8 New Ways to Spring Break

Rollins College spring breakers are traveling across the U.S. and abroad for educational and service-learning trips of a lifetime.

The perfect spring break can be more than hanging out with friends on sunny beaches.

More and more Rollins students are swapping traditional spring breaks for trips that are more impactful—both for themselves and for others. In fact, thanks to the growing number of service-learning opportunities, Rollins was recently named No. 1 for highest percentage of alternative spring breakers on campus for the third year in a row.

Alternative breakers at Rollins are packing their suitcases this week for trips of a lifetime across the nation and abroad. Take a look at where they’re going to earn course credit in unique field studies and where they’re volunteering their time in service-learning Immersion experiences.

Global Middle Ages: An International Field Study

Various locations, Peru
February 26 – March 4 | International Spring Break Field Study

Faculty leaders Jana Matthews and Emily Russell say: Students in the English course Coming of Age in World Literature will explore the wonders of Peru from the capitol city of Lima to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. They will use poems, novels, films, archeological ruins, religious texts, and museums to explore how Peruvian culture works to shape and define contemporary and Western conceptions of national identity.

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Digging into Diversity in Detroit

Detroit, Michigan
February 27 – March 5 │ Alternative Spring Break Immersion

The Immersion planning team says: Detroit is a cultural melting pot with rich communities of Arab-American, African-American and Latin-American populations. Students will learn about working alongside different cultures to gain a greater understanding of their contributions to the fabric of the nation.

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Full STEM Ahead!

Atlanta, Georgia
February 27 – March 4 │ Alternative Spring Break Immersion

The Immersion planning team says: Students will learn about issues linked to inclusion and equality in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education as they work with community partners in Atlanta such as Engineering for Kids, STEM Georgia, and Cool Girls, Inc.

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Mountaineering in Moab

Moab, Utah
February 27 – March 5 │ Alternative Spring Break Immersion

The Immersion planning team says: Students will help their community partner, Plateau Restoration, with environmental conservation efforts, such as building up river banks and planting trees. This is a true camping experience at Ken’s Lake Campground. And while they’re there, they’ll hike through Arches Nation Park and experience the rural town of Moab.

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Service Immersion in the Bahamas

Abaco, Bahamas
February 27 – March 5 │ Combined Alternative Spring Break Immersion and Spring Break Field Study

The Immersion planning team says: Students will travel to Great Abaco Island to look into the everyday, textured life that exists beyond the more common tourist images of the Bahamas. They will work closely with the students and teachers at a school for children with special needs and participate in lesson planning for the areas of technology, art, and music.

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Keys to Discovery: Coastal Restoration

Key West, Florida
February 28 – March 3 │ Alternative Spring Break Immersion

The Immersion planning team says: Students will journey to the beautiful, unique, and fragile coastal habitat of the Florida Keys. Participants will engage in environmental efforts that aim to protect and maintain an important ecosystem for future generations by working alongside the Nature Conservancy’s Florida chapter.

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Global Consulting Project

Monterrey, Mexico
February 28 – March 5 │ Crummer Graduate School of Business, EAMBA and PMBA

Faculty leader Mary Conway Dato-on says: Crummer students enrolled in INTL 604 will visit Vía Educación, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the development of youth who live in areas with high rates of unemployment, substance abuse, and violence and lower rates of graduation. They’ll create profiles on life and workplace skills required by employers and develop marketing strategies to engage local employers in the program.

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Global Consulting Project

Trieste, Italy
February 28 – March 5 │ Crummer Graduate School of Business, EAMBA and PMBA

Faculty leader Jim Johnson says: Crummer students enrolled in INTL 604 will partner with an Italian food manufacturer seeking to set up operations in the U.S. The students will travel to Italy to understand the company’s current structure and will then serve as consultants to make recommendations on the best possible new locations in the U.S.—taking into account transportation infrastructure, access to suppliers, employees, costs, taxes, local government, and quality of life.

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Get Involved

There are even more alternative break trips in the works. To learn more about next upcoming Immersion experiences, including next month’s March Madness in the Mangroves, contact the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement. To learn more about upcoming international field studies, contact the Office of International Programs.