Through its service trips program, the Center for Community Engagement provides many opportunities for students to assist other communities. Below are trips which provide students the chance to experience new cultures and see different parts of the country while doing service.
Indianapolis Service Trip
The Center for Community Engagement will host a service trip to Indianapolis in the fall of 2014. Students will participate in the Great Indy Cleanup in Fountain Square, an anti-litter program run in partnership with the City of Indianapolis, which is designed to combat heavy litter and debris that has accumulated in public spaces such as streets, alleys, green spaces and waterways.
Gary Service Trip
The Gary Service Trip is scheduled each fall semester. Students will visit ISU’s No Excuses classroom at the Charter School of the Dunes in Gary, Indiana. ISU students will interact with the school’s students through service activities and mentoring for the day. The cost for participants is $25. Registration will be available in August 2014.
Alternative Fall Break
Indiana State University’s third Fall Break Service Trip sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement will be November 21st to 23rd, 2014. In the past, ISU has teamed up with The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky, to work a weekend camp. Location TBA in spring of 2014.
Alternative Spring Break
Since ISU students first went to Jackson, Mississippi in 2004, for Alternative Spring Break (ASB), hundreds of Sycamores have participated in a variety of Alternative Break projects throughout the United States. Outreach efforts have included: working with youth, working with the elderly, environmental rehabilitation, wildlife rehabilitation, Gulf Coast clean-up, and minor home repair. ASB is a student-driven national movement that creates opportunities for students to reach out to communities around the nation and beyond. It fosters a lifelong commitment to citizenship and community engagement. While participating in ASB, students will gain knowledge, learn practical skills, and become more aware of the many social and environmental issues in the United States and around the globe.
Freedom Foundation in Selma, AL: The Freedom Foundation focuses on educating and empowering local youth. Many of their projects focus on building confidence and creating an environment that is receptive to learning about different cultures. While visiting Selma, ISU students will have the opportunity to work with the youth program and help with community clean-up and painting projects. Our students will also learn more about the significance of Selma, Alabama for the Civil Rights Movement. Housing accommodations are in a church (must bring your own bedding), and showers are taken at a local YMCA. Cost - $425
Once Upon A Time in Maryville, TN: Located in the heart of the Great Smokey Mountains, the mission focuses on the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, the environment, and rural Appalachia. A typical week involves two days in the Snowbird Cherokee community, one day in either the Cherokee National Forest or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and one day homesteading at Once Upon A Time or volunteering at Sequoyah Museum. Service projects may include trail maintenance, gathering and splitting firewood, craft projects with senior citizens, and volunteer work with the local child development center. Housing and meals provided on site. Cost - $425
SCORE International in Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic (MUST be in a social fraternity or sorority to attend this trip): This trip gives students the opportunity to do service while experiencing the culture of the Dominican Republic. Working with SCORE International, students will participate in service activities that include distributing food in Dominican villages, working with school children and going to orphanages working with children. Because this trip requires a flight, your fundraising requirements are higher than the domestic trips. Housing will be in the SCORE Juan Dolio Hotel which offers recreation areas, bunk beds, air conditioned rooms, and a swimming pool. Cost - $1350
SCORE International Costa Rica: This trip gives students the opportunity to do service while experiencing the culture of Costa Rica. Working with SCORE International, students will participate in service activities that include distributing food in Costa Rican villages, working with school children and going to orphanages working with children. Because this trip requires a flight, your fundraising requirements are higher than the domestic trips. Housing will be in the Costa Rican Nazarene Seminary, which offers recreation areas, bunk beds, air conditioned rooms, and a swimming pool. Cost - $1350
Animal Welfare in Orlando, Florida: This trip gives students the opportunity to work with domestic animals and wildlife in many different settings. Students will be working with the SPCA of Central Florida, the Dream Catcher Horse Ranch and Rescue, Brevard County wildlife conservation team, and a local wildlife center. Housing will be in a rental home located in Kissimmee, FL with a pool. This trip will be flying, so fundraising requirements will be higher than that of the domestic driving ones. Cost - $625
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