Alternative Spring Break
Louisiana, Here We Come!
Our annual Alternative Spring Break service trip is coming up this March! Forty Arcadians will travel to New Iberia, Louisiana from March 15th to March 21st, where we will be interacting with residents to help build a strong, healthy and prosperous rural community and experiencing local culture.
We will be volunteering with the organization Southern Mutual Help and our projects will include hydroponics and construction work - so we’re looking forward to getting our hands dirty!
For information or if you have any questions, please contact the Community Service Office by phone at 215-572-4000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the past several years, Arcadia University's Community Service Office has planned Alternative Spring Break service trips for students and staff. These trips give students a chance to lend a helping hand in needy areas and learn about the culture of other regions as well as networking with other University students. For first trip in Spring of 2004, a small group traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to assist with Habitat for Humanity with hurricane relief. For Spring Break 2005, an enthusiastic group of students traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to assist Esperanza International with its community building initiatives. Spring Break 2006, 2007, and 2009 brought the need for a response to the hurricanes that devastated the Gulf Region. A large group of Arcadia students traveled to Jean Lafitte, Louisiana and Boothsville, Louisiana in the Bayou Region to assist Southern Mutual Help Association with its rebuilding efforts. In the week of working, the group worked on rebuilding 7 homes throughout the community. Students also traveled to Tijuana, Mexico in 2008 and 2010; New Orleans, Louisiana in 2011; Immokalee, Florida in 2012; LaPlace, Louisiana in 2013; and Leesburg, Florida in 2014.
Previous Alternative Spring Break Trips
Leesburg, Florida - Spring Break 2014
Forty-one Arcadians, including students, alumni, and one
staff member, volunteered over the week of Spring Break in Central Florida. The
volunteers collaborated with the National Relief Network in Carver Heights, a
neighborhood that has suffered severe economic downturn over the last 60 years.
They painted an immense mural on a child care center and made repairs on four
private residences. This trip was co-coordinated by students Adam Stefanik '14 and David Klein '15.
LaPlace, Louisiana - Spring Break 2013
During Spring Break, a group of 40 from Arcadia including
undergraduate and graduate students as well as alumni and staff spent their
spring break in LaPlace, LA. The group
worked with National Relief Network to demolish trailers damaged by Hurricane
Isaac. Chris Baines '13 and Max Kulp ‘13
were the Student Coordinators of Alternative Spring Break and worked with
various organizations and people to finalize the trip.
Immokalee, Florida - Spring Break 2012
In 2012, Arcadia Community Service traveled to Immokalee, FL
for Alternative Spring Break. Immokalee is a city in southern Florida that is
made up predominately of migrant workers. Most on the community members are
living impoverished lived and are unable to afford homes, or the upkeep for the
homes that may have. In Immokalee, 32 Arcadia volunteers worked with agencies
such as Habitat for Humanity, IHope, and the Guadalupe Center working on home
construction for homes, both new and old. While there, we also have the
opportunity to work with pre-K children.
New Orleans, Louisiana - Spring Break 2011
Tijuana, Mexico - Spring Break 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana - Spring Break 2009
Tijuana, Mexico - Spring Break 2008
Boothsville, Louisiana - Spring Break 2007
Jean Lafitte, Louisiana - Spring Break 2006
Tijuana, Mexico - Spring Break 2005