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Escuela Semillita Alternative Winter Break Team Fundraiser

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James Madison University’s office of Community Service-Learning hosts the Alternative Break Program (ABP) that sends more than 500 students to serve on endeavors of social activism. The program offers several different service-learning experiences for students to take part in during Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break and May Break. Each trip focuses on a different issue; some of the issues this year include HIV/AIDS, disabilities, education, disaster relief, and environmental maintenance. The Alternative Break philosophy is popular across the country and promotes activities that lead students on drug and alcohol free trips around the country to learn and to serve.

11 students are going on this particular trip to help the Guayaquil community located in Ecuador. We will primarily be working with children attending Escuela Semillita, a school in Guayaquil. We will have the opportunity to come up with lesson plans throughout the week for the children, with a topic or topics of our choice. Since the primary language of Ecuador is Spanish, we will have a great opportunity to learn Spanish. We will also be adhering to a simple living philosophy which means we will only take a backpack of our own belongings to Ecuador so that we can pack our suitcases full of donations and much needed supplies. We will also have the opportunity to interact with the community by going on a city tour, going to the native beaches, and learning how to cook authentic Ecuadorian food from community members.

Alternative Break trips are designed to be affordable to all students. To this end, JMU, through the Community Service-Learning office, provides all of the program’s administrative budget and support. The trip participants pay $1,600.00 per person, in addition to incidental expenses. Additional supplies for service are paid by the individual participants. Would you consider helping me be a part of this worthy cause?



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