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2013-2014 Alternative Breaks

Alternative Summer Break: Appalachian Trail Building Project, Bear Mountain, NY: May 31-June 7, 2014

Student participants  will head to the Appalachian Mountains to  volunteer with the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. On this AB, students will learn about the preservation and construction skills related to building hiking trails one of the oldest sections on the famous Appalachian Trail.   This trip is part of a long-term partnership that the Alternative Break program has built with the New York New Jersey Trail Conference. The total cost of this trip is $150 and includes: transportation, housing, and meals.

Information Sessions:
Tuesday, April 1, 12:30-1:30pm, Bacon 204
Wednesday, April 9, 12:00-1:00pm, Bacon 204

Application & Due Dates:
Application & $30 Deposit due: Friday, April 11 by 5:00pm in the VSLC
$120 Final payment due:  Friday, May 2 by 5:00pm in the VSLC


Previous 2013-2014 Alternative Breaks


Alternative Fall Break: Helping Our Heroes: Addressing Veterans' Issues in WNY, November 8-11, 2013, Buffalo, New York

The Site Leaders for this AB have put together a veterans’ focused experience for participants during the Veterans' Day weekend (November 8-November 11, 2013) There are as many as 250,000 veterans living in the Western New York and participants will have the opportunity to learn about organizations serving veterans related to issues of homelessness, food, and war-inflicted injuries. 

Alternative Winter Break: Working Towards Renewal, December 13-18, 2013, Detroit, Michigan

Head west with the Alternative Break program to Detroit, MI from December 13-18, 2013 to volunteer with Cass Community Social Services.  While volunteering in Detroit, participants will have the opportunity to learn about how the intersecting systems of food, labor, literacy, and socio-economic diversity can create sustainable, regional revitalization in the poorest large city in the United States.


Alternative Spring Break: Conserving the Environment, March 23-March 29. 2014, Delaplane, Virginia

The environment is something that in recent years has been the topic of political and social debate.  Participants on this Alternative Break experience will spend the week in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, volunteering with Sky Meadows State Park. While at Sky Meadows State Park, students will live at the park, learn about conservation and resource management within the park’s natural environment, and assist the environmentally focused staff of the park with spring tree planting and invasive species control and removal. 


Alternative Spring Break: Education on the West Side, March 23-28, 2014, Buffalo, New York

Celebrate SUNY Buffalo State's Year of the Teacher by participating in this Alternative Break experience! The Year of the Teacher views education as a vehicle for improving the lives of students—no matter their age, location, or situation. Students participating in this Alternative Break experience will have the opportunity to learn about the Public Achievement Model, work in Buffalo Public School classrooms, and facilitate a mentoring program with middle school students throughout the week. 

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