Weekend Trip 2017: Civic Engagement through the Arts

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Alternative Breaks Weekend Trip: Civic Engagement through the Arts

We are excited to announce this year’s Weekend TripCivic Engagement through the Arts! 

The trip will take place from Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15 in 2017! The trip cost, which covers transportation, food, and housing, is $20.

Applications are open on OrgSync until Wednesday, December 21. Click here to apply!

Here’s a calendar for important events/dates pertaining to the weekend trip:

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Alternative Breaks Weekend Trip Important Dates/Events Calendar

The Weekend Trip will take place in Lansing, Michigan, and we will be working with REACH Studio Art Center and other student leaders from Saginaw Valley Alternative Breaks.

Please contact us at ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

Applications for all Winter, Spring, and Summer Trips REOPENED!

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We have officially reopened the winter and spring break trip applications! Summer trip applications remain open as well. Here are the new application deadlines:

Winter: Due December 11, 2016

Spring: Due January 27, 2017

Summer: Due March 13, 2017

Apply for a winter, spring, or summer alternative break on OrgSync!

To ensure that you are officially registered for a trip, be sure to pay the $5 application fee after you complete your application.

There is currently a wait list for winter and spring trips, but we expect that many who apply now will be placed on a trip soon.

Please contact us at ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com with any questions!

GVAB November Events

There’s a lot going on in the wild world of Alternative Breaks, so here are a few updates for the month of November!

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Participant Orientation

orientation-1Wednesday, November 9 | 8:30 – 10:30 PM | Kirkhof – Grand River Room

Welcome new and returning winter and spring trip participants! This event is designed to help you better understand Alternative Breaks. It is also where you will meet your site leaders and other trip members, learn which trip you are on, and find out where you are going and who you are working with! It’s going to be a blast!

Email ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com for more information!

If you have completed your application and paid your $5 application fee but haven’t received any emails from us yet, please contact us at ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com and yet us know! We’ve had a few technical difficulties with communication, but we’re working hard to get everything sorted out. We apologize for any confusion!

November Transformation Tuesday

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Transformation Tuesdays are GVSU Alternative Breaks‘ monthly educational event series! They may involve watching a documentary, listening to guest speakers, or engaging in activities in hopes of fostering a constructive space for meaningful and reflective dialogue.

These events are open to all GVSU students, regardless of past Alternative Breaks involvement.

This month’s topic: Poultry Workers Awareness
LIB 100/201 Approved!

Questions?
Please contact us at ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com

Alternative Breaks Dairy Queen Fundraiser

ab-dq-social-media-promoVisit the Allendale Dairy Queen on Wednesday, November 16 from 5-8 PM. 20% of the proceeds go to support Alternative Breaks!

For your purchase to apply, you need to turn in our special Alternative Breaks flyer. Email Hannah, our VP of Fundraising, to receive these flyers and to learn more! Contact her at ab.gv.fundraising@gmail.com

November Service Saturday

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Service Saturdays are monthly opportunities for GVSU students to spend a morning volunteering in the local Grand Rapids community.

This month’s Service Saturday is with Family Promise of Grand Rapids!

Apply on OrgSync!

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

Bonfire Funds Campaign

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2016 is our 25th anniversary, and we created a special t-shirt to celebrate! This shirt design won Break Away’s 2016 T-Shirt of the Year award, so we’re excited to re-launch this campaign and share it with you!

Purchase this limited edition shirt at https://www.bonfire.com/gvsualternativebreaks/

Only available until November 26, 2016!

Winter + Spring Trip Applications Due Friday, November 4!

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Invest in community, education, and adventure. Go on an alternative break!

Do you want to have an adventure on your winter or spring break?

Joining Alternative Breaks is a great way learn from new communities, make new friends, and travel to new places, all while having service learning and volunteering experiences!

To sign up for an incredible alternative break experience, you need to act now:

Winter and spring break service trip applications are due on Friday, November 4!

