University of Delaware Alternative Breaks

2022 Programs

Appreciating Appalachian Culture and Addressing Rural Poverty

Appalachia Service Project

Jonesville, VA

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) brings volunteers from around the nation to work alongside the community in rural Central Appalachia to adinpair homes for families in low income communities. ASP aims to make homes safer, warmer and drier for homeowners while fostering a spirit of love, acceptance and hopefulness to respond to the community’s need for adequate housing. ASP encourages people to act responsibly in the face of human need and injustice. Participants will work with local community members in Jonesville, VA, on housing projects using hard skills to build sufficient housing. They will also examine the underlying structures and systems related to rural poverty and housing insecurity. (19 participants)

Returning Site|Open Spots Available

Estimated Fee: $635

Site Leaders: Erin Potter and Hannah Hicks

Deconstructing Systems: Housing Insecurity in Sussex County

Habitat for Humanity

Sussex County, DE

Habitat for Humanity aims to provide decent, affordable housing for families and to support sustainable and transformative development. Habitat strives to build homes and communities and to promote the dignity and agency of homeowners. Homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and receive an affordable mortgage. Participants will assist in the construction of homes in the area of Sussex County, DE. They will perform hard skills tasks to build more affordable housing for individuals and families experiencing economic inequality. Participants will discuss and reflect on the systems and policies that contribute to housing insecurity and economic disparities. (18 participants)

Returning Site|Open Spot Available

Estimated Program Fee: $430

Site Leaders: Kim Bieksha and Claudia Schreier

Reopening the Doors to Opportunity: Developing Community after Substantial Job Loss

H.O.M.E.

Orland, ME

H.O.M.E. is an organization in Orland, ME, that helps to address the needs of the community after a local paper mill closing caused the loss of 700 jobs in the area. H.O.M.E works to provide services to the community including temporary housing for families, a daycare, a thrift shop, and soup kitchen. H.O.M.E. strives to develop a community of support for the people in Hancock County to empower them through their financial and social services. Participants could work on various projects that include constructing houses, harvesting wood, shelter work, and more. Throughout the program, participants will discuss the various personal, social and legal complications that individuals in poverty face. (18 participants)

Returning Site|Open Spot Available

Estimated Fee: $320

Site Leaders: Haley Carr and Kaitlyn Wegener

Growing Community: Local, Sustainable, and Equitable Food Systems

Urban Tree Connection

Philadelphia, PA

The Urban Tree Connection (UTC) works with residents in Philadelphia’s historically marginalized urban communities to revitalize their neighborhoods by transforming abandoned open spaces into safe and functional places that inspire and promote positive human interaction. UTC works with residents of West Philadelphia’s Haddington neighborhood to develop community-driven greening and gardening projects on vacant land. Participants will work alongside UTC to support their greening and community gardening efforts. In reflection, participants will unpack the complexities surrounding food insecurity, economic disparities and marginalization. (13 participants)

Returning Site|Open Spots Available

Estimated Fee: $600

Site Leaders: Ahila Moorthy and Grace Birmingham

Reframing the Narrative: Autism Awareness and Neurodiversity

Camp Royall

Moncure, NC

Camp Royall is a year-round camp built to meet the needs of individuals with autism. Camp Royall provides overnight, recreational camp experiences to members of the autistic community in a safe, loving environment that accepts and celebrates each individual. While at camp, participants will serve as Activity Directors working closely with the staff to help organize fun and accessible events from music and motion to themed evening activities.  Participants will serve as counselors or activity leaders to campers, accompanying and supporting them in activities throughout each day. The camp experience will teach participants about ableism, neurodiversity, and the disability justice movement. (18 participants)

Returning Site|Open Spots Available

Estimated Program Fee: $385

Site Leaders: Dana Wilkins and Emma Calhoun

Applications Open October 11th, 2021!