Achiote, Panama The oldest of the international alternative break trips, participants will work with a local community center focusing on environmental conservation and ecotourism. The group will experience the culture and customs of Panama while assisting a local organization (CEASPA) with construction and environmental projects. Previous participants have helped build a museum, done trail work, and have enjoyed getting familiar with the citizens, customs, and animals in the small village of Achiote. This is a flying trip and is perfect if you truly want to experience another culture and work with your hands!
Atlanta, Georgia Partnering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), this trip focuses on providing opportunities for refugees to thrive in America. Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many have survived for years against incredible odds. They step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope, and determination. In Atlanta and many other regional offices across the country, the IRC supports them in reorienting their lives. Interact one-on-one with incredible humans and explore the great city of ATLANTA. This is a flying trip.
Austin, Texas This trip focuses on social justice issues within the education system. Participants will be examining the intersectionality of race and poverty and how that impacts the education and lives of youth in an urban setting. We will be in Austin Texas, a fun and quirky city that also serves as a backdrop to the major inequalities that are currently taking place in our education system. Participants will get to work with Austin organizations like ACE (A Community for Education) amongst others. Participants will get the opportunity to see alternative forms of education and talk with leading activist on the issue as well as serving with organizations that are working to close the achievement gap.
Boulder Creek, California Beautiful Boulder Creek is home to YMCA Camp Campbell, a quirky, cool outdoor education camp set within the heart of the Redwood forest. Participants will serve as cabin counselors to a group of fifth and sixth grade students from schools all over Northern California from a variety of home backgrounds. As counselors, alternative breakers will partake in nature hikes, camp songs and activities, and overall engagement in outdoor youth education. Banana slugs and compost included! This is a spring flying trip specifically for 2nd year students at CSU. This camp provides an opportunity for students to learn with the campers and make connections as a role model to young people. This trip is planned in collaboration with Orientation and Transition Programs' Year 2 at CSU programming.
Catalina, California This trip focuses on environmental issues and is the longest standing partnership with Alternative Break Trips at CSU. Participants stay in Catalina Island Camps, on Catalina Island, which is located southwest of Los Angeles and participate in numerous environmental projects including trail building/repair, environmental education projects, and landscaping. In addition to volunteer work, participants will also have the opportunity to experience a variety of outdoor activities while on the island. This is a flying trip.
Detroit, Michigan The trip to Detroit will serve the city’s community by working on both restoring urban neighborhoods and empowering the people who call the Motor City home. As more industries left the Detroit area, the city suffered a massive loss in its population, which has led to a staggering amount of abandoned buildings throughout the city limits. This trip will focus on various forms of community revitalization through partnerships with local organizations like Motor City Blight Busters Detroit. Furthermore, this trip will focus on building community and volunteering with various populations in Detroit such as people experiencing homelessness, the lgbtq community, and other populations with intersecting identities. This is a new, flying trip.
Kansas City, Missouri: The Kansas City trip focuses on urban youth, poverty, and also explores issues of race in the United States. We partner with The Children's Place, an organization committed to meeting the developmental and mental health needs of young survivors of neglect, abuse and other trauma. To create a safe and caring environment, The Children's Place focuses on nurturing youngsters while keeping cultural competency and diversity in mind at all times. In a nutshell, if you participate on this trip, you’ll get to hang out with some REALLY cute little kids! This is a driving trip.
Los Angeles, California This trip will explore the topic of gender and many intersecting identities such as class, race, ability, and LGBTQIA+ issues. The primary partnering agency for this trip is the Downtown Women's Center. Supporting agencies could include, but are not limited to, the AIDS Project Los Angeles, GSA Network, LA LGBT Center, and the Asian Pacific Women's Center. Participants will have the opportunity to sort donations, assist with beautifications projects, deliver lunch, and generally supports these organizations in their mission to empowering women of all identities and backgrounds as well as fight for LGBTQIA+ rights! This is a flying trip.
New Orleans The New Orleans trips will feature volunteer work with the St. Bernard Project helping to support disaster relief by rebuilding homes in St. Bernard Parish. As reconstruction continues in New Orleans, St. Bernard is in constant need of volunteers to complete the volume of building projects that they are sponsoring. Volunteers will be doing construction work, enjoying the New Orleans culture and working with other volunteer groups from around the nation. This is a flying trip.
Nogales, Arizona. The Arizona trip will focus on the topic of immigration with the hopes of facilitating a better understanding of current conflicts along the US-Mexico border. By partnering with both No More Deaths and Humane Borders, participants will gain insight into the perspective of an immigrant crossing the border. While promoting humanitarian projects such as water aid stations in the Arizona desert, students will get the opportunity to learn about immigration from observation, conversation, and solidarity with the surrounding community. Additionally, participants will learn more about the “issue” of immigration from a policy standpoint through our partnership with the Policy Center at Arizona State University. This is a new driving trip!
Orlando, FloridaThe goal of this trip is to form a more educated understanding of the obstacles facing those with intellectual, developmental, and/or physical disabilities. By working with a variety of ability-focused agencies in the Orlando area, participants will become a part of the movement towards inclusion in schools, the work place, and society. Through partnerships with Easter Seals Daybreak, Center for Independent Living, and Lighthouse Central Florida, participants can look forward to opportunities ranging from teaching skills associated with activities of daily life, education on self-advocacy, employment preparation, and stimulating activities such as arts and crafts. Come explore Orlando on this new, flying trip!
