Alternative Spring Break 2011 Trips

Adventures in Appalachia
Beards Fork, West Virginia

Students traveled to the former coal mining community of Beards Fork, WV to learn about affordable housing as well as issues impacting rural America. Volunteers will work with the Southern Appalachian Labor School to build and repair local homes.


Building Blocks in Pontotoc
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Participants spent thier spring break learning about affordable housing and rural poverty. Volunteers addressed these issues by building homes with Habitat for Humanity in northern Mississippi.


Generosity in Georgia: Refugee Resettlement
Atlanta, Georgia
Students learned about refugee resettlement and help refugees form a new life in Atlanta, GA. Volunteers worked with various organizations to prepare for the arrival of newcomers and provide educational services to the current Atlanta refugee community.



Harvesting Communities in Immokalee

Immokalee, Florida
Participants spent a week working with and learning from the migrant workers of Immokalee, Florida. Volunteers helped address issues of inequality, wage disparities, human rights and poverty with community organizations and political action groups.

Lives and Laws of the Oglala Sioux
South Dakota
Students combated poverty and learned about the unique housing and legal issues of Native American populations by participating in direct service and advocacy at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Volunteers explored the distinct tribal laws of the Oglala Sioux through volunteer work and connect with local community leaders.

Providing Safe Passage in Guatemala
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Volunteers helped break the cycle of poverty through their work with Safe Passage, an organization that creates opportunities for Guatemala City's poorest children through the power of education.  Students assisted Guatemalan teachers, met the families that make their living off the Guatemala City dump, and learned about the legacy of Hanley Denning, Bowdoin class of 1992, who created Safe Passage to provide a quality education to the children of Guatemala City.

When I Say Urban, You Say Promise
Camden, New Jersey
Students lended a hand at Urban Promise in Camden, New Jersey while learning about issues of urban education. Volunteers worked with children in the classrooms and volunteered with the important school maintenance projects that help keep their operational costs low.

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