Alternative spring break sites chosen, info sessions dates set
8:34 a.m., Sept. 18, 2012--University of Delaware Alternative Breaks (UDaB) has announced its 2013 alternative spring break trips.
The various trips include projects that deal with eco-restoration, inner city education, disaster relief and housing.
An environmental alternative spring break trip led by Sam Nestory, Cassie Whitebread and Dhara Amin will be traveling to Biloxi, Miss., to work on eco-restoration projects and Gulf of Mexico oil spill relief efforts. Projects will include shoreline restoration, wildlife habitat improvement, storm water treatment, public land restoration and invasive species removal.
A youth and education trip, led by Alex Farrell and Alison Billings, will be working with the Bright Beginnings, a non-profit organization that provides education to homeless pre-school children in the Washington, D.C., area. UDaB participants will be working as classroom assistants and leading a "themed" week of activities that will include music classes, arts and crafts, and games with the children.
UDaB will also be running two disaster relief trips that will work with the National Relief Network, a non-profit organization that administers volunteer trips conducted by schools or community based groups such as UDaB.
One of the trips will go to the New Orleans metropolitan area to aid in the continued rebuilding efforts stemming from hurricanes Katrina and Isaac. Site leaders for the New Orleans disaster relief trip are Sara Bosley, Lauren Bricker and Danielle Ferraro.
Students Bimal Amin, Gab Dundas and Angie Mitchell will lead another disaster relief trip that will be going to Bayboro, N.C. The 2012 National Relief Network’s Mystery Trip was sent there to rebuild after the hurricane destruction, and UD students are fortunate enough to be returning for a second year to help the Bayboro community.
The fifth trip, led by Marissa Hart and Lindsay Irwin, will take part in the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge. Participants will be working with Habitat for Humanity for the second year in a row to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by building a house alongside the homeowner and families. The location of this trip will be announced in the coming weeks, but it is expected it will be in the mid-Atlantic region.
Information sessions for the 2013 spring breaks will be held Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., in 100 Sharp Lab; Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m., in 217 Gore Hall; and Monday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 p.m., in 100 Sharp Lab.
More information about UDaB and the 2013 alternative spring break trips can be found at the University's Office of Service Learning website. Additional updates can be found at the group’s Twitter, @UDaBreaks, or the Facebook page.