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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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Atlantic Beach: Environmental Justice and Economic Impact

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location: Atlantic Beach (Carteret County), North Carolina
  • Dates: March 4-8 (5 days, 4 nights)
  • Cost: $125.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • 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   
  • Dates: March 4-10 (7 days,6 nights)
  • Cost: $325.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 7-9 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
  • Dates: March 3–March 8 (6 days, 5 nights)
  • Cost: $50.00(cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • 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
  • Dates: March 3-7 (5 days, 4 nights)
  • Cost: $50.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • 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

Re-building Community: Poverty and Homelessness

  • Sponsored by: Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
  • Location: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Dates: March 4-10 (7 days, 6 nights)
  • Cost: $325.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • Limited Spots: 5-7 students
  • 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 at shuckn@ecu.edu

Reclaiming Future Generations: Youth Empowerment and the Justice System

  • Sponsored by: Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
  •  Location: Columbia, SC
  •  Dates: Sunday, March 4 to Thursday, March 8, 2018 (5 days, 4 nights)
  •  Cost: $175 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food)
  • 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
  • Dates: March 4-8 (5 days, 4 nights)
  • Cost: $300.00 (cost includes travel, lodging, service activities, and most food. Scholarships are available that will reduce the cost to $50)
  • Limited Spots: 8 students; 2 staff leaders
  • 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

International Service-Learning Alternative Break Experience in Northern Ireland

  • Apply Here: 2018 ABE International Student Participant Application (WAIT LIST ONLY)
  • 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.

 

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