Ever get bummed out thinking about your lack of spring or summer break plans? Does scrolling through endless pictures of your coeds on sandy shores in their swimsuits make you sad? Do you wish you could spend your school break somewhere awesome while helping to make a difference? Thankfully, University of Wyoming students can do just that by signing up for an Alternative Break trip.
What is an Alternative Break?
An extension of SLCE (Service, Leadership + Community Engagement) the Alternative Break program offers UW students opportunities to travel to exciting places while enacting positive change. Each year, ASB takes groups of students to locations both in and outside of the United States, where they will have the opportunity to work on various service projects, ranging from animal welfare to helping fight hunger and homelessness.
Where will Alternative Breaks take me?
The ASB program takes students to both stateside and international locations. Here is just a sampling of some of the amazing trip opportunities available to UW students:
Fight hunger and homelessness in Los Angeles, Calif.:
Students will experience the city culture of LA while working to empower the homeless community through unique service projects!
Learn about immigration issues and work towards social justice in Phoenix, Ariz.:
On this trip, students will work with nonprofit organizations in Phoenix and will learn about local and national immigration issues through a frame of diversity and social justice.
Work with homeless animals in Kanab, Utah:
Participants will get to volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in beautiful Kanab; an organization dedicated to saving abandoned and abused animals of all kinds.
Conserve the environment and empower women in Trinidad:
In the Caribbean village of Matelot, students will work on various community service projects, including coastline restoration and the conservation of leatherback turtles! Participants will also have the opportunity to work with a local women’s group.
Help with community development and education in Jamaica:
On this exciting trip, students will dive in to the rich culture of Petersfield, Jamaica, while working on community development and education projects. TWO SPOTS have just opened up for this trip! Email ASB@uwyo.edu as soon as possible if interested!
Summer Alternative Break trips will be announced soon. Click here to learn more!
How much does it cost?
Each trip is priced differently and is largely dependent on travel expenses. Domestic trips, like the trip to Utah, cost between $400 and $550, while international trips, like the trips to the Caribbean, cost $1,650. Luckily, there are scholarship opportunities for students who are going on an ASB trip!
How do I apply?
While all the spots for the upcoming spring break trips have been filled, keep an eye on the Alternative Spring Break webpage for information about summer 2017 trips and for a link to the online application. You can also make payments online through this link!
For more information regarding Alternative Breaks, contact Uriel Santiago at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To speak directly with Alternative Break staff, you can call (307) 766-3117.
Alternative Breaks is located in the lower level of the Wyoming Union in the SLCE Office (Room 006).