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Apply Now Ecuador South America Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 16th, 2014

With environmental conservation as the theme, we will be involved with a wide range of activities including trail improvement and construction, reforestation, enrichment plantings, harvesting fish, collecting/planting medicinal plants, and much more. The aim of the service is to create community development in the indigenous communities of Pastaza based on sustainable use of biological resources and cultural norms. We will be spending the majority of our recreational time in the great outdoors! Activites will include hiking, exploring the rainforest, taking nature walks, swimming beneath waterfalls, and playing soccer with community members. We will have an opportunity to grind sugar cane, collect the juice, and enjoy this sweet treat. At night, we will attend community gatherings and campfires that include traditional song, dance, and storytelling. The Shuar people are passionate about conserving their home and teaching visitors about the rainforest.

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Apply Now Joshua Tree, CA Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 16th, 2014

There are four major projects that the NPS anticipates working on in the spring of 2014 that encompass watering plants, removing restoration materials, outplanting, and eradicating invasive species. We'll be dividing our time between these projects based on the current needs of the NPS, and we may also do some trail maintenance. While in Joshua Tree we’ll be hiking a lot, making a particular point to take a sunrise hike up Ryan Mountain and go through the infamous Chasm (if we can find it!). Other afternoons we'll make a point of driving out to Keys View where supposedly you can see all the way to Mexico on a clear day, and visiting the old mines. There will be plenty of campfires with s’mores included too! Once we make our way to L.A., we plan to visit many of the typical touristy locations like Venice Beach, Watts Tower, and Sunset Strip along with a visit to the famous L.A. Farmer’s Market Saturday morning before heading to the airport.

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Apply Now Congaree, SC Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be assisting John Torrence and other Park Rangers in Congaree National Park. There will be a variety of activities which may include trail work, back country bridge work, non-native plant removal, or any other jobs the Park Rangers need help with in the spring. John will keep us busy working but we’ll be having fun all the while! The work we do on the trails and bridges will bring visible benefits to future visitors to the Park! The work with non-native plant removal will allow native species to flourish! In our free time, we're planning on doing a lot of recreational hiking, depending on how much hiking we have already done during daily work. Hiking ideas include Big Tree Hike, Weston Lake Wilderness Hike, and a guided Owl Prowl night hike. We also plan on going on a canoe tour Tuesday afternoon to explore the Congaree River either with Park Rangers or simply by ourselves. On Friday, we will drive to Charleston for the day. here are plenty of options on Johns Island and in downtown Charleston. We can explore the streets of Charleston, observe the historical architecture and beautiful waterfront, eat some southern cuisine, go to the beach, visit battery park, adventure through old plantations, or visit the famous Angel Oak Tree, estimated to be over 1500 years old! Also, if we get lucky, we’ll be able to enjoy an ice cream cone from the elusive Roots Ice Cream Truck! And did we mention that we dedicate a part of each night to reflections around the campfire while roasting s’mores?!

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Apply Now Gulf Coast Road Trip Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

The main focus of our volunteer work will be environmental conservation. Now this is sort of an umbrella statement considering it can include myriad types of work. In Biloxi our work could range from trail-blazing through a regional park to planting Cypress saplings in the marshes to reinforce the earth and help protect again the flooding that follows nearly every major storm in the region. We will be doing similar work in New Orleans with a focus on wetlands restoration. Our work will include working in nurseries to help cultivate marsh-native trees to wading out in the wetlands ourselves to plant these same trees. There are a number of exciting things to do along the Gulf Coast in addition to our service – activities that are not only fun, but that also reinforce the culture of the Gulf Coast. In Biloxi, there will be no shortage of things to do. From sampling the local cuisine(including the best fried shrimp both Laura and Jacob have ever had) to shrimping a la Forrest Gump, we will be sure to stay busy. New Orleans will be incredible. From ghost tours through the city to flying through the wetlands on airboats, we know any free time will not be wasted. We will also make sure to help ourselves to a healthy sample of the Cajun culture that marries even the most disparate parts of New Orleans. This will include having a fancy New Orleans brunch, visiting live jazz lounges, and multiple staple New Orleans restaurants and cafes that keep people coming back to the city for the food alone.

