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International Service-Learning Alternative Break Experience in Northern Ireland

  • Apply Here: 2018 ABE International Student Participant Application
  • Sponsored by: This first-of-a-kind international service-learning program at East Carolina University (ECU), involves cross-campus partnerships between the Honors College, the School of Communication, and the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement. Amizade, a nonprofit service-learning organization with 19 years working with youth clubs and governments in Northern Ireland.
  • Dates: March 2nd -  March 10th
  • Limited Spots: 15 students; 3 faculty leaders
  • Cost: $650.00 - This includes: international health insurance, in-program transfer transportation, lodging, excursions, in-country support, and most meals. This does NOT include: airfare, passport fees, visa fees (if applicable, not required for U.S. citizens), and spending money
  • Accommodations & Meals: Students will be housed in double occupancy hotel rooms and most meals will be provided.
  • Description: This opportunity is open to students participating in the Alternative Break Experience (ABE) program (no academic credit). These students will travel to Northern Ireland over Spring Break 2018. They will learn how cultures and past histories among people living there, including conflicts addressed by the Belfast (Peace) Agreement of 1998, still impact communication and daily life of people in local communities. Hands-on service-learning experiences at youth clubs as well as visits with officials representing various perspectives will offer community-based learning about peace-building and peace-keeping efforts and will build skills in working collaboratively with people in another country.

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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.


Alternative Spring Break


East Carolina University Mail Stop 174



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North Carolina



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Nichelle Shuck

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