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The Alternative Break (AB) program gives students the opportunity to engage in direct service in collaboration with communities around the world. Students who participate spend 5-9 days learning about critical challenges facing communities, interacting with local leaders, and performing short-term projects with community agencies. Students selected to participate in the Spring program are eligible to enroll in CMDS 300 Community Develoment, Alt. Break course (3 credit hours) offered in partnership with the School of Individualized Study

Spring 2020 Locations

Preservation of Protected Lands in St. Marks, FL. (March 8-14)
On this trip, students will work to maintain trails at the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge while learning about federal policy around our protected lands. Cost: $650 inclusive of transporation, lodging, and food.
Housing Rehabilitation and Social Justice in Selma, AL. (March 8-14)
On this trip, students will work alongside the Blackbelt & Central Alabama Housing Authority in support of their goal to construct 25 houses per year while learning about this historic city's (Civil Rights) past and future.  Cost: $500  inclusive of transporation, lodging, and food.
Sustainable Communities and Wetland Conservation in New Orleans, LA (March 8-14)
On this trip, students will get their hands dirty on the Louisiana coast (which comprises 40% of our nation's wetlands) while gaining the knowledge, passion, and commitment to sustain robust wetlands in the Gulf Coast and beyond.  Cost: $650 inclusive of transportation, lodging, and food.
Food Justice in the Rustbelt in Wheeling, WV (March 8-14)
On this trip, students will work alongside Grow Ohio Valley in thier mission to fashion a new economic landscape that offers increased prosperity, improved health, and a better environment. Cost: $500 inclusive of transportation, lodging, and food.

Summer 2020 Location

Environmental Restoration after Natural Disasters in San Juan, Puerto Rico (May 14-22)
On this trip, students will work alongside multiple nonprofits in addition to Para la Naturaleza to restore PR's natural forests and help rebuild communities.Cost: $1250 inclusive of transportaiton, lodging, and food. 

Funding Support

The CLCE is able to provide financial assistance to students with demonstrated need (as determined by Financial Aid) because of the generous support of donors. Depending on a student's level of need, this financial support can cover up to half the advertised cost of the trip.  Students who are interested in receiving financial assistance should indicate as much on their application to the program.

Additionally, the CLCE sponsors a crowdfunding program each Spring to help students raise money to cover some or all of the program costs. 

Leadership Opportunities

Become a Leadership Scholar and work alongside staff in CLCE to plan and organize AB!

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