A.W.O.L. is BVU's alternative spring break program. In the past sixteen years we have sent around 543 volunteers 123,000 miles to volunteer 18,000 hours of service! We have volunteered in five different countries and ten different states.
Mission: To immerse students in different cultures, heightened social awareness, and to advocate life-long social action through service on a local, regional, national and international level.
This year's student coordinators Zach Ahrens, Bonnie Keller, and Emily Phipps have developed four wonderful trips!
Check out the 2014 AWOL Trip blogs!
AWOL 2014 Trip Descriptions
1. Disaster Relief:
Have you seen disasters happen around the U.S. and don’t know how to get involved? This is your chance! This domestic mystery trip will be engaged in a weekmlong trip responding to an environmental disaster. Participants will get a glimpse of what it means to be immersed into the after-effects of weather-related disasters and begin to process an understanding of long-term recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to provide humanitarian aid to homeowners and residents while working along side a variety of volunteers and agencies. By the end you will learn how to clean up and rebuild homes and develop relationships with others. This trip will take in the local sites and culture of the area.
Advisors: Tami Laursen & Dr. Andrea Frantz
Site Leaders: Kevin Coriolan & Beatrice Biedenfeld
2. Environmental & Animal Rescue: Co-Sponsored by Recreation Services
Trip participants will be partnering with Community Collaborations International in Costa Rica to volunteer working on habitat rescue on a sea turtle nesting habitat. Volunteers will collect important scientific data, and work directly towards the improvement of sea turtle’s habitat and survival. Since mangroves play an essential ecological role for coastal ecosystems, and therefore for sea turtles, participants will assist with a mangrove reforestation and a sea grass project. By the time this trip departs, participants must be able to walk 5-10 miles a day and carry their own daypack. Students must be comfortable with open water and the ocean. This trip with be integrated with the local community and culture and will take part in various local activities and attractions. Passports will be required, but not needed at the time of applying.
Advisors: Dale Scully & Ellen Schiltz
Site Leaders: Michael Boyle & Bonnie Keller
3. Health and Hunger:
Seeking a new experience along with a great opportunity to serve others? Get involved with a week-long immersion into Health and Hunger service in New York, NY. Our days will be filled assisting two non-profit agencies; God’s Love We Deliver and Project Hospitality. At both agencies participants will be preparing and serving meals, assisting in the agency buildings and helping with the recreation program. Open your eyes to some of the basic needs families and individuals deal with each day of their lives and return from this spring break with a transformed heart. Students will also visit local attractions and sites.
Advisors: Ken Meissner & Mark Shea
Site Leaders: Caitlin Bach & Caitlin Hoffman
4. Children and Poverty:
Participants on the mystery trip will embark on a service adventure that will volunteer with children living in poverty in an orphanage. The group will have the opportunity to volunteer in both recreational and health related areas with the kids being served. Recreational areas include soccer, baseball, basketball, and volleyball. Small projects working on the grounds maybe include. There also maybe opportunities to assist with medical and health needs of the children and individuals of the area. The group will take trips to the beach, local markets, and villages. Participants will leave with a new perspective on service, the culture of the region and life. This group will be volunteering at West Haven's Children's Home in Jamaica, a long time service site of BVU.
Advisors: Dr. Ashley Farmer-Hanson and Dr. Matt Hanson
Site Leaders: Sloane Morrow & Sharron Feld