Rollins Named a Leader in Alternative Breaks

For the fifth year in a row, Rollins is ranked in the top five nationally for highest percentage of students who participate in alternative breaks.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins was recently ranked No. 4 for highest percentage of students who participate in alternative spring breaks according to Break Away’s 2016–17 National Chapter Survey. This is the fifth consecutive year that Rollins has ranked in the top five in this category.

Break Away is a national nonprofit organization that promotes quality alternative break programs, which are trips in which groups of college students provide volunteer services while focusing on social issues.

Rollins organizes its alternative breaks through the Immersion: Citizens Take Action program. During the 2016–17 academic year, the College organized 18 Immersion experiences that addressed issues such as environmental preservation, hunger, homelessness, poverty, immigration, women’s rights, and youth education.

During 2016-17 Immersions, students installed water-filtration systems in the Dominican Republic, tutored students at low-income schools in New York City, and supported environmental restoration initiatives in the Smoky Mountains, among other experiences.

Ten percent of Rollins students participated in an alternative spring break in the 2016–17 academic year. That percentage would have been higher, but two alternative breaks in the fall were cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.

Other colleges and universities in the top 10 reporting schools include University of Notre Dame, Vanderbilt University, and Wartburg College. There were 167 reporting chapter schools this year.

To learn more about Immersion and the upcoming service learning experiences, visit the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement.