Community Engagement

Hoosier Alternative Breaks

Experiences

All of the alternative break experiences listed below are hosted and lead by registered student organizations at Indiana University. Student Life and Learning encourages all experiences to adhere to the 8 Components of a Quality Alternative Break.

If your student organization would like to include your experience in this listing or is interested in developing an alternative break experience, email sllhab@indiana.edu.

Weekend
  • Winter Community Plunge (a program of Student Life and Learning)

    The Winter Community Plunge will provide Indiana University Bloomington students an opportunity to uphold Dr. King’s legacy of community activism by immersing them into the community and exploring conversations of social and racial justice in Bloomington and at large.

    The Alternative Weekend will be broken into three segments:

    • Service
    • Education
    • Indiana University Unity Summit

    Who: Any IUB undergraduate student can apply to participate in this experience!

    When: Friday, January 15, 2016 (begins at 5PM) - Monday, January 18, 2016 (ends at 5PM)

    Cost: $35/participant - this includes housing, meals, and transportation

    Questions: Contact Student Life and Learning at sllhab@indiana.edu.

    Apply for the Winter Community Plunge
Winter Break
  • Movement Exchange

    Issue: Arts and International Development

    Location: Panama (Central America)

    Description: Movement Exchange unites dance and service through its network of university chapters, international dance exchanges, and year round programs in underserved communities.

    Contact: iumovementexchange@gmail.com

    Web: http://movementexchanges.org/

    Cost: $1,350 + airfare

  • Youth Advocating Leadership and Learning (Y’ALL)

    Issue: Disaster Relief, Housing

    Location: New Orleans

    Description: Started in response to Hurricane Katrina, Y'ALL undertakes two trips a year to the Gulf Coast, contributing thousands of dollars in volunteer labor directly to survivors and their community.

    Contact: yall@indiana.edu

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/YALLIndianaUniversity?fref=ts

    Cost: $300

Spring Break
  • Global Water Brigades

    Issue:  Water Safety and Sustainability

    Location: Nicaragua

    Description: Volunteers work alongside community members to construct sustainable water systems. With a sufficient quantity of treated water, community members can cut off the connection between water and illness and live healthier lives.

    Contact: indiana.gwb@globalbrigades.org

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/iuglobalwaterbrigades?fref=ts or www.globalbrigades.org

    Cost: $1,500

  • Habitat for Humanity at Indiana University

    Issue: Sub-standardized Housing Poverty

    Location: Florida

    Description: Participants work with professional homebuilders, the local Habitat agency, and students from other universities to build homes for families in need. No experience with home building is required.

    Contact: iuhabitatforhumanity@gmail.com

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/iuhabitat/

    Cost: $450

  • Honorvol

    Issue: Housing

    Location: John’s Island, South Carolina

    Description: 15-20 students participate in a building a home for a family in need through the local Habitat chapter. No prior experience necessary.

    Contact: honorvol@indiana.edu

    Web: www.indiana.edu/~iubhonor/honorvol/CSP.php

    Cost: $200

  • Timmy Global Health (TGH)

    Issue: Health

    Location: Xela, Guatemala

    Description: TGH serves our partner clinic in Xena, Guatemala once a year over spring break. We promote a proactive and sustainable approach to healthcare in the communities we serve. Must be an active member to be considered for trip selection.

    Contact: timmyglobalhealthatiu@gmail.com

    Web: iutghmedicalbrigade.weebly.com

    Cost: $1800-$2200

  • Timmy Global Health Water Project

    Issue: Water Safety and Health

    Location: Guatemala

    Description: We provide a life changing, philanthropic experience for students by raising awareness of the often over-looked global water crisis and health related-issues that are a direct result of this crisis.

    Contact: lucybrow@indiana.edu

    Web: www.beinvolved.indiana.edu (search for “Timmy Global Health Water Project”)

    Cost: n/a

  • Yad in Hand

    Issue: Education

    Location: Jamaica

    Description: 10 passionate IU students travel to Jamaica to experience the culture and give back to the community through tutoring children.

    Contact: megagarr@indiana.edu

    Web: iuhillel.org

    Cost: $1,600

  • Youth Advocating Leadership and Learning (Y’ALL)

    Issue: Disaster Relief, Housing

    Location: New Orleans

    Description: Started in response to Hurricane Katrina, Y'ALL has since made a commitment of two trips a year to the Gulf Coast, contributing thousands of dollars in volunteer labor directly to survivors and their community.

    Contact: yall@indiana.edu

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/YALLIndianaUniversity?fref=ts

    Cost: $300

Summer Break
  • Books and Beyond

    Issue: Education

    Location: Kinigi, Rwanda

    Description: Volunteers teach English at the Kabwenole Holiday Camp, as well as facilitate and lead interactive lessons on reading, writing, and English skills for Rwandan elementary students. All applicants must enroll in EDUC-L295 (1 cr.) during spring semester and EDUC-L296 (2 cr.) during summer term.

    Contact: vmarinov@indiana.edu

    Web: www.indiana.edu/~booksb

    Cost: $4,600

  • Dream Corps International at IU

    Issue: Education, Literacy

    Location: Rural China

    Description: Dream Corps works closely with local governments, schools, educators, communities, and parents to set up libraries, provide quality books, and run reading activities to cultivate the interest and ability for self-guided learning in rural children.

    Contact: dciuchapter@gmail.com

    Web: www.dreamcorps.org or https://www.facebook.com/dream.corps.iu

    Cost: $1,000

  • Global Medical Brigades at IU

    Issue: Health

    Location: Nicaragua

    Description: We serve communities with barriers to healthcare by setting up clinics with services that include general check-ups, dentistry, OBGYN and public health teachings.

    Contact: aechung@indiana.edu

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/groups/216713958759/

    Cost: $1,600

  • Globemed at IU

    Issue: Health

    Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia

    Description: We partner with the Trailblazer Foundation to promote food security among the lives of rural villagers.

    Contact: iu@globemed.org

    Web: globemedIU.weebly.com

    Cost: $3,000

  • Nourish International

    Issue: Poverty

    Location: Peru

    Description: Nourish raises money during the school year, all of which goes towards a project to fight poverty in a community abroad. For this project, we partner with a local non-profit and send students for a 6-week internship to implement the project by working together.

    Contact: jelohill@umail.iu.edu

    Web: https://www.facebook.com/indiananourish

    Cost: $1,200-$1,500

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