Monday, February 6, 2012

Spring Break Options

     What are you doing for Spring Break? Staying home? Doing a class project? Hoping to scrounge up enough money to vacation somewhere? Anywhere?
     The Community Engagement Center has the perfect solution for those who want to travel and have a life-changing experience, but are short on funds.  The CEC is sponsoring three Alternative Spring Breaks this semester to San Diego, CA; Tacoma, WA; and Taos, NM.
     These breaks provide SUU students with an eight day humanitarian service experience during the day and free time to explore the city and hang out with fellow students at night. These trips are a great way for you to volunteer your time for a worthy cause and still have a unique spring break that you can brag about to all your friends and family. The best part, besides gaining valuable service experience that looks great on a resume or grad school application and meeting awesome new people, is that the entire trip is only $480! This includes all trip costs including meals, travel, and accommodations.
     You are probably wondering what exactly you would be doing during those eight days. The San Diego trip is partnering with Via International to introduce students to immigration issues. Students will work with local youth immigrant groups at a community garden, and with other organizations that work with immigrants. If you are interested in learning more about this current social and political issue, this trip is definitely for you. The Tacoma and Taos trips are partnering with Habitat for Humanity, which usually involve building or renovating housing for the less fortunate. No experience is necessary—if you don’t know your way around power tools, they’ll give you a paint brush! You will engage in direct service for four full days during the break. On the fifth day, you will have an opportunity to explore the city visited. In the evenings, you can enjoy free time to play games, hang out, sightsee, or just relax with the new friends you’ve made.
     This is the opportunity to really make a difference, learn some leadership skills, and have an experience that will impress future employers!  There are still a few spots left for these trips. Go to for more information and to sign up today! There is a non-refundable deposit of $80 due at the time of registration.  Registration closes February 17th!
     As always, feel free to stop by the CEC, for more information on these fantastic alternative spring break trips! Don’t miss out—it’s better than staying home!

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