Name of Engagement

Alternative Spring Break (CMSS)

Contact Information

Center for Multicultural Student Services

Contact Details

multicultural@jmu.edu

Description

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a trip in which a group of students (10-12 per trip) engage in volunteer service for a week as a counter to "traditional" spring break trips. Each trip has a focus on a particular social issue, such as (but not limited to) poverty, education reform, refugee resettlement, and the environment. Students learn about the social issues and then perform week-long projects with local non-profit organizations. Alternative breaks are also drug and alcohol-free experiences, with a heavy emphasis on group and individual reflection.

Web Presence

https://www.jmu.edu/multicultural/programs/alternative-spring-break.shtml

Involvement

Involves Students, Involves Faculty, Involves Staff, Involves Participants External to JMU

Scope

JMU Only, Hburg/Local/VA, Regional Scope, National Scope, International Scope

Frequency

Recurring Event (Occurs on a regular basis but not continual)

Areas of Engagement

Community Engagement, Civic Engagement, Engaged Learning

Format

Service Learning

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