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Apply Now Annapolis, MD Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

The staff at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will put us to work improving the Bay ecosystem throughout the week. One project that is especially important is the improvement of the Bay’s oyster population. To help revive their numbers, we will be working at an oyster restoration center where we can help grow and plant oysters. One will day hopefully be spent in the field on one of the CBF’s research vessels. In addition to these activities, we may also plant vegetation to improve water quality and prevent runoff, improve erosion control along the coast, and clean trash from the area. We will have a day and a half off, during which we will explore Annapolis and the surrounding area! Though we’ll definitely seek input from the group, some potential activities include visiting the US Naval Academy, touring a nearby lighthouse, hiking along sections of the Appalachian Trail in the area, and visiting the beach and Calvert Cliffs. The CBF’s headquarters is located at the state of the art Phillip Merrell environmental center, one of the world’s most environmentally-sound buildings, and we hope to tour this incredible facility. Additionally, look forward to good group bonding time over the campfire, games of Catchphrase, and plenty of s’mores.

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Apply Now San Juan, TX Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

Proyecto Azteca builds community homes at a work site before transporting them to the colonias, the predominantly Hispanic subsidized neighborhoods in Texas. When building homes on-site, the participants work together doing a variety of tasks including staining, sealing, sanding, varnishing, caulking, spackling, gardening, laying tiles, painting, installing insulation, and nailing. Participants also have the opportunity to plan and throw a party for kids in a colonia—an experience that is enlightening and fun. In our off time, we will do various activities to explore and learn about all the unique characteristics of an energetic and multicultural border town. We visit St. Peter’s Basilica, wildlife refuges, clubs with live salsa dancing, restaurants with amazing authentic Mexican food, and an old-school drive-in theater. We will also be preparing our own meals (using the grill whenever possible) using fresh meat and vegetables from local markets.

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Apply Now Jupiter Island, FL Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

Our service activities will be decided on-site – depending on the needs at the time. Previous activities have included: invasive species removal, fence maintenance, tree planting, painting, trail clearing, etc. Participants will be outdoors and active for the week, enjoying warm temperatures. We will take advantage of some of Jupiter’s great recreational activities in our time off, like a kayaking trip up and down the Loxahatchee River to look for manatees, appreciating the natural beauty from atop Jupiter Island Lighthouse, and seeing a different conservation effort at the Blowing Rocks Preserve. Participants should also be prepared to enjoy campfire s’mores regularly!

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Apply Now Virginia Road Trip Mar 9th, 2014 to Mar 16th, 2014

Road tripping between Charlottesville, Virginia Beach, D.C., and Harpers Ferry affords us the opportunity to experience four unique regions of our beautiful state. In Charlottesville, we will take advantage of one of many fantastic hiking opportunities with a trek up Dobie Mountain, and venture to a non-Corner restaurant that uses local produce after our day at the Local Food Hub. We will hopefully have some time to kick back in the sand at Virginia Beach after contributing to the effort to maintain the shoreline. There are countless museums and landmarks to explore in D.C., so we’ll decide as a group what sites we most want to see. More hiking awaits in beautiful, historic Harpers Ferry before we return to Charlottesville! Participants should be prepared for a variety of service! Farming, bay restoration, and tutoring will all be included! Specific service activities at the Local Food Hub and Save the Bay may change depending on weather conditions and the needs of the the organization when we arrive.

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Apply Now Catalina Mountains, AZ Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be assisting forest rangers in Coronado with the 10-year Wilderness Stewardship Challenge, which will involve hiking and inventorying through the Pusch Ridge Wilderness Area.  We'll be working on accessible trails leading from the mountain down to the valley floor, with a GPS unit and cameras documenting campsites, invasive species, signage and vandalism, among other tasks.  In addition, we'll take part in invasive species removal for about a half-day or so. Our hikes will be about 4 hours each way in groups of 3-4, including stops for inventorying, taking pictures for documentation, and enjoying the beautiful Catalinas. In Pusch Ridge, we’ll have plenty of time in the afternoons to explore and enjoy the wilderness, and we’ll be cooking dinners together in the evenings. After finishing our work in Coronado, we will visit either Colossal Cave Mountain Park or Kartchner Caverns, where we’ll take a cave tour and see the colorful cave formations, potentially on an underground trail. We are also planning to visit either the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or the Western Art Museum in Tucson, followed by dinner in the city after our work with Sky Island Alliance.  If time permits, we’ll check out Kipp Peak National Observatory for a nighttime viewing program. We may even try to go to a Major League Baseball Spring Training Baseball game. And thrift shopping, lots of great opportunities to thrift.