Pine Ridge, South Dakota The Pine Ridge Reservation trip revolves around building cross cultural connections with the Lakota tribe of South Dakota. Pine Ridge Reservation has a long history of struggle and resilience which includes being the sight of the famous Wounded Knee massacre in 1890 and a series of economic oppression that has led to it being one of the most poverty-stricken counties in the United States. Participants should expect to explore the reservations history and how it continues to affect its traditions. This driving trip is geared towards creating community through human connection and soulful conversations and working with the Red Cloud Renewable Energy Center!
Portland, Oregon A trip focusing on environmental justice, food insecurity and the impacts they have on people. Participants will work with organizations such as, Zenger Farms, the Oregon Food Bank and Growing Gardens. They will also have the chance to learn about these issues through opportunities with: community gardens, farmer’s markets, elementary schools’ gardens, planting trees, visiting the City of Portland Sustainability Committee and experiencing Portland culture! This trip will give participants a better understanding about the importance of sustainability, urban farming, environmental justice and food security. In addition, volunteers will have the chance to explore waterfalls, the Pacific Ocean, food trucks and so much more! Come join us on this flying trip to Portland!
San Francisco Participants will have the opportunity to peek inside the systems of incarceration and the process of reentry to society for former inmates. There will be planned visits to active and historical prisons in the Bay Area (i.e. San Quentin and Alcatraz). Students will be exposed to the challenging realities faced by members of our community, and the long term implications that they are confronted with. This trip will challenge the concept of justice in our country. Participants will interact with individuals and organizations that represent a variety of perspectives, approaches, and understandings. Direct service opportunities include work with organizations like The Beat Within, and Justice Now. In addition, we will also explore activism, art, and other forms of expression. San Francisco is an immense city with many agencies and organizations confronting challenges in the criminal justice system, and is a great environment to learn and contribute to the conversation. Aside from a full tummy due to consuming unhealthy amounts of sourdough bread and seafood--this trip will leave you with your soul filled and mind expanded about an issue that is often hidden from society. This is a flying trip.
Washington D.C. Beginning with the Student Homeless Challenge Project, students will get the chance to redefine their perspective on the meaning of the word “home”. After 48 hours of the homeless challenge, participants will volunteer at with Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV), the nation's largest transitional homeless shelter, and other agencies in Washington D.C. that support individuals experiencing homelessness. By partnering with various agencies in the DC area, students will gain a better awareness of the many facets of homelessness in America. This is a flying trip.
FEES AND PAYMENTS
The costs of your trip will be paid in two ways:
1) Deposits made to the Office for Student Leadership, involvement, and Community Engagement (SLiCE Office). Deposits made to the SLiCE Office will cover the costs of food, lodging, rental cars, and public transportation. Deposits made to SLiCE should be cash or checks made payable to “CSU.” SLiCE Office does not accept credit cards.
2) Airline tickets purchased on your own. You are responsible for purchasing your own airline ticket and turning in a copy of your itinerary to the SLiCE Office. However, plane tickets for the PANAMA trip WILL be purchased by the SLiCE Office and the cost of airfare is included in your fees paid to SLiCE.
Please refer to the below payment schedule for specific information about trip costs. Note: The below fees DO NOT cover the cost of obtaining a passport (typically $75), an international student travel card (ISIC card; typically $25), immunizations recommended for international trips, or temporary health insurance (if applicable).
Don't forget to apply for the Alternative Spring Break GRANT and receive up to $500 off the cost of your trip.
INITIAL DEPOSIT to SLICE OFFICE
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
FINAL DEPOSIT to SLICE OFFICE
JANUARY 27, 2016
Approximate cost of airline ticket (to be purchased on your own)
TOTAL COST OF TRIP
Tickets included in SLiCE Fee
Boulder Creek, CA (2nd year students)
Kansas City, MO
N/A Driving Trip
Los Angeles, CA
New Orleans, LA
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
San Francisco, CA
The Kenya Alternative Winter break will be an incredible opportunity for students to participate in service-learning while immersing students in local culture. Students will work with numerous organizations: the Umoja village, a local women’s village and cooperative; Gir Gir & Muslim Primary Schools, both K-8 local schools; Save the Elephants, a non-profit wildlife research organization, and the Samburu Youth Education Fund. Participants may also have the opportunity to be invited into cultural events and experiences that facilitate a natural sense of place and deeper understanding of the Samburu culture. A detailed description of our community partners is available below.
Umoja (pronounced oo-moe-juh; Swahili for "we are one") and Unity Women’s Villages
These two village of 12-15 women each comprise women who left their homes following violence, abuse, early pregnancy or a similar circumstance. The women operate as a co-op, producing beaded necklaces and bracelets primarily for purchase by tourists. Service will be a variety of projects, including coordination of a girls’ conservation club and various village projects.
Lorubae Primary School
Lorubae Primary School is in the community of Archer’s Post in Samburu. It has about 300 students in K-8 grades and is typically under-resourced in terms of teachers, supplies and materials. Participants’ primary experience will likely include teaching students in core subjects such as English and science, and leading field trips to nearby protected areas.
Samburu Youth Education Fund
SYEF focuses its efforts on improving access to secondary school for Samburu youth. With tuition and room/board costs for secondary school starting around $500+ annually, it is difficult for youth from impoverished parts of the country to enroll. We will assist SYEF by convening its youth recipients to check in about their school progress, celebrate their successes and gathering stories for SYEF to use in its future fundraising.
This trip will occur December 28, 2015 – January 12, 2016. Applications are currently closed. Please check back in January to apply for next year's trip!
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