Alternative Spring Break Service Trips
Rice County, Twin Cities, National
Description: This year the Center for Community and Civic Engagement is sponsoring 3 trips with support from CSA. One trip will go to Finland, Minnesota to work on and learn about organic farming at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center. The second trip will go to Waterloo, Iowa to work on a construction project for Habitat for Humanity. And, the third trip will go to New Orleans, Lousisana to learn about and work on environmental justice issues at Our School at Blair Grocery.
Service Learning Component: We are focusing the trips around the theme of service learning. This means a renewed commitment to exploring the housing and social justice issues affecting the partner sites, both within the groups and with the Carleton community. Specifically, participants will work with focused readings on these topics before departure, and prepare a photo essay exhibit to be displayed in Gould Library upon their return. The goal? That the small number of people the CCCE sends will gain a deeper understanding of these issues, and that the campus as a whole will become more globally aware through our eyes.
- Tuesday, January 28th Site Leader Training, common time. Location TBA
- Sunday, February 2nd Site Leader and participant orientation 5-7pm Weitz 236
- (Plus two other dates for bonding time.)
- Trips Dates:
- New Orleans: Friday, March 21st- Saturday, March 29th.
- Waterloo, IA: Sunday, March 23nd -Friday, March 28th
- Wolf Ridge, Finland, MN: Sunday, March 23rd - Saturday, March 29th
- Tuesday, April 8th Presentations
Cost: $150 for the Waterloo, IA trip; and $65 for the Wolf Ridge trip. Between partial and full financial aid will be available for a limited number of participants. This covers literally everything on the trip for the entire week: lodging, food, travel, events, and other activities are provided by the program on a daily basis.
Can be found the left-hand navigation bar on this website. The application process is competitive.
Qualifications: No prior volunteer experience or coursework necessary, but a desire to explore and help others is a must!
Participant Deadline: Friday, January 17th
Site-Leader Deadline: Friday, January 10th (Waterloo and New Orleans)
Site-Leader Deadline: Sunday, November 18th (Finland)
Questions: Email Milah Xiong (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Building Sustainable Food Systems at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center: Finland, MN*
Interested in spending spring break helping to construct a sustainable cold-weather organic farm in the hills along the North Shore of Lake Superior? The Wolf Ridge Sawmill Valley Farm is an emerging organic farm situated amid a maple and evergreen forest in the town of Finland, Minnesota on the rugged North Shore of Lake Superior. The farm seeks to provide food for the population of the Wolf Ridge campus, which houses roughly 400 students year round. Wolf Ridge itself is an environmental learning institution that offers courses in ecology and Minnesota history to area youth. Over the 2013 alternative spring break, volunteers will help in the final construction phases of the first 30x96’ greenhouse and prepare trails for the growing season this coming summer. Additional activities include a visit to Victus Farms, a nutrient-cycling fish and lettuce farm in Silver Bay, Minnesota. Students will be housed in the dormitories and will eat in the dining hall, and there will be time for exploring the North Shore and enjoying the hiking and ski trails. The site is in a remote location and applicants must be physically able to work long days in cold Northern Minnesota weather.
7 spots are available
Cost is $65 per person and financial aid available through the CCCE.
Habitat for Humanity: Waterloo, Iowa*
The first trip will be to Waterloo, IA through Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit faith-based housing organization that has built more than 150,000 houses worldwide since 1976, including over 500 in Minnesota.
Carleton has a long-standing relationship with the Waterloo site. In past years, participants have spent the week working alongside Habitat homeowners framing, siding, painting, roofing, and insulating houses during the workday. No prior experience in construction is necessary, and the (absolutely awesome) Habitat staff teach you how to build. We will get a feel for Midwest culture while learning about housing issues in the U.S.
12 spots are available
Cost is $150 per person and financial aid available through the CCCE.
Our School at Blair Grocery: New Orleans, LA
This is our first year traveling New Orleans to work with youth and learn about urban farming, food justice, and more. The week is titled, "Taking it out of the classroom and into the garden: working towards AnOther America." Please see the website for more details.
12 spots are available
Cost is $275 per person and financial aid available through the CCCE.
Students on both trips will document their experiences and combine them into a photo-essay exhibit addressing the social and economic issues affecting each of the partner sites. This will be displayed in the Libe during spring term. In addition, the groups will come together for a reflection luncheon to discuss how the trips affected them upon their return to Carleton.