UW Offers Alternative Break Opportunities
November 17, 2010 — Scholarships are available to help students take part in the University of Wyoming alternative winter and spring break programs.
The winter program is in Jamaica Dec. 12-21. Students will assist in the construction of a school, build a food center and help tutor and mentor school children in a rural Jamaican community. Scholarship applications, due Friday, Nov. 19, can be found at www.uwyo.edu/slce.
The alternative breaks program provides an opportunity for students to work on community-based service projects, both nationally and internationally. Students spend their winter or spring break addressing a variety of issues ranging from homelessness and social issues to environmental preservation.
Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Fundraising also is available upon request. Sign-ups for the alternative break program are based on a first-come, first-served basis with 10 spots available for each trip. Students also can inquire about the deferred payment plan.
This year the alternative breaks program has seven different trips, including the winter event and six spring break trips. The 2011 spring break trips include traveling to Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Belize, San Francisco, the Florida everglades and southern Utah. Each trip has its own area of interest, allowing students the opportunity to focus on an area they are passionate about, such as environmental or social work or animal issues.
Dayna Olson of North Platte, Neb., plays with Jamaican school children during a University of Wyoming alternative spring break project. Olson will graduate in May with a degree in elementary education.