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Apply Now Grand Canyon, AZ Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 16th, 2014

While at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, we will be working with the National Park Service in assisting with various environmental conservation projects that are needed at the time. Past projects with the National Park Service have involved trail maintenance, trash pick-up, construction and other manual labor activities. This year we will be most likely treating and removing trees from developed recreational areas that potentially risk the property/visitors or trees that show clearly discernible defects indicating a diseased condition. In our off time, we will be exploring the wonders of Grand Canyon National Park! Hiking will be our main event(s), possible trails include the South Kalibab or Rim trail, both are considered to have the best views in the park. If hiking isn’t quite up your alley, we are also looking into renting bikes and spending a day cycling the rim trail. Evenings at the ranger station will include scintillating games of catchphrase, quality stargazing, and most importantly s’mores.

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Apply Now Nicaragua Central America Mar 7th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

With the help of our partner organization we will be providing health fairs and health clinics in rural areas of Nicaragua. The health fairs are set up at local schools and focus on health education. We work primarily with children for these. It’s a lot of fun to talk to the kids and help them learn about the importance of health… and of course we get a few soccer games in! At the health clinics we conduct blood pressure and eye tests, give fluoride treatments, etc. This year we will also have the opportunity to visit an orphanage and spend time with the kids there! Nicaragua obviously has a lot to offer! When we are in Jinotepe, we will try a local restaurant as well as explore the local market. In Huehuete, we will be able to enjoy the beach for a couple of hours after working at the health fairs all day. Also, we will be visiting the island of Ometepe for a couple of days where we will enjoy a hike up to a waterfall and enjoy the calm waters of the lake.

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Apply Now Point Reyes, CA Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be performing maintenance on the trails within the park. This may include clearing impassable trails, doing routine trail clean-up, making steep portions of trail easier to navigate, or dealing with water run-off. While it does require some degree of manual labor, it’s a great way to see the park! Since Point Reyes receives millions of visitors each year, trail maintenance is key to keeping the park up and running. We are going to spend most of our recreation time taking advantage of the miles of beautiful hiking trails in the park! We will also explore the lighthouse, hopefully see some WHALES, and have lots of beach bonfires. On the last full day, we will drive to San Francisco and spend the day exploring the city.

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Apply Now Pensacola, FL Mar 7th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

Our first partner organization addresses the environmental issues affecting the Pensacola Bay Area. Working with Project Greenshores, just outside of downtown Pensacola, our service will consist of any number of tasks to preserve, restore, and enhance the local coastal ecosystems. Possible projects include planting and cultivating saltmarsh and seagrass and collecting and distributing oyster shells to create reefs. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to constructing homes for low-income families. We will be working alongside other college students in a “Collegiate Challenge” and future homeowners to help construct these houses. Our work may include anything from cutting and preparing boards to framing to painting to landscaping. The Waterfront Rescue Mission’s Pensacola Men’s Shelter is a men’s homeless shelter that provides food and shelter for 130-150 men per evening. Twice during the week, we will cook dinner at the Mission’s facility for all of the residents. Our recreational activities will focus on the Pensacola waterfront, including the wildlife, beaches, and gems that a port city offers. We will spend time on the beach, at the nearby state parks, or exploring the town. Depending on participants’ interests, we may also visit the Naval Aviation Museum, the Pensacola Lighthouse, the Wildlife Reserve, or the Veterans’ Memorial.

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Apply Now Portland, OR Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with Portland Parks and Recreation, which cares for over 10,000 acres of parks and natural areas within the city as well as providing recreational facilities and educational programs for Portland residents. Our mornings and afternoons will be filled with service work that will consist of trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, amphibian monitoring and ecosystem management, trash removal, and forest conservation in just a few of Portland’s many parks. Service will consist of light manual labor, which will be both tiring and rewarding. After our service work each day, we will have plenty of chances to explore the city! Portland is a great city to walk around in, and there are many interesting places to see and visit. Some planned recreation activities include a city bike tour, hiking through Forest Park, canoeing on the Columbia River Gorge, attending a slam poetry session, and a visit to the world famous Voodoo Donuts. Portland offers so many options for outdoor activities that we can guarantee you will not be bored!

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Apply Now Mammoth Cave, KY Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

Be ready for anything! We could be pulling weeds, painting, or heavier trail work like pulling stumps. Last year the Mammoth Cave ASB trip spent much of their time combating alien species, such as honeysuckle and garlic mustard, that disturb that indigenous ecosystems in the park, but we will do whatever the Park Service needs when we arrive. Be ready to learn to use tools like Pulaskis and Mcleods as well as muscles in your body that you didn’t know existed. No experience with trail maintenance is necessary, but participants must be ready to work and play in the dirt and have fun doing it!

