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Alternative Winter Break

Discovering Difference Through Service

Discovering Difference through Service in Puerto Rico is an opportunity for students to explore cultural, political, environmental, and societal differences through volunteerism. Students will be able to connect with community members of this US territory through hands‐on work, intentional conversations, and educational opportunities. Exposure to these components will allow students to critically think about their individual identities and privilege.

UW-Eau Claire is partnering with Community Collaborations International to create a unique experience in Puerto Rico for our participating students. The immersion program is ten (10) days in length with all transportation, lodging, food, and organization fees included. Students will be exposed to the local culture through everything from food to our service locations and will have the opportunity to reflect on their role in the global community. The entire immersion program is able to be customized but previous volunteer groups have worked to help families rebuild their homes, support Boy’s and Girl’s clubs and HeadStart Programs, and help restore the devastated environment.

This immersion program is cancelled for the 2020-2021 academic year and tentatively scheduled to run January 7, 2022, through January 16, 2022. Student participants will be selected based on their application and will be notified by the planning team via email mid-fall semester of their status.

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