Lounging on beaches or catching up on zzz’s back home are just two of the ways students typically spend the nine glorious days of spring break.
But for some Rollins students, spring break 2012 presents the opportunity to spend some time actively engaged in global citizenship as well as the chance to bridge the gap between academics and altruism, textbooks and travel.
This year, the Office of Community Engagement has been able to plan three Alternative Spring Break trips (ASBs) — Florida Panhandle: Water Conservation, Miami: Change Agents and Community Empowerment, and Travel to Texas: A Focus on Criminal Justice. These immersion programs offer students the amazing experiences of education, reflection and action.
Through direct community engagement, leadership development, multicultural education, discussion and reflection activities, students will be immersed in the challenges and questions that various communities face in the 21st century. Every day, the groups will work on various service projects that focus on different issues. In addition to service, each ASB has fun and relaxation time.
So for this spring break, some students will not be sitting in front of the television but will be out taking action. They will venture to the panhandle area to examine issues of environmental degradation and water conservation, journey to south Florida to explore issues of community empowerment and how they can begin to change their communities, and travel to Texas for a close examination of the criminal justice system. This experience will be filled with direct service projects, cultural experiences, dynamic discussions, group bonding, a chance to meet a wonderful group of new friends and a lot of fun.
The Office of Community Engagement and Citizens Take Action are proud of the history of ASBs at Rollins and are excited and glad to continue the legacy of them again this year with trips to three fabulous locations.
To follow some of these experiences, check out this article discussing the trips.