The mission of the Alternative Spring Break program is to provide students with a volunteer immersion trip that is affordable, available and accessible to all Wake Tech students. We aim to improve and enrich the lives of the participants by inspiring and empowering them to continue making a difference in the local community.
Through transformative action, education and critical reflection, participants will address important social issues while traveling and exploring the culture and history of the area they serve. Participants will gain personal enrichment and lifelong skills that they will bring back to meet the needs of the local community.
Spring Break 2016: Selma, Ala.
Wake Tech students visited Selma, a city that still has segregated schools, to be a positive influence in children's lives by playing with them and helping them in their classes. This was a service learning trip and included civil rights history, tours and training to learn how to make a positive impact on issues at home.
Spring Break 2015: Washington, D.C.
Wake Tech took 12 students to serve at several different community agencies that address the needs of those affected by hunger and homelessness. Students also had the opportunity to participate in a dinner in which homeless guests are invited in to dine with volunteers.
Spring Break 2014: New York City
Wake Tech students went into all five boroughs of the city and volunteered at different homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries. Wake Tech's group of 10 was split into two groups to maximize the impact.
Spring Break 2013: New Orleans
Wake Tech students returned to the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood to help rebuild houses still not repaired after Hurricane Katrina.
Spring Break 2012: New Orleans
Wake Tech students went to the Lower Ninth Ward neighborhood to help repair the extensive damage caused when levees broke during Hurricane Katrina. The group partnered with the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild a resident's home.