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2016-2017 Alternative Break Trips

Weekend Trips (Fall) /  Winter Break Trips  /  Spring Break Trips / Weekend Trips (Spring)


PLEASE NOTE: Applications will be available here and have various due dates.  All applications close on Wednesdays at NOON.

Trips have varying costs based on housing, food and transportation to that area. Costs currently range from $80-$1750 per trip. Trips with airfare are more expensive. A typical weekend trip ranges between $80 and $100. A typical week-long trip ranges between $260 and $520.  Costs covers all components of trip except for personal expenses.

All trip experiences will begin and end on UConn’s campus. Participants are expected to travel and remain with the group at all times for the entire duration of the trip (see specific trip dates below) and attend all pre-trip and post-trip meetings.

Questions? Please review the Alternative Break FAQ page and/or contact Ashley Hazleton, Community Outreach Program Coordinator, at ashley.hazleton@uconn.edu or 486-1165.


WEEKEND TRIPS (FALL)

Trip Dates:  November 11th – 13th, 2016
Application Deadline: September 21st, 2016 at 12:00pm- noon

Trip Focus: Understanding Homelessness
Location: Boston, MA

This weekend long alternative break will be focused on homelessness and the effects this issue has on the community of Boston. In the past, participants have volunteered at agencies such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other organizations focused on serving the homeless population. Through direct and indirect service, participants will be able to serve and learn about this population and how to advocate for those affected by homelessness. Participants will be staying at a church in downtown Boston. The group will meet for four weeks prior to the trip weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $80 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Saadiya Dalal
uconn.co.boston@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Coastal Environment Protection
Location: Groton, CT

During this weekend long alternative break, participants from Storrs and Avery Point will come together for a joint experience. The group will stay at the Hostel on the Avery Point Campus and will work on coastal environmental issues. The group will meet for four weeks prior to the weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip. Please note: this trip will include working on small and large boats. Participants will be provided life jackets.

Trip Size: 11 Storrs student participants, 11 Avery Point student participants, 2 student trip directors and 2 staff
Participant Cost: $80 (USG may fund 50% if eligible for Storrs students) (ASG may fund 50% if eligible for AP students)

Storrs Trip Director: Joanne Puzio
Avery Point Trip Director: Jonathan Markovics
uconn.co.groton@gmail.com


Trip Focus: HIV/AIDS Awareness & Advocacy
Location: New York City, NY

During this weekend long alternative break, participants will be staying at a church in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and will be working with agencies that focus on HIV/AIDS support. In the past we have assisted with reducing harm for risky behaviors that can lead to HIV, and created safe sex kits for outreach workers. The group will meet for four weeks prior to the weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $100 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Brian Liang
uconn.co.newyork@gmail.com


WINTER BREAK TRIPS

Trip Dates: January 2017 (See trip details below)
Application Deadline: September 28th, 2016 at 12:00 pm- noon

Trip Focus: Community Development
Location: Los Jazmines, Costa Rica

Trip Dates: January 2nd (TBD) – 15th, 2017

During this two week long alternative break, participants will be staying in a community center and working with a local community organization and community members in Los Jazmines located near Upala in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica. The trip will be continuing their partnership with Reto Juvenil Internacional. The trip focus has historically consisted of a build project followed by educational workshops. The specific projects and workshops are determined on a yearly basis as a result of a community needs assessment run through Reto Juvenil. UConn students in the past have built a Healthcare center, storage for the school, and new bathroom for the school.

UConn student participants must be in good University standing to participate in this experience and agree to a specific policy guide for this international experience.

Valid passports and various vaccinations are required.
Costa Rica requires passports to be valid at least 6 months post departure from the country.

Trip Size: 12 participants, one student trip director and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $1,560 (USG funding not available)

Trip Director: Katie Farrelly
uconn.co.costarica@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Urban Poverty & Civil Rights
Location: Birmingham, AL

Trip Dates: January 7th – 15th, 2017

This weeklong relief trip will focus on urban poverty in the city of Birmingham, Alabama. We will serving the local community in various areas of need. Participants will explore the roots of urban poverty, and how it affects community members of many different backgrounds. This will in turn help students explore their identities and roles as community members here at UConn.

Trip Size: 45 participants, 2 student trip directors, 3 student team leaders, and 4 staff
Participant Cost: $320; Team Leader Cost: $160 (USG funding not available)

Trip Director: Karim Abdel Jalil
Assistant Trip Director: Caroline Calandro
uconn.co.birmingham@gmail.com


SPRING BREAK TRIPS

Trip Dates: March 11th – 19th, 2017
Application Deadline: October 26th, 2016 at 12:00 pm – noon

Trip Focus: Rural Poverty
Location: Appalachia (Oak Hill, West Virginia)

Participants of this Alternative Break Trip will spend an immersive week in West Virginia working with the Southern Appalachia Labor School and the Keeper of the Mountains Foundation. These community partners often ask us to assist in projects such as home repairs and trail maintenance near mountaintop removal sites. Participants will also get the opportunity to connect with their team, meet community members and learn about rural poverty and environmental challenges in the area during the eight pre-trip meetings.

