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 The Kernodle Center for Service-Learning and Elon Volunteers! offers students the chance to take their love of service out on the road. Planned and led by student volunteers, these trips allow students to face pressing social issues in the national and international community. Students learn about diversity and teamwork while establishing relationships with other students, organizations and people in need.

Interested? E-mail us at trips@elon.edu or use our online application.

2009 - 2010 Alternative Break Service Trips
Applications are available in the Kernodle Center (Moseley 230). 

Note: Estimated costs include airfare, lodging, food, and program costs associated with the different organizations we work with. Once participants reach their destination, they will not have to pay for anything other than souvenirs or special activities not included in the trip itinerary.

Fall Break 2009: Oct. 16-20

Turtle Island Environmental Preserve, Triplett, N.C.

Purpose: Participants will fully immerse in a natural environment and working farm. Focus is on understanding nature on a deeper level and living with, rather than outside, of it. A day on the preserve may include working with edible and medicinal plants, riding horses, making bows and arrows, gardening, weaving baskets, constructing log houses or participating in a variety of farming activities. Founder Eustace Conway is nationally known and has lived "off the grid" for more than 20 years.

Estimated Cost: $100

The Pilgrimage, Washington D.C.

Purpose: This program focuses on assisting and strengthening communities that are affected by homelessness, hunger and poverty. Participants become involved in direct and indirect service to organizations that focus on these issues. Service projects also will be accompanied by workshops educating volunteers on how to become more knowledgeable and effective when working with communities facing these social issues.

Estimated Cost: $350

Fake Break 2010: Jan. 27-Feb. 1

Hurricane Katrina Relief, Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Purpose: Katrina relief work in the Bay St. Louis area. Through education, hands-on experience and reflection, participants will play an integral role in community rebuilding and gain a stronger understanding of the repercussions that arise from the unpredictability of natural disasters.

 

Estimated Cost: $100

Spring Break 2010: March 19-28

Constructing Houses in San Juan, Dominican Republic

 

Working with the "Cambiando Vidas" organization, students will work to build houses for economically troubled families. Students also work to provide a sense of hope for disempowered people and develop meaningful relationships that transcend all socially constructed boundaries. Participants should expect to gain an understanding of the big picture of poverty and to be immersed head first into Dominican culture.

 

Estimated Cost: $1,000

 

Hurricane Katrina Relief, Bay St. Louis, Miss.

 

 

Purpose: Katrina relief work in the Bay St. Louis area. Through education, hands-on experience and reflection, participants will play an integral role in community rebuilding and gain a stronger understanding of the repercussions that arise from the unpredictability of natural disasters.

 

Estimated Cost: $100

 

Working with At-Risk Youth and Building Projects in El Progresso, Honduras

 

Purpose: Pronino is an organization that works to get boys off the street, educated, and reintegrated into society in Honduras. Participants of this trip will work with children in the three centers that make up Pronino and work on different building initiatives. Students will work on projects that engage the young boys and serve as mentor to children in need of guidance.

 

Estimated Cost: $1,400

 

Summer 2010

Trips would leave a day or two after graduation.

North Carolina to Ohio: Following the Underground Railroad

 

Purpose: This service and cultural immersion trip will follow the path of hte Underground Railroad from the Carolinas to Cincinnati and the Over the Rhyne community. Participants will learn the history of the Underground Railroad and the impact of slavery in today's world. Students will volunteer with the Coalition for the Homeless in Ohio.

 

Estimated Cost: $300


Education and Community Service, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Purpose: Participants will work with community college students at two universities in San Luis Potosí. They will teach English and accompany the students on various community service opportunities. The participants will also be able to visit different sites in the cities and gain a good cultural experience.

 

Estimated Cost: $1000

 

Islamic Culture Immersion, Infrane, Morocco
 

Purpose: Through a variety of service projects, including work with children in different scenarios, participants will gain a far better understanding of Islamic culture and its importance in the realm of world religions. An extremely distinct and matchless cultural experience, participants will be able to learn how Islam is practice in Africa and break many of the misconceptions Americas hold about this faith.

 

Estimated Cost: $1600

 

 

Leadership Opportunities:

Do you have an idea for a service trip? Stop by the Kernodle Center and tell us about it. In fact, come by and find out more about becoming a trip leader!

Service Learning Trips
Scholarship Opportunities

The Carole and Douglas Bruns International Service-Learning Program provides opportunities for students to learn about and develop a commitment to the importance of international service through an academic internship experience. Qualifying international service projects should be achieved through work with an NGO or other non-religious based group abroad. 

Interested students should contact the Assistant Dean for International Programs at ICCIS to learn more about the program’s criteria and the financial sponsorship available.  Limited funding is available annually. E-mail elonvols@elon.edu for more information.