Apr 202010
Authors: Rachel Childs

The thought of a school break usually involves a drunken trip to Cabo San Lucas or sitting in a swank cabin sipping on hot chocolate.

But at CSU, students have the option to do alternative breaks, sponsored by the SLiCE office to help better communities around the world and experience different cultures.

Tonight, groups will present slideshows of their experience and lessons they gleaned in the North Ballroom of the Lory Student Center at 6 p.m. to show the impact their work has had on them and others.

“The students will be talking about the impact they feel they made and what they learned,” said Jen Johnson, assistant director of SLiCE.

Trips included hurricane relief in New Orleans, ecotourism in Panama and experiencing the hardships of homelessness in Washington D.C. Students can go for as long as a weekend to up to two weeks.

“There’s a huge variety,” Johnson said.

Alternative breaks began more than 10 years ago with a trip to Hopi reservations to learn about Native American culture.

Now, there are 19 trips offered to students who have the urge to be leaders and an interest in philanthropy.

“We really hope the experience helps the students know about themselves and their community and different problems all around the world,” Johnson said.

_Staff writer Rachel Childs can be reached at news@collegian.com. _

What: Slideshow of alternative breaks.

When: 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: North Ballroom of Lory Student Center

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