Planning for Spring Break? Do Something Good
As the memory of your winter break begins to fade, you might find your mind wandering to that fantastic spring break that you and your friends have planned: a beach vacation in Mexico, a camping trip in Joshua Tree, or a Santa Monica day trip. Or maybe, instead of daydreaming about exotic vacations, you’d like to spend some time volunteering for an important cause. The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) is seeking highly qualified students to participate in their alternative spring break trips from March 10-17, 2012. There will be two separate trips: a domestic trip to Johnson City, Tennessee, and an international trip in Costa Rica. The CCE will partner with existing organizations working to meet the needs of the communities that they serve. These trips are designed to provide students with the opportunity to work in partnership with community members on a particular project, as well as to participate in a cultural exchange.
Those participating in the domestic trip will be helping to rebuild and renovate low-income housing, while the students going on the international trip will work with communities surrounding the village of Mastatal. Check out some more info here. CCE Director Amy Bibbens encourages students to apply and says that “the Alternative Spring Break trips will enable students to have an enriching service experience during the Spring Break period while creating a positive impact on a community, both domestically and abroad.”
Students wishing to be chosen for either trip must fill out a written application and may be selected for an interview. These applications have been emailed to students and are available for download on the CCE website. If you are accepted for the trip, Bibbens promises a quick turnaround of required paperwork, leaving students enough time to purchase their plane tickets.
The trips are open to all on-campus CMC students and require those participating to attend mandatory pre-trip meetings, complete a short outside reading assignment, participate in post-trip campus research and have a passport and visa valid until October 2012 (international trip only). The CCE will cover all costs including flight, lodging, most meals, insurance, and ground transportation.
All those interested should take a look at the application here! But be quick, applications are due this Thursday, January 19th!
Questions? Contact the Center for Civic Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica Cason is a sophomore at CMC and works for the Center for Civic Engagement