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UPDATE: And they're off! Winter groups to New Orleans and Los Angeles have embarked on their 2-week service-learning trips. We invite you to ring in the new year by joining us in this new chapter of our Alternative Breaks narrative. Follow us on Facebook and experience the journey as our groups ping in from the Gulf Coast and sunny Southern California and share in real-time their story of public service and of solidarity in action. Happy 2014!
Alternative Breaks is offering winter service trips to New Orleans, Louisiana and Los Angeles, California for January 2014. Run by students, the program consists of a DeCal during the fall semester and a two-week service trip during the second half of winter break.
2013-2014 marks the eighth year in a ten-year commitment the UC Berkeley Public Service Center holds in working in solidarity with Gulf Coast Communities. 2014 will also mark the inaugural year for a winter trip to Los Angeles, CA centered upon the passing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA 2010).
Alternative Breaks Winter Trips seeks dedicated student volunteers who are not afraid to step outside of their comfort zone and challenge their own assumptions about social inequities. Alternative Breaks holds long-term relationships with many of the community organizations that will be visited. This two-week long opportunity offers the chance to deeply engage with the community and strengthen existing partnerships. This is an opportunity for both experienced student volunteers and those beginning to do justice work.
For Winter Trip news, visit us at our Alternative Breaks News Page. Press releases for the 2014 Winter Service Trips can be found below. Reach us at email@example.com with any questions or comments.
Applications are now closed.
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Program Dates: January 2-16, 2014
Time Commitment: 2 weeks in Winter 2014 PLUS Fall 2013 DECal, Wednesdays 6-8pm
Eligibility: Current Cal Students and Alumni
Cost: $375 (Subject to Change)
Application Deadline: September 8, 2013 at 11:59pm. *Strict deadline enforced
Anyone is welcome to sign up for the trip. As part of our objective to be inclusive to those of all backgrounds, we will be subsidizing trip costs and supporting fundraising efforts. The final per person cost for the trip includes transportation, lodging, and food. Please talk to us if you need any financial assistance.
The purpose of these trips is to participate alongside community members in rebuilding and shaping their communities. The rebuilding effort is still very much ongoing in post-Katrina New Orleans, and participants will have the chance to provide emotional support to residents and engage with and learn about issues of social justice. Participants will have the opportunity to support community members by:
· Servicing and distributing food to low-income residents
· Cleaning up the residential environment
· Gutting and rebuilding houses
· Communicating with residents about their desired changes and solutions
· Working with youth
Healthcare in the United States has gone through a tumultuous history, and urban Los Angeles will allow participants to explore the availability of healthcare and to whom. Participants will have the opportunity to support community members by:
· Conducting public health surveys
· Aiding a homeless shelter with hygiene programs
· Promoting legal and public health advocacy
· Aiding free clinics
· Working with county and private hospital facilities
· Building coalitions between organizing and health education
All participants will be expected to attend the mandatory DeCal class for their trip during the fall 2013 semester. DeCals are 6-8pm on Wednesdays, starting in September. The purpose of the DeCal is to give participants a greater understanding of the geography, history, and socioeconomic issues of the trip to make it an even better experience. The DeCal is also an opportunity for participants and break leaders to get to know each other and prepare for two weeks of service!
The Magnolia Project -Winter Trip is generously supported by the Office of the Vice-Chancellor, LEAD Center, ASUC, and alumni, staff and faculty donors.
Applications to become an Alternative Breaks Leader in the 2014-2015 academic year will be live in late March 2014.
As an Alternative Breaks Leader, you will have the opportunity to develop:
As a Break Leader, you will connect and partner with organizations that engage in a particular social justice issue. You will also be able to influence and inspire other students towards meaningful service through your work.
NEW TRIP PROPOSALS
All of our trips are initiated by student leaders who are motivated to educate their fellow students through the vehicle of a contemporary social justice issue in society. Towards the end of the academic year, we accept proposals for new trips.
We emphasize sustainability by making a commitment to return year after year to our host communities, including:
If you are a community-based organization providing services to or advocating for justice for the people in these communities, please contact Community Partnerships Director Kari Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Alternative Breaks is committed to offering its program to all students, regardless of their financial situations. All of our trips are subsidized by fundraisers and grants, with trip fees at only $200 and fundraising at $150 for an entire week of transportation, lodging, and food. If you would like to help Alternative Breaks provide more opportunities to its students, you can donate to us at the Give to Cal website. All gifts are tax-deductible. Currently, Cal alumni who graduated in the past five years with their gift matched by the UCB Foundation or a one to one basis.
If you are a Cal alumnus living in one of the communities we serve and are interested in hosting dinner or speaking with one of our trips during spring break, please contact Community Partnerships Director Kari Miller at email@example.com.