Alternative BreaksThrough its service trips program, the Center for Community Engagement provides many opportunities for students to assist other communities. Below are trips which provide students the chance to experience new cultures and see different parts of the country while doing service.

Indianapolis Service Trip

The Indianapolis Day of Service trip will be at Gleaners’ Community Food Bank in Indianapolis on October 25, from 12:30-3:30 pm. Twenty four students will be assisting with various projects at the site including sorting and packing food.

Gary Service Trip

The Gary Service Trip will allow students to visit ISU’s No Excuses classroom at the Charter School of the Dunes in Gary, Indiana. ISU students will interact with the school’s students through service activities and mentoring for the day. Registration will be available in Spring 2015.

Alternative Fall Break

Indiana State University’s third Fall Break Service Trip sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement will be November 21st to 23rd, 2014. We are partnering with Bradford Woods for a weekend long service project at their camp. Cost- $100.

Alternative Winter Break

The Center for Community Engagement will be hosting its first ever Alternative Winter Break Trip! This trip will give students the opportunity to work with the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Florida, doing beach/Jetty clean up. Students will have the possibility to work with sea birds and turtles. Housing will be in a rental property located on Daytona Beach. Transportation will be by flight. Cost - $450

The trip will be for 4 nights and 5 days, during the week of December 14th.

Trip is full but waiting list is still available.

Alternative Spring Break

Since ISU students first went to Jackson, Mississippi in 2004, for Alternative Spring Break (ASB), hundreds of Sycamores have participated in a variety of Alternative Break projects throughout the United States. Outreach efforts have included: working with youth, working with the elderly, environmental rehabilitation, wildlife rehabilitation, Gulf Coast clean-up, and minor home repair. ASB is a student-driven national movement that creates opportunities for students to reach out to communities around the nation and beyond. It fosters a lifelong commitment to citizenship and community engagement. While participating in ASB, students will gain knowledge, learn practical skills, and become more aware of the many social and environmental issues in the United States and around the globe.

2015 Sites

Freedom Foundation in Selma, AL: The Freedom Foundation focuses on educating and empowering local youth. Many of their projects focus on building confidence and creating an environment that is receptive to learning about different cultures. While visiting Selma, ISU students will have the opportunity to work with the youth program and help with community clean-up and painting projects. Our students will also learn more about the significance of Selma, Alabama for the Civil Rights Movement. Housing accommodations will be at rental house in downtown Selma, Alabama. Cost - $425

SCORE International in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic (MUST be in a social fraternity or sorority to attend this trip): This trip gives students the opportunity to do service while experiencing the culture of the Dominican Republic. Working with SCORE International, students will participate in service activities that include distributing food in Dominican villages, working with school children and going to orphanages working with children. Because this trip requires a flight, your fundraising requirements are higher than the domestic trips. Housing will be in the SCORE Juan Dolio Hotel which offers recreation areas, bunk beds, air conditioned rooms, and a swimming pool. Cost - $1350

SCORE International Costa Rica: This trip gives students the opportunity to do service while experiencing the culture of Costa Rica. Working with SCORE International, students will participate in service activities that include distributing food in Costa Rican villages, working with school children and going to orphanages working with children. Because this trip requires a flight, your fundraising requirements are higher than the domestic trips. Housing will be in the Costa Rican Nazarene Seminary, which offers recreation areas, bunk beds, air conditioned rooms, and a swimming pool. Cost - $1350

Animal Welfare in Orlando, Florida: This trip gives students the opportunity to work with domestic animals and wildlife in many different settings. Students will be working with the SPCA of Central Florida, the Dream Catcher Horse Ranch and Rescue, Brevard County wildlife conservation team, and a local wildlife center. Housing will be in a rental home located in Kissimmee, FL with a pool. This trip will be flying, so fundraising requirements will be higher than that of the domestic driving ones. Cost - $625

Camp Twin Lakes-Will-A-Way in Winder, Georgia: Camp Twin Lakes-Will-A-Way is located in Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. The camp provides week-long summer camps and year-round weekend retreats at three fully-accessible and medically supportive campsites. At the Will-A-Way location, students will have the opportunity to work on a sustainability project by helping to install a several acre organic garden. Housing and meals provided on site. Cost - $425.

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