UTA Volunteers is planning its alternative spring break trips for March 13-18, 2011. Alternative Spring Break is an opportunity for students to travel to different areas and experience, discuss, and serve as volunteers for large social issues such as sustainability, education, and disaster relief.
We will be hosting information meetings at the following times and locations:
November 22, 11:00 a.m.-noon, Rio Grande B, University Center
November 22, noon-1:00 p.m., Rio Grande B, University Center
These information meetings will discuss in depth our two scheduled trips. This year UTA Volunteers has planned trips in Niceville, Florida, to aid in Gulf Coast restoration and New Orleans, Louisiana to volunteer with local Head Start and after school programs for children. Interested students will also pick up applications to attend the program and serve as a site leader.
Gulf Coast restoration — Niceville, Florida — Community Collaborations International is partnering with the Florida Department of Environmental protection, the EPA and local environmental groups to complete ecological restoration projects near Emerald Coast beaches and surrounding areas. Volunteers will assist with salt marsh, seagrass, coastal dune, oyster reef, and shoreline restoration, along with related human service projects working with families who are suffering from hardships caused by the loss of seasonal tourism and fishing jobs. These projects are designed to build an understanding of coastal ecosystems and watersheds and how they are affected by manmade and natural disasters.
Katrina’s Kids — New Orleans — The Katrina’s Kids project brings volunteers to disaster-affected communities and works with schools, Head Start programs, and after-school programs. Some kids and their families who were displaced by hurricane Katrina still suffer from inadequate housing and are experiencing mental issues such as depression and anxiety. Volunteers will work with Louisiana Outdoor Outreach Program to help implement age- appropriate outdoor education and hands-on learning activities, serve as reading tutors, and assist with other student-centered cooperative learning activities.
After the information session, applications to participate in either of the trips will be available in the Student Activities office, lower level of the University Center. The due date is December 10.
For more info, contact:
Veronica Rendon, Graduate Assistant, Student Activities