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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.

January 7, 2022 - January 16, 2022
Puerto Rico

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.

The immersion program costs $225 which covers all meals, travel, lodging, and all materials required. This program selects it's 12 student participants based on the application below. Applying does not guarantee participation. Additionally, it is worth all 30 hours of service-learning.

This program is no longer accepting applications for 2022.

Our partner organization has a leader guide that shares more information about the basics associated with this trip including information around lodging, meals, the projects we might be working with, and more. Interested students can access it below. 

Puerto Rico Info Guide

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