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Alternative Winter Break Trips


Best Friends animal

Dates of Travel:  January 11-18, 2014

Project Description: Can you imagine 1,700 homeless, neglected, and abandoned animals in one place? This is the reality at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Best Friends had its origin in Arizona in the 1970s with a group of animal lovers who were unwilling to accept the conventional wisdom of the time that humane societies and shelters "had no choice" but to kill their unadoptable animals. These dedicated individuals could and would not stand for the common practices and ideologies regarding animal welfare. They created a pilot program through which they rescued animals from kill shelters, rehabilitated them, found them homes, and most importantly gave them hope. No More Homeless Pets became the goal central to Best Friends.

While these unique pets search for their forever homes, they now have a place to call their own in the small town of Kanab, Utah at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Surrounded by beautiful geographic wonders, overlooking the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park along with other national treasures, there could be no better place to truly connect to the enviornment. Connect by building trails, attending talks regarding issues related to animals, socializing animals to help them become adoptable, and making a best friend for life. The horses, pigs, birds, bunnies, cats, dogs, and many others are waiting for a chance.

In 1990, 15 million animals were killed in shelters. That is double the entire population of NYC. By 2000, this number dropped to 5 million but this is still not good enough. There is so much more work to be done in the world of animal welfare and protection. Become a Best Friend.

Lodging: Hotel

Website: http://www.bestfriends.org/index.htm

Transportation:  Air

Cost:  $720


Center for Advancing Domestic Peace

Dates of Travel:  January 11-18, 2014


Project Description:
This trip will be working with the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace which offers intervention and training programs for abusers, as well as organizations that help survivors of domestic abuse. This unique experience will allow participants to work with individuals who have succesfully completed an intervention program in addition to speaking with individuals in the court systems to learn about the strengths and shortcomings of the current legal system. 

Participants will also get hands on experience developing a community outreach plan centered around awareness and prevention to empower teens to start talking about how to prevent dating violence among their peers and move from being a bystander to taking action for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (February).

Housing: Hostel

Website: http://www.advancingdomesticpeace.org/

Transportation:  Mini-Vans

Cost:  $500


Dorothy's Place

Dates of Travel:  January 11-18, 2014

Project Description: Dorothy’s Place was established in April of 1982 after a small group of Catholic workers made 65 egg sandwiches, packed them up in the their cars, and distributed them on the streets. Dorothy’s Place serves the marginalized people of Salinas. Many of them live on the streets, some in camps, others in cars or in motels. Immersion groups at Dorothy’s will get a firsthand account of poverty and homelessness. Volunteers will cook and serve food to the homeless and get the opportunity to directly interact with the community. They’ll get a chance to share stories, play games and simply talk with the guests at Dorothy’s Place. Volunteers spend time at the Day Room that’s designed to be a place where the volunteers and guests can socialize.

Lodging:  Local Community Center

Website: http://www.dorothysplace.org/

Transportation:  Air

Cost: $550

 


Service for Peace

Dates of Travel:  January 11-24, 2014

Project Description: Enviornmental and agricultural sustainability in urban settings are important issues to address when learning how to improve large metropolitan areas, such as New York City. This trip will focus on ecological sustainability and urban gardening in the Philippines. Participants will work alongside parents, students, and staff to plant vegetable gardens in a large, urban setting and will have the opportunity to bond with members of the community. Participants will also spend a day doing coastal clean-up and planting mangrove trees which help sustain a healthy ecosystem and increase biodiversity by fostering hundreds of different species and as well as producing naturally filtered water for the community. By working alongside members of the community, participants will learn how to create and sustain an urban environment.

Lodging: Hotel

Website: http://serviceforpeace.org/chapters.php?id=23

Transportation:  Air

Cost:  Estimated $2,995 (plus immunizationspassport)

 


Service for Peace

Dates of Travel:  January 11-24, 2014

Project Description: La Represa is part of the larger community of El Cidral in the Dominican Republic. It is a tight-knit community of about 500 people who have high hopes for their future. However, currently the unemployment rate is about 85% and only 2% of students complete high school in the area. The community has also been negatively impacted by devestating floods that have caused damage to building and homes.

Service for Peace has been working in La Represa since 2006, working with the community on development projects. Service for Peace works with the community on projects that meet their identified needs and supports community empowerment.

Participants will be working to support the community development of La Represa in two different service projects: building protective levees to prevent flooding and teaching children about how to protect the environment. Participants will also get the chance to visit and learn about other community development projects taking place.

Lodging: TBD

Website: http://www.serviceforpeace.org/index.php

Transportation:  Air

Cost: Estimated $2,200 (plus passport, vaccinations, visa)

 

FSD

Dates of Travel:  January 11-24, 2014

Project Description: This trip will take place in the heart of India: the beautiful desert landscape of Rajasthan and will working with FSD to find solutions to issues involving healthcare and youth education, while beginning to understand the dynamics of the rich culture of the host community. During the time in Udaipur, volunteers will make connections the local community and their causes while outlining possible solutions to make positive change.  

Lodging: Homestays

Website: http://www.fsdinternational.org/india/udaipur

Transportation:  Air

Cost:  Estimated $2,995 (plus immunizationspassport, visa)

 

LUPE

Dates of Travel: January 11-18, 2014

Project Description: In the United States there are more than 11 million undocumented people who are living in the country but are denied basic and civil human rights. Rio Grande, Texas is a low-income region that is home to hundreds of thousands of migrant workers and their families who have come to the U.S. in search of more opportunities and a better life. Many of these families live in fear of being detained and deported due to the strict immigration policies that are enforced.

This trip will be traveling to McAllen to volunteer with La Union Del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an organization that focuses on improving housing/living conditions as well as healthcare and bringing awareness to immigrant rights through activism and social services. Founded by Cesar Chavez, LUPE serves to help reform the broken and inhumane immigrant systems in the United States.

Lodging: Church

Website: http://lupenet.org/

Transportation: Air

Cost: TBD




AB Ghana
The following are required for all AB participants:
 
  • Kick-Off Celebration: October 29, 2013
  • Diversity Training: November 7, 2013
  •  Fall Fundraiser: TBA
  • Spring Fundraiser: TBA
  • Spring Service Day: April 5, 2014
  • Year-End Gala: April 17, 2014
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