2018 Spring Trips
2019 Spring Trips
Sunday, March 17 – Saturday, March 23, 2019
Heifer International, Perryville, Arkansas
“Committed to Ending World Hunger and Poverty”
We know that no single organization and no number of isolated projects can address the systemic causes of poverty and hunger. Our approach involves enhancing the capacity of vulnerable small-scale farmers, especially women, to secure their livelihoods. Multiplied by strong social capital and women’s empowerment, our work results in a sustainable solution to world hunger and poverty.
Heifer's work in the United States involves building and reviving local food systems for farmers in one of the poorest regions in the United States. They help low resource, small-scale farmers build livestock businesses and local food value chains, which connects them to consistent and profitable markets. This program aims to increase incomes for local producers and improve the viability of their farms. It also spurs rural economic development by creating new employment opportunities and increasing the availability of nutritious, sustainably grown food in these regions. Their goal is to increase the average income of participating farmers by at least 30 percent in these areas, provided them with a living wage. The farmer-owned businesses established through this program will support farm families and rural communities beyond the project duration.
This Alternative Break combines experiential learning programs, such as the Global Gateway experience and team building, with service activities. The service allows participants to give back while experiencing something for the first time - like milking a goat or harvesting vegetables.
Cost: $550 Includes transportation, lodging, food, and educational program
Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort, Florida Panhandle
Coordinated through Community Collaborations, International (CCI)
Hurricane Michael smashed into the Florida panhandle and the result left the local communities in complete disarray and in need of help from volunteers. Working with CCI, a holistic approach to community recovery will be executed. In addition to homes directly impacted by the weather, local community organizations, such as food banks and after school programs, struggle to meet the increased needs of their clients and constituents. Many of these organizations and their staff members have suffered direct impact from the flood. CC International volunteers will work to help these organizations serve their constituents and get back on their feet.
Service Work May Include: preparing homes for reconstruction, including gutting, mold removal, and reconstruction activities. Working with the local community organizations and after school programs.
Cost: $550 Includes transportation, lodging, food, tools and educational program
Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22, 2019
Local Alternative Spring Break: Madison-area
New for 2019! This alternative spring break will have a local focus on meeting community needs in the Madison, WI area. Each day, the student service team will meet at the Truax campus and drive to a different community location to volunteer. Volunteer experiences will explore environmental, social, and economic needs in the community. Students will plan and prepare a meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House; help with daily operations at River Food Pantry; sort and deliver book donations for the Madison Reading Project; support students at Leopold Elementary School; and participate in an outdoor service activity. At each site, we will learn about the organization and how its mission addresses community needs. We will enjoy group teambuilding and reflection activities throughout the week.
There is no overnight commitment for this service trip. Participating students commit to service during the day (morning and afternoon) for Monday-Friday of spring break week. Students must obtain their own transportation to the Truax campus each day, and then transportation is provided from Truax to the volunteer site and back to campus at the end of the day.
Cost: $95 Includes transportation, daily lunch, snacks, t-shirt, and educational program