Volunteer around the country and across the globe with CHANGE Break! CHANGE Break offers alternative service experiences for LSU full-time students. Choose to make the journey during either spring break or summer break.
About CHANGE Break
CHANGE Break, an LSU alternative service break organization, allows students to have an experience learning and volunteering outside of Baton Rouge. After applying and being selected as a member, a student will get to know the other students and advisors that will be a part of his/her team. Students will attend pre-connect meetings, the first portion of the experience, which will allow them to learn about the community and the specific issue they’re serving. Pre-connect meetings are also a time to grow closer as a team to ensure that serving together will be fun and effective. After having prepared thoroughly students will set out on their trip. While in their destinations the team works very closely with community partners that function there permanently; and, they reflect each day on the work they’ve done. This in-country/in-community time is only the second portion of the CHANGE Break experience but, definitely the most memorable. The final piece of the experience is returning back to Baton Rouge to put what you have learned to use at home as well.
We believe by volunteering together in teams, students can create relationships across the globe strengthening humanity.
Our mission is to create dialogue between the Baton Rouge community and the communities we serve ultimately sparking positive CHANGE.
- Develop Leaders: by introducing themes of talent from Strengths Quest and participating and developing individual growth plans
- Establish personal and social responsibility by participating in activities and committees
- Progress students along the active citizen continuum through learning of community issues, in the CHANGE Break community in relation to Baton Rouge, and by engaging in volunteering
History of CHANGE Break
In 2013, CHANGE Break broke ground in Tennessee and Peru addressing important societal issues. In the spring ten students and two advisors traveled to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where they volunteered with the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. They then traveled to Crosby, Tennessee, where they worked with a group called Sunset Gap.
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 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 activities with the children while also doing low-level construction work at their children’s program house.
Since then CHANGE Break has addressed the social issues of: poverty, education, etc. in different countries and states. Check out CHANGE Break’s Facebook page for information on what we’ve been doing since the beginning of the program.
The CHANGE Break team will travel for an unforgettable fourteen-day and eight-day alternative service break. Over spring break students will be in Cuba assisting an education program and in early summer break in Ghana where they will work in schools affected by child labor. As a member you will meet with your teammates about every other week until departure to get well acquainted and prepare for the experience. This is a service-learning experience, so we will reflect on our experiences prior to the trip, during the trip, and following the trip.
In order to participate, a full-time student must have a have 2.5 GPA, be enrolled full-time in the current fall, spring to come, and following fall semester attend all team meetings and participate in Geaux BIG Baton Rouge with your CHANGE Break team
Cost for one participant for Ghana’s infrastructure focused experience is $2000.00. Cost for one participant for Cuba’s education focused experience is $1850.00. This includes transportation (flights), housing and majority of meals.
Volunteer in the United States
The domestic CHANGE Break team will take an eight-day journey over spring break to Atlanta, Georgia. As a member you will meet with your teammates about every week until departure to get well acquainted and prepare for the experience. This is a service-learning experience, so we will reflect on our experiences prior to the trip, during the trip, and following the trip.
In order to participate a full time student must have a have 2.5 GPA, be enrolled full-time in the current fall, spring to come, and following fall semester attend all team meetings and participate Geaux BIG Baton Rouge with your CHANGE Break team
Cost for one participant is $150.00. This includes transportation, housing, and the majority of meals while on your trip.
Frequently Asked Questions
“I will be graduating this May will I be able to participate?”
Yes, you will be able to participate in any experience over Spring Break. Unfortunately, because you will technically not be considered an LSU student after graduation you will not be eligible for a summer experience.
“Is traveling to these destinations safe?”
Yes, CHANGE Break routinely monitors the U.S. Department of State Travel Restrictions and works through the LSU Office of Risk Management to control exposure to risk on all of the experiences.
“Will I have to pay all at once?”
No, a deposit of $250.00 will be collected first to ensure your position on the team. The remainder will be requested in the Spring.
“I’m not sure if I can afford CHANGE Break. What can I do?”
If cost is a concern, we still encourage you to apply. Fundraisers exist through letter writing campaigns and crowd sourcing websites such as Volunteer Forever. Scholarships from Campus Life are also available on a case-by-case basis.