Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Alternative Winter Break Leadership Application

Story posted February 07, 2013

Applications are now available for 2014 Alternative Winter Break trips and leaders.

Alternative Winter Break (AWB) trips provide a unique opportunity for students to participate in an intensive public service experience in the greater Brunswick and Portland area while increasing their understanding of significant social and environmental problems. Engaged in direct service relating to these problems, students work with Maine communities with which they otherwise may have little contact. Being completely immersed in this environment over an extended period of time allows students to internalize their experience, which can serve as a springboard for a lifelong commitment to social change.

Alternative Winter Breaks are organized and led by students who want to provide an intensive learning through service experience. AWB leaders are responsible for all aspects of the alternative spring break trip, including recruiting participants, trip logistics, coordinating with the host site, and leading the actual trip.

During the fall semester, AWB leaders participate in the Leaders' Seminar, a 10-week course facilitated by the staff of the McKeen Center. This seminar prepares leaders to organize and lead their trips and to help student participants examine the political, social, cultural, and economic aspects of their service and the communities in which they will be serving. Through this seminar, leaders develop their own seminar which they lead for their trip participants leading up to winte break.

Click here to get the trip and leader application.

Applications are DUE February 25 at 11:59PM.

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