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Apply Now Las Marias, Puerto Rico Caribbean Mar 7th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will put Permaculture into action. We will work with organic gardens, planting and harvesting crops. We will create powerful plant food by combining dirt, animal feces and environmentally safe chemicals. We will build water treatment systems that recycle gray water (water used for washing hands, dishes, etc.), making it palatable for plants, and irrigation systems that distribute said water. We will practice Bio-Construction, which is building living quarters out of natural elements. The primary type of Bio-Construction at Plenitud is called Earthbag Construction - dirt is packed into bags and the bags are stacked into igloo-shaped huts. Bio-Construction is economical, sturdy, and environmentally friendly. These hands-on, physically challenging tasks will be fun and invigorating, but the best part is that by the end of the trip, we will not only understand Permaculture, but be prepared to practice aspects of it (anyone up for an organic garden?) in our daily lives.

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Apply Now El Yunque, Puerto Rico Caribbean Mar 7th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with a variety of teams of park rangers in El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rainforest in the US National Forest System. Possible projects include working with the Eco Research Team helping take water samples and building habitats for the forest’s endangered species; working with the Nursery Team and helping cultivate some of the forest’s 150 fern species and 240 tree species; and working with the Parks and Recs Team maintaining hiking trails, and painting bridges. Throughout the week, we will have the opportunity to explore the vast rainforest, hike to and swim in La Mina Falls, wander through El Portal, tour the visitor’s center, and get a grand view of the forest from the Yokahú Observation Tower. After work one afternoon, we will drive to nearby Luquillo Beach to eat at the food kiosks owned by culinary institute chefs and lounge at the beach.

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Apply Now Tuscaloosa, AL Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

In Tuscaloosa, we will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity, an organization that builds “attractive, affordable, and sustainable” houses for families in need. Although we don’t know specifically what we will be doing yet, it could be anything from pouring the cement foundation to painting the inside of the house. As previously stated, no experience in construction is necessary! While in Tuscaloosa, we plan to do more than just work with Habitat for Humanity. We want our participants to learn about all the aspects of the city and in order to do so, we will be doing some exploring. One afternoon, we will explore the University of Alabama as well as downtown Tuscaloosa, which is a major business center in Alabama. In addition, we would like to tour the affected areas of the city and if there is time, visit the Mercedes-Benz factory. Since we are staying at a campground, there will also be plenty of time for s’mores and campfire bonding.

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Apply Now Asheville, NC Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

Asheville Greenworks, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is an organization focused on providing a clean, green community. Although we won’t know our exact task until a few weeks before, we will be doing environmental work throughout the city with a primary focus on the French Broad River. This could involve elm bulb planting along the river, river clean-up, tree planting, preservation acts or all of the above! Regardless of the exact task, it will be fun, rewarding and muddy work! Just bring a good work ethic, rubber boots and positive attitude! In our down time we will have the opportunity to explore downtown Asheville and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Make sure to bring your hiking shoes because we will be enjoying the view from some of the highest ridge-lines on the east coast in the Pisgah National Forest. We also hope to go ziplining in the wonderful mountains! We will be eating delicious, organic Asheville specialities and dominating Asheville’s trivia scene (actually though, we won twice last trip).

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Apply Now Nashville, TN Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

The Nashville Food Project works to provide increased access to healthy foods in homeless and working poor communities across Davidson County. Our goal is to leave Nashville with a better understanding of the nutrition and food security crisis that exists in much of urban America, but we are also interested in discovering some healthy and effective practices that are helping to keep Nashville’s otherwise thriving culinary culture alive. Services activities will range from helping create and cultivate community gardens to preparing meals in the Nashville Food Project Kitchen, to helping distribute meals and fruits & veggies from the gardens throughout Nashville via Food Trucks. In our free time we hope to take in all that the Music City has to offer. We will visit all things music related including the Country Music Hall of Fame, Music Row, and the Grand Ole Opry. We also hope to see a live music show perhaps at one of Nashville’s famous Honky-tonks! We will also see Nashville’s historic side from visiting the Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s Plantation) as well as visiting a full sized replica of the Parthenon. Plenty of time will be dedicated to simply exploring the neighborhoods we will serve and getting ‘in tune’ with Nashville’s local culture.

