Spring Break Participant Application 2012-2013

Due: November 4, 2012 by noon Instructions: 1. Please fill out the application and submit it. 2. Pay in FULL by NOVEMBER 28th at 5 PM. Cost is $235. Only Credit or Debit Cards are accepted.
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Mission and Vision of UM Alternative Breaks

Mission: UM Alternative Breaks seeks to provide diverse quality alternative breaks that focus on issue-specific education, strong direct service, reflection, and reorientation in order to engage participants in their local, national and global communities. Vision: UM Alternative Breaks’ vision is a community at the University of Miami of active citizens: people who value the community as a priority when making life choices.


Participant Responsibilities

Responsibilities: - Understand the mission of Alternative Breaks, and understand your role as a participant - Attendance and Participation at all events(weekly meetings, fundraisers, movement-wide programs, family-style events, pre-trip service, post-trip service etc.): repeated tardiness and/or 2 or more unexcused absences may jeopardize your standing as a participant. - Follow all University policies, and obey all local, state and federal laws - Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited, and you are expected to adhere to and maintain the no alcohol or drug policy while participating in UMAB.


What to expect

The Calendar: September 21, 2012: Spring Break Mandatory Infosession* September 30, 2012 :Spring Break Mandatory Infosession* October 10, 2012: Spring Break Mandatory Infosession* October 30, 2012: Spring Break Mandatory Infosession* October 31, 2012: Participant Application Due* November 4, 2012: Participants Announced November 7, 2012: Spring Break Mandatory Infosession* November 7, 2012: Participants Confirm Acceptance November 11, 2012: Kick-Off November 27, 2012: California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser November 28, 2012: LAST DAY TO PAY IN FULL November 30, 2012: LAST DAY TO DROP AS A PARTICIPANT January 27, 2013: Letter Writing Campaign February 23, 2013: UMAB Movement Bonding Day March 8, 2013: Bon Voyage March 9-17, 2013: SPRING BREAK! March 22, 2013: Welcome Back April 6, 2013: Reorientation November 12, 2012-April 5, 2013: Weekly Participant Meetings Year Long: Fundraisers and family-style events Year-Long: Pre-trip and post trip service *You only need to attend one mandatory infosession **All dates are subject to change Weekly Meetings: Each week after kick-off you will meet with your group for approximately an hour. These weekly meetings will not only help you to get to know your group but they will also educate you on the social justice issue you chose. The meetings provide a great time for you to discuss the issue with your groups and also develop your own ideas. This education portion of Alternative Breaks will allow you to see the importance of and contexualize the service work you will be doing during Spring Break weekend and will ultimately, lead to a more impactful experience! Family-Style: The individual sites are grouped into broader social justice issues. You will be meeting separately with your "family" and are responsible for planning one "family-wide" event open to the rest of UMAB as well as attending other families' events. Movement Bonding Day: UMAB is more than just a spring break trip. It is about creating a movement of alternative breakers on campus. This day will consist of various activities and group builders to help the movement as a whole come together. Reorientation: UMAB is a catalytic experience. After Spring Break we will host a Reorientation event where you can translate what you learned on your trips back into your respective communities. All the groups will take part in the "Reorientation" service day as well as welcome back and later meet on campus to discuss their experiences and how they can continue to grow as active citizens. Transportation: Spring Break trips take place outside of Florida. You will be flying to your site location. **Please indicate if you have a legitimate reason why you cannot fly for long periods of time. Accommodations: UMAB practices the “Simple Living” Philosophy. We try our best to find housing that fits the needs of all participants at the lowest cost possible. These accommodations can range from hostels to churches to camping. All housing will include a safe place to sleep, showers & bathrooms, and a kitchen area for meal preparation. Costs: Pay in full by November 28th, 2012 at 5 PM in the Butler Center for Service and Leadership, UC 240. ONLY CREDIT CARDS AND DEBIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED. The total cost to the Paticipant for the Spring Break 2012 Alternative Break trip is $235. (All site leaders and participants are required to fundraise as well.) The remainder of the costs has been fundraised or provided by SAFAC. * Site leader/Participant is solely responsible for any unexpected costs on the trip that are not of an emergency nature. For example: traffic tickets, cost of plane ticket if missed, cost of transportation home if alcohol policy is breached by the student, and all other preventable costs incurred during the trip. Site Leaders should report any of said instances to Co-Chairs as soon as possible. **No refunds will be given after November 30th, 2012.





