|Apps for alternative breaks due Friday|
|Written by John Schuller, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 13 October 2011 00:02|
Alternative Spring Break is heading to five new locations this year. Applications will be due this Friday, Oct. 14. ASB works to bring students on campus to a service project over the course of spring break.
“It’s a great way to spend spring break,” Denise Gentes, senior sociology major and member of ASB’s executive board, said. “I joined after not doing anything my spring break freshman year.”
The destination for this trip will be revealed later in the semester.
Last year, the groups traveled to New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. The only limitation to where students will be traveling is time. With only a week to travel and a maximum of a 17 hour drive, the locations are limited.
“Last year when we went to Pensacola, Florida, students were able to help out with the oil spill that happened there,” Dori Ginsburg, ASB student coordinator, said.
When applying, the students have some choice when it comes to their service trip. The breaks are broken up by the social service project they are interested in working on.
This year, applicants can sign up for Habitat for Humanity, helping out the homeless, helping kids that are in need or an environmental cause.
“You have four days of service and then one day off,” Gentes said.
Students can sign up on the Leadership and Service website and print out the application and bring it to their office in the Bone Student Center.
There will be a $5 processing fee, along with the application. The cost for the whole trip will be around $200.
The payments for the trip are spread out over four payments of $50 until the time arrives to leave for the trip. Various scholarships are available for students planning to participate in an ASB trip.
“If a student wants to sign up they have to be in good academic standing and have no outstanding [Community Rights and Responsibilities] violations,” Ginsburg said.
“Pretty much anyone can go and we are looking for as diverse students as possible,” he added.
Members of the Greek community can sign up for the all Greek trip, which started last year, and there are still spots open.
There are only going to be 231 students going on the five service trips, not including the trip leaders.
“Everyone should go out of their comfort zone and apply, it is going to be a great time!” Ginsburg said.