“In a service trip, students can meet with a variety of new people, share our stories, and [listen] to their stories. Students can gain fresh and innovative perspectives and experiences that are either directly or in the long term helpful for their individual development.”
“The most important thing I learned concerned who I am and who I want to be.”
“I learned a lot about social issues (homelessness, poverty) that I knew about but had never had the opportunity to really experience before. “
“I had a fantastic time, and I would do it again if I could. I really enjoyed my time and I loved the people that I was with.”
“This was some of the most fun I’ve ever had with a group of people. I felt truly connected to almost everyone my trip, as well as the founders of Once Upon a Time. I will never forget this trip, and look forward to future ones.”
“It was possibly the best experience of my life so far!”
“It was a great experience and I implore others to participate.”
“My two trips have been the most rewarding opportunities I have had the privilege of participating in and leading while on Cornell’s campus and I regret not participating sooner.”
Alternative Spring Break 2012
The 2012 Spring Break was Cornell's biggest yet, with more than 60 students traveling to four service sites.
Once Upon a Time: Maryville, Tennessee
Cornellians spent a week in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains working with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation and learning about environmental issues. The group worked on a variety of projects, including working with the Snowbird Cherokee community, supporting hikers on the Appalachian Trail, cleaning and preparing campsites for the spring and summer season, and building an outdoor exhibit for the Sequoyah Museum.
Tornado Recovery: Joplin, Missouri
Cornellians joined the disaster recovery efforts following the tornados that struck Joplin, Missouri. The group helped with the painting and construction of several homes in Joplin.
La Puente: Alamosa, Colorado: Poverty and Homelessness
Cornellians worked with La Puente, a service organization in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. La Puente provides emergency shelter, food assistance, transitional housing, homeless prevention and community outreach services and a children’s program. Volunteers worked on a variety of these projects during their week.
At Risk Youth: New Orleans, Louisiana
Cornellians worked with children and youth in New Orleans at local schools in the city. Participants built great relationships through interactions with the children and youth, while exploring the vibrant and diverse culture of the city.