UConn will run mystery alternative spring break for the first time
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
UConn offers students many alternative spring break opportunities, but one new trip will provide 45 students with the chance to “truly immerse” themselves in a community on a mystery alternative spring break.
“(The trip) is unique because we are pushing away from where we are going to why we are going: the love of service,” team leader Brandon St. Jean said. “Our trip will give participants the chance to take a step away from the traditional ways of learning and truly immerse themselves in the community we will be working with.”
This is the university’s only alternative spring break trip with a focus on disaster relief, according to St. Jean. He believes that keeping the location a mystery will help students understand how disasters can affect anyone.
Additionally, this is the first year a mystery spring break trip will be offered. The location has already been selected, but it will not be revealed for several more weeks, according to St. Jean.
The focus of the trip is to assist an area in the continental United States recently affected by a natural disaster. The team of 45 undergraduate students, two trip leaders, three team leaders and four staff members will travel to the location-to-be-revealed and do “hands on, direct service with a community.”
St. Jean said the ultimate goal of the trip is to learn more about the culture of the area by working “alongside community members.” He hopes the group will “engage in thoughtful discussion” and gain a better grasp on the meaning of service.
Applications for the trip will be accepted through Oct. 30 on volunteer.uconn.edu under alternative breaks. Students looking for additional information can contact Maeve Shea and Augustyna Gogoj at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information sessions for the trip will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in Student Union 106A; Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. in Student Union 312 and Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Student Union 321.