Alternative Spring Break

What Are You Doing Over Spring Break?

Spend your spring break making a difference with your fellow students and Arcadia Alumni on a service trip! Every year, the CCEC gives the Arcadia community the chance to lend their hands to areas in need, become immersed in a different culture, and make long lasting connections. Each trip serves a different need, from disaster relief to community building, but each is a powerful testament to how a few individuals can make a difference. Read below about our upcoming service trip, and what we have done in recent years.

Fill out the online interest form at this link, or come visit us at the CCEC office.

Tijuana, Mexico—March 2016

A group of 38 Arcadia volunteers consisting of undergraduate students, seven recent alumni, and one staff member spent our spring break building houses in Tijuana, Mexico. Working with the non-profit community development organization Fundación Esperanza de Mexico (FEM), we spent over 1300 hours at two separate worksites. Besides working on the two homes, we also interacted with the communities being created by FEM. Part of our cultural immersion included visits to other local non-profits, such as a medical clinic for underserved Tijuana residents and an orphanage for girls. We spent some time at the border as well, observing the impact the border wall (erected after 9/11) is having on Mexicans.

New Iberia, Louisiana—March 2017

In New Iberia, 31 undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and staff worked with Envision da Berry, a regional non-profit, and Habitat for Humanity to assist in their efforts to develop a sustainable rural community. There were construction projects such as rebuilding a property that will become a food hub co-op as well as the cleaning and designing of community gardens. The work done by Arcadia volunteers will led to the local residents learning about and incorporating new methods of sustainable agriculture into their daily lives.

Texas - March 2018

Join the Community and Civic Engagement Center from March 11th to March 17th in the coastal region of Texas for hurricane Harvey disaster response! In Texas, we will be working with the National Relief Network, which is a non-profit organization committed to bringing large numbers of volunteers to state and federally declared disaster areas for the purpose of helping families in their efforts to rebuild their homes, their communities, and their lives.  

If you are interested in taking part in this trip, please fill out the online interest form by clicking here.