Alternative Spring Break registration deadline is Feb. 13

University Park, Pa. — Applications are being accepted now through Feb. 13 for Penn State students to partake in Alternative Spring Break, March 7-13 at the Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, W.V.

The trip is service learning experience designed as an immersive and experiential opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, others and the world around them through service experiences in Rural Appalachia. While performing basic home repairs and maintenance for low-income families, students will learn about issues affecting rural areas suffering from poverty. Students also will explore cultural, historical and recreational aspects of Rural Appalachia through excursions and educational programs.

Through group discussion and reflection sessions, students will explore various social justice issues that will arise during their service experiences. During this time, students are encouraged to compare and contrast their personal experiences with those of one another and the people they encounter as a means of exploring the topics of difference, power and privilege, stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and social inequity and injustice.

Participants will leave at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 7 from the HUB-Robeson Center at the University Park campus and return to the HUB at about 6 p.m. Friday, March 13.

Whie in Pipestem, participants will stay at the Appalachian South Folklife Center, a 65-acre facility featuring rustic dorm housing, shared bathroom facilities, common and dining areas and several group meeting areas. The campus is located in a quiet, tranquil setting ideal for retreat and reflection. The Center operates as a non-profit organization dedicated to a mountain heritage of freedom and selfreliance. For more information about the Center visit http://www.folklifecenter.org.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Feb. 13 in 209 HUB-Robeson Center. Once the limited 20 spaces for the trip are filled on a first-come, first-served basis further applicants will be placed on a wait list through March 6. The majority of the trip is funded by the Office of Student Activities and University Park Allocation Committee, however a $75 program fee (cash or check made out to "Office of Student Activities - Service Learning) must be included with the application. The fee will be returned to anyone not accepted for the trip, but it is non-refundable for all accepted participants. A trip T-shirt is also available for $7.50, which should be included with the application if the applicant wishes to purchase one.

A mandatory orientation session will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 to discuss the trip in greater detail, complete additional paperwork, review guidline and get acquainted with fellow participants.

Potential applicants are advised that though the participants will return to Penn State on March 13, residence halls are closed until March 15. Participants are responsible for their own accomodations during that period.

To download an application, click here.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009