March 19th - 25th
An Alternative Spring Break Trip (ASB), held during the week of Spring Break, is designed to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through educational and volunteer focused opportunities. Alternative Spring Break Trips provide a variety of low cost, 3 or 5-day service experience. Teams of students ranging from 10-50 will be grouped together and assigned to a service opportunity that has been organized through serveAkron Programs
ASB participants will have the opportunity to give back to a community or agency in need outside of the Akron area. Students will interact with fellow UA students and together, will work to achieve the common goals and tasks of their assigned trip. Participants will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism.
Social Justice issues this year range from working with youth, to working with the environment, to animal rights, and many more. Don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement this year!
Trip Option #1: Forest Animal Rescue
Silver Springs, FL
Forest Animal Rescue by Peace River Refuge & Ranch is a lifetime care sanctuary for non-releasable wild animals. The animals they rescue come from lives of abuse or neglect and have almost always narrowly escaped being destroyed for lack of a place to go. The animals in the care range from big cats to bears, wolves, primates, bats and more. Volunteers will be constructing and expanding the habitats for the rescued animals.
Trip Option #2: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, educational programs, classrooms, meeting spaces and a gift shop. In addition, there are two changing exhibit galleries, after-hour opportunities and special activities. The Aquarium strives to create an interesting, exciting and educational experience for visitors. By volunteering at the Aquarium you get the chance to go behind the scenes and learn from professionals as you assist them in a wide range of tasks. Volunteers will be building nature play areas for visitors, expanding the Aquarium’s gardens, and cleaning up in areas damaged by hurricanes.
Trip Option #3 “Where Young Spirits Soar”
*Please note: This trip has been planned exclusively for members of fraternity/sorority life
For the past 21 years, Camp Twin Lakes has provided life-changing camp experiences to thousands of Georgia’s children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. Camp Twin Lakes provides week-long summer camps, and through hospital-based Camp-To-Go programs. Volunteers will prepare the camp for the summer program by helping with repair projects, painting, and cleaning around the camp grounds.
From March 23 thru March 26, the group dedicated over 2,400 community service hours and impacted a host of non-profits communities, and lives.
As volunteers with the Alternative Spring Break program, organized through the Department of Student Life’s Civic Engagement Programs, ninety Zips worked with three diverse non-profits during their week off in March. From March 23 thru March 26, the group dedicated over 2,400 community service hours and impacted a host of non-profits, communities, and lives.
Students interacted with fellow Zips and together, worked to complete a variety of service projects. From creating rain barrels to building a shed, siding a house, and constructing raised flowers beds…just a few of the impactful projects our students completed. Participants experienced a rewarding service opportunity which took some outside of their comfort zone and allowed them to learn new skills. As students reflected on their experience many noted feeling more connected to the University and now having a renewed sense of pride in being a Zip and commitment in volunteering.
|Twenty volunteers in South Carolina enjoyed working with Habitat for Humanity of Marion County – an area where 17% of the residents have a median income that is 50% below the national average. These volunteers helped to finish new home construction and learned skills related to roofing, siding, installing windows, constructing a shed, and using a variety of power tools and equipment.|
|In Georgia, forty-two members of the fraternity and sorority community helped to paint, landscape, build garden beds, and help to create a hiking trail at Camp Twin Lakes. Located in Winder, this non-profit offers camps for children facing serious illnesses, disabilities and other life challenges.|
|Twenty-four volunteers in North Carolina spent a busy four days working with the N.C. Coastal Federation. The group worked on oyster restoration projects, created rain barrels, built bird houses for a local sanctuary, constructed a rain garden, and removed invasive plants.|
Alternative Spring Break Trips, held during the week of Spring Break, are designed to raise awareness of social issues and injustices through educational and volunteer focused opportunities. Alternative Break Trips provide a variety of low cost, 3 or 5-day service experience. Teams of students ranging from 10-50 will be grouped together and assigned to a service opportunity that has been organized through Civic Engagement Programs.
ASB participants will be afforded the opportunity to give back to a community or agency in need. Students will interact with fellow UA students and together, will work to achieve the common goals and tasks of their assigned trip. You will experience a rewarding service opportunity that may take you out of your comfort zone, but we hope you will walk away from the trip with a renewed sense of UA community pride and commitment to volunteerism. Students that wish to take on a leadership role can specifically do so by expressing interest to serve as a Student Leader.
Alternative Spring Break trips are open to all students registered students at The University of Akron. Participants will be required to attend two designated trainings before the trip and will be held accountable to the guidelines and policies of the program.
As long as there is room left on a trip, students will be eligible to participate. Students will rank their preference of trip selection, but ultimately, students will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
An ASB trip costs $300.00 and includes all of your transportation, lodging, recreational, and food costs! The trip payments include a $50.00 non-refundable application fee and from there a schedule of payments will be determined. All payments are coordinated through the Information Center, located on the second floor of the Student Union. The Ohio trip is only $75.00 and includes food, transportation, and recreational activities!