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Apply Now Dominican Republic Caribbean Mar 7th, 2014 to Mar 16th, 2014

While visiting Santiago, Dajabón, and Santo Domingo, we will stay in hotels, but in Batey Libertad we will be hosted by some wonderful families who welcome us into their homes with beds, food, and plenty of hospitality. Batey life is fairly "rustic" with regular electricity blackouts ("apagones") and without internet or running water, but we promise there will still never be a dull moment! Full immersion provides some amazing opportunities for us to bond with the locals and really begin to understand who they are. Participants must have enthusiasm, compassion, open minds, and an understanding that we as visitors will represent not just our University but also our entire country on this trip. Daily life in the Batey is hard, but the community members (many of them with some Haitian or mixed ancestry) are wonderful people who honestly can't wait to learn from you as well as to teach you in return. We will be working hand in hand with community members on various projects from engaging in physical labor to volunteering in the literacy center, and ASB participants should always be respectful. A basic level of Spanish is not required but will definitely help you communicate.

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Apply Now Savannah, GA Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with three organizations during our time in Savannah. With the Ronald McDonald House, we will be cooking a full meal as a group for the families that are going through difficult times and have sick children needing an extended hospital stay. At the Second Harvest food bank, we will be organizing and bagging food up for those in need in the warehouse. We also hope to work with their Kids Café Program which provides food and a safe place for at risk kids to go after school. Lastly, at the YMCA, we will be spending time playing with and interacting with the kids at the Y as well as working outside on the grounds of the Y. Participants should be up for a whole array of activities, as specific service details will depend on what these three organizations need help with in March. We will be spending our free time exploring what Savannah has to offer! We have a lot of options, so we’ll be consulting the group about what interests you most. Besides just walking around and taking in the Southern charm, we can soak up the sun and climb to the top of the Tybee Lighthouse at Tybee beach, eat some delicious ice cream from a famous city staple, Leopold’s, dine on some Southern cuisine at the City Market, embark on a Ghost tour throughout downtown Savannah, play Frisbee and hang out at Forsyth Park, enjoy some of the Saint Patrick’s Day events which Savannah is well known for, and visit the Riverfront to stroll along Factor’s walk.

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Apply Now NOLA- Caiti and Lindsey Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity! While we won’t know the specifics about our worksite until we approach our trip date you can expect projects that include helping to build and restore homes for individuals affected by Hurricane Katrina. There is so much to be discovered and experienced in the city of New Orleans! In addition to volunteering we will have the opportunity to see and explore much of what New Orleans has to offer. We will visit the famous French Quarter, attend a jazz concert at Preservation Hall and venture to the Louisiana State Museum’s Katrina & Beyond Exhibit in order to see and understand the impact of the hurricane on the city. We’ll be getting up close and personal with the wildlife of the bayou with a swamp tour, as well as experiencing New Orleans at night with a ghost tour. Prepare yourselves to eat beignets at the famous Café du Monde and see the liveliness of Bourbon Street at night! And last but not least we will definitely be experiencing that unbelievable Cajun cuisine New Orleans is famous for! (alligator anyone?)

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Apply Now Shenandoah, VA Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with Bill Holman, the PATC district manager of the Mutton Hollow trails, and we will either help him maintain his current trails or possibly construct new trails. Our help is needed to both protect the surrounding hillsides and help the trails survive their everyday use by hikers and mountain bikers. Possible trail work tasks could include building water bars to control runoff, constructing staircases, clearing underbrush, laying gravel, and working with fun tools such as pulaskis. Ever chop down a tree or wrestle a giant root out of the ground with your bare hands? You probably will after this trip.

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Apply Now Drake Bay, Costa Rica Caribbean Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

Drake Bay is a very ecologically diverse region of Costa Rica. Unfortunately, pollution and deforestation are constant threats to Costa Rica’s natural beauty, so our service activities will be geared towards preventing pollution and deforestation and educating tourists and locals about Drake Bay’s ecosystem. We will work in environmental conservation to help maintain Drake Bay’s unique ecosystem. We will be planting Indian almond and teak trees, whose fruit is eaten by the scarlet macaw and is essential to its survival. We will also construct informational signs in the rainforest, take measures to preserve the coastline by cleaning debris up from the beach and hopefully work with the local elementary school. In our free time, we plan on snorkeling off the shore of Caño Island, an island a few miles off the coast of Drake Bay, and visiting the local town for lunch. Throughout the week there will also be plenty of time available for going to the beach, fishing, and hiking through the rainforest near the Rio Drake Lodge. Past ASB groups have organized soccer games with the town’s women’s team.

