In order to participate in CHANGE Break, you must:
- have 2.5 GPA
- attend all team meetings
- participate in MLK Day of Service and Geaux BIG Baton Rouge with your CHANGE Break team
Volunteer applications are due on Friday, September 26, 2014, at 5 p.m. In addition to completing the online form, you will also be asked to upload your résumé and a cover letter expressing why you want to serve on CHANGE Break.
You will receive an email indicating whether you will be interviewed for a team member position. Interviews for team member positions will take place on Wednesday, October 8 to Friday, October 17, 2014.
CHANGE Break: Georgia 2015
CHANGE Break: Georgia is a week long experience in which students will focus on environmental clean up and sustainability. Ten students will travel to Georgia during Spring Break (April 6-12, 2015) to work alongside the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club to clean up part of the Appalachian Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
Students who are selected for this program are required to attend the following meetings from 7 to 9 PM. Students must also work together at the MLK Day of Service and Geaux Big Baton Rouge 2015.
- Tuesday, January 27, 2015
- Tuesday, February 10, 2015
- Tuesday, February 24, 2015
- Tuesday, March 10, 2015
- Tuesday, March 24, 2015
- Thursday, April 2, 2015
- Tuesday, April 21, 2015
- MLK Day of Service: Monday, January 19, 2015
- Geaux Big Baton Rouge 2015: Saturday, March 28, 2015
About CHANGE Break
This is the third year that LSU students have participated in CHANGE Break. Thus far, over 50 students have addressed issues of education, coastal sustainability, poverty, and homelessness by serving in Tennessee, Peru, Vancouver, Florida, and Ecuador. A brief description of each experience is provided below.
CHANGE Break: Tennessee 2013
The CHANGE Break program began in the Spring of 2013 with a experience in which ten students and two advisors traveled to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where they volunteered with the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. Then, they traveled to Crosby, Tennessee, where they worked with a group called Sunset Gap.
CHANGE Break: Peru 2013
For Volunteer LSU’s first international experience during the Summer of 2013, 15 students and three advisors traveled to Cusco and Cai Cay, Peru for about two weeks in late May/early June to work with children in impoverished areas. Cusco is an urban area in which the volunteers helped the children at an after school program with homework and facilitated learning and play among them. The students also worked on some low-level construction projects to better the facilities for the children. Cai Cay is a rural area where most of the children do not go to school. Here, the students did activites with the children while also doing low-level construction work at their children’s program house.
CHANGE Break: Vancouver 2014
For about a week during the winter break of 2014, 10 students and two advisors traveled to Vancouver, Canada, in order to address homelessness and poverty amongst the city’s marginalized populations. The group worked with Salvation Army’s Harbor Light Center, The Dugout, and Union Gospel Mission in order to serve and interact with the often stigmatized groups. Throughout the experience, the students reflected on their work. Later, the students attended the University of British Columbia’s Leadership Conference during which they learned how to successfully initiate change by being effective leaders.
CHANGE Break: Florida 2014
Over Spring Break 2014, twelve students and three advisors participated in CHANGE Break: Florida. The team completed environmental service at Fort Pickens in Pensacola and the Lichgate Education Garden in Tallahassee. Thereafter, they had the opportunity to visit Florida State University and meet student leaders and faculty working to promote sustainability and social change.
CHANGE Break: Ecuador 2014
From May 27 to June 8, 2014, ten students and two advisors served in a school in Quito, Ecuador, as a part of CHANGE Break: Ecuador 2014. The team taught English, played games with the children, planned and executed educational activities, cleaned, and painted murals and desks at the school.
- Total Cost: $120
- Covers travel, lodging, and food
- Must be paid by Wednesday, January 28, 2014