Live Life Alternatively
Interested in doing something meaningful over Spring Break? Join Alternative Student Breaks from March 7 – 13, 2020 on their Spring Break service trips! The Spring Break trip locations and descriptions are listed below for your convenience.
Applications for all trips close on January 24 at 5:00 p.m. on AUinvolve.
Please email Garrett Smith if you have any questions.
Matthews Free Medical Clinic (Healthcare) — Charlotte, NC, $250
Matthews Free Medical Clinic is located twelve miles southeast of Charlotte, North Carolina. The organization is a non-profit that provides free, quality healthcare to low income, uninsured patients in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. The clinic is funded by grants, private donations, and fundraisers and primarily relies on medical volunteers to provide acute and chronic primary care, cardiology and pulmonary related services, orthopedics, physical therapy, behavior health services, and much more. ASB participants will have the opportunity to dispose of out of date medical records and medications, re-plant a vegetable garden, call patients to confirm and make appointments, organize medical supplies, and shadow medical professionals. Students interested in this trip can learn more about the Matthews Free Medical Clinic by visiting their website or by emailing the site leader, Madison Lowery.
Red Wolf Sanctuary (Animal Welfare) — Rising Sun, IN, $250
Red Wolf Sanctuary is a non-profit animal sanctuary located in Rising Sun, Indiana dedicated to the preservation and continued existence of North American wildlife, as well as educating the community through tours and outreach programs. Red Wolf Sanctuary rehabs hundreds of animals every year and is also home to a variety of native, North American species such as wolves, coyotes, red foxes, bobcats, elk, black bears, and various raptors that are designated as permanent resident due to previous harmful human interaction or life-altering injuries. Many of the animals have been rescued from unfortunate circumstances that were dangerous to their health and well-being. ASB participants will be working with the sanctuary to assist in the feeding of animals, rehabilitation work, enclosure maintenance, brush removal, and meal prep for the animals. Students interested in this trip can learn more about Red Wolf Sanctuary by visiting their website or by emailing the site leader, Katie Brown.
Loggerhead Marinelife Center & Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse (Animal Welfare & Environmental Welfare) — Juno Beach, FL, $250
Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC) is a beachfront non-profit facility located in Juno Beach, Florida. The organization takes in injured or ill sea turtles of all breeds. The focus of LMC’s mission is not only to help rehabilitate and rescue the turtles, but also to educate the public about the importance of recycling and being litter free. ASB participants will aid in LMC’s beach clean-up research project, assist in general maintenance around the facility, paint the famous Juno Beach pier, and prepare for the annual Turtle Fest event. Students will also serve at the popular Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse that offers some of the best views of Palm Beach County by assisting with trail maintenance, beach clean-up, and habitat improvement of the historical grounds. Students interested in this trip can learn more about LMC and the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse by visiting their websites or by emailing the site leader, Kami Grochowski.
Serve901 (Community Development) — Memphis, TN, $250
Serve901 is an organization in Memphis, TN that strives to partner volunteers with local organizations that facilitate interpersonal development and a renewed perspective of civic advocacy, interdependence, and respect for diversity through service-learning. Serve901 desires for each group to experience the Memphis where Memphians live, work, and serve every day. Throughout the week, ASB participants will have the opportunity to visit the National Civil Rights Museum and hear from local orators preaching Memphis’ past and present involvement in the fields of education equity, civil rights, and criminal justice reform. Students will also have the opportunity to serve a variety of organizations such as a test prep camp for children, the local Ronald McDonald house, a refugee program, and urban development projects. Students interested in this trip can learn more about Serve901 by visiting their website or by emailing the site leader, Alexis Stokes.
Arches National Park (Environmental Welfare) — Moab, UT, $825
The National Park Service is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties. Arches National Park, called a “red-rock wonderland”, features a landscape of contrast colors, land forms, and textures like any other in the world. The park, adjacent to the Colorado River and four miles north of Moab, Utah, is accented by over 2,000 natural stone arches and hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive geological fins and giant balanced rocks. ASB participants will have the opportunity to assist in the removal of exotic species, revegetation efforts, native species seed collection, fence rail building/staining, shade structure building/staining, and trail work. Students interested in this trip can learn more about Arches National Park by visiting their website or by emailing the site leader, Clay Stephens.
Positions for the Arches National Park (Environmental Welfare) — Moab, UT will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis.