-learning organization with 24 years of experience working with community partners around the globe, will coordinate local arrangements and partnerships.

 


Spring 2019 Alternative Break Experiences (COMING SOON) 

Atlantic Beach: Environmental Justice and Economic Impact

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location: Atlantic Beach (Carteret County), North Carolina
  • Limited Spots: 8-10 students
  • 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 on our coast. ECU students have spent over five years partnering with our coastal partners to address community issues facing the NC coast. Service will consist of mostly environmental work which can include: oyster habitat restoration, rain water gardens with local elementary school, beach and camp clean up, and other project maintenance needed.
  • Contact: For further information, please contact Lauren Howard, Assistant Director, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at howardl16@ecu.edu.

Community Focus on Health and Wellness

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location:  Roanoke, Virginia   
  • Limited Spots: 8-10 students 
  • Description: East Carolina University students will partner with SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program which matches college student volunteers with communities in need of assistance with water and wastewater system improvements or economic development projects. The Spring 2018 Alternative Break Experience will give students the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of public health settings with a focus on community-based support for low-income senior citizens. The primary host sites will be the Local Office on Aging (LOA), InnovAge PACE, Meals on Wheels and different organizations that help senior citizens stay active in the community. Students will have the opportunity to engage in service and learn about the day-to-day operations of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and various civic minded groups dedicated to the quality of health for individuals in the community. Students will gain an awareness of the support systems currently in place as well as the challenges that low-income senior citizens face in the Roanoke area.
  • Contact:  For further information, please contact Lauren Howard, Assistant Director, CLCE, howardl16@ecu.edu

Creating Healthy Futures in Wilson County, North Carolina

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location:  Wilson, North Carolina
  • Limited Spots: 8-10students
  • Description: This ABE will stay local and serve Wilson, North Carolina. This site is significant to East Carolina University and our community because it focus on service and regional transformation through learning and service.  This ABE will be a joint collaboration between East Carolina University and Barton College, as well as five local organizations who are hosting five Healthy Future AmeriCorps Volunteers (VISTA). Each of our partnering organizations has a vested interest in the community and each agency is focused on the health outcomes of our citizens (with particular interest in the under-served/poverty communities in our City and County). We will serve in poverty-stricken neighborhoods and communities within Wilson to address access to healthy foods and healthcare. This weekend will increase students’ knowledge and capacity to volunteer and advocate for all sectors of the community, we can address the food insecurities and food deserts, as well as access to Healthcare. We will work with partner agencies: Barton College, the City of Wilson, Wilson County Health Department, Wilson Family YMCA, and the United Way of Wilson County.
  • Contact: For further information, please contact Nichelle Shuck at shuckn@ecu.edu

Greenville Staycation: Strengthening Our Community, Our Future (Youth & Community Gardening)

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location: Greenville, NC
  • Limited Spots: 8-10 students
  • Description: Think local, serve local, and make local change in our community by being a part of the ABE Staycation. This ABE 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 such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain) and local parks and community gardens. 
  • Contact: For further information, please contact Nichelle Shuck at shuckn@ecu.edu

Reclaiming Future Generations: Youth Empowerment and the Justice System

  • Sponsored by: Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
  •  Location: Columbia, SC
  • Limited spots: 8 students
  •  Description: This ABE experience will focus on assisting the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) in fulfilling its mission to reclaim juveniles through prevention, community programs, education, and rehabilitative services in the least restrictive environment possible. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense. Participants will be providing services as teacher’s aides and possibly recreational therapy, and will gain an understanding of the experience of youth involved in the juvenile justice system and connections to larger issues of in society.
  •  Contact: For further information, please contact Mariza James, LWCC Assistant Director at jamesmar@ecu.edu

Serving the LGBT community: Insights and Experiences in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Sponsored by: The LGBT Resource Office
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Limited Spots: 8 students
  • Description: This ABE will allow students to experience the services and support available to the LGBT community in a major metropolitan area.  Working with Lost-n-Found Youth, a non-profit which assists homeless youth from 13 – 25 in stabilizing their lives, including preparing them for permanent housing and stable employment, participants will learn about homelessness in the LGBT community and the difference one person can make. This opportunity will allow for students to witness firsthand the impact of homophobia and homelessness in an urban setting, while asking students to think about different types of service (indirect, direct, and advocacy).
  • Contact: For more information please contact, Mark Rasdorf, Associate Director for the LGBT Resource Office at rasdorfm@ecu.edu

Honors Impact Trip

  • Sponsored by:  Honors College
  • Cost: No cost
  • Limited Spots:  Required trip for EC Honors Scholars ONLY
  • Contact: Diane Majewski, majewskid@ecu.edu


 

Portal Information

Description

East Carolina University 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 idea, 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.

Category

Alternative Spring Break

Address

East Carolina University Mail Stop 174

City

Greenville

State / Province

North Carolina

Zip

27858

Primary Contact Name

Nichelle Shuck

Primary Contact Email
Primary Contact Phone

252-328-6979