Jennifer Akamine, Ben Helms, & Alex Oh. Alternative Spring Break Mission Statement.
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& Alex Oh
The purpose of the alternative spring break is to learn by intentional living and enhancing the students’ cultural and intellectual perspective through purposeful learning experiences within diverse communities. Individuals will be challenged through team service oriented projects within different cultures alongside learning about their history. Students will gain a clearer understanding of their individual strengths and increase cultural awareness from day to day living through interactions and personal challenges. Students will become more culturally aware, physically and mentally challenged, and grow within themselves and in relationships with their fellow teammates.
Learning Goals/Learning Outcomes
- Students will become better aware of missions opportunities available within the United States through American Indian Reservation visitations and community building efforts
- Students will have learned about the southwest region of the United States - its history, nature, and culture
- By interacting with fellow students, American Indian Reservation staff, children, and other organization staff, students will have learned interpersonal skills on multiple levels
Testimonial from CLU’s Service Learning Alternative Spring Break to El Salvador:
“Writing is my passion so I'm writing again tonight. Well, today we began building the homes. I think that I'll never forget this experience because all the people want to work together to bring peace to the world, or at least to this community.
The families that live here are very generous and it's a pleasure to meet them. Like Breana, I really liked talking with the little kids. They're so cute!
The things I didn't like about the day include the insects, especially a bee that gave me a horrible sting in my hand. OW! I hope it doesn't affect my ability to help with the building process tomorrow or during the week. It really hurts.
It's exciting that I can be here with CLU. I didn't know anybody in the group before yesterday with the exception of Pastor Melissa, but now I feel like they are members of my family.
Ok now I want to sleep because tomorrow will be a long day and I will have to be well-rested.
Until soon! The next time I write in the diary will probably be in English! Sorry if I'm making tons of grammatical errors!”
- Meg Boberg
Breakfast= $5x25 people (9 days)= $1,125
Lunch= $7x25 people (9 days)= $1,575
Dinner=$10x25 people (9 days)= $2,250
Total = $4,950
South Carlsbad State beach overnight (3 sites @ $25 each=$75)
Grand Canyon Campsites ($12 per space, 2 Spaces = $24 per night)
4 churches (4 nights= $400)
Indian Reservation (2 nights= $200)
Total - $699
2 APU vans=FREE!
Gas (25 full tanks= $750
Excursions(Hikes, Petroglyph’s, Missions, Beaches, Grand Canyon=FREE!)
Emergency money= $300
TOTAL= $6, 719
$5,039.25 divided by 25 people = $200 per person
1. Do you feel you were personally challenged intellectually and/or culturally at all?
2. Did the trip meet or exceed your expectations?
3. Did you find the interactions within the diverse communities to be uncomfortable?
4. Do you feel more positively connected to your teammates than you did prior to the trip?
5. Did you find the debriefings helpful?
6. Did you feel it was worth your time and money?
7. Were you able to successfully raise support to cover your cost?
8. Would you recommend this alternative spring break and would you want to see it continue?
9. What was your favorite aspect of the trip?
10. Do you have recommendations for improvement?
For more information contact:
Office of Ministry and Service
Azusa Pacific University
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702-7000
Phone: (626) 664-1790