Ospreys in Action

Trip Descriptions 2015

The Center for Community-Based Learning has organized four Ospreys in Action alternative break trips for Spring Break 2015. Trip details may be subject to change. The application window for the 2015 spring break trips has closed. Please join our OIA Facebook Group for continuous updates and announcements.

   

 

Environmental Restoration - Murphy, NC ($400)

Summary This is a trip through which students will learn about invasive species and the significance of restoring and caring for the environment.
Organization The Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition is a local, non-governmental, conservation nonprofit organization whose mission is to facilitate water quality improvements in lakes and streams throughout the upper Hiwassee River watershed.
Service Students will remove invasive species from streamside buffer areas and maintain many ongoing restoration projects in the watersheds of the Smoky Mountains.
Education & Activities Students will have the option to go on a half-day canoe trip to learn about the watershed and local environment. There will also be a day trip to the Tennessee Aquarium to go on a guided boat down the Chattanooga River.
Special Considerations Participants will be expected to participate in arduous physical activities in the outdoors. Some activities may involve hiking and being exposed to outdoor elements for extended amounts of time.
Lodging Hinton Rural Life Center (private lake house with beds)
Transportation Driving to Murphy, NC from Jacksonville, FL (8 hours)
Dates Saturday, March 14 – Saturday, March 21


Interfaith & Homelessness - Washington, D.C. ($800)

*In partnership with UNF's Interfaith Center

Summary This is an interfaith trip through which students will be involved in interfaith cooperation through the social issue of homelessness, and interfaith dialogue around “faith” (i.e., the process of making meaning, whether religious or non-religious).
Organization Students will interact with a variety of DC’s religious and non-religious organizations including, but not limited to: The Pilgrimage; National Coalition for Homelessness; Washington Interfaith Network (WIN); Thrive DC; and Miriam’s Kitchen.
Service Students will serve food, sort clothes, and participate in other activities as designed by the DC organizations who serve people experiencing homelessness.
Education & Activities This trip involves an encounter with systemic poverty joined by exercises and activities designed to help students create “safe space” for dialogue across different religious /non-religious identities and make meaning in their lives. Activities may include: instruction on community organizing; conversations with a Rabbi, Imam, and Minister; observation of Friday Prayer at a Mosque; and discussions and poetic readings with formerly incarcerated youth.
Special Considerations Participants will be expected to reflect on their experiences through faith, their process of making meaning (whether religious or non-religious). All students are encouraged to apply (no prior experience with the UNF Interfaith Center is required).  This trip will have high levels of interaction with people either currently or previously experiencing homelessness as well as people from different religious/non-religious backgrounds. Students will have the option to lobby on Congress.
Lodging The Pilgrimage service-learning center (bunk beds in a retreat center)
Transportation Flying to Washington, D.C. from Jacksonville, FL (2 hours)
Dates Sunday, March 15 – Saturday, March 21


Farmworker Justice - Immokalee, FL ($400)

Summary Students will learn about the farmworker and working poor communities of South Florida.
Organization Students will work with a variety of local and national organizations in Immokalee including, but not limited to:   Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, the Coalition for Immokalee Workers, the Student/Farmworker Alliance, the Guadalupe Center, and the Immokalee Friendship House.
Service Students will serve meals, build homes, and do activities with children such as work in a garden and do arts/crafts.
Education & Activities This trip involves many educational activities in collaboration with the Coalition for Immokalee Workers and the Student/Farmworkers Alliance. Activities may include guest speakers, community dinners, advocacy and community organizing training, and direct communication with farmworkers.
Special Considerations Participants will be expected to reflect on their experiences through a holistic  and critical lens, as students will be briefly exposed to the complexities of living in extreme poverty and have glimpses into many social justice issues involving our state’s farmworkers. Some activities may involve being exposed to outdoor elements for extended amounts of time. This trip will also have high levels of interaction with local farmworkers and their families. It is preferred, but not required, to speak minimal Spanish.
Lodging Bethel Retreat Center (bunk beds)
Transportation Driving to Immokalee, FL from Jacksonville, FL (5 hours)
Dates Sunday, March 15 – Saturday, March 21


 Civil Rights: Then & Now - Selma, AL ($450)  

Summary Students will begin to make meaning of current day civil rights issues through the historical context of the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement.
Organization The Freedom Foundation is a non-profit based in Selma, AL dedicated to youth development through arts and culture. They focus on service and education related to the Civil Rights movement both then (in the 60s) and today.
Service Students will engage with local public school students through tutoring, activities in after school programs, and other extra-curricular activities. Volunteers will also do construction work in the Teppers Building community center.
Education & Activities In order to better understand the modern day struggle for racial equality and social justice, students will take a day trip to Montgomery, AL to visit the Southern Poverty Law Center and participate in a leadership and non-violence training.
Special Considerations Due to the focus on Civil Rights, there will be exposure to historical contexts and events that may contain sensitive material. Students will be expected to reflect deeply and meaningfully throughout the trip. Lodging will be very simple and may require students bringing air mattresses. Showering will be at the local YMCA.
Lodging Community Center (most likely on floors)
Transportation Driving to Selma, AL from Jacksonville, FL (7 hours)
Dates Saturday, March 14 – Saturday, March 21