Winter Break Trips
Restoration of Coastal and Wetland Regions
Location: New Orleans
Engage in coastal restoration, urban reforestation, stormwater management, cultural anthropology, coastal engineering, and save the wetlands! Participants will assist this organization with physical bottomland tree planting and coastal marsh grass restoration projects, to encourage native vegetation growth. These actions will aid in the protection of historic ecosystems, local communities, and native populations in areas where coastal erosion and land loss due to hurricanes is present at an alarming rate.
City Revitalization: Long-term Disaster Relief
Location: New Orleans
When disaster strikes, it can take a community decades to recover. Participants will work with an organization dedicated to training neighborhood residents about the numerous skills necessary to bring their home back to life. Throughout the week, participants will help with various community reconstruction projects in an effort to foster community sustainability, growth and trust regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religious beliefs or economic status.
Mentoring Youth in Outdoor Education
Aid this YMCA camp for 5th and 6th graders by being a camp counselor and positive role model as they spend a week outdoors, away from the routine of their daily lives. Participants will gain leadership experience leading a group of 5th/6th grade students for a week while they explore the outdoors. Learn behavior management tools, gain team building skills, and form a unique bond with students while they attend field study with their field teacher. A typical week includes picnic hikes, night hikes, river studies, ecological lessons, recreational activities, and much more. Ideally, participants will be prepared to handle students upwards of 10 hours/day, and be open to a unique ASB experience.
Here is a video with a bit more information about the trip: https://youtu.be/NvOwhA_G9nU
Model for Child Education and Growth
Following a devastating earthquake, this organization's main concern to rebuild was not money, but a need for national leaders with integrity and character for industry, education, government, religion, social reform, and empowering the women of this nation. They helped a young couple start a house for children, emphasizing strong personal characteristics that could be developed and channeled into these areas. This house now has 15 children, ages 6-14, that are getting the best in education, healthcare, housing and meals. They are being raised in a home atmosphere, so they will not be institutionalized, but instead know the role of becoming a husband/father, wife/mother, brother/sister. Each child has a Dream Fund for college education when they reach that phase of life. Participants will continue construction, adding a new houses so to reach more children, finish onsite school building, and start additional sustainable employment for the surrounding community. Service will also include physical work outdoors, such as painting, and light construction, delivering groceries to the needy, serving meals, and clean up for children at Hope Center.
Habitat for Humanity: Creating Strength Through Shelter
Location: North Carolina
While the vast majority of Americans feel stable and secure in their current situation, housing insecurity touches nearly half of adults at some point in their lives. Most Americans believe it is challenging to find affordable, quality housing in their communities, and more than half of all adults say they have made at least one trade-off in order to cover their rent or mortgage. Such trade-offs may include taking second jobs, cutting back on health care and healthy food, and moving to less safe neighborhoods. This organization builds strength, stability and independence in partnership with families to revitalize neighborhoods, creating safe spaces for community to thrive. Participants should be ready to learn, build and repair houses, as well as complete other projects to lift up the community.