Be the FIRST to receive Alternative Break News!
Step #1: Submit your application by the deadline
Submit your application to participate in an Alternative Break experience by 11:59PM on the dates outlined below. On the application you have the option to indicate your top two (2) trip experience preferences. Your application will be considered for both trip preferences.
Alternative Fall Break: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Alternative Winter Break: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Alternative Spring Break: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Alternative Summer Break: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Step #2: Alternative Break reviews your application
Alternative Break program reviews applications. Students are notified by email, within 24 hours of the deadline date if they are or are not selected for their trip preference(s). Meaning:
If you applied for Alternative Fall Break, you will be notified by 11:59pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 of your application status (accepted/not accepted/waitlist)
If you applied for Alternative Winter Break, you will be notified by 11:59pm on Friday, October 5, 2018 of your application status (accepted/not accepted/waitlist)
If you applied for Alternative Spring Break, you will be notified by 11:59pm on Friday, February 15, 2019 of your application status (accepted/not accepted/waitlist)
If you applied for Alternative Summer Break, you will be notified by 11:59pm on Friday, March 8, 2019 of your application status (accepted/not accepted/waitlist)
Step #3: If selected, submit your deposit payment
If you are accepted to participate in an Alternative Break trip experience, you have one (1) week to submit a deposit payment to confirm their participation (credit, cash, or check). A link to make an online credit card will be emailed to the one you provided in your application. Cash or check payments can be dropped off to South Wing 130, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm. If you fail to submit a deposit payment by the trip-specific deadline below, your spot will be offered to a student on the waiting list. Students experiencing financial difficulties or other extenuating circumstances, but are committed to participating, are asked to speak directly with Aurora Schunk, Assistant Director.
Deposit payment deadlines are the following dates:
Alternative Fall Break: Friday, October 12, 2018 by 11:59PM
Alternative Winter Break: Friday, October 12, 2018 by 11:59PM
Alternative Spring Break: Friday, February 22, 2019 by 11:59PM
Alternative Summer Break: Friday, March 15, 2019 by 11:59PM
If you have questions about this process please email, call 716-878-3919, or stop by South Wing 130
Are you passionate about refugee and immigrant issues? Wanting to learn more about how you can impact the community? Consider applying for a weekend Alternative Break trip experience. Like other trip experiences, the team of students will live together and make meals together throughout the weekend. Service projects are planned in collaboration with Jericho Road Community Health Center's Vive la Casa, Community Academic Center and others. During pre-trip orientation meetings, students will come understand more about the vibrant refugee community in Buffalo, about issues facing refugees, migrants, asylum-seekers, and immigrants, and will become equipped with the tools to advocate and be more involved in these issues in the future. Service projects with nonprofit community partner organization will compliment what is learned and discussed during the pre-trip orientation meetings.
In the fall of 2017, Hurricane Irma landed in Puerto Rico with the strongest winds the island has ever seen. Not long after, Hurricane Maria’s 155 mph ferocious winds struck the island, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. New York State is mobilizing students from SUNY and CUNY to work through non-profit organizations that are aiding in the reconstruction and revitalization efforts of communities across the island damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our service work with All Hands and Hearts may cover mucking and gutting, debris removal, mold sanitation, tree removal, demolition, critical home repairs and roof repair. Months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the biggest need continues to be roof repair. All service projects will be hands-on experiences that require physical work in a tropical climate. Proper precautions and safety measures will be taken, and students will work under the supervision of the partner non-profit organization. Prior to departing on this week-long Alternative Break, students will meet with the site leaders for 6 consecutive weeks to learn more about Puerto Rico, it’s relationship with the United States, and what disaster recovery means, long after the news cameras have left. Students participating in this trip experience will also be expected to assist with at least one fundraiser to off-set the costs of the experience.
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