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Office of Student Life
 

Alternative Break


What is Alternative Break?

 
Every semester, the Office of Student Life coordinates an "extended" community service opportunity for students at CU Denver. Students travel out of state to explore social and cultural issues by volunteering with various community-based organizations. These trips are led by students and much of the expenses are covered. Flights, transportation, food and lodging are included are included on these trips.

Participation in the Alternative Break program will challenge and inform your understanding of relevant community and social justice issues in our society. The selection criteria is aimed at understanding your level of teamwork, interest in social issue, leadership, diversity and potential for growth.​​
 
CU Denver Alternative Break 


 

Mission Statement

The Alternative Break program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion, and personal reflection. The vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our communities.​

2014 International Alternative Break applications are now closed






 
 
 
 
 

International Alternative Break

Guate​mala 2014 – May 19th-28th


Applications are now closed.


 
We are excited to announce that our Alternative Break program will be traveling to Guatemala this upcoming May for an international service trip! Applications will open on February 28th at 9am and close on Friday, March 7th at 11:59pm. The online application will be open for a full week and each application will be carefully reviewed by a selection committee. There is no need to rush through the application. We want you to spend time answering the questions and reflect on why this experience is right for you. All students must have a valid passport for this trip.


 

The goals of the trip are to:

1.  Participate in service projects that impact the community.
2.  Develop community amongst the student participants.
3.  Have new and exciting experiences in another part of the world.


Students are expected to participate in all group activities. Participants will not be allowed to engage in activities outside of the group agenda. An advisor must be present at all activities. The Alternative Break experience will not count toward academic credit.


 

Service Areas

The group will explore issues related to agriculture, environmental sustainability, education and youth

Expenses 

Total cost for students participating in the International Alternative Break is $1,050.00. This cost will cover all expenses including: airfare, lodging, meals and transportation in Guatemala. Students are responsible for transportation to and from Denver International Airport. The total amount can be split in two installments. The first payment is due at the first group meeting on April 4th (see below). Due to airline regulations, we will not be able to refund any money after the first meeting.

 

Important Dates

Applications will open on Friday, February 28th at 9am and close on Friday, March 7th at 11:59pm. Notifications will be sent out to selected participants on March 15th. All Students are required to attend mandatory group meetings on the following dates, NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

Friday, April 4th ($ 525) at 2pm in Tivoli

Friday, April 18th ($ 525)at 2pm in Tivoli

Friday, May 2nd at 2pm in Tivoli

Friday, May 16th at 2pm in Tivoli

 
 

Monday, May 19th – Leave Denver and arrive in Guatemala

Wednesday, May 28th – Leave Guatemala and return to Denver


 

Tentative Itinerary 

May 19: Depart from Denver, stay the night in Guatemala City

May 20: Leave Guatemala City for Quetzaltenango, get settled and explore city

May 21: First full day, 2 hours of language/history/culture, 6 hours of service, stay the night as a group at a reserved hostel

May 22: 2 hours of language/history/culture, 6 hours of service, stay the night as a group at a reserved hostel

May 23: 2 hours of language/history/culture, 6 hours of service, stay the night as a group at a reserved hostel

May 24: 2 hours of language/history/culture, 6 hours of service, stay the night as a group at a reserved hostel

May 25: 2 hours of language/history/culture, 6 hours of service, stay the night as a group at a reserved hostel

May 26: Leave Quetzaltenango for Antigua, stay the night in Antigua

May 27: Full day in Antigua to see sites, stay the night in Antigua

May 28: Depart from Guatemala City, arrive in Denver


 
 
 
 

 
   
  

Alternative Winter Break – January 4-10, 2014

Applications are now closed

 

Mission Statement

The Alternative Winter Break program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion, and personal reflection. The vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our communities.
 
 
The goals of the trip are to:
1.  Participate in service projects that impact the local community.
2.  Develop community amongst the student participants.
3.  Have new and exciting experiences in another part of the country.

Students are expected to participate in all group activities.  Participants will not be allowed to engage in activities outside of the group agenda.  An advisor must be present at all activities.


2014 Locations:

Washington, DC – Civic Engagement

During this 2013 winter break we intend to learn about our national government from a first-hand perspective along with take the opportunity to substantially impact the less than fortunate of Washington DC in a positive way. This trip will help students become more civically engaged and aware of social issues within the capital of America's culture. Come join us to effectively initiate change.

 Atlanta, GA – Urban Poverty & Refugee Resettlement

Join us in Atlanta, Georgia, where you will get the opportunity to explore and tackle various forms of social issues while learning the role of community development in impoverished neighborhoods! The non-profit organizations we will be working alongside concentrate on social issues of urban poverty, refugee resettlement and creating a purposeful relationship with local community members. Our goal is to collaborate with local communities to understand their struggles and the importance of involvement and volunteers.  With your help, one by one, we can tackle these injustices and create a difference for ourselves and those around us.

San Francisco, CA – LGBT Homelessness & HIV/AIDS

Join us as we explore and learn about social justice issues related to the LGBT community. We will be spending our time in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area serving teens, and other members of the GLBT community who are experiencing inefficient housing, social injustice and health matters related to HIV/AIDS.​​

Expenses

Total cost for students participating in AWB is $230.00 (cash or check). This includes airfare, lodging, and all meals.  The total amount will be due at the first orientation meeting (see timeline below)  Due to airline regulations, we will not be able to refund any money after the first meeting.
 
Students are responsible for transportation to and from Denver International Airport.
 
Timeline for the trip:

September 16 – Information Session at 4pm Tivoli 440
October 4 – Applications open
October 11 – Applications due
October 25 – Participants will be notified
November 15 – Mandatory pre-trip meeting
November 29 – Mandatory pre-trip meeting
December 13 – Mandatory pre-trip meeting
January 3 – Mandatory pre-trip meeting
January 4 – January 10 – Alternative Winter Break
January 31 – Mandatory post-trip meeting
 
Students must be a current CU Denver student in good academic standing and be able to pass a background check. For more information: www.ucdenver.edu/asb   
 
The CU Denver Alternative Winter Break encourages hard work, critical thinking and, most of all, FUN!
 
Location & Time for the meetings
To be announced.
 

CU Denver Alternative Spring Break 2014


Applications are now
closed
Applications
close Friday, November 29th at 11:59pm.​
 ​  We have recently changed the application and selection process to better serve our student participants. The online application will now be open for a full week and each application will be carefully reviewed by a selection committee. There is no need to rush through the application. We want you to spend time answering the questions and reflect on why this experience is right for you.

Mission Statement

The Alternative Spring Break program exposes students to complex social and cultural issues through direct service, experiential learning, group discussion, and personal reflection. The vision is to transform students into advocates of social change on issues affecting our communities. The program also allow students to dive into a different culture, environment and socioeconomic communities across the nation, in an effort to positively contribute to the world we live in.

Through the trip the participants will:

 

·         Partake in an extended community service project

·         Have a positive impact on the socioeconomic under consideration

·         Develop a community amongst the student participants

·         Become globally conscious active citizens committed to lifelong service

·         Have new experiences and grow as individuals


 
2014 Alternative Spring Break Location:

New York, New York - Disaster Relief

In October of 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused major flooding to the islands of New York City and surrounding coastal areas. Hurricane Sandy became the second costliest recorded storm to hit the United States. This coming spring, UCD students will have the opportunity to coordinate relief efforts in the New York area. The alternative break program will be working with rebuild efforts around the city, as well as other projects to learn about Disaster Relief.​ 

Cost

Total cost for students participating in ASB is $230.00 (cash or check). This includes airfare, lodging, and all meals. The total amount will be due at the first orientation meeting. Due to airline regulations, we will not be able to refund any money after the first meeting. Students are responsible for transportation to and from Denver International Airport.

Requirements

·  Must be a current CU Denver Student in Good Academic Standing

·  Attend three two-hour meetings, orientation, kick-off and re-orientation

·   Assist with fundraising and any other activity.


Decisions will be sent out to selected participants on Friday, December 13th. Students are required to attend mandatory group meetings on the following dates:

 

Friday, February 7: Meeting 1, Payment due

Friday, February 21: Meeting 2

Friday, March 7: Meeting 3

Friday, March 21: Pre trip meeting

Friday, April 18: Post trip meeting


 Contact Us

·         Office Hours on Friday from 12-1 in Tivoli 303 (Student Life)

·         Emails

alexandra.kjelstrom@ucdenver.edu

modassar.nazir@ucdenver.edu

mohammed.alawami@ucdenver.edu​

nelson.2.rodriguez@ucdenver.edu​


 
 

Office of Student Life

Phone: 303-556-3399 • Fax: 303-556-3695

Street Address: 900 Auraria Parkway, Suite 303, Denver, CO 80204 • Mailing Address: Campus Box 83, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364

Email: studentlife@ucdenver.edu

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