It’s easy to apply. All you need to do is:

  1. Visit the Alternative Breaks OrgSync page and become a member.
  2. Click the ‘Forms’ tab and find the application you want– winter, spring, or summer.
  3. Complete the application.
  4. Pay the $5 application fee

The $5 application fee online payment form will be emailed to you once you complete the application. Otherwise, click the following links to access each season’s payment forms: winter, spring, summer.

Scholarship and fundraising opportunities are available to help you cover trip costs! Please contact ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com for more information.

To learn more about each season’s trip topics, click the following links: winter, spring, summer.

Please contact ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com with any questions!

Info Night: Learn About Our 23 Service Trips!

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Alternative Breaks Info Night | Thursday, October 20 | 8-10:30 PM | Henry Hall

Info Nights are opportunities for students to learn more about how they can get involved with Alternative Breaks! There will be information on each of our 23 different winter, spring, and summer break trips, so you can discover which topics you’re most interested in and ask any questions you have.

Alternative Breaks Info Night | Thursday, October 20 | 8-10:30 PM | Henry Hall

Feel free to drop by at any time and stay as long as you would like!

There will also be candy (this event is Halloween-themed), Alternative Breaks swag sales, and info on fundraising and scholarship opportunities!

APPLY FOR A WINTER, SPRING, OR SUMMER BREAK TRIP! 

You can find winter, spring, and summer break trip applications on our OrgSync page.
(Search for Alternative Breaks on OrgSync. Once on our page, become a member and then click the “Forms” tab). 

Contact us at ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com with any questions!

October Transformation Tuesday: Bees!

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This month we will be joined by the GVSU Beekeepers to discuss the importance of bees!

October 18 | 9-10:15 PM | Kirkhof 1142

Transformation Tuesdays are GVSU Alternative Breaks‘ monthly educational event series! They may involve watching a documentary, listening to guest speakers, or engaging in activities in hopes of fostering a constructive space for meaningful and reflective dialogue.

These events are open to all GVSU students, regardless of past Alternative Breaks involvement.

This month’s topic: Bees!
LIB 100/201 Approved!

Questions?
Please contact us at ab.gv.orientation@gmail.com

10/19 Update:

We had a fantastic evening! Thank you to all who attended!

Upcoming Info Night!

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Alternative Breaks Info Night #1 || Wednesday, September 28 || 8-10:30pm || Henry Hall
IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO BEGIN PLANNING FOR WINTER, SPRING, OR SUMMER BREAK!

Info Nights are opportunities for interested students to learn more about how they can get involved with Alternative Breaks! There will be information on each of our 23 different winter, spring, and summer break trips, so you can discover which topics you’re most interested in and ask any questions you may have.

These events are set up like job fairs, so feel free to drop by at any time!
There will also be free food, Alternative Breaks swag sales, and info on fundraising and scholarship opportunities!

If you have any questions, please contact ab.gv.publicrelations@gmail.com

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There will be an Alternative Breaks merch table where you can buy AB t-shirts, sunglasses, and stickers. Here’s a preview of our newest t-shirt ($12) and sticker ($5). 
APPLY FOR A WINTER, SPRING, OR SUMMER BREAK SERVICE TRIP! 

You can find winter, spring, summer, and weekend trip applications on our OrgSync page.
(Search for Alternative Breaks on OrgSync. Once on our page, click the “Forms” tab). 

Applications open on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 7 PM.
Application deadline: Friday, November 4, 2016 at Midnight.

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If you’re unable to attend the first Info Night, now worries! We’re doing it again on Thursday, October 20! 

September Service Saturday – Register on OrgSync!

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This month’s Service Saturday is with our community partner Alternative Pathways!

Service Saturdays are monthly opportunities for GVSU students to spend a morning volunteering in the local Grand Rapids community. This month we’ll be working with Alternative Pathways!

Check-in takes place in Kirkhof 1104 from 9:30-10am.
Service: 10:30am-2:30pm
Reflection (back on campus): 3:00-3:30pm

Please contact ab.gv.community@gmail.com with any questions.

REGISTER TODAY ON OUR ORGSYNC PAGE!

9/24 Update: We learned so much from our Service Saturday with Alternative Pathways! Thank you to all of the fantastic student leaders who joined us. We can’t wait for October’s Service Saturday with John Ball Zoo!