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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.


Spring 2016 ABE Opportunities 


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Extended Deadline: 02/05/2016 

Affordable Housing - Habitat for Humanity

  • Sponsored by: Campus Living
  • Location:  Lake-Sumter - Eustis, Florida
  • Dates: March 6-12 (7 days,6 nights)
  • Cost: $175 (Trip receives supplemental assistance from Campus Living)
  • Limited Spots: 10 students; On-Campus residence required (FULL)
  • Description: Volunteers will be working with Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge to help build a home for a family in need of suitable housing. Students gain a better understanding of the need for affordable housing, understand the importance of community service, learn new skills, meet other civic minded college students, and return with some wonderful memories.
  • Contact:  For further information, please contact Janet Johnson, Associate Director for Campus Living at johnsonjan@ecu.edu

Atlantic Beach: Environmental Justice and Economic Impact

  • Sponsored by: Leadership & Service-Learning
  • Location: Atlantic Beach (Carteret County), North Carolina
  • Dates: March 6-10 (5 days)
  • Cost: $150.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 12 students; 1 student leader (FULL)
  • 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 Nichelle Shuck, LSL Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at shuckn@ecu.edu.

Community Focus on Health and Wellness

  • Sponsored by: Leadership & Service-Learning
  • Location:  Roanoke, Virginia   
  • Dates: March 6-12 (7 days,6 nights)
  • Cost: $375.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 10 students; 1 student leader (3 SPOTS AVAILABLE)
  • Description: East Carolina University students will partner 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 VFC Alternative Break Program recently established the medical track, an alternative break option which allows students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field an opportunity to volunteer in a medical setting. Students will be doing a variety of service projects related to the medical field. Students will have the opportunity to engage in service with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and various civic minded groups dedicated to improving the quality of health for individuals in the community. Students will participate in community gatherings hosted by various organizations.
  • Contact:  For further information, please contact Nichelle Shuck, LSL  Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at shuckn@ecu.edu or visit LSL website.

Exploring Appalachian Community & Rural Poverty

  • Sponsored by: Leadership & Service-Learning
  • Location:  Haysi, Virginia   
  • Dates: March 6-9 (4 days)
  • Cost: $175(cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 10 students; 1 student leader (1 SPOTS AVAILABLE)
  • Description: East Carolina University students will partner 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. These volunteers assist in a variety of ways such as painting houses and other buildings, digging trenches and laying pipes, and rehabilitating and weatherizing houses. This ABE will partner with the Town of Haysi, Virginia. The town of Haysi is surrounded by the scenic Appalachian Mountains with a clear view of the historic Cumberland Mountain range. Haysi volunteers will be sleeping at a local church. Students will be serving outside and working on masonry type and landscaping projects. These community projects will provide community members would great benefits in the future. Students will be encourage to immerse themselves in the Appalachian an participate in community gatherings hosted by various organizations, and enjoy dancing with a local square dance group.
  • Contact:  For further information, please contact Nichelle Shuck, LSL Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at shuckn@ecu.edu or visit VSLC website.

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

  • Sponsored by: Leadership & Service-Learning
  • Location: Greenville, NC
  • Dates: March 5-9 (5 days)
  • Cost: $80.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 11students, 1 student leader (FULL)
  • 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, Campus Kitchen partners, our local shelter, and local community gardens. 
  • Contact:  For further information, please contact Nichelle Shuck, LSL Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at shuckn@ecu.edu.

Re-building Community: Poverty and Homelessness

  • Sponsored by: Leadership & Service-Learning
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dates: March 6-12 (7 days)
  • Cost: $375.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 7 students; 2 student leaders (1 SPOTS AVAILABLE)
  • Description: This ABE will serve and learn with several affiliates’ of Catholic Charities and other local non-profit partners that address issues of poverty and homelessness. This opportunity will allow for students to learn about poverty and homelessness in an urban setting, while asking students to think about different types of service (indirect, direct, and advocacy). Service will be with a variety of agencies through Catholic Charities and much more!
  • Contact: For further information, please contact Nichelle Shuck, LSL  Associate Director for Student Leadership and Educational Programs at shuckn@ecu.edu.

Application and Selection Process

  • Step One: LEARN MORE- Students join the ABE OrgSync Portal. This is how communication will occur between site leaders, staff and students before and after the alternative break experience.
  • Step Two:  APPLY - Complete an ABE Application
  • Step Three: COMMIT - If selected, students will receive an Official Application Approval letter. Application MUST be approved; you will receive an official e-mail from your department requesting deposit. If selected, a non-refundable $50 Reservation Fee is due within two weeks of acceptance.  Selected participants will have the option to select a payment method. Payments will be collected at the Mendenhall Student Center Ticket Office.  All payments must be paid in full by February 19th.
    • Option A: Pay in Full
    • Option B: Students will select a payment plan that works best for them

Step Five: PREPARE for a life changing experience! - Students must complete all ABE paperwork and attend ABE pre/post service sessions.If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact the sponsoring department contact.


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Description

The ABE program is centered on providing ECU students with the opportunity to engage in meaningful service work during Fall, Spring, Summer, or Winter Break. While the type of service work may vary, the program is designed to explore social issues, serve, and make a difference in our world.

Category

Alternative Spring Break