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Welcome to Brock Cares Alternative Reading Week
This initiative gives students and the greater Brock community the opportunity to get involved in hands-on service projects while traveling during the February Reading Week to communities abroad!
There are a variety of projects offered and each experience is designed to give you the opportunity to meet new people, build relationships, and stretch yourself in new directions as you learn about the issues facing the community you are serving in. This will happen both with fellow teammates, with the organizations we partner with, and by learning from people living in the local community. You will also have the chance to experience the culture of the area, delve into the social issues at hand, and develop new skills as you serve and participate in group discussion throughout the week to help you understand all that you are learning and seeing.
It is our hope that you return with a sparked interest in being an active citizen and have a greater understanding of the social issues that impact communities. We also hope you identify how this experience ties into your academics here at Brock, or plays into your future plans while meeting some great new friends along the way!
The 2017 February Alternative Reading Week includes the following opportunities:
- South Carolina: participants will have the opportunity to help build a house with Habitat for Humanity, Collegiate Challenge, maximum of 30 spots available. This trip will take place from Saturday, February 18th - Saturday, February 25th.
- Peru: participants will be teaching English and interacting with students of various school ages, as well as run camp or Right-to-Play type of activities. Additionally, there will be construction of a 100m stair case with Solidarity Experiences Abroad (SEA) Program. Maximum of 22 spots available. This trip will take place from Thursday, February 16th - Sunday, February 26th.
Applications to participate in the trips are now open and seats are filled on a first come, first serve basis:
All members of the Brock community are invited to complete the application to participate and will be contacted for a brief interview after submitting the application. Click here to apply now!
Want to take a leadership role on these trips? Apply to be a trip leader by October 28th!
Here is a small snapshot of what student have to say about their Alternative Reading Week trip experience:
"It's amazing what a small contribution can do to help a lot of people in a big way."
- JC Bitonti, St. Catharines participant
"The Alternative Spring Break trip to South Carolina couldn't have been a better reading week experience. I've done the resort vacations and now, after volunteering with Brock down south, I don't think I would ever go back to a resort! You just get SO much more out of a trip like this, the people you are with are amazing, you get to work with locals and truly make a difference in a community that needs it."
- Southern US participant
"I really enjoyed my trip to the Dominican.As a first year student living in residence I was unsure of how I would impact my residence community. I was very involved at my high school and wanted that to continue as I moved into University. Going to the Dominican gave me the chance to take that leadership role and run with it. Not only did I get to experience visiting a beautiful country but the trip also got a chance to "dip my feet" into the profession that I will be doing for the rest of my life. I learned that you must take every moment and live it to the fullest. Going to the DR changed not only who I am, but also how I look at my community and my surroundings. I know that I will remember my trip forever"
- Kaitlyn O'Hara, Domincan participant
Social Justice and/or Activism, Volunteering/Service, Workshops & Skill Development, 一 CWC Global Awareness - International Service