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Apply Now NOLA- Brooks and Megan Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with an organization called Youth Rebuilding New Orleans. Since YRNO is working on multiple projects at a time, we don’t know exactly what we will be doing until we get there! We could be doing anything from manual labor and woodwork to painting and anything in between. Working with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans will provide a great service learning opportunity for us, as well as contribute to the greater New Orleans community and long-term education in the city! YRNO relies on local youth and particularly groups like ours, so we are very excited to contribute to the community! In our free time, we will spend time exploring the French Quarter, snacking on beignets at Cafe DuMonde, checking out Jackson Square and the French Market, and awing in the architectural beauty of St. Louis Cathedral. Taking in a Jazz performance is a must, and we will see as much as possible! We may even take a tour of the bayou surrounding the city. Of course, the culinary history of New Orleans is one of the most appetizing in all of America, so we will be sure to sample some gumbo, muffulettas, and the like!

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Apply Now Fort Pulaski, GA Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working mainly in assisting the rangers in preserving the historic and natural resources of the park. This might include the removal of invasive species, repairing broken fences, trail maintenance, and other manual labors that would help assist others in accessing this historic site. We will also have a chance to tour the historic fort by one of the rangers! We will be rewarded throughout the week for our hard work. Every day after working in the park, we plan to participate in activities at the actual fort or on the island. Some of these activities include hiking in the park, kayaking on Tybee Island, lounging by the beach, and exploring the many lighthouses in this region. We promise lots of s’mores and time by the campfire! We will spend all of Friday exploring the historic downtown Savannah. Some ideas include: visiting the many museums, exploring the parks and squares, riding on the free ferry, perusing through the historic streets filled with beautiful antebellum houses, and picnicking by the Savannah River.

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Apply Now Moab, UT Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

We will be working with the National Park Service in either Canyonlands or Arches on whichever projects they need assistance with. This may involve removal of invasive plant species, trail restoration, or restoration of native plant species. Trail restoration will be particularly beneficial to the ecosystems found in this region, because some of the soil is actually alive, being composed of lichens, bacteria, and other small organisms. We likely will not begin our work with the Park Service until Monday, March 10. That will give us an entire day on Sunday, March 9 to explore whichever park we will not be working in for the week (probably Canyonlands), driving around and hiking to see some of the more notable sites in the Island in the Sky area of the park. We will be taking a star tour in Canyonlands one night and will do a sunrise hike to the Delicate Arch one morning. The last night of the trip, we will stay at a hotel in Salt Lake City and explore the city. Other trip awesomeness includes making smores every night (we will be pros of the marshmallow roast by the end of the trip!), cooking over the campfire, playing Apples to Apples, and getting to know each other.

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Apply Now Atlanta, GA Mar 8th, 2014 to Mar 15th, 2014

In Georgia we will work with several different organizations in order to understand and examine the inner-workings of various charities. The first organization we will be partnering with is Gateway Center, which helps mobilize and care for people transitioning out of homelessness. Gateway offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, including: tutoring, working in the clothing-closet, painting, and more. The next organization we will be working with is Global Soap Project, a program which recycles partially-used and discarded soap from hotels, and distributes the new soap to vulnerable populations around the world. The final organization we will be working is with Covenant House where we will be preparing, serving, and sharing meals with homeless, at risk youth. Since we will finish our volunteer work everyday around 5, we will have time to check out a variety of attractions throughout the week, such as the MLK historic site, the Atlanta art museum, Centennial Olympic Park, Oakland Cemetery, and maybe even a Jazz club! On Sunday we will have time to roam and explore the city and we will head to the Georgia Aquarium (the largest Aquarium in the world!) in the afternoon to take advantage of discounted tickets.

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About Alternative Spring Break at UVA

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is an entirely student-run service organization established in 1992 to conduct service projects during spring break for University of Virginia students. Originally, the trips were designed to function as a simple, service-oriented alternatives to the standard college break experience. Over time the organization has expanded upon this original set of aspirations and experienced incredible growth in both the quantity and quality of service projects that make up an ASB experience. Signing up to participate in an ASB service project has grown from a simple one-week commitment into a year-round experience that emphasizes self-awareness through educational and cultural programs that take place before, during, and after the projects for the purpose of encouraging a more meaningful trip environment. Participants are able to cultivate their ambitions as service leaders at the University and make positive, meaningful change at sites across the country and around the world.