Office of Student Leadership Development Alternative Spring Break Student Application

Thank you for your interest in Student Activities Alternative Spring Break Program. Trips take place during Spring break which this year is March 17-23, 2014. This year there are four different trip options. You may select one, two, three or all four trips to be considered for. If you are not selected for one trip you can still be considered for another one. This trip is not solely a service trip but an immersion experience. You will be exposed to real life conditions of people who live in the different communities and their life realities. All trips may have some component of physical activity such as cleaning, painting, etc. There is no cost for those selected, however all participants are expected to fund raise a set amount that will go towards projects on the trip. There will be opportunities for group fundraising. All participants will be expected to present to the NEIU community on their experiences.

Trip Options

Appalachian Mountains, Harlan County, Kentucky
Alternative Spring Break in Kentucky will provide exposure to the Appalachian area, its people and its culture. Topics will include coal mining, mountaintop removal, the sustainable development activities the area is engaging in, and local social issues (homelessness, drug abuse, elder care, flood relief, etc). There will also be an opportunity to visit with local residents, artists, and musicians. The trip leaves Sunday, March 16th and returns Saturday, March 22nd. All food and lodging is included. You will be expected to fundraise $100 to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting the local community. For more information, visit:

Arizona/Mexico Border
Group will travel to Tuscon, AZ. There is space for 10 students. Each participant will be expected to fundraise $200 for the projects at the border. All transportation is provided once we arrive in Arizona. Trip leaves Sunday, March 16th and returns Friday March 21st. All meals and lodging are also provided. The group will stay at the BorderLinks dormitory with exception of one night when students stay with local host families. Some topics that will be covered are immigration, border control, the global market, sweat shops, and the relationship between Mexico and the United States. For more information you can check out the website under Delegations. You must be a US citizen or green card holder to participate.

East St. Louis, Illinois
The 10 selected students will travel to East St. Louis to stay at Hubbard House, an organization that provides housing, food and program support to the economically disadvantaged. The theme of the trip will revolve around food insecurity and homelessness. All meals and lodging will be provided, but each participant will be expected to fundraise $100 to be used at the discretion of the group for a project benefiting Hubbard House. You will be meeting with local community members, activists, agency directors and more. The trip will leave Monday, March 17th and return on Friday, March 21st. For more information, please visit:

Group will travel to San Miguel Escobar, Guatemala to participate in Community Collaboration’s Fair Trade Impact Exploration. Volunteers will work with fair trade farmers and artisans to explore the impact of fair trade policies and complete projects that benefit the communities. Each participant will be expected to raise $300 towards costs and projects. Trip will leave on Saturday March 15th and will return Saturday March 23rd. All lodging, transportation, meals and interpreter are provided. This trip requires a valid passport or appropriate travel documents (for non US citizens). For more information visit

Quick Facts to Know:
 Students will be provided with meals, housing, and transportation during trip
 No alcohol or drugs will be permitted.
 Students will be expected to fully participate in all activities. There may be some light to moderate physical work. You will also be asked to reflect on each day’s activities, keep a journal and share personal experiences.
 Students should be prepared for the elements of area.
 Group will be required to plan a service project based on the trip to be done once return to NEIU.
 Students will be required to participate in a presentation to share their experiences and what they learned. Date will be determined by interview day.

 Have a minimum 2.50/4.00 GPA
 Be an enrolled NEIU student both Spring and Fall
 Attend all the pre-trip orientation sessions
 Participate in the mandatory fundraisers
 Plan and participate in service project
 Plan and participate in presentation to NEIU community
 Participate in pre and post evaluations

Application Procedures:
• Submit Complete Application Packet by Friday, October 4th, 4 pm.
• Drop off all paperwork to E041B or email to
• Group interviews will be scheduled mid to late October.
• Selections will be announced by early November.
• Once admitted, sign all travel paperwork
• Once admitted, attend pre-trip orientation sessions dates to be arranged once group selected.
• Fundraise set amount for projects

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