University of Rochester

Alternative Spring Break is Set to Make Waves Again

February 15, 2000

For the eighth year, the Community Service Network is offering students the opportunity to participate in four immersion programs during spring break in March. This year's projects are being offered in Alaska, Florida, North Carolina, and Keeseville, N.Y.

The immersion program in Fairbanks, Alaska, will allow participating students to work at a community center for children where they will plan and run workshops on self-esteem and making healthy choices. In Fort Myers, Fla., students will build houses for Habitat for Humanity.

Because of the destruction caused by Hurricane Floyd in parts of North Carolina, Rochester students will help make building repairs and begin environmental restoration projects through the aid of a state initiative.

The Keeseville trip will enable students to spend a week in rural New York state. The group will be working alongside community members on several projects, such as making neighborhood repairs, helping prepare and serve meals at soup kitchens, and tutoring children. The trip is linked to a two-credit anthropology course, "Rural Poverty: Invisible Poor," to provide students with firsthand experiences to supplement the course.

There are still a few remaining spots for interested students. The cost of the trips ranges from $100 to $600, but fundraisers will help lower the fee.

Alternative spring break began in 1992 when a group of five students went to Chicago to work with Uptown Habitat for Humanity. For further information, contact Kimberly Morse at (585) 275-5957.