Spring Break Issue Descriptions: Please read before choosing sites

Human Rights -Refugee Resettlement: Learn about issues facing newly arriving refugees in their transition into the U.S. Experience different cultures by interacting with refugees and hearing about their incredible journeys. Work in literacy and ESL classes, computer labs and youth programs. -LGBTQ Rights and Suicide: Learn about the issue of suicide among LGBTQ youth. Assist in nationwide efforts to prevent suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Become an ally for the LGBTQ community, while helping to reduce stigma and save young lives. -Children's Issues/Racism: Participate in programs designed to empower youth and conquer the issues of racism and poverty. Become an advocate for civil rights and social equality, while learning about the civil rights movement and racism in today’s society. Cultural Issues -Cherokee Rights/Environmental Sustainability: Learn about the customs, culture, and current social issues that the Cherokee Indian community is faced with today. Serve alongside Cherokee children and adults and experience a meaningful cultural exchange through tutoring and social interaction. Participate in service projects to protect the environment, while learning about the history of environmental degradation and how to live sustainably. -Immigration, Border Issues, and US/Mexican Relations: Form relationships with an immigrant community and become acquainted with the border and individual experiences in the migratory process. Learn about immigration laws and legislation that affect relations between the US and Mexico. Work alongside individuals in community development efforts which focus on the lives of undocumented workers. Poverty -Poverty and Hunger: Learn about the issues of hunger and poverty on a global scale. Participate in a variety of immersion activities designed to raise awareness of hunger and poverty issues. Live and work on a functional ranch, while learning about how to live sustainably and care for the earth. -Neighborhood Revitalization in a Depressed Economy: Learn about the issue of poverty in an urban community during a depressed economy. Participate in local initiatives designed to not only minimize the effects of poverty but also to sustainably improve the local economy. These initiatives include education, vocational training, and neighborhood beautification. -Education: Learn about the issue of educational inequality by working directly with students and faculty members in an educational setting. Empower students in a low-income area by assisting them with tutoring and school work, and showing them that college is attainable. Participate in programs designed to close the achievement gap, and conquer the issues that race, class, and poverty cause in education. Health -Serving Individuals with Developmental Disabilities: Assist those with developmental disabilities by helping them complete tasks and reach their maximum potential while supporting their independence and self-determination. Learn about the new therapies and techniques that improve standard of living. Learn about the issues facing developmental disabilities while interacting with the residents and community member. -The Effects of HIV/AIDS and Support Services: Learn about the effects of HIV/AIDS on individuals and the community. Assist in HIV prevention education and awareness to the community. Help with services designed to minimize the effects of HIV/AIDS. ** Proposed sites, final number of sites are dependent on funding.

Spring Break Issue Ranking

Please rank the issues with which would prefer to work with, making "First Choice" the issue with which you would MOST like to work.







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Drug and Alcohol Policy

I hereby pledge that I will not possess, use, consume, or distribute any amount of alcohol or possess, use, or distribute any illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia while a member participating in University of Miami Alternative Breaks. Regardless of age or location, there will be no alcohol consumed at any point on the trip. If I am removed from the program, it will be at my own expense and I would thereby relinquish any refund of the participant fee of $225.00. I acknowledge that failure to abide by the University of Miami Alternative Break Drug and Alcohol Policy and/or the University of Miami Student Rights and Responsibilities will result in referral to The Dean of Students Office for judicial action.


Particpant Contract 2011-2012

I will be participating in Alternative Spring Break through the University of Miami Alternative Breaks Program from March 9th-17th, 2013. I understand that as a participant I have the following responsibilities: --I will lead, attend and actively participate in weekly participant group meetings as determined by the site leader and group, and will do so leading up to the Spring Break trip. Meeting times should be selected based on what is best for the group as a whole. --I will attend all family-style meetings and events as well as movement-wide events. --Submit all paperwork, insurance forms, payments, and requested documentation by the prescribed dates set forth by UMAB. --Complete all emergency contact information in addition to all University associated trip waivers and emergency-related paperwork. --Follow all local, state, and federal laws while traveling with UMAB. --Participant and Site Leader assignments are final, and participants will not be afforded the flexibility to change their trips based on issue, location, etc. --Participate in fundraisers to subsidize the total cost of all trips affiliated with the program --Actively and appropriately participate in reflections, teambuilders, group-bonding and all group activities during my Alternative Break trip through UMAB. --Finance the cost of the trip according to the deadlines. --I will notify the UMAB Site Leaders a minimum of 48 hours in advance of any absences via email and phone. In the event that timely notification is not possible, notification is still expected. However, notification does not mitigate any potential consequences associated with the absence, and it remains my responsibility to obtain all missed information. --If I am unable to attend the trip, I will inform the UMAB Co- Chairs as soon as possible. (Email umalternativebreaks@gmail.com.) --If I notify the Co-Chairs that I will be unable to attend my trip after November 30, 2012, then I will be responsible for paying the remaining balance and fees to UMAB. --If I notify the Co-Chairs that I will be unable to attend my trip before November 30, 2012, UMAB will obtain an alternate participant. --I understand that this trip is founded on a drug and alcohol free premise. Any related behaviors involving alcohol or illegal drug use will NOT be tolerated. I will be referred to the Dean of Students Office and will be subject to University of Miami disciplinary actions upon my return. Students engaging in these behaviors will offer restitution benefits to UMAB based on a sliding scale determined by site location. --I understand the simple living philosophy and will abide to it during my alternative break. --Alternative breaks strives to foster an equal sense of group dynamics. Any clique formations or relationships that do not include the entire group will not be tolerated.

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