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Alternative Spring Break

2012-13 Dominican Republic Awareness Trip

Want to learn more about Alternative Spring Break? Want to hear first-hand experiences of the 2013 trip? Want to see if Alternative Spring Break is for you?


You are invited to:

The 2013 Alternative Spring Break Show Case

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 from 11:30am-1:30pm

Brescia Auditorium

Stop in to hear from the students on the trip, see pictures and demonstrations, and to ask questions. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome!

What is Alternative Spring Break?

The Alternative Spring Break Program (ASB) is a co-curricular opportunity that places a group of Brescia women in an international community to experience and gain awareness of the culture, challenges and community development projects in existence. Today is an exciting time to get involved and make a difference in the world. International volunteers are ambassadors of change who represent hope, goodwill, and commitment; reflecting a new type of leadership.

Why should I participate?

By participating in the Alternative Spring Break Program you can join the international movement and positively increase your knowledge of what is happening in the Dominican Republic right now. The Student Life Centre is excited to be partnering with Rayjon Share Care again during the 2013 February Academic Break to help Brescia students increase their international awareness, including experiencing issues first-hand such as literacy, poverty, hunger, homelessness, sustainable development, and the environment.

How much of a commitment is the ASB program?

The Alternative Spring Break program is a yearlong commitment, as students apply in September and all participants start meeting in October for pre-departure meetings on a biweekly basis until March. During the pre-departure meetings students will learn about one another, the culture, and communities they will be visiting. Student will also develop their awareness and competencies so they can be respectful, engaging, and welcome visitors to the Dominican communities.  The Alternative Spring Break Program is open to students in any year at Brescia, and is a great opportunity for individuals with limited or no travel experience to increase their awareness. Applications are now closed for the 2013 program.

Are there any opportunities for someone who has international travel experience/already completed ASB?

New this year, there is a Student Team Leader position. The Student Team Leader will be an integral part of the pre-departure meetings and logistics, trip experience, and post-departure meetings and showcase in March. This position is an opportunity to experience new cultures with a different perspective and increased responsibility, and to build leadership skills and abilities. The Student Team Leader can be a past ASB participant, or someone with travel experience from their own excursions. Applications are now closed for the 2013 program.

Who is Rayjon Share Care?

Rayjon Share Care is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization located in Sarnia, Ontario. Celebrating their 25th year, Rayjon has worked with the support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) since 1992. Over the past 25 years, Rayjon has engaged in community development projects in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Their development projects include Education, Health Care, Good Governance, Agribusiness, Environmental Sustainability, and Organizational Skills Training, as well as the Development of the Private Sector. Through their various building and sustainable development projects, Rayjon Share Care continues to positively change the lives of the Haitian and Dominican population. We are thrilled to partner with Rayjon Share Care for the Alternative Spring Break trip again this year!

How can I apply?

2012-2013 applications have closed, but you can still learn more about getting involved with the 2013-2014 trip, by:

-Supporting our trip fundraising intiaitives between Oct 2012 - Feb 2013

-Dropping into our 'Trip Showcase' on March 20, 2013, where we will share our first-hand experiences with the Brescia community