Students spend Spring Break volunteering

Through the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, dozens of students, faculty and staff spent a week away from campus this semester exploring social issues, immersing themselves in local and global communities, and participating in service.

More than 100 students traveled over Spring Break this semester on service programs that helped communities both domestic and abroad.

Sponsored by the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, the March 21-30 programs took participants domestically to Atlanta, Washington and New Orleans, and overseas to Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Jamaica.

Each program was student-led and student-run. Coordinators worked throughout the school year choosing advisors and participants, planning logistics, incorporating education, and coordinating with a service site.

Participants spent their day in communities engaging in various projects such as building, teaching, painting, or gardening. Projects are designed to help them explore a variety of social issues—from hunger and homelessness to rural education to disaster relief.

“Going on an Alternative Break service program is such an incredible experience because you’re able to immerse yourself into a community and learn about its needs,” said Emily Haley, one of the student coordinators for the Spring Break programs. “For that week, you want to share all the resources and knowledge you have with them. But even when you come home, your experience has such an impact on your life you start thinking about how you could help in the future.

“How can you change the world so that community you volunteered in is in a better place 10 years from now?”

The Alternative Breaks Program consists of 14 international and domestic programs offered throughout the year.

For more information on the Alternative Breaks Program or for general information on how to serve in local communities, contact Evan Small at, call 336-278-7250 or “like” the Elon Volunteers! Facebook page.

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