Trip Size: 45 participants, 2 Student trip directors, 3 team leaders, and 4 staff
Participant Cost: $500 (USG may fund 50% if eligible); Team Leader Cost: $250 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Olivia Wilson
Assistant Trip Director: Jeremy Heard
uconn.co.appalachia@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Human Trafficking
Location: Atlanta, GA

Participants of this Alternative Break Trip will spend a week in Atlanta, Georgia learning about the different factors that affect the Public Health of a community. Specifically, this trip will focus on the issue of human trafficking. Participants will most likely not be in direct contact with clients as short-term volunteers are not a strong solution for assisting the needs of people affected by human trafficking. Participants will support organizations focused on this issue and will learn how to become stronger advocates. Potential community partners could include Covenant House, Street Grace, and a variety of other nonprofits, advocates, and political officials.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $300 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Erin Puglia
uconn.co.atlanta@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Migrant Farming & Agricultural Communities
Location: Immokalee, Florida

Participants will have the opportunity to lend their support to the nation’s growing migrant worker population. With over 3 million migrant workers living and working in poor conditions throughout the country, there are a wide range of issues that need to be addressed. Potential service could fall under many different categories, including poverty, human rights, child labor, immigration, and healthcare.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $900 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Kayla Kessler
uconn.co.florida@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Rural Poverty
Location: Mullens, WV

During this week long alternative break, participants will be staying at the Mullens Opportunity Center and working with the Friends of Milam Creek to support the specific community of Mullens, West Virginia to help “alleviate the root causes of poverty in West Virginia’s southern coalfields”.  Service may include home repair, community projects, and youth development.

Trip Size: 18 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 student team leader, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $260 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Jessica Leach
uconn.co.westvirginia@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Environmental Conservation
Location: Mystery

This week long alternative break keeps its location a mystery in order to shift the focus toward the purpose of the trip and not the destination.  During this week long alternative break, students will be working with a focus on environmental restoration, protection, and maintenance and understand the intersectionality of environmental concerns with other social issues.  This trip will also partner with UConn Stamford.

Trip Size: 45 participants, 2 student trip directors, 3 team leaders and 4 staff.
Participant Cost: $640 (USG may fund 50% if eligible for Storrs participants); Team Leader Cost: $320(USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: David Dulberg
Assistant Trip Director: Jenn Lee
uconn.co.mystery@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Gender and Sexual Identity- History, Advocacy, Allyship and Pride
Location: New York, NY & Storrs, CT

During this week long alternative break, participants will work with agencies that address the historical and current struggles of the LGBTQ+ community through active community service and hands-on education. In the past, participants have volunteered with LGBTQ+ canvassing organizations, youth groups, and safe-sex agencies. Participants will volunteer in the New York area and head back to campus on Thursday to volunteer and present at the True Colors Conference.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $260 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Kristina Drollinger
uconn.co.nystorrs@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Cultural Preservation and Rural Poverty with the Cherokee Nation
Location: Tahlequah, OK

During this week long alternative break trip students will be living and working within the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, with a focus on human rights issues. This is a great opportunity to be immersed in Native American culture and assist the Cherokee community through meaningful service. In the past, we have met with local leaders to discuss current issues facing the Cherokee Nation, built wheelchair ramps for people with disabilities, repaired houses for the elderly and participated in cultural activities such as basket weaving. To learn more about the Cherokee Nation, visit this website.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $900 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Kevin Fitzgerald
uconn.co.oklahoma@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Healthcare Access & Education
Location: Philadelphia, PA

During this week long alternative break, students will be hosted in a church facility in Philadelphia and will work in the city on a variety of healthcare issues. Participants in past years have worked with all age groups from children to the elderly in order to provide the care or comfort that these individuals need. Groups have prepared and delivered meals to those with healthcare needs, interacted with children in hospitals, and helped educate the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act. Participants will engage in both direct and indirect service opportunities to help them become active citizens.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $220 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Megan Boyer
uconn.co.philly@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Homelessness, Urban Poverty & Political Action
Location: Washington D.C.

This week long trip to Washington D.C., focused on Homelessness, Urban Poverty and Political Action, will include direct service and emphasize education and advocacy. In past years, we have worked with organizations focusing on issues related to urban poverty, including food security, affordable housing, legal services, and education. Possible community partners include the Father McKenna Center, Martha’s Table, Kid Power, the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and the Capitol Area Food Bank.  Additionally, participants may have the opportunity to meet with a political leader to better understand advocacy and political action.

Trip Size: 12 participants, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $240 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Brendan Dunn
uconn.co.dc@gmail.com


WEEKEND TRIPS (SPRING)

Trip Dates: April 7th – 9th, 2017
Application Deadline: February 15th, 2017 at 12:00 pm – noon

Trip Focus: Homelessness
Location: Boston, MA

This weekend long alternative break will be focused on homelessness and the effects this issue has on the community of Boston. In the past, participants have volunteered at agencies such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and other organizations focused on serving the homeless population. Through direct and indirect service, participants will be able to serve and learn about this population and how to advocate for those affected by homelessness. Participants will be staying at a church in downtown Boston. The group will meet for four weeks prior to the trip weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip.

Trip Size: 12 students, 1 student trip director, 1 staff
Participant Cost: $80 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Saadiya Dalal
uconn.co.boston@gmail.com


Trip Focus: Food Insecurity in Urban Envrionments
Location: New Haven, CT

During this weekend, participants will be staying in New Haven, CT and volunteering at local non-profits focusing on food justice and food insecurity.  Participants will become aware of New Haven and other Connecticut area food deserts and work with agencies combating this issue.  The group will meet for four weeks prior to the weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip.

Trip Size: 12 students, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $100 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Joanne Puzio
uconn.co.newhaven@gmail.com


Trip Focus: HIV/AIDS Awareness & Advocacy
Location: New York City, NY

During this weekend long alternative break, participants will be staying at a church in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and will be working with agencies that focus on HIV/AIDS support. In the past we have assisted with reducing harm for risky behaviors that can lead to HIV, and created safe sex kits for outreach workers. The group will meet for four weeks prior to the weekend and will meet once or twice after the trip.

Trip Size: 12 students, 1 student trip director, and 1 staff
Participant Cost: $100 (USG may fund 50% if eligible)

Trip Director: Brian Liang
uconn.co.newyork@gmail.com