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CALUE Offers Winter Service Break Experience

Hope Lenamon

December 6, 2017

Service Break

Texas Tech students and staff will return to New Orleans to focus on five prominent issues impacting the community.

Students and staff of Texas Tech University's Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) will travel to New Orleans next week for their winter service break trip. The trip is part of CALUE's annual Service Breaks program, which offers service projects and weeklong service trips throughout the year. In 2015, the CALUE Winter Service Break also traveled to New Orleans.

From Dec. 14-21, participants will work to improve upon five different issues impacting the community of New Orleans: housing and homelessness, neighborhood revitalization, environmental sustainability, education and arts and culture.

"CALUE is very excited to take Texas Tech students back to New Orleans," said Jacy Proctor, unit coordinator for CALUE. "This Service Break will be a little different than others because students will learn and serve with different organizations within New Orleans each day."

Volunteers will help address each issue through various service projects, including home rebuilding, park beautification, working in urban gardens or farms, beautifying schools and playgrounds and restoring a local cemetery.

Students will blog about their experiences during their trip. The posts will be shared on the CALUE Twitter and Facebook pages.

"I love seeing students come back from CALUE Service Breaks with new ideas and passions for service and learning," Proctor said. "This Service Break will be filled with new experiences they will be able to apply to their degrees and in their life."

The CALUE Service Breaks program began in 2014 and offers service break trips in the winter, spring and summer terms. This spring break, CALUE will travel to Grand Canyon National Park (March 10-18) where participants will work closely with the park's commercial services while learning what it takes to direct 5 million guest per year at the park.

This year, CALUE also will provide students the opportunity to participate in shorter service breaks over one weekend. For the first weekend service break, participants will be traveling to Caprock Canyon State Park (April 13-15). Applications for the trip are now open and available here.

CALUE will head back to Costa Rica (May 21-30) to work with the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Junquillal for the summer service break. The focus will be sea turtle conservation and protecting nests from human poachers and beach erosion. This will be CALUE's second international service break. Applications for the trip are now open and available here.

For more information about CALUE and the Service Breaks program, visit the CALUE website

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