Alternative Break Trips

University Ministry is excited to offer varied and transformative Alternative Break Immersion experiences in 2014-2015. During these weekend or week-long trips, you will have the opportunity not only to explore some very challenging social issues, but to be a sign of hope by joining in the work of communities committed to a more just and humane society. These experiences include several pre and post-trip gatherings to help students prepare for the trip, and then integrate their experience into their lives upon returning.

Fall Break

JUST Food: New Hope Catholic Worker Farm, Dubuque, Iowa
October 16 - Sunday, October 19

Explore the impact that food has on the state of our communities. The first part of this immersion will be spent in Chicago with organizations that have found creative ways to develop their communities through small urban sustainability projects, and learning about food policy and its impact on our local and international relationships. For the second part of the weekend, travel to a Catholic Worker farm outside of Dubuque, Iowa to learn from and work with a community of young adults who have committed themselves to sustainability, community, fun, and prayer. Assist in the processing of the harvest, yogurt making, and other farm chores, and also hear from farmers about how their lifestyle supports community life and the earth.

Winter Break

Guatemala Service Immersion - This program is focused on service in San Lucas Tolimàn, Guatemala. One of the most well-known missions in Guatemala, its long-term devotion has been the enhancement and enrichment of the whole person by addressing both the immediate effects of poverty and its underlying causes. Our service enhances the San Lucas mission and immerses us in Guatemalan culture. Sponsored through Community Based Learning this new experience is bound to be a great opportunity to continue exercising our commitment to be global citizens.

Spring Break

Consider spending your Spring Break in an intentional way - serving a community in need, spending time in reflection, and getting to know your peers.

MARCH, a Civil Rights Pilgrimage: Selma, AL and Atlanta, GA
March 5-14, 2015

The social and political changes brought on by the Civil Rights Movement in the United States continue to impact national life around issues of race, equity and citizenship, but this is not the full extent of the movement’s impact. This trip will explore two important threads of social and cultural impact – faith communities and social action, and the arts and social action. Tracing these two themes, students will explore social action through the lens of faith and culture. They will participate in the 50th Jubilee March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, hear civil rights leaders past and present address the work that still needs to be done, visit hallowed places in the Movement in Selma, Montgomery, Atlanta, Birmingham, and Memphis, and reflect with one another on the call to be the Beloved Community and embrace the legacy of our Civil Rights forebears.

March: A Civil Rights Journey at 50

Summer Break

United Saints: New Orleans, LA
May 16-23, 2015

The story of New Orleans is a tale of two cities - poverty and affluence, decadence and simplicity, tradition rooted in history and modernization, pre-Katrina and post-Katrina. You will meet the people of New Orleans, experience their warm hospitality, and contribute to the rebuilding efforts still taking place in struggling neighborhoods through our partnering organization – the United Saints Recovery Project. You’ll have the opportunity to do large and small home building and rehab projects to allow homeowners to return to and stay in their homes. We’ll experience a social justice tour of the city addressing the history and culture of the city from its founding through slavery and reconstruction, the modern period, and through the terrible events of Katrina in 2005 through to the present recovery. We’ll frame all of our work, learning and reflection in the spirit of the ongoing civil rights movement stopping at the National Civil Rights Memorial in Memphis, Tennessee on the way to NOLA.

Nazareth Farm: Salem, WV
May 17-23, 2015

Experience the rich cultural heritage of Appalachia as you come together with college students from across the country for a week of home repair, community building, faith sharing, and simple living. Nazareth Farm is located in beautiful rural West Virginia and has hosted high school and college groups for service retreats since 1979. A typical day involves morning chores, community meals, prayer, going out to work sites to assist low-income residents with home repair, and fun social time in the evening.

*Application due Friday, April 10: Summer ABI Trips to New Orleans and Nazareth Farm