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Alternative Spring Break at Bowdoin College
(7) Encourage and support interactions across cultural differences.
(5) Encourage student participation in leadership and campus and community governance.
The Alternative Spring Break program allows students to spend spring break addressing an important social issue through service in a specific community, both in the U.S. and abroad. Student leaders participate in a Leaders’ Seminar throughout the fall semester during which time they learn to organize a service learning experience for their classmates and think critically and deeply about the social issues they will address in their service. Spring semester, student leaders then facilitate a seminar for their trip participants. The seminar includes guest speakers, films, readings, and discussions about service in general, the geographic region in which they will work, and the issue area of focus. Through the actual ASB trips, students have the opportunity to learn first hand about social issues by living and serving in communities affected by intractable social problems. Overall, the program aims to educate students about national and global issues while instilling a passion for civic engagement and public service.
Civic Learning Goals
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