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Volunteer & Service-Learning Center 2014 Service TRIPS Participant Application

Dear Student,

Thank you for your interest in the VSLC 2014 TRIPS - Alternative Spring Break experience.Turning Responsibility into Powerful Service (TRIPS) is a student-led program within the VSLC. The program began as response to Hurricane Katrina and the disaster relief work that was needed in the area as a result. The TRIPS 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 introduce students to disaster relief service efforts.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the reality of social, structural, and environmental inequalities and how to respond in creative and productive ways.
  • Develop civic leadership skills and learn how to use those skills to contribute to a common good.
  • Explore facets of their identity related to diversity, privilege, race, class and gender, and how those identities impact their perspective.
  • Develop relationships and enhance their social skills, establishing a community on campus based on values and common interests.

Application Process

  • Students join the TRIPS OrgSync Portal - How most communication will occur between site leaders and students.
  • Complete TRIPS Application: December 6th (LIVE)
  • If selected, students will receive an Official Application Approval letter. Application MUST be approved; you will receive an official e-mail from VSLC requesting deposit. At this time the payment method must be selected and a non-refundable $50 Reservation Fee is due. All payments must be paid in full by February 26th 2014. Payment information will be provided upon official application approval. Students will have a choice to pay in full or select a payment plan.
  • Students must attend TRIPS paperwork; attend TRIPS pre/post service sessions.Complete all TRIPS paperwork and attend all TRIPS pre/post sessions.

2014 TRIPS Service and Learning Locations

Hunger and Homelessness - Students will be exploring the issues of hunger and homelessness in Baltimore, Maryland from Sunday March 9th - Saturday March, 15th. Service sites will likely include: Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, Moveable Feast, John Hopkins Campus Kitchen and much more! Cost - $375 (this includes transportation, most meals, lodging, and programs). *Highly encouraged for Campus Kitchen and Habitat for Humanity Members

Environmental Issues/ Sustainability and Economic Impact - Students will explore environmental issues, sustainability, and the economic impact on the Atlantic beach and surrounding area in Carteret County, North Carolina from Sunday March, 9th – Thursday March, 13th   Service Sites will likely include: North Carolina Coastal Federation, Camp Albemarle, Habitat for Humanity and much more! Cost - $200 (this includes transportation, most meals, lodging, and programs)

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