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We are so stoked that you're interested in Alternative Breaks!
Trip details and applications can be found below. Any UNA student may apply for an Alternative Breaks trip and may apply for more than one trip. Participants will be selected based on an interview process and the Site Leaders for each trip will be in contact with you as far as scheduling. Applications are due by Friday, September 27, 2019. 
Should you have any questions, please contact alternativebreaks@una.edu
 *While all of our trips do include a Site Fee, please do not let money keep you from applying. There are many fundraisers throughout the year to assist with cost.*

Weekend

Click here to apply for one or both of the Winter Break trips!


Fairhope, Alabama  

​This trip is partnered with Alabama Coastal Cleanup. The Alabama Coastal Foundation works to make a positive impact on Alabama’s Coastal areas. They help to organize events like the Alabama Coastal Cleanup, National Esturaires Week, Leave Only Footprints, and the Oyster Shell Recycling Program. Projects with Alabama Coastal Cleanup include invasive plant removal, longleaf pine planting, shoreline cleanup, and much more!

Dates: February 20-23, 2020
Cost: $215
Site Leader: Maryann Jones (mjones39@una.edu)


Maryville, Tennessee 

This trip is partnered with Once Upon a Time in Appalachia. The mission of Once Upon a Time in Appalachia focuses on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the environment, and rural Appalachia. We cooperate with several area agencies and communities: the Snowbird Cherokee community in Robbinsville, NC, Cherokee National Forest, Sequoyah Museum, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A unique aspect of our program is that we offer a variety of service projects during the week. A typical week involves one day in the Snowbird Cherokee community, one day in either Cherokee National Forest or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and one day homesteading at Once Upon A Time or volunteering at Sequoyah Museum.

Dates: February 20-23, 2020
Cost: $215
Site Leader: Hannah Zimmer (hzimmer@una.edu)

Domestic

Click here to apply for one or both Spring Break domestic trips!


Mayville, Michigan 

This trip is partnered with the Fowler Center for outdoor learning. The Fowler Center has been providing year-round camping experiences for children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs since 1957. This includes individuals with cognitive and physical impairments, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injuries, and sensory and communication challenges. Each year countless individuals and groups give their time and talents to The Fowler Center to help make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Whether you are a skilled builder, have a knack for creative programming or would like to spend time helping a camper achieve their maximum potential, we welcome you. During the trip, we will be gardening, cleaning, construction, and painting to assist in getting the camp ready for summer fun!

Dates: March 21-28, 2020
Cost: $350
Site Leaders: Ashlyn Baldwin (abaldwin3@una.ed​u) & Kimberly Medukas (kmedukas@una.edu)


Hubert, North Carolina 

This trip is partnered with ​Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary.Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit whose mission is to rehabilitate sick, injured, or orphaned native animals and return them to the wild. The sanctuary also provides a permanent home to non-releasable wildlife requiring ongoing care due to the seriousness of their injuries. While wildlife rehabilitation is at the heart of Possumwood Acres, the sanctuary also provides programs in educational outreach, literacy, wildlife career internships, and CENTER ecotherapy program for both young adults on the autism spectrum, and military veterans with PTSD and TBI.We will be working alongside various species and cannot wait to visit.

Dates: March 21-28, 2020
Cost: $350​
Site Leaders: Shelbey Hughes (shughes4@una.edu) & Julia Riedel (jriedel@una.edu)

International

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Peru

This trip is partnered with 7 Elements Organization. This organization focuses on the 7 elements of sustainability as outlined by the United Nations. We will be working with the Yanesha people in Peru. The Yanesha community has partnered with the 7 Elements Organization to support the development of a large managed coffee and reforestation nursery, as well as a knowledge sharing center that will allow them to connect to agricultural universities to discover new coffee plant varieties that are resistant to negative environmental inputs. Through these projects with the Yanesha people, our educational focus is on the impacts of globalization, global integration on indigenous culture, and environmental sustainability. Our goal of this trip is a sharing of cultures, an effort to make a difference within their community, and bring back improved ideas of our own. 

Dates: March 20-28, 2020
Cost: $2800
Site Leaders: Anne Walton Herston (aherston@una.edu) & Kaylin Owens (kowens8@una.edu)


El Progresso, Honduras 

This trip is partnered with Soles4Souls to wear out poverty in Honduras. The main points of service are our shoe distributions, where we give shoes, hope, love, our time and dignity to children in disadvantaged communities. To see an example of this type of trip please watch this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCMEAxOkALg#action=share) from a shoe distribution trip in partnership with Rutgers University Athletics to Puerto Rico in May 2018. We will also come alongside their local partner in Honduras to perform other service projects/activities as we can, as well as learn about Soles4Souls micro-enterprise program.

Dates: March 20-28, 2020
Cost: $2800​
Site Leaders: Becca Bush (rbush@una.edu) & Megan Smart (msmart@una.edu)​