TEAM LEADER: Tyler Sullivan
ASSISTANT TEAM LEADERS:
Cat Cary; Dwyer Freeman; Janet Ruppert

Email: beyondbama@sa.ua.edu


SKILLS DEVELOPED INCLUDE: Exposure to outside communities; interview skills; coaching;

& team work/group dynamics.

PURPOSE: To organize events for the UA student body during Fall, Winter, and Spring breaks. To also
promote service once a month through Habitat for Humanity projects.

***Trips listed on bottom of page***

Alternative Break trips allow students to travel to communities in parts of the country and the
world, and engage in service and experimental learning during university holiday breaks. These
short-term service trips provide an all-inclusive experience for students while providing a
learning experience on issues such as literacy, poverty, culture, hunger, homelessness, and the environment. These trips are fundamentally life-changing for the students and those served.
The Center for Service & Leadership (CSL) began taking students on Alternative Break trips in 1995.
The first trip was to the Boys and Girls Club of Tuscaloosa where students worked to positively
impact the community youth. As interest grew, more and more projects were added locally,
nationally, and internationally. Since the first trip 19 years ago, it's evident that students want
to serve and the CSL can help them get there. Alternative Break trips include Alternative Fall
Break, Alternative Winter Break, and Alternative Spring Break

The purpose of the program is to involve college students in community-based service projects and
to give students opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with
whom they would otherwise have little or no contact with. Being completely immersed into diverse environments enables students to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way.


The CSL has also taken students to Nicaragua with Panorama Service Expeditions. Students worked in
a school where they taught ESL and computer literacy and built a library. The students were able to
engage with children on many different levels throughout the week. This allowed the group to have a
glimpse into the culture of the people of Nicaragua. The group also traveled around the country for
a day to see the vast culture that the country has to offer.


One participant shared, "This experience was a humbling experience for me. It reminded me that so
many people around the world do not have things we, so often, take for granted and the importance
of helping others when we can."


For more information and applications for 2015-2016 trips, contact
beyondbama@sa.ua.edu.


IN THEIR OWN WORDS:
"Though I will take away many things from this trip, by far the highlight of the trip and what I
will take away most from the trip is the relationships I built. I am so grateful to have met each
and every person who went on this trip. If I had not gone on this trip, I probably would not have
known any of these people, just other faces on campus, so I was so happy to step outside of the
ordinary."

 

 


For information on Alternative Break scholarships, visit the UA Away Website.

Learn about our 2015 Nicaragua visit!

 

Spring 2016 Trips

Alternative Spring Break Domestic: Orlando, Florida

Organization: Give Kids The World

March 12th - March 19th, 2016

Cost: $650 (includes 1 full day in Disney World)

Non-Refundable Deposit: TBD

Filled

Alternative Spring Break Domestic: SEC COMPACT: Guinn, Alabama

Organization: Habitat for Humanity

March 13th - March 19th, 2016

Cost: $100

Non-Refundable Deposit: $50

Filled

Alternative Spring Break Domestic: New Orleans, LA

Organization: TBD

March 13th - March 19th, 2016

Cost: $400

Non-Refundable Deposit: TBD

Click Here to Apply

 

Alternative Spring Break Domestic: Nashville, TN

Organization: Habitat for Humanity

March 13th - March 19th, 2016

Cost: $500

Non-Refundable Deposit: $200

Click Here to Apply

 

Alternative Spring Break International: Nicaraguan Compact

Organization: Panorama Service Expeditions

March 13th - March 20th, 2016

Location: Managua, Nicaragua

Cost $1800

Non-Refundable Deposit of $600 due, November 16, 2015

Filled

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America and the second poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. It is known for its natural beauty, extraordinarily friendly people, and being the second safest country in the Hemisphere.
Panorama Service Expeditions (PSE) is a non-profit organization focused on grass-roots sustainable social and economic development projects in Nicaragua. PSE leads the Nicaragua Compact, a Panorama Services Expeditions-directed consortium of USA universities. This Compact focuses USA higher education efforts in Nicaragua towards long-term, sustainable and social justice-focused projects, all uniquely designed to intensify economic and social development in Nicaraguan communities.
Your expedition will continue to support the Instituto school and its children in the community of Monte Tabor. You will continue to build upon 'Bama's previous service and the work of other expeditions. You will staff a special Panorama Education Camp and assist in the development of the school’s computer lab and library, as well as securing the computer lab. Each service day is composed of teaching activities (ESL, Math, Art, Music) and with outside games, etc. during breaks. During your service project you will be guided by Panorama staff, by teachers, and by community members that take interest in the school's well-being.

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS:
International airfare
Accommodations
Daily meals
Private Ground Transportation
Private Group Managua Airport transfers
Full Project costs
Cultural Excursion
On site Panorama Service Expeditions staff available 24/7
Bottled water
After hours emergency number
Medical and Travel Insurance

 

Alternative Spring Break International: La Florida, Peru

Organization: The Fuller Foundation

March 12th - March 20th, 2016

Cost: $2300

Non-Refundable Deposit of $800 due, November 16, 2015

Filled

PROGRAM INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS:
International airfare
Accommodations
Daily meals
Private Ground Transportation
Private Group Managua Airport transfers
Full Project costs
Cultural Excursion
On site Panorama Service Expeditions staff available 24/7
Bottled water
After hours emergency number
Medical and Travel Insurance

May Term Break International: Jukwa, Ghana

May 8th - May 18th, 2016

Cost: $3,500 - 4,000

Non-Refundable Deposit: TBD

Applications now open!

Project Description

This summer, the Center for Service and Leadership will be hosting its inaugural service trip to Jukwa, Ghana!

While in Ghana, we will be partnering with local NGO started by village leaders addressing community expressed needs. Specifically, this means we will work on an environmental reforestation project at the Sweet River. Some tasks include surveying local residents to inform outreach campaigns; planting seeds in local nursery; transplanting seedlings to riverbank; and
learning the context and history of environmental issues within Ghana and how they are being addressed.