2013 Alternative Spring Break

Apply by November 28 at Noon!

Application Deadline: November 28, 2012 at Noon

Apply today at ecampus.emerson.edu/programs

Biloxi, Mississippi – Rural Homelessness and Hunger
Boston – Children’s Education
El Paso, Texas – Immigration Issues
Nantahala National Park, North Carolina – Trail Conservation

2013 Trips

Boston, MA – The Boston trip will focus on Education. Details TBD.

Biloxi, MS – In an effort to see the multiple levels of hunger and homelessness that exist, we have chosen a location that differs significantly from our urban community in Boston. Homelessness and hunger issues in rural areas present distinctly different challenges due to a lack of access and resources, including volunteers. Students on this trip will work with Community Collaborations International to volunteer in soup kitchens and homeless shelters in rural Mississippi. Our aim is to help participants better understand issues of urban and rural homelessness, and improve their ability to engage in a discussion of how to fix the problem.

El Paso, TX
– This trip will provide participants with the opportunity to become immersed in immigration issues. Located in southwest Texas, El Paso is the nation’s largest border city. Given the city’s proximity to Mexico, there is a large population of undocumented immigrants and many organizations that need volunteers to assist in providing support to immigrants and their families. Volunteering in Texas will allow students to witness the issues that arise in an area where a large number of immigrants are undocumented and largely in need of support and services.

Nantahala National Park, North Carolina - Nantahala is Cherokee for "Land of the Noonday Sun" and is the largest of the four national forests in North Carolina. This trip will offer students interested in environmental service the opportunity to explore the needs of America’s National Parks. Students will travel to North Carolina to volunteer on the Southern most section of the Appalachian Trail. Participants will engage in activities that include clearing trails, cutting back growth, removing fallen trees, maintenance leveling, and clearing out erosion—all with the help and expertise of members from the Nantahala Appalachian Trail club.

Trip Fees

Boston - $0

Participation in this year’s Boston trip is free. However, individual participants are responsible for: housing, transportation, and food.


Biloxi, Mississippi

Nantahala National Park, North Carolina

El Paso, Texas

Participants on these trips will be responsible for a $350 program fee
This fee includes:

Transportation: round trip travel to the destination city and all ground transportation – to and from the airport and service sites – during the week.
Food and Lodging: all meals during the week of service will be included in this fee, but participants are responsible for meals while traveling to and from the destination city. Accommodations with basic amenities will be provided, typically through a local church or service site.

Site Fees: any costs associated with the service sites.

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