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
The goals of the trip are to:
- Participate in service projects that impact the local
Develop community amongst the student
- Have new and exciting experiences in another part of the
Participation in the Alternative Break program will challenge and inform your understanding of
relevant community and social justice issues in our society. The questions
below are aimed at understanding your level of teamwork, interest in social
issue, leadership, diversity and potential for growth.
Applications for Alternative Winter Break 2015 have closed.
Winter Break: Driving Trips January 3rd-11th, 2015
Putting the Pieces Together: The Complexity of Human Trafficking in Dallas
is defined as the recruitment, harboring, transporting, or procurement of a
person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery,
or forced commercial sex acts/ This form of modern day slavery affects all
aspects of an individual that can range from a young age of 5 years old to
alternative winter break we will be working with children and women that are
survivors of either human trafficking or domestic violence through projects and
meaningful interactive times. This non-profit organization in Dallas, Texas
helps support, educate, and empower survivors and families.
Where the Wild Things
Are: Wildlife Rehabilitation at Possumwood Acres
At Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert, North
Carolina, students will interact with sick, orphaned, or injured native
wildlife. Students will learn about wildlife rehabilitation and the natural
coastal environment of North Carolina. Students will
be trained and given hands-on projects that best match each student’s abilities and interests.
Winter Break: Flying Trips January 7th-14th, 2015
Finding Oasis in a Food
Finding Oasis in a Food Desert will provide participants the opportunity to work alongside
service organizations centered on creating awareness within the urban
agriculture and farm-to-table movements. Through direct and hands-on service,
participants will assist with the development of sustainable efforts to increase accessibility to farm fresh products within
urban communities plagued by food insecurity and lacking agricultural
Breaking the Barriers:
With an estimated population of 3.9 million people, over
27,000 people living in Los Angeles are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. High quality
and compassionate service will be directed towards members of the Los Angeles community living
with HIV/AIDS. The focus of this trip is to improve
the wellbeing of those affected by this disease, explore the stigmas associated
with HIV/AIDS, and empower the community by providing them with the tools and
education that will allow them to live healthy lifestyles. Serve alongside other members of the community in an area that is
often overlooked by society, and be involved in powerful and emotional service
Participate in ALL pre- and post-trip meetings, including
pre-trip service, fundraising events/opportunities,
o Pre-Trip Meetings:
Travel to and from the AB site with the group.
- § Friday, October 10th:
- § Friday, October 24th:
- § Friday, November 11th:
- § Friday, November 21st:
- § Friday, December 5th:
- § Additional
meetings/service days may be planned by your Trip Leaders.
Be open to processing (at your own comfort level) the
Alternative Break experience individually and as a group through organized
reflection, journaling, and other activities.
Serve as a positive role model,
representative, and ambassador of the University of Colorado Denver while on
and off campus.
Be respectful of diverse community and cultural norms and
values that you may experience in community, including with members of the
Alternative Breaks group.
Commit to being an active contributor to your group and
show respect for fellow group members, community partners, and community
members with whom you serve.
Be willing to explore diverse perspectives, opinions, and
to advance cultural competency, understanding, and
Embrace experiences working independently as well as with a
Be organized, self-motivated, adaptable, and
Refrain from the use or possession of alcohol or any
controlled substances/drugs for the duration of the
Alternative Breaks experience.
Total cost for students participating in AWB is $250.00 (cash, check or credit). This includes airfare/transportation, lodging, and all meals. The first deposit (1/2 of cost of trip) is due by Friday, October 10th. The final deposit (remaining cost of trip after fundraising) is due Friday, December 5th.
All payments are non-refundable. Failure to submit deposits by due date may result in forfeit of your position on the trip.
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!