In the spring of 2006 inspired by the vision of students from the American Marketing Association, CSULB students, staff and faculty answered the call to assist with efforts to rebuild the thousands of houses in the Gulf region affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Now in its tenth year, the Alternative Spring Break team will travel to the New Orleans, LA area to continue in the rebuilding efforts. Our trip will be hosted by Habitat for Humanity. Since rebuilding efforts are ongoing, we may not know the specifics of our tasks until we arrive at the Habitat for Humanity volunteer distribution center.
We will depart the Beach for the Bayou on Sunday, March 27th and return on Saturday, April 2nd. The cost to students selected to participate will be $275. This will cover all necessary expenses (i.e. air and ground transportation, lodging, and most meals).
All students selected to participate in Alternative Spring Break 2016 will be required to enroll in the Service Learning class University 300I.
The course will examine one of the most important events of our lives: Hurricane Katrina and its impact upon the Gulf Coast and the rest of the nation, with a particular emphasis upon the city of New Orleans. Members of this learning community will acquire a complex understanding of Hurricane Katrina not just as a severe meteorological event but as an event with very real implications for what is arguably the most unique city in America.
Minimum Application Process
Students will be selected through a competitive process. Priority consideration is given to graduating seniors. Those selected will be notified by November 2nd.
The CSULB Alternative Spring Break 2015 program will work with Habitat for Humanity New Orleans. This provides opportunities for students to spend a week building a house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates.
We will start each work day at 7:30AM. We will work until at least 3:00 PM each day. After the safety briefing, you will be assigned to a home/project for the day. You will be working with a Habitat for Humanity member throughout the day. Groups may be separated depending on the project needs at the time. The homes will be in a variety of building stages. Tasks or projects for the day may include: painting, roofing, floor systems, wall raising, siding, caulking, window treatments, among other things. If you have previous experience with a certain skill and wish to utilize it, please inform your Habitat supervisor. However, this does not insure that you will be doing a particular type of work. Volunteers are placed where they are most needed. We recognize that many of our volunteers may have little or no construction experience, and we hope to make this a learning experience for everyone. Experienced Habitat members will guide you in your daily tasks.
We will be housed at one of the many volunteer centers in New Orleans, a short distance from the French Quarters. Most meals will be eaten at the volunteer center. Hot breakfast and cold cereals are served in the mornings. You will pack your lunch in the morning to take to the work site. Dinner, New Orleans meals, following the work day will also take place at the volunteer center. A vegetarian option is available each day.