Alternative Breaks - First Year Service Experience (FYSE)
The Volunteer Resource Center is excited to announce a special service opportunity for University of Colorado Boulder, incoming first year students. Students who sign up for our First year Service Experience (FYSE) trip will be doing volunteer and service work together with a group of their peers, in partnership with an incredible local non-profit on service based projects intended to make a positive impact in our community.

The goal of the FYSE is to give incoming students (both in-state and out-of-state students) the opportunity to do service work before arriving to CU Boulder and become aware of the different issues and challenges faced in the state of Colorado. Students will have the opportunity to learn about a local issue, meet other CU Boulder students who are interested in service, connect with two upper-classman to ask questions about CU, and visit some local areas of Colorado, outside of Boulder - all before they start their college career. This trip will develop a direct connection to the Volunteer Resource Center, a place where students can continue to volunteer and explore their leadership by becoming a site leader in future years.

For this trip, students will do service work with Harvest Farm, a 209-acre farm and rehabilitation center for men, located in Wellington, Colorado. The Farm accommodates up to 72 men who participate in a long-term program with the goal of breaking the cycles of addiction and homelessness. Students will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty and work side by side with participants of the New Life Program. Service projects on the farm will involve moderate-strenuous physical activity and will be outside and in close proximity to livestock including pigs, goats, sheep and chickens. Students will help Harvest Farm residents to work the farm which could include tending to livestock, harvesting food, or maintenance repair on the farm. The trip will culminate with a night of camping and hiking in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, CO.

Important Required Training Dates and Deadlines:

The Alternative Breaks model values pre-trip education to learn about the area and the service goal before entering a community of which we are not a part. Alternative Break students will meet 2 times via a web conferencing video chat prior to the service experience. Participants will be required to participate the full week while on the trip and will be required to participate in a debrief, called re-orientation, when they return. If you are selected as a participant, you will be accountable to attend the following dates. Missing one of these components could forfeit your spot on the service experience.

July 9: Online Application Closes at 5 PM

July 11: Selected participants will be notified no later than July 11 if they have a spot in the program.
*The answers to your application questions will be used to narrow down participants. We only have 12 total spots for this trip and so filling out an application DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU A SPOT.

Service Orientation 1: (Choose 1 to attend)
July 16 at 6 PM (MST)
July 17 at 10 AM (MST)

Service Orientation 2: (Choose 1 to attend)
August 2 at 10 AM (MST)
August 3 at 6 PM (MST)

July 25: Payment Due in Full: $165

August 12 - 19: Service Experience
*Students must travel with the AB program throughout the duration of the trip.*

August 18: Move-In to Residence Hall
*Students who are selected for the experience have the option to drop off their belongings the morning of August 12th.

August 30: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM: Re-Orientation - on campus and dinner to be provided

To apply for the SUMMER FYSE trip please fill out this form and answer the following questions. Students who sign up for the summer FYSE trip will have first priority for the weekend trip in October.
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