Watch the video to see what students gained from Alternative Spring Break: Chicago 2013.
Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to go to another community and give back during their Spring Break. Students do this by volunteering with different community agencies. Not only do you participate in community service, you also have the chance to explore the city and be a "tourist".
Theme: Hunger and Food Security
This year's Alternative Spring Break will focus specifically on the issue of Hunger and Food Security. Students will be working solely with the San Antonio Food Bank. This is a non-profit organization that provides millions of pounds of food to over 450 charitable organizations in Southwest Texas.
The San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) provides food to 58,000 people every week. Of these individuals served weekly, 51% of client households are food insecure, meaning they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
Students will have the opportunity to work in several different areas that are all a functioning part of the San Antonio Food Bank. Through these experiences, students will learn how to work as a team and engage with individuals in a diverse community. Service Assignments Include:
Potential Explore Opportunities: (All activities are tentative.)
Students will learn about the rich history and culture that runs through the city of San Antonio, and see firsthand how their service and hard work positively effects the community they are serving. All activities are tentative:
What have past participants had to say about spending their spring break volunteering?
"...it is a great experience that allows you to get to form new friendships with students that you probably wouldn't normally meet on campus, visit and experience a new city, and make a difference in a community."
"My favorite aspects of this trip to Nashville was getting to know the other students that went; I feel we all bonded really well and became friends. I also liked that we got to explore the city and have new experiences that we can't get in Arkansas. I also enjoyed getting the opportunity to help people in the Nashville community."
"The diversity of people we worked with...was very rewarding to get to serve so many different people and see a large city with different options."
Applications for the 2015 trip have closed. Please continue to keep up with Arkansas Tech service initiatives for next year's spring break location. Students must apply to attend this trip. Applications are found on theLink and are due every year in December. There is a $100 nonrefundable